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Mayor Segarra and Hartford City Council Statement On The Passing of Walter “Doc” Hurley

(February 10, 2014) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and Hartford City Council President Shawn Wooden released the following statement today on the passing of Walter “Doc” Hurley, a stand-out figure in athletics and education in the City of Hartford for nearly half a century. Hurley, a year-round athlete at Weaver High School, went on to attend Virginia State University, before returning to Hartford and creating the Doc Hurley Scholarship Foundation.

“I am deeply saddened by the news,” Mayor Segarra said. “Mr. Hurley was a committed contributor to the community for many decades. By taking the time to make a difference in the lives of individual youth, he created a legacy that will last for generations. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones.”

“There will never be another Doc Hurley,” said Council President Shawn Wooden, speaking on behalf of the Council. “While the funds he raised made a college education possible for hundreds of local youth, his contributions to the Hartford community go beyond what can be quantified in dollars and cents. He was an extraordinary athlete, educator, coach, mentor and role model to so many in our community. Our City will be forever grateful for his many contributions.”

Mayor Segarra has requested that flags in the City be lowered to half-staff in his honor.


For Immediate Release: February 10, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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Mayor Segarra Responds to Governor Malloy’s Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2014/15

(February 6, 2014) Today, Mayor Segarra released the following statement regarding Governor Malloy’s budget for fiscal year 2014/15:

"I was pleased with the Governor’s proposed budget, and relieved that there are no cuts that will impact City operations. In fact, the grant opportunities this budget provides for development and manufacturing could help restore Hartford’s legacy as the economic engine in the region.

I also want to acknowledge and thank the Governor for his continued commitment to improving public education, especially early-childhood education. Governor Malloy has consistently increased state education funding, with 92 percent of those resources being directed to the lowest performing schools. For a city like Hartford, making sure kids are prepared for the future is the most important economic investment we can make. Without a world-class education for all our students, progress will never be achieved.”


For Immediate Release: February 6, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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City of Hartford Marketing, Events & Cultural Affairs Division (MECA) Announces 2nd Annual Creative Youth Essay Award

(February 6, 2014) The City of Hartford, Marketing, Events & Cultural Affairs Division (MECA) announces the 2nd Annual “Creative Youth Essay Award,” which supports creative energy among city youth by encouraging Hartford students Grades 7-12 to submit original essays exploring art, culture, and their impact in the community.


Participants will submit a one-page essay elaborating on the following questions:

  • How does art make a difference in your life?
  • Describe at least one example of art you see in Hartford.
  • Describe the art form that is most special to you.
  • If you could, how would you give back to the community and impact others through art?

Judging Criteria:

Entries will be evaluated on the basis of content and creativity.  Please note that each of the above questions must be answered.  

Categories and Awards:

  • Grades: 7th – 8th (1st place - $100, 2nd place - $75, 3rd place - $50)
  • Grades: 9th – 10th  (1st place - $100, 2nd place - $75, 3rd place - $50)
  • Grades: 11th – 12th (1st place - $100, 2nd place - $75, 3rd place - $50)
  • All participating students will be acknowledged with a certificate


  • Open to all Hartford residents currently enrolled in Grades 7 through 12.
  • Hartford residents at public, private, or magnet schools outside Hartford are eligible.
  • Non-residents who attend a Hartford-based school are also eligible


  • All entries must be typed on standard 8 1/2” X 11” paper. Entries submitted on smaller or larger paper than specified size will be eliminated.   
  • If emailing your essay, please save it as a Microsoft word document with your last name and name of the school as the file name. Example: Thomas Hartford Academy of the Arts
  • All entries must have complete information at the top of the paper: student’s name, complete home mailing address, school, teacher’s name, grade, and age.
  • Essays should be a minimum of 300 words and should not exceed 800 words.
  • Essay must be the entrant’s original work.   
  • Essays that have won other contests or that have appeared in any print or online publications are not eligible.


  • Two MECA staff members
  • One Commission on Cultural Affairs member
  • One member of a Hartford arts organization


  • Applications Release Date: February 6, 2014
  • Deadline: Monday, March 10, 2014, 5:00 P.M.
  • Winners Announced: Friday, April 11, 2014

To apply:

Please contact Andres Chaparro.  Interested applicants may request an application to be emailed or mailed.

c/o Andres Chaparro
City of Hartford
Department of Development Services, MECA Division
250 Constitution Plaza– 4th floor
Hartford, CT 06103
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MECA will hold a reception for the winners on Friday, April 25, 2014, at Hartford City Hall, 550 Main St. Pizza and refreshments will be served, and all participants and family members are invited to attend.


For Immediate Release: February 6, 2014
Contact: Andres Chaparro
p. 860-757-4895
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Hartford Police Successfully Fund Mounted Patrol with Help from the Community

(February 6, 2014) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced today that, through community donations, the City of Hartford’s Mounted Patrol would remain active through at least June 30. The City recently received a donation from Halloran & Sage LLP covering the unit’s funding for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Originally established in 1985, Hartford’s Mounted Patrol Unit consists of four officers and four horses, although recent cutbacks have limited it to three. When continued budget reductions threatened to dismantle the unit entirely, the Hartford Police Department (HPD) initiated a private fundraising campaign. Several downtown businesses and civic groups responded with donations. 

“We know how much everyone loves the Mounted Patrol, so I’m glad the support was there,” said Mayor Segarra.  “They do provide a great service for our parks. Hopefully with continued support we can keep them active.”

Halloran & Sage Managing Partner William J. McGrath Jr. is pleased to donate the funds. “The horse patrols instill confidence and make our citizens more likely to use our parks and public spaces.  It is an important community service and we are happy to be involved. As a long established Hartford law firm, we are proud to sustain this important public service through the fiscal year."

Plans for the next fiscal year are to be determined.


For Immediate Release: February 6, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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