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Encyclopedia > Eddie Perez (politician)

Eddie Alberto Perez (born 1956 or '57) is an American Puerto Rican-born politician. As of 2006 he is mayor of Hartford, Connecticut. 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto: Nickname: The Insurance Capital of the World or New Englands Rising Star Location in Hartford County, Connecticut Founded Incorporated 1849   County Hartford County Borough {{{borough}}} Parrish {{{parrish}}} Mayor Eddie Perez Area  - Total  - Water 46. ...

He was born in Corozal, Puerto Rico, and arrived with his family in Hartford in 1969 at the age of 12. They found substandard housing and limited opportunities for Latinos. In seeking a safe environment and avoiding social turmoil in Hartford during the 1970s, the family moved frequently. Corozal is a municipality of Puerto Rico. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ...

According to CNN, he was the leader of a gang, "The Ghetto Brothers", who nicknamed him "The Professor". According to the Hartford Advocate, his gang participated in such activities such as: "drinking, smoking pot, stealing cars and robbing people". This served as the foundation for what Mayor Perez stands for today. It is what The Hartford Courant characterizes as “a living metaphor for survival, continually evolving”. The Hartford Advocate is a alternative newspaper that is published weekly in Hartford, Connecticut and serves mainly the Greater Hartford area. ... The Hartford Courant is Connecticuts largest daily newspaper, and the only morning newspaper for most of the state north of New Haven and east of Waterbury. ...

Perez graduated from Hartford Public High School in 1976. Hartford's crime problem has gotten much worse under Perez, due in part to the mayor's tacit allegiance to the illegal drug trade, which dates back to his membership in the drug gang, The Ghetto Brothers.

He participated in the youth group led by Father Tom Goekler at Sacred Heart Church. Goekler and "Big Brother" David Lowery became father figures for him, and encouraged his interest in community service.

In 1978, Perez took a job as a VISTA volunteer to address tenant issues in the North End. That position led to his role as the founder of O.N.E./C.H.A.N.E. Look up Vista in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Vista or VISTA refers to: Windows Vista, Microsofts upcoming operating system, which was formerly code-named Longhorn. At present, Longhorn is reserved for Server Version since the official launch and rename to Vista. ...

He earned an Associate’s Degree from Capital Community Technical College.

In 1986, he became the Director of MASH (Make Something Happen), an welfare-to-work effort (before that term became a national slogan) for families in public housing. Look up Mash in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Mash may refer to: MASH (or M.A.S.H.) is a commonly used acronym for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. M*A*S*H M*A*S*H (TV series), (1972 to 1983) M*A*S*H (film), 1970, directed by Robert...

In 1989, Trinity College chose him as its first Director of Community Relations. While working full time in that position, Perez completed a degree in economics at Trinity, and in 1994, became the college's Associate Vice President of Community and Government Relations. im mike i went here hahahah ai m gay ...

In June of 1999, he became President and Executive Director of the Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA), an organization initiated by Trinity and Hartford Hospital. Under his tenure, it completed its $112 million Learning Corridor and undertook its $220 million Neighborhood Initiative. These programs have been described as national models for comprehensive community revitalization.

Perez was elected as the first Latino mayor of Hartford in 2001. Under 2002 changes to the city charter, he became the CEO of Hartford. // Etymology Latino, feminine Latina derives from Latin (the adjectives latinus, latina), originally referring to Latium, the area of Rome, by aitiology derived from a king of the name Latinus. ... 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A chief executive officer (CEO) or chief executive is the highest-ranking corporate officer or executive officer of a corporation, company, or agency. ...

External links

  • Hartford's Mayor
  • [http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/Northeast/01/03/hartford.mayