(January 21, 2014) In anticipation of the upcoming budget season, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra today announced the launch of “Open Budget,” an interactive website that allows users to examine the City’s operating budget, spending data, capital improvement projects and Board of Education funds. The new web-based app presents the city’s operating and capital improvements budget using simple bar graphs, charts and maps. Detailed breakdowns of expenses become available as users click on different City departments or capital improvement projects. The tool is designed to further increase transparency and engage more residents in the budget process.
“Developing the City’s budget is a complex intense process for city staff and the volume of information can be overwhelming to the general public,” said Mayor Segarra. “It’s been an on-going process to try and make city information as accessible and easy to understand as possible. The benefits of Open Budget are twofold. The site provides updated information in a simple format so residents and anyone interested in the budget are better informed about what investments the city is making in its future. It also helps the city internally by expediting the sharing of budget information between departments.”
As of now, Open Budget offers data going back from FY 2012 to the current fiscal year. The site will be updated with the FY 2016 budget once it is adopted. The homepage also features a map of most capital improvement projects from FY 2014 through FY2015. Projects that do not have a specific location, such as streetscapes, are mapped at 550 Main Street.
Per city charter, Mayor Segarra will deliver his recommended budget for FY 2016 to the City Council in April. The City Council then issues its own recommendations and a new budget will be adopted by May 31. The Mayor will host several community dialogues around the development of his FY 2016 recommended budget. A schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
Open Budget: http://budget.hartford.gov/#/
(January 20, 2015) This week, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will join government leaders and mayors from across the country in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Conference of Mayors 83rd Winter Meeting where they will discuss a variety of issues, including community policing, immigration reform, education, employment and tourism. As a member of the Executive Committee, Mayor Segarra will discuss Hartford’s housing and community development priorities with U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, attend meetings at the White House on immigration reform and workforce development and participate in a press conference promoting the positive economic impact of funding for urban parks. Mayor Segarra is also scheduled to meet one-on-one with cabinet secretaries for the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Contact: Hilda Muñoz
(January 16, 2014) Today, the City Council Committee of Inquiry, formed by Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and City Council President Shawn Wooden, released the findings of its investigation into Election Day irregularities. The Committee determined that several polling places did not open for voting at 6 a.m., as required by law, and found several other irregularities by the Head Moderator and the Hartford Registrars. As a result, the final vote for the November 4, 2014 Election Day remains unclear.
The report concludes that the Registrar of Voters:
· Failed to provide the Secretary of State with information about the polling place moderators;
· Failed to timely prepare and deliver the final registry books by 8 p.m. on November 3, 2014;
· Failed to develop or implement a plan for delivering the books to the polling places before the polls opened at 6 a.m. on November 4, 2014;
· Failed to adequately prepare and open several polling places and to identify and correct discrepancies in the vote tallies reported by the Head Moderator.
The Committee’s findings attribute many of the problems on Election Day to errors or omissions by certain Hartford election officials, a dysfunctional working relationship among all election officials, a lack of leadership and accountability and the absence of a clear, legally prescribed chain of command.
“This investigation shows that the Registrar of Voters were completely unprepared for Election Day, that no effort was made to correct issues they were aware of ahead of time, and that their lack of ability to communicate resulted in failure to perform their primary responsibilities and duties,” said Mayor Segarra. “It is ridiculous and inexcusable. This is not the first time this office has demonstrated incompetence and dysfunction. It is unacceptable that our citizens’ right to vote was compromised in any way. I want to thank the Committee of Inquiry for taking the time to examine these very troubling issues. I will continue to work with City Council, our Hartford Delegation and the Secretary of the State to ensure that we do not go through another election cycle with a Registrars’ office that cannot perform its basic function. The voters of Hartford deserve better. ”
"Clearly this is unacceptable," said Council President Shawn Wooden. “The total inadequacy of the preparation going into the election, the level of dysfunction, the inability of those involved in administering the election to work in a professional and competent manner, the seeming indifference to getting it right, it’s outrageous. We need to be able to do better in terms of running elections in the city. In terms of what happens next, I think there will be universal support for fixing the problem, fixing the system. Maybe that relates to individuals, maybe that relates to the structure of the Officer of the Registrar of Voters.”
As part of the investigation, the Committee reviewed more than 10,000 documents and conducted numerous interviews. The Committee then took formal testimony during two days of public hearings on December 22 and 23, 2014.
Contact: Hilda Muñoz
(January 15, 2015) – Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced that he has signed an Executive Order establishing a plan to enhance the City’s security protocol against potential cyber threats. The executive order creates a Cyber Intrusion Command Center (CICC) that is charged with identifying any threats or successful cyberattacks, coordinating a response and ensuring that incidents are investigated by the appropriate law enforcement agency. The order also outlines responsibilities for each department in the City, employees and contractors, including limiting data and network access to authorized individuals and protecting the City’s systems, networks, e-mails and hand-held devices with passwords.
“Given an increase of cyberattacks in our country, it is only prudent for the City to take precautions and safeguard sensitive information pertaining to City business and personal employee information,” Mayor Segarra said. “This order is not intended to interfere with any individual’s privacy. It is meant to keep the City and its employees safe.”
A group of key City departments will propose a detailed organizational structure for the CICC within 10 days of the order. The group will present its proposed structure to the Mayor for approval within 30 days. The CICC shall be chaired by Mayor Segarra and shall consist of all City departments. Members of the CICC will report to the Mayor and the City Council regarding any issues that are being addressed.
In addition to participating in the CICC, each department in the City must contribute personnel, resources and data to the CICC. Servers, laptops, desktops and other devices must have anti-virus software installed and updated and departments must remind employees and contractors of cybersecurity policies. Departments must also plan for continuity of operations and for disaster recovery in the event of a successful cyberattack. The executive order also outlines responsibilities for employees and contractors, including changing passwords every 90 days, protecting all devices used for City business with passwords, being vigilant when using the Internet and e-mail, avoiding the use of personal or unauthorized devices on work computers and limiting the use of City computers to City business.
The City’s information technology department, MetroHartford Information Services, will oversee the City’s technology security strategy. MHIS is responsible for all firewalls, intrusion detection systems, application control engines, annual security audits and penetration tests. It is also responsible for validating, to the Cyber Intrusion Command Center, that departments are diligent in their security practices. MHIS is responsible for ensuring that all cyber technology policies are up to date, City employees receive annual training on cybersecurity, software is maintained and that all City departments have the proper technology to ensure that they can comply with this order.
Contact: Hilda Muñoz