(July 24, 2013) – Mayor Pedro E. Segarra released the following statement today on the passing of community leader and activist Trude Mero, Co-Founder of Project Concern, one of the first voluntary school desegregation programs in the United States, who also served as an executive assistant to four Connecticut governors.
(July 18, 2013) — The City of Hartford will host several large events over the next few days, and with high humidity and temperatures expected to be in the mid-90s, Mayor Segarra has announced additional measures to ensure residents and visitors are safe and comfortable.
“Hartford will have large crowds attending outdoor events such as tonight’s Riverfest or this weekend’s Greater Hartford Jazz Festival. We're collaborating with all event partners including Global Spectrum and Riverfront Recapture to ensure folks have access to care and services if the heat becomes too much. It's also important that everyone take simple precautions and prepare to be outside for long periods of time during the heat.”
Mayor Segarra has implemented the following measures in response to the continued heat:
(July 17, 2013) - Sixteen local artists and small businesses will receive more than $100,000 from the City of Hartford through the Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Businesses Development Grant program. The program was designed by Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and the Greater Hartford Arts Council in 2009 to spur job growth and innovation in the creative industry. The grants, which range up to $10,000, are funded by federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars and are used for business-related operational costs and equipment purchases.
(July 15, 2013) With temperatures expected to be in the mid to high 90's this week, City officials have ordered the opening of four cooling centers in the City of Hartford. These hours are accurate Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19, and may continue into next week. Members of the Hartford Fire Department’s Special Services Unit will distribute water bottles on site. An air quality alert is also in effect for the Hartford area due to high levels of ozone. Residents are encouraged to take proper precautions and stay out of the heat if possible.