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Perez's Statement

By Jeffrey B. Cohen

August 31, 2009

Below is a transcription of Mayor Eddie A. Perez's afternoon statement, made in a conference room at the law office of his attorney, Hubert Santos.


"I've been informed this afternoon that a warrant has been issued for my arrest in connection with allegations involving former state Representative Abraham Giles. I intend to fight these charges and continue to serve as your mayor. I am innocent of the charges against me and I will fight for the facts to come out because the truth is on my side.

"Let me be clear: I will not resign. I will continue to serve the people of Hartford because they elected me to a job and that job is not finished. The only thing I ask the citizens of Hartford is to let me have my day in court. I want to be able to put the facts on the table and let the people know that there's more than the one-sided stories and the rumors that they have heard.

I am confident that I will be acquitted of all charges and my reputation restored. In the meanwhile, I will continue to serve the citizens of Hartford as their mayor and continue to make Hartford a better place for all of us. Thank you."

Reprinted with permission of the CityLine blog of the Hartford Courant. To view other stories on this topic, search the CityLine at http://blogs.courant.com/cityline/ and the Hartford Courant Archives at http://www.courant.com/archives.
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