Hartford Mayor makes headlines for limiting press access, but Bridgeport beat him to it

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra generated some unwanted headlines earlier this month when his spokesman instructed city department heads to contact her office before talking to the media.

The Hartford Courant questioned whether the policy fits in with Segarra’s promises to bring transparency to the office.

I had to smile a bit at the hubbub, considering a similar rule is already in place here in Bridgeport.

I got a gentle reminder of it today when I approached the Human Resources Department with a pretty simple question and was instructed by HR Manager Janet Finch in an email to reach out to the mayor’s spokesman:

Dear Brian:

All media questions need to be addressed to Elaine Ficarra.  I’m copying her on this for her review and response.  Thanks.

Janet Finch

Brian Lockhart