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Tuesday, July 28, 2015


The following release was issued  by the Segarra campaign this afternoon.Please Pedro, just go away, Save the last shreds of  dignity you still have left. If you were doing your job as Mayor, we would know it, we wouldn't need crazy press releases. Why don't  you mention your other accomplishments? Such as decimating the staffing levels of HPD, helping us to soar to the highest homicide levels in New England, not to mention plunging us into debt for the next 25 years with a crazy baseball deal.

Your early UConn accomplishments seem to pale in comparison for us. Good try though

Please accept your defeat with dignity and stop the spin. We deserve better. Your time has come and gone.


Contact: Jenna Grande


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Mayor Segarra releases first accomplishment in 50-day plan


July 28, 2015 : As a part of Mayor Segarra’s re-election campaign, the first point for his 50 Days of Accomplishment plan was released this afternoon.


The first accomplishment highlights a notable achievement for a younger Pedro E. Segarra: While in law school at the University of Connecticut, Segarra was a founding member of UCONN’s Latino Law Student Organization. He also served as the organization’s first president.


As a Puerto Rican, Mayor Segarra has oftentimes noted his pride in his heritage while serving in public life because of the perspective it has given him in how he approaches and solves problems. He was motivated to create this organization to give students like him a chance to develop connections in a supportive atmosphere.


“I wanted to create a positive and encouraging environment for other Latinos enrolled at the UCONN School of Law. By building each other up, we created a setting that motivated us to be our best,” Mayor Segarra said. “I am proud to see that is still thriving today.”


The group is still an active part of UCONN’s student life, and continues to offer academic and professional development programs. It serves as a community for many Latino and non-Latino students.


Take a moment to click on this link to Colin McEnroe's column at the Courant. It will explain why Hartford's Democratic politics are such a mess.


Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra showed his true colors last night with his hissy fit a the Hartford Democratic Town Committee's nominating convention For a man that claims to love the City and care about its people,  he has a funny way of showing it.

Segarra is ego driven and his actions clearly show it.  How do you "decline" a nomination that you were never offered and never were going to be offered. Was that part  of Segarra's plan to be depicted as the martyr being squashed by the terrible Ivy League, outsider preying on the innocent voters of Hartford? It didn't work from what I am hearing. Segarra looks more like a whiny immature brat and Bronin's response makes him look more like a man capable of leading the Capitol city forward.

Segarra does get my sympathy though. I  feel bad that someone that came into office with so much good will and hope for his success could squander that opportunity . All of Segarra's  failures have been his own doing. He is just too delusional to realize it or t even admit his failings. That has been he hallmark of his administration. It is always someone else's fault.Even our snowplowing issues were the fault of suburbanites sweeping their cars off after storms on Hartford's streets.

Segarra has never seemed capable of the self analysis required to admit mistakes and correct them, the blame game I guess is easier than actually making changes.

Pedro, if you really care about Hartford, you will realize you have failed. You missed a huge opportunity that was handed to you. You will now realize that it is time for you to step aside and see what the next man can do with the opportunity.

Segarra's Statement:

Contact: Shelly Sindland

There comes a moment in one’s life when you must stand up for what is right and walk away from what is wrong.  Tonight was one of those moments.
I chose not to accept the nomination of the Democratic Town Committee because I am in this race for the people of Hartford and not the politics.
I will not stand by and let outsiders try to buy their way into office and take control of our city.
It would be an abomination for us to let political influence determine the character of Hartford that would be represented by someone who has never held political office or advocated on behalf of the City of Hartford. 
Tonight we say: let the people decide and not a few political insiders trying to stack the deck in their favor.
Too much is at stake to hand over the reigns to an outsider who has absolutely no experience to be Mayor and no real relationship with the people here. 
Our campaign and the great people of Hartford will do everything to insure the people’s victory on  Sept. 16
This election has always been about the people of Hartford.  Tonight, I walk with them.

