Hartford, Conn. (WTNH) - Eddie Perez says he will be resigning this Friday as Hartford'smayor.
The embattled mayor was convicted last week on five of the sixcorruption charges he faced. A few hours after his conviction, hesaid he would be stepping down, but no date was given.
Here's the statement he issued today:
After lengthy and heartfelt discussions with my family andCouncil President Pedro Segarra, I will submit my letter ofresignation as Mayor on Friday, June 25, 2010. The effective datewill be worked out with Council leadership in order to allow for asmooth transition.
I want to thank the employees of the City for their hard workand dedication in serving the residents of Hartford by alwaysputting them first. I’m especially proud of our achievementstogether improving our schools, reducing crime, and maintainingfinancial stability during a worldwide economiccrisis.
It is time to move the City forward. I am truly sorry for the mistakes I have made that have harmed the City that I love.
All 9 city council members had signed a statement saying ifMayor Perez didn't step down they would force him out.
"Even the lawyers don't know -- and I'm not even a lawyer --exactly how to do this," council member Larry Deutsch said. "It hasnot happened before here in Hartford."
"It is a long process," council member Matt Ritter said. "Bylong it's not six months, it's also not one day. It does take acouple of weeks. There are obviously due process protections,implications, and you have to be mindful of those things."
Sentencing for Perez is not until September and he has vowed toappeal.
The city council has already named a replacement. The presidentof the council, Pedro Segarra, will serve out the remaining 17months of Perez's term.
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