Hartford is town with a ton of history. East Hartford is the area that was previously inhabited by an ancient Indian tribe, the Podunk. The initial colonists came over in 1635, and Thomas Hooker, along with his group, traveled from Cambridge, Massachusetts to set up Hartford. At that time, the Eastern portion of the Connecticut River was within Hartford. It was first settled in 1640. Some of the earliest settlers happened to be William Pitkin, Thomas Burnham, and William Goodwin.
The initial petition by resides to set up a distinct town was voted down in 1726 by the General Assembly. There were a lot more petitions that were put through between 1726 and 1783, and finally the Assembly gave its approval to fully incorporate East Hartford The town got its charter from Connecticut state on the portion of land that was taken from Hartford, the city.
Currently, East Hartford has a kind of government called strong Mayor. The Charter gives power to the Mayor to govern the town in concert with a nine-member Town Council, along with the Town Treasurer. The Town Council Chairman is the Deputy Mayor as well, and some of his duties include the approval power and the Annual Budget adoption. Furthermore, some of his powers include the powers of subpoena and investigation, the power to initiate fines and penalties, and the power to put through ordinances.