--Pedro E. Segarra

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West Hartford, CT 06117

Monday, July 27, 2015


Tonight will tell the story. Will the Hartfortd Democratic Town Committee vote for change or will it be more of the same old same old. Will DTC members endorse Luke Bronin to bring about change  or will they side with a Mayor who seems to reenforce his incompetence and lack of leadership every day. Many are saying "too little too late for Pedro Segarra who seems to have driven Hartford into a leadership ditch with his decision  making . The baseball stadium is just one example of his missteps, his refusal to hire sufficient Police officers to keep pace with attrition is another. Segarra also has a reputation of surrounding himself with losers, Saundra Kee-Borges jumps to mind as one of Segarra's biggest  losers. Jared Kupiec is another front runner of Segarra's choice of losers.

The DTC will face another test as they select a slate of Council Candidates. Like a junkyard offering a selection of used tires, that is what will most likely be pushed forward. Ken Kennedy and rJoWinch come to mind as useless re-treads ready to hit the road again .Why? Is there no one being mentored by the Democratic establishment to provide leadership to the people of Hartford. Do we really need to settle for the same old hacks?

And I saved the best for last. Judge of Probate. It is somewhat shameful that the position vacated by Judge Robert Killian Jr., a man of integrity and honesty, may be replaced by a corrupt and possibly criminal attorney, Alexander Aponte. If Aponte gets the nod from the DTC, we should probably offer the FBI desk space in the Probate Court so they will be ready to move when Aponte gets going. Aponte is already well versed in Food Stamp Fraud, could fleecing someone's estate be much of a jump? (to learn more about Aponte's history, just type his name in the search bar above and read about his history)

I guess we will see what the DTC thinks about Hartford's future.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


On July 21, 2015, at 8:28am, after a 911 call, a Hartford Police Department Traffic Division Officer was traveling north on Franklin Ave. when he was flagged down by an employee of Barranquitas Bakery. Further investigation determined that the accused entered the bakery and attempted to steal a large tip jar filled with cash from the counter. Employees of the bakery confronted the accused and a physical altercation ensued. Based on witness statements, the accused made a motion as if he was removing a weapon from his waistband. One of the employees, who is licensed to carry a firearm, feared that the accused had a weapon, removed his firearm and discharged one round striking the accused in the leg. Witness statements were taken at HPD by the Major Crimes Division. The accused was transported to Hartford Hospital where he was treated and released. Upon release from the hospital, the accused was taken to HPD and charged. The investigation is ongoing.


Accused: Marcus Torres, 36 of Hartford (GSW to leg) 27 Previous Hartford Arrests, Convicted Felon


1.       Criminal Attempt Robbery 1st

2.       Assault 3rd
$100,000 Bond           Court Tomorrow
Maybe after 27 local arrests, Mr. Torres needed to learn a lesson that people are getting tired of being victimized


What took Mayor Segarra so long? Back in April I posted that Mayor Segarra should be asking Governor Malloy for resources to build the Shooting Task Force back to an effective level to combat what was then  a very noticeable increase in crime. That is exactly what happened this week after our 18th homicide so far this year. And I don't have the benefit of a crystal ball, but common sense or at least some decent advisers should have made Segarra move months earlier. Read my April comments here

But unfortunately politics are guiding Segarra's actions and because of that , people are being murdered regularly in Hartford's streets. Thank you Pedro Segarra. To ask for help earlier would have been a sign of weakness for Segarra and his baseless claims about the safety of our City. Now that it has reached the crisis point, Segarra has no choice to admit he is incompetent, his plans have failed, and he now needs to crawl begging to the Governor's Office for help.

Governor Malloy never ran to be Mayor of  Hartford, he doesn't want  to be . But he also will not let Hartford fail, no matter who is supposedly leading the City. Governor Malloy does need to ask some tough questions though. Such as why did Segarra leave the consultants report recommending additional hiring and staffing on the shelf, unused.

Why has Segarra ignored attrition in the Department for several years reducing staffing levels to the lowest in decades and contributing to crisis or near crisis levels of manpower. Despite repeated requests by Chief Rovella for additional officer's, Segarra knew better and now we are paying the price. And how are those resources deployed?

At  least one candidate for Mayor has posted some common sense, well thought out ideas for Public Safety. You can read Judge Killian ideas here

Below is the cosultant's report on HPD staffing needs