(August 10, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra submitted a resolution to City Council for the permanent appointment of Henri Alexandre as Corporation Counsel.
Attorney Alexandre was hired in 2014 as Deputy Corporation Counsel after serving as Director of Legal Affairs for CT Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection, three years in private practice, and a 25-year career as a trial attorney and Department Head in the Office of Connecticut’s Attorney General. He has tried many cases in both state and federal court and argued numerous appeals in the Connecticut Supreme Court and Appellate Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Alexandre also serves on the board of directors of the CT Haitian American Organization and lectures at the University of Hartford on Haitian history, politics, culture and current events. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Central Connecticut State University and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
City Council is expected to vote in September.
(August 10, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and Donna Thompson-Daniel, chairwoman of the Blue Hills Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ), celebrated the grand reopening of the Roberta L. Jones Playscape. The previous deteriorating playground in the Blue Hills neighborhood has been replaced with a new playground featuring new swings, a new play structure with slides, platforms and climbing elements, a new rubber tile safety surface and new benches. The old play structure was removed and donated to the “Kids Around the World” organization that will refurbish and reinstall the playground in a developing nation. In addition, the new playscape features a piece of playground equipment designed to look like a fire engine as a testament to Roberta L. Jones’ dedication to the Women’s Auxiliary of the Phoenix Society where she served as president and to the generations of her relatives who served in the Hartford Fire Department. Jones was a lifelong Hartford resident, the first African American state marshal and an executive assistant to Mayor Thirman L. Milner, as well as an active member of several boards and commissions.
“I’m happy to celebrate another new playground in the City, one that honors the memory of a great community champion,” said Mayor Segarra.
“I am very pleased with the Mayor for his commitment to the families in the city. A playground in the Blue Hills community is a way to keep our children active. It will serve as a constant reminder of Roberta L. Jones’ years of hard work for the city of Hartford,” said Donna Thompson-Daniel, Chairwoman of the Blue Hills NRZ.
The Roberta L. Jones Playscape, located in a largely residential neighborhood at the corner of Cornwall and Chatham Streets, was installed by GameTime MRC.
(August 7, 2015) As part of the Hartford Intermodal Triangle Project, the City of Hartford will be conducting milling and paving activities along Asylum Street and Spruce Street the week of August 10, 2015. The limits and location of work include:
Asylum Street – Starting at the Ann Uccello Street intersection to the I-84 Bridge.
Spruce Street – From the Asylum Street intersection to the Church Street intersection.
This area will be worked on throughout the entire week of August 10, 2015:
Hours of Operation will be from: 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM.
• Monday & Tuesday, August 10th and 11th (7:00 PM -5:00 AM) - Milling Roadway.
• Wednesday & Thursday, August 12th and 13th (7:00 PM -5:00 AM) –Paving Roadway.
• Friday, August 14, 2015 (7:00 PM -5:00 AM) - Paving Roadway may be needed.
The work is weather dependent and may extend into Friday night. To mitigate traffic impacts, the construction activities will take place between 7:00 PM and 5:00 AM. Pavement markings will be done at 7:00 AM. We apologize for the inconvenience these activities may cause.
(August 5, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra visited Summer Youth Employment Program interns at Hartford Hospital and the Center for Latino Progress. The program, managed by Capital Workforce Partners, provides work experience and training for young people ages 14-21. Mayor Segarra secured funding in June from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to hire 100 additional students from the North Hartford Promise Zone. The City of Hartford currently invests $1.25 million in the Summer Youth Employment Program, which has 1,447 Hartford slots this year.
“This is a great opportunity for our young people to gain real work experience, learn what it is to earn a paycheck and most importantly build networking skills that can lead to future opportunities. I would like to thank the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for always being a partner and true supporter of our City and Capital Workforce Partners for their continued leadership in the Summer Youth Employment Program,” said Mayor Segarra.
Capital Workforce Partners, the backbone organization for the Summer Youth Employment program, selects local agencies to oversee the interns through a competitive bidding process. The following nine Hartford agencies were selected to oversee the students:
Sample Worksites and occupations:
In addition to the Summer Program, the City is also a partner in the Hartford Student Internship plan that secured 178 after school internships this spring for Hartford Schools juniors and seniors. Capital Workforce Partners is also a lead strategic partner in the North Hartford Promise Zone and will train young residents for jobs created within the zone.