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Thursday, March 13, 2014


It is time for some tough love for Hartford.  Not by me but by our Mayor, Pedro Segarra. For someone that claims to have had this profound love affair for the City of Hartford, Segarra sure has a funny way of showing it. It is time for some tough decisions for Segarra.

If he really loves this City as he claims every time he has the opportunity to tell his tale of woe as to how he landed in Hartford, he needs to make the decision to either step up and be a leader or step aside and let someone else try. And I think a lot of that story might not stand up to any fact check. That would take a touch of class for the truth to come out

Segarra has been the political poster child for incompetence and poor leadership, almost on a daily basis. Just read the IAC Audits on everything from the abuse of City Credit Cards , the caviar Dinner, hiring practices, and the list goes on and on.

What Segarra apparently never learned was the number one basic rule of management: you are only as good as the people you surround yourself with. And I doubt there is much argument that he has surrounded himself with some winners. The Grand Theft Auto kid from farm country who thought it was appropriate to steal back his City car after he left City Halls employ.

 Crash Borges who thought it was OK to crash her City car on the way to bail her kid out of Jail (Well, just to be clear , it was her boyfriend/fiancee/significant other, Hartford's future illegitimate Fire Chief who was operating the vehicle) the Finance Director that kept the City's credit card receipts in a shoe box in his office.

The Acting Chief of Staff who loves Hartford so much he won't even move here and the list goes on and on. Most of Segarra's problems could have been avoided by some decent people around him. People that don't lie awake at night trying to figure how to embarrass him next.

Segarra is in a tough spot now with several of his key positions vacant. Under Hartford's Charter the open postiions can only be filled with people willing to accept a contract of employment for the remainder of Segarra's term. That would be a little over a year and a half (time for a countdown clock in front of City Hall?)

All Department heads serve at the will of the Mayor, and quite assuredly, a new Mayor coming in will clean City Hall from top to bottom.

I doubt that you will find a competent Chief Operating Officer or Finance Director or Chief of Staff  or DPW Director that would be willing to leave a successful career for such a limited commitment. Especially knowing what a mess this Administration is.

Isn't it sad that the majority of the so called leaders of Hartford are from outside of Hartford. The COO is from Windsor, the Chief of Staff is from Meriden, the Budget Director lives in Farmington no permanent DPW Director, no permanent Finance Director. At least our Police Chief honored his contract and actually moved into our Cityy, where he can actually be seen around town.

This budget season promises to be a blood bath at City Hall, despite Segarra's State of the City commitment to make sure that Public Safety will not be compromised, we all know what is coming from the Council. And we also know that Segarra will cave like a Franklin Avenue Bakery cream puff when it comes to fighting and standing for something he believes in.

Pedro, you need to decide, are you going to do what needs to be done and surround yourself with some decent people that actually care about Hartford and can move us forward. If not, please step aside and let someone else show their love for this City


Irma laduce said...

The real story of his early years in Hartford and how he made money is very sordid.....even more sordid then the touch of class escort service,with an interesting name or two in the public john book...lmao

Anonymous said...

Amazing blog. You could have not put it in better words. You've painted a very clear picture.. maybe a few minor details but truth be told he continues to hire people from the outside. Let's not forget the corp counsel from Rochester with no license in CT yet practicing law at City Hall, the HR director from Chicago who found some dirty secret on someone and its now after the city for letting her go, and put the cherry on the cake the amazing director from Development Services from Rhode Island who thinks he is God and no one can't touch him who continues to do nothing for the city pretends to live in the city but all his family still in Rhode Island cause our city is not good enough for his family.

Anonymous said...

Dig a littler deeper, The Dellar Providence consulting gangsters unit or friends are racking up mega dollars on consulting, studies and analysis fees. Have Pedro, Figueroa provide u with disbursement journal.

Anonymous said...

Well judging by the letter of recommendation from Segarra for Valda Washington it appears truth doesn't matter. None of the things mentioned in the letter were implemented or designed during her tenure.

what will come out about the new hr director soon?

Anonymous said...

It seems odd the new COO was "transitioned" out of his job as Assistant City Manager in Norfolk. A fact Pedro neglects to mention.

Anonymous said...

What a complete lunatic Pedro looked like at the St. Patrick's Day parade. Running to and fro like a mental patient to shake people's hands. Shouldn't the mayor and/or an attorney have a sense of decorum? It seems like ours missed that lesson.

Anonymous said...


The nut from the Rhode Island plantation, captain of the New England economic Titanic, whom the Dominican mayor outed him out,
whats 2 re-organize Hartford's Development Services and re name it the Hartford Grows. Pedro why do hire fools? - Varon your lack of judgment will b your end, u hire pathetic in competent fools 2 advise you.

Anonymous said...

According to many,

the old man at "Hartford Grows" Deller,is paranoid, the Churches and their congregations are aiming at him and Pedrito... Ask the Lawyer.

Anonymous said...

Kevin, If the only "BAD/ROTTEN/HORRIBLE" thing you can say about Chief Huertes is that he doesnt "LIVE" in the city, Why not make all who work for the city move out???? Maybe thats the answer!!! It might turn into that "magical" place YOU disire!!!!


I wish the commenter's would get their facts together before you post nonsense. First off, I don't think you have seen me post anything "BAD/ROTTEN/HORRIBLE" about Chief Huertas other than that he is naive to think he won't be forced out by LT. Waller.My first interaction with Chief huertads was several years ago when he was a District Chief and I always thought he was a decent , capable person.Secondly, he is a Hartford resident and to the best of my knowledge has been for some time.Get your facts straight please

Anonymous said...

Kevin,Sorry about the post at 11:43 I F***ED UP!!!! Dont you wish everyone was like me and owned and learned from thier mistakes! It wont happen again!!

Anonymous said...

Kevin did you mean T.L. Waller instead of LT Waller, because his new title is Assistant Chief to Chief Huertas. Chief Waller is a very intelligent man and has a lot of credentials; and is very well qualify, but everyone knows how he got his position; hanging out with the City's top Attorney, it has paid off for him. He's been promoted twice under Segarra's administration, he was promoted first to Deputy Chief and now to Assistant Chief, more then many other Firemen, how convenient

What I don't understand is that despite he crash SKB city vehicle, they turn around and award him with another vehicle. What was Pedro thinking? Guess Mayor Segarra is stilling being manipulated by wonder women, seems Pedro just can't think for himself. I too believe that he should step aside and let someone else run the show. And he needs to take with him all those greedy loony attorneys with him.


no, I meant LT. That is the highest position he obtained by merit, and even then he was at the bottom of the list and would probably still be there if his fiancée/girlfriend/significant other hadn't specifically crested positions for him to advance. I would beg to differ with you on his qualifications.