Honorees

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Pedro Segarra

You could say Pedro E. Segarra was destined for a life in public service. Working from a young age to help support his family and later contributing to the betterment of his community as a social worker and lawyer, or now as Hartford’s 66th Mayor, Mr. Segarra has always valued hard work and a sense of responsibility and understood the importance of improving a family’s quality of life.

 

Mayor Segarra was sworn into office on June 25, 2010. He is providing leadership to Connecticut’s Capital City at a crucial moment in Hartford’s history. In these extraordinarily difficult financial times, he is working tirelessly to look at all options and generate new ideas to take Hartford to new heights. With an emphasis on creating jobs, pursing academic excellence in our schools, promoting economic development with an focus on small business, and reducing crime by providing positive alternatives for our youth while also taking an aggressive approach to law enforcement, Mayor Segarra’s priorities are inclusiveness and inspiration so that more people are encouraged to participate in their community and in their government.

 

Born on April 28, 1959, at the age of seven, his family moved from the small rural town of Maricao, Puerto Rico to the Bronx, New York in search of a better life. Segarra is one of six children and was raised by his mother under conditions of extreme poverty. When he was 15, he fled the threat of gangs and arrived in Hartford— in search of the hope and opportunity that our Dutch Founders promised— and he has been a resident ever since.

 

After graduating from what was then called the Greater Hartford Community College (now Capital Community College), where he was a founding member of the Latino Student Organization, Segarra earned a full scholarship to the University of Hartford where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He was then admitted to the University Of Connecticut Graduate School Of Social Work where he received his Masters Degree of Social Work. In 1985, he graduated from UCONN Law School and passed the Connecticut bar the very same year. While in law school, Segarra was a founding member of the Latino Law Student Organization and served as its first President. He is currently admitted to the Connecticut state and federal bars (1986) and the Bar of the State of Florida (2000).

 

Segarra is uniquely qualified to be Mayor through his legal, community, and government experience. In 1991, he was appointed Corporation Counsel for the City of Hartford— the youngest person ever selected for the position at the time and was appointed for three consecutive terms. He was appointed to City Council in 2006, elected in his own right in 2007, and became Council President in January of 2010. Up until ascending to the Office of Mayor, he was the managing partner of the Hartford Law Office of Segarra and Associates.

 

His compassion for the community dates back decades. He was also a founding member of Hogar Crea, The Hispanic Health Council, and CLARO.

 

Mayor Segarra resides in the West End of Hartford with his partner, Charlie who will volunteer to undertake beautification efforts in our City.