Luis E Cotto’s Bio

Contact info:

550 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
mahob001@hartford.gov
860 522 4888 x6108

Luis Cotto’s father, like many from Hartford’s Puerto Rican community, arrived in the 60s to work on the fields of the Connecticut Tobacco Valley. As he saved, he was able to send for his wife and settled in Hartford where Luis and his four sisters were born. Luis’ childhood mirrored the historic progress of the City’s Puerto Rican Community. Luis served as Altar boy at Sacred Heart Church, the religious incubator for many of the city’s Puerto Rican Community Leaders, like Mayor Eddie Perez. He Attended ‘La Escuelita’, Ann Street Bi-Lingual School, the first school in the United States to offer classes in Spanish and English under principal Edna Negron. He attended Middle School at Quirk Middle School, steps away from Maria Sanchez’s candy and newspaper stand on Albany Avenue. Luis was also the co-founder of the Northend Indians Street Football team during a time when playing street football was the only reason many of Hartford’s youth ever crossed gang turf to go into other sections of the city.

Luis’ first job was at Sacred Heart Church. He worked as a rectory assistant to help pay for tuition at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford. His responsibilities included answering phones, filing, researching church birth and baptism records, and providing bags of food from the food pantry for needy families who came to the church. This and many other similar experiences with Sacred Heart Church lit the fire to fight for social justice that still burns within him.This commitment to community combined with his love of the arts has helped Luis in his career as an arts administrator. Luis has worked for many of the City’s cultural institutions including: The Wadsworth Atheneum, The Hartford Stage Company, Guakia, Real Art Ways and the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts.Luis has also worked for more than 10 years as a Recreation Assistant with the City of Hartford’s Parks and Recreation Department, spending most of that time coaching and facilitating a variety of programs for youth at the Pope Park Recreation Center.

Until its closing in December 2007, Luis and his sisters combined their passions and talents to create La Paloma Sabanera Coffeehouse and Bookstore in Hartford’s Frog Hollow neighborhood. La Paloma Sabanera was featured in several national magazines, including the New York Times, where it was hailed as “an emerging urban force.”

Luis (Working Families Party) is serving as chairperson of the Public Works, Parks, and Environment Committee, and as a member of the Education, Legislative Affairs, and Labor and Workforce Committees.

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This website is not made by or affiliated with the City of Hartford. It exists, is maintained, and is financed by Luis E Cotto and Brendan Mahoney in an effort to provide better services to constituents by Luis in his capacity as a member of Hartford’s Court of Common Council. The views and opinions expressed on this website do not neccessarily reflect that of the City of Hartford or its Court of Common Council. Furthermore, since this is not a website of the City of Hartford, the information provided on this website is not “official” and should not be considered a legally binding document. None the less, every effort will be made to have things that are correct.

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