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.
And here’s the Courant’s story. (And, for the record…although posted a bit late…Mayor Pedro Segarra’s statement is below.)
Pedro E. Segarra
HARTFORD’S NEW MAYOR
HOLDS FIRST NEWS CONFERENCE
—NEWS AND COMMUNITY RELEASE—
(June 25, 2010)— Pedro E. Segarra held his first news conference today as Mayor after taking the reigns of Connecticut’s Capital City at 5:01PM today.
“This is a difficult period for the City, but we need to join efforts to overcome our current differences and move our City forward. There are too many people depending on us to get the job done and we cannot and must not let them down. These are challenging financial times as well, so it is important to develop a work plan to take-on these issues quickly and effectively. I look forward to working with the Mayors in our surrounding towns and major cities as we deal with regional efforts. I will reach out to the Governor to see how the State can continue to assist the City. I also look forward to the support of the Hartford Delegation to ensure that the City’s voice is heard at the Legislative level as we are limited in our abilities to solve several issues at the local level.
But this isn’t just about government. It is about people and positive relationships in the community. I plan to meet with neighborhood leaders with the message that I am here to listen and learn. I extend that same message to our corporate and non-profit business partners as well, many of whom have already expressed a willingness to help.
There is a lot on Hartford’s plate right now and we need to address the City’s priorities immediately. I thank you for your support and look forward to taking Hartford to even greater heights and promise. There will be changes and these changes will come quickly. I want to thank you all for your patience and for your support.”