More than two years after he resigned his office, former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez is about to have his second day in court. As WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, Perez is appealing his corruption convictions and that appeal has been scheduled for January.
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Here’s a story we’re working on for tonight. (We got hurried a bit by a press release from the mayor.)
The skinny: Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra’s budget reportedly includes anywhere from $7 million to $9 million in tax revenue that only materializes if certain legislation passes the general assembly.
Guess what? So far, it hasn’t passed.
State Rep. Matt Ritter says anything can happen, but he’s concerned. City Council President Shawn Wooden says he’s concerned, too, as the clock on the legislative session runs out. The worst-case scenario leaves the city with another budgetary hole to fill.
Asked for comment earlier this morning, Segarra Chief of Staff Jared Kupiec said this:
Too early to say anything definitive and certainly no need to try and cause alarm. Right now SB 399 is pending before the House and HB 5317 is still on the Senate calendar. As long as vehicles exist, this administration will do everything in its power to work with the delegation to craft agreeable language that protects our residential tax base and creates greater balance throughout the system.
Now, Segarra has released a letter to the legislative delegation.
The story is developing. We’ll flesh it out with more details about the nature of the disagreement this evening.
We got some explanation from the city this week on the raise for Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.
Here’s the skinny. Two things govern.
First, there’s the state constitution – which spells out just when and how the mayor (and other elected officials) can get raises. Second, there’s the city charter — which sets the mayor’s salary at the same level of that of a state superior court judge. Put the two together and it’s a pretty complicated mess. But here’s how it all plays out when it comes to Segarra. Continue reading
Tune in this morning at 9 a.m.
Here’s the email from Sarah Barr:
At 3:07 p.m., a letter was submitted to the Town and City Clerk stating that Eddie A. Perez is resigning today as Mayor of the City of Hartford. The resignation is effective today, June 25, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.
It was an odd time when I stopped in at city hall this morning, as media types like me camped out and waited for the resignation letter of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. We’re told it’s coming this afternoon. The lack of clarity has made everyone a little jumpy.
Meanwhile, the literal transition from one mayor to another has begun. City staffers got a call this morning to start carting out stuff from the mayor’s office — plaques, picture frames, framed newspaper articles, and even a silver shovel. They brought them to his city-issued car out back.
Mayor Eddie Perez has agreed to resign his office sometime next week, sources told WNPR.
Perez said on Tuesday that he would relinquish his duties as mayor, and that he would do so on a date to be agreed upon with his successor – Council President Pedro Segarra. Later that day, Segarra held a press conference and said that the mayor would formally announce his resignation date on Friday.
Now, three sources familiar with the situation say that Perez has agreed to resign sometime next week.
A jury found Perez guilty of five corruption-related charges on June 18.
UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: You can listen to our story on this tonight during All Things Considered. You can also listen to it (and read it) online now.
Below is a summary of the resolution that will be before the council on Monday. As always, thanks to the nice people at Hartford 2000 for sending out the council preview: Council Preview By Hartford 2000.
Any thoughts? Luis — why don’t you post a comment giving a little history and background?
There was some discussion that someone on the city council would introduce a resolution regarding the tenure of Mayor Eddie A. Perez at city hall.
Just spoke with the clerk’s office. Today at noon was the deadline to submit resolutions for Monday’s meeting, and the clerk’s office says no resolutions pertaining to Perez were submitted. Now you know. (There could always be a “walk-in” addition to the agenda…)
There’s been a good deal of talk about what Mayor Eddie A. Perez will get in terms of benefits when he — eventually – leaves city service.
Curious about his health benefits, pay, and vacation and sick time payout, we asked the city for the related paperwork. No dice. The response is below.
Jeff, since the Mayor has not officially resigned we don’t have any of the records you are requesting.
Once the appropriate records you are entitled to are available, you will be contacted. We intend to respond to your request as soon as possible.