Hartford Mayor Segarra Named One of ‘Top 25 LGBT Power Players of New England”

He certainly is in some powerful company: Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg, new Bay State Attorney General Maura Healey, and Fenway Health CEO Dr. Steve Boswell. Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra is among those on the list of the January issue of Boston Spirit magazine’s issue of “The Top 25 LGBT Power Players of New England.”

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Here’s what the mag said about Hartford’s top guy, “Take Pedro E. Segarra, the 66th mayor of Hartford, Connecticut. He was sworn in for the second time in November of 2011 in a sweeping victory with 81% of the vote—as an out politician.

“’As a gay mayor, when you look at issues, whether they are economic development issues, housing issues, whatever issue it is, you look at issues through that lens of being gay,’ says Segarra. ‘You feel true compassion for those who may have been deprived of their civil or political rights. While we have gay marriage in most states now and we have a lot of protections, we also need to make sure that both our policies and our practices are working in concert.’

“Segarra knows policy. Elected with a clear mandate to bring stability to Hartford, Mayor Segarra demonstrated a sense of urgency when he created ‘Opportunities Hartford,’ which focuses on improvement in three pillars; income, education and employment. During his tenure, he has stabilized the city’s economy, added a record number of market, moderate, and affordable housing units in the City, and worked to reduce violent crime.

“Having lost his father at a young age to gun violence, Segarra has earned a reputation for being unwavering in his determination on this issue. Under his leadership, record breaking decreases in shootings have been achieved, and the City of Hartford was recognized as being safer now than in the past 25 years.

‘Cities are on the front lines of all issues. We get the calls in the middle of the night when there is violence, we get calls about potholes, we are impacted by immigration,’ he says. ‘Every year we pass a budget and figure out how to advance our city, and how to meet the demands of our existing and growing populations amidst limited resources. In Hartford, we have done just that and have achieved enormous success.’”

The rest of the list includes: philanthropist Ronald Ansin, chief diversity and inclusion officer of Fidelity Investments John Basile, cartoonist and graphic memoirist Allison Bechdel, civil rights project director at gay & lesbian advocates & defender Mary Bonauto, president and chief executive officer of Fenway Health Dr. Stephen Boswell, New Hampshire Democratic Party chair Ray Buckley, sports writer Steve Buckley, Boston Community Capitol CEO Elyse Cherry, senior vice president OF Bank of America Merrill Lynch Wendell Chestnut, US Rep. from Rhode Island David Cicilline, owner of Online Buddies Jay Crutchley, president and CEO Greater Boston Food Bank Catherine D’Amato, chef and owner of Sweet Cheeks Tiffani Faison, literary agent and philanthropist Esmond Harmsworth, nightlife promoter and club owner Chris Harris, Mass. Atttorney General Maura Healey, transgender rights activist Joanne Herman, associate justice of Mass. Supreme Judicial Court Barabara Lenk, partner-in-charge of the Boston office of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP Matthew V.P. McTygue, syndicated religion columnist Irene Monroe, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, owner of Bay Windows Sue O’Connell, Bryan Rafanelli, and Mass. Senate Majority Leader Stan Rosenberg.