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Hartford mayor delivers State of the City Address

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Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra delivered the annual State of the City Address Monday evening.

At the Court of Common Council at Hartford City Hall around 5 p.m.,  Segarra outlined where the city has come, and where it is going in the upcoming year.

One of the main items that Segarra wanted to tackle was ballooning deficits.

Feet on the Street, for example, increased number of events leading to almost two million visitors last year and Front Street is just starting to take shape.

Other development too, such as 1,000 more residential units, and the attraction of a UConn campus to downtown Hartford, got the mayor's mention.

And perhaps the mayor saved the best for last, the fact that the capitol city has been murder free since the beginning of the year the longest stretch in a while.

The big challenge though, will be closing a projected $70 million deficit in the coming fiscal year, even in the face of declining tax and other revenues.

"We have closed each and every gap since I have been Mayor and we will do the same again next year and in future years," Segarra said.

Segarra acknowledged that each year he has been in office he has had to handle large deficits, but this might be the biggest so far. And the mayor did not have specifics on how he will close that gap.

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