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April 3, 2024

Top staffer to Hartford Mayor Arulampalam announces early departure

Michael Puffer Mayor-elect Arunan Arulampalam with his transition team in the background, including House Speaker Matthew Ritter; Andrea Comer, chief of staff to the state treasurer; and Mayor Luke Bronin.

While he’s only been in office for a few months, Hartford Mayor Arunan Arulampalam said Tuesday one of his top lieutenants will be leaving her post due to “a change of personal circumstances.”

Arulampalam’s Chief of Staff Yahaira Escribano will depart her position April 12, and be replaced by James Woulfe, a Hartford resident who currently serves as assistant vice president at the Travelers Institute, the public policy and education division of insurer Travelers Cos.

Yahaira Escribano

Escribano was named chief of staff in December, and previously worked with Arulampalam at the Hartford Land Bank, where he was CEO and she served as the finance and programs officer.

No further details were released on the reasons for her departure.

Woulfe has lived in Hartford for more than 10 years. Additionally, he is vice chair of the Hartford Housing Authority, an appointed commissioner of the Metropolitan District Commission, and served as chairman of the Hartford Charter Revision Commission. 

Woulfe also previously served as director of advocacy and external affairs for reSET, a Hartford-based entrepreneur support organization.

In one of his first major acts as mayor, Arulampalam recently released his first proposed budget, which increased spending slightly by less than 1%, imposed no tax increase and called for the creation of a new division to help small businesses navigate licensing and other City Hall processes.

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