Openly gay Hartford City Council President Pedro Pedro Segarra is expected to be soon be named the city's mayor. Mayor Eddie A. Perez was convicted on June 18 of bribery and extortion. Perez is expected to submit his resignation on Friday and by law the council president would assume office.
Segarra's journey has been described as a "Puerto Rican-American success story", reports News8.
"Segarra arrived here by bus thirty years ago as a teen aged runaway from New York. He lived at the YMCA and eventually went to law school. He's now faced with closing down the 25 year legal practice he built up himself. Segarra will also become the first openly gay mayor of the city. Pedro Segarra has been on the city council for about four years, but he is not new to city government. He served as Corporation Counsel, the city attorney, during the administrations of Mayor Carrie Saxon Perry and Mayor Mike Peters. City Hall workers and residents need someone steady and everyone says Segarra will be the right person for the corner office on Main Street. 'It is a full time job and it should be a full time job, and I intend to make it a full time job,' Segarra stated. 'They can count on us to make sure that all the business is being taken care of.'"
The announcement is expected to be made Friday.
And tonight: Segarra and partner Charlie Ortiz are hosting a previously scheduled fundraiser for a local community theater and the special guest is Chita Rivera. "The party on the eve of Segarra's rise to City Hall's big office has taken on a little more prestige,' reports The Courant.
In his first formal news conference, City Council President Pedro Segarra attempted to calm residents' fears about the transition. Watch it WHEN YOU JUMP ...