(July 8, 2015) “I am very grateful to the Connecticut General Assembly and Governor Malloy for instituting long overdue standards of professionalism for Registrars of Voters in our state. The election mismanagement in Hartford that took place in November 2014 was a disgrace and I am confident this new law, along with the election monitor approved for Hartford, will make sure this never happens again. Registrars have the most sacred duty in our democracy – to make sure our citizens have a voice in government. Hartford voters deserve no less. I commend the leadership of Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and am encouraged she will assume a greater role in overseeing elections – particularly in ensuring that Registrars of Voters are certified and trained every year. If a Registrar fails to do their job or acts unprofessionally – the state finally has a way to insert some accountability and quality control into election administration by establishing a process to remove them from office.”
(July 8, 2015) Today, major league baseball legend Cal Ripken, Jr. hosted a youth baseball clinic at Global Communications Academy to celebrate the official opening of three new athletic fields in the City, built in partnership with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. The fields feature an all-weather, low maintenance synthetic surface, and will accommodate softball, baseball, football, and soccer. The fields are located at Global Communications Academy at 85 Edwards Street, Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet School at 280 Plainfield Street, and at Hyland Park at 355 New Britain Avenue.
“It is an honor to host Cal Ripken Jr. in Hartford and to give our young residents an opportunity to learn from this baseball legend. We are grateful to him and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation for being our strategic partner in building three fields in the Capital City. These sacred community spaces will benefit many young residents and families, promoting physical exercise and activity for years and years to come,” said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.
“It is amazing to look back and see how far we have come in the past 14 years,” said Cal Ripken, Jr. “Without the continued support of our partners, none of this would have been possible. Thanks to them, we can continue to expand our reach across the country and make a lasting impact on our youth.”
The City funded the total cost of the three new, multipurpose artificial turf fields, spending $1,865,000 for Hyland Park, $1,700,000 for Annie Fisher, and $1,300,000 for Global Communications for a total investment of nearly $5,000,000. This brought the total investment in park infrastructure to $17.6 million since 2010. In addition to ongoing upkeep and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance features, parks across the city underwent restoration this summer including; Baby Pope, Roberta Jones Playground, Harriet Tubman Playground, De Lucco Park, Citywide Courts, Elizabeth Park, Keney Golf and Goodwin Golf Courses, and Keney Clock Tower. Other parks scheduled for late summer and fall work include: Cronin Park, Batterson Park, Colt Park Playground, and Elizabeth Park East. Previous Parks projects already completed since 2010 include: Goodwin Play Spray Pool, Elizabeth Park East Playgrounds, Keney Park Fields, George Day Park, Wexford Skate Park, Hyland Park Playground and Spray Pool, Goodwin Park Pond House, Pope Park Arroyo Center, Cronin Park, Ruby Long Playground, Sigourney Park, Pulaski Mall Playground, Goodwin Fitness Trail, De Lucco Park, Willie Ware Playground and Spray Pool, and Hyland Park.
The partnership with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is part of the organization’s national Youth Development Park initiative, which aims to develop unique, multi-purpose, low maintenance fields with synthetic turf to provide a cohesive recreational and educational experience for underserved young people across the United States. There are currently youth development parks operating in Maryland, Texas, Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Minnesota. The Ripken Foundation will continue to work with the City post-construction to create baseball- and softball-themed programs to address a variety of youth development needs that include character development, health and physical education.
(July 6, 2015) Today, Council President Shawn T. Wooden announced the allocation of $50 million by the state to the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) in FY 2016. Thirty million will be used for traditional CRDA projects such as housing within the CRDA district. Twenty million will be used for projects in Hartford outside the CRDA district boundaries, with at least $10 million of this amount going to the North Hartford Promise Zone. This represents the first significant financial investment made to the Promise Zone since North Hartford received its Promise Zone designation on April 28, 2015.
“This is great news for Hartford neighborhoods. We will be able to expand existing neighborhood development projects and support new ones as well. This can include economic development projects, revitalizing neighborhood housing, support for businesses, and infrastructure improvements. I would like to express my gratitude to Senator Fonfara and the Malloy Administration for being real partners in making this happen,” said Council President Wooden.
“As President Obama said, ‘A child’s zip code should never determine her destiny.’ I am glad to have been part of the effort to dedicate State resources to this exciting opportunity for Hartford’s North End,” said State Senator John W. Fonfara.
"This generous allocation recognizes the value of investing in neighborhoods outside of Downtown. The federal Promise Zone designation was a great win for the City and this contribution by the state will go a long way in improving the education, economic activity and quality of life in our City,” Mayor Pedro E. Segarra said. "I appreciate Council President Shawn Wooden, Senator Fonfara and the Hartford delegation, their efforts will make a huge impact in the community. ”
Hartford was awarded a Promise Zone designation specifically for North Hartford – a 3.11 square-mile area encompassing the Clay Arsenal, Northeast and Upper Albany neighborhoods – making Hartford the first City in New England to have been selected as a Promise Zone community by the Obama Administration. The Promise Zone is a White House initiative designed to support high need/high capacity communities across the country with implementing neighborhood revitalization strategies focused on job creation, increased access to quality, affordable housing, expanded educational opportunities, improved public safety and improved health outcomes.
North Hartford was selected during the second round of the Promise Zone competition from among 123 applications, including 97 urban communities. Additional second round designees include Camden, NJ., Indianapolis, IN., Minneapolis, MN., Sacramento, CA. and St. Louis, MO.
A map to the North Hartford Promise Zone can be seen here: http://bit.ly/1Dxt9m9
(July 1, 2015) – Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced the launch today of the Hartford Family Resources Directory, a comprehensive guide to more than 350 organizations and agencies that provide youth, family, education, workforce development, civic engagement and support services throughout the City.
It is available for download in both English and Spanish on the Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation website.
“There are many resources available to Hartford residents and this directory will make it easier for families to find the right kind of assistance. I want to thank the Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation for the time, energy and effort that went into compiling such a thorough list,” said Mayor Segarra.
“My hope is that Hartford families and service providers take full advantage of this directory so families get the services best suited to their situations and that organizations are able to coordinate effectively with each other,” said Jose Colon-Rivas, Director of the Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation.
The directory lists the names of the organizations, their address, contact information and a brief description of their services. The organizations are grouped by the type of service offered and by neighborhood. The directory also features a map with locations of all organizations and agencies listed, contact information, mission and website address for more information.
A form on the website will allow providers to update their information and new providers can request to be added to the list.