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Mayor Segarra Announces Selection of Director of Human Resources and Deputy Chief of Staff

(November 26, 2013) Today, Mayor Segarra announced two staffing appointments: Henry Burgos as Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations and Kennard Ray as Deputy Chief of Staff. They begin work with the City on December 2.

Mr. Burgos, a Hartford native, joins the administration after serving as Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Capital Community College. Burgos also served 10 years as the Principal Human Resources Specialist for the State of Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, overseeing labor relations for the agency’s 4,000 employees. Burgos holds a Masters in Science from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and graduated cum laude from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.

“Henry is an extremely qualified professional and public servant,” commented Mayor Segarra. “As we continue to improve our processes and procedures citywide, I look forward to working with Henry and his staff to develop a new approach to human resources management that positions the City to recruit and retain a talented, diverse workforce. Throughout our search, we talked to staff and identified a need to transform and modernize the department. Henry brings the skills and perspective necessary to help us realize that goal. ” 

Mr. Ray, also a Hartford native, joins the Mayor’s Office after serving as the Political and Legislative Director for the Connecticut Working Families Party, where he lead regional organizing efforts in support of public education, voter outreach and minimum wage increase. Mr. Ray will work with the Mayor’s Chief of Staff as a liaison to City Council, community organizations and residents. He will lead project management, policy development, and day-to-day community relations through the Office of Constituent Services.

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For Immediate Release: November 26, 2013
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Tuesday: Mayor Segarra Visits Businesses in Downtown to Promote Small Business Saturday

(November 26, 2013) Tomorrow morning, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will be joined by Senator Richard Blumenthal, Regional Administrator Seth Goodall and Connecticut District Director Bernard Sweeney of the Small Business Administration to promote Small Business Saturday on November 30. They will visit businesses on Pratt Street including; Stackpole, Moore, Tryon, The Barber Shop, Vaugn’s and Hartford Prints!

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WHO: Mayor Segarra, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Seth Goodall, SBA, Bernard Sweeney, SBA
WHAT: Visit to Small Businesses in Downtown Hartford
WHEN: Tuesday, November 26 at 11:00am
WHERE: Tour begins at Stackpole, Moore, Tryon at 282 Trumbull Street and ends at Hartford Prints at 42 1/2 Pratt Street.

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For Immediate Release: November 25, 2013
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Today: Mayor Segarra Attends House of Bread Banquet

(November 20, 2013) Today at 11:30am, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will speak at the House of Bread’s Annual Hunger Banquet. Proceeds from the banquet benefit the organization’s soup kitchen.

WHO: Mayor Segarra
WHAT: House of Bread’s Annual Hunger Banquet
WHEN: Tuesday, November 20 at 11:30am
WHERE: Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry, 285 Church St.

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For Immediate Release: November 20, 2013
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City of Hartford Partners with Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to Build City’s First Synthetic Surface Youth Recreation Park

(November 19, 2013) - Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra officially marked the beginning of construction on the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Youth Development Park in the City’s Clay-Arsenal neighborhood. The facility, part of the Downtown North development plan, is one of three new youth recreation parks built in partnership with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. The parks feature an all-weather, low maintenance synthetic surface, and will accommodate softball, baseball, football, and soccer. The other parks will be located at the Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet School at 280 Plainfield St, and Hyland Park. Construction is scheduled to be complete by spring 2014.

“This is an exciting and important project,” said Mayor Segarra. “I’m especially pleased with how quickly everything has come together. I want to thank the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation for providing their expertise. City parks are sacred community spaces. This will be an opportunity for a community that truly deserves it.”

The City has contributed almost $4 million of this year’s capital improvement budget for the construction of the three parks, bringing the total investment in park infrastructure to $17.6 million since 2010. In addition to ongoing upkeep and ADA compliance features, parks across the city underwent restoration this summer including; Cronin Park Playground, Goodwin Park Pond House, Hyland Park Playground, Keney Woodlands Playground, Pulaski Mall Playground, Sigourney Square Playground and Willie Ware Playground.

The partnership with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is part of their 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.

“When we started the Foundation twelve years ago, we wanted to help kids and pay tribute to our dad,” said Cal Ripken, Jr., Baseball Hall-of-Famer and co-founder of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. “However, we never imagined we would be able to do so much for kids across the country. We now have a model that we are bringing to many other communities. I want to thank all of the people who helped make this possible and we are thrilled that children in Hartford will benefit from this wonderful field.”

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For Immediate Release: November 19, 2013
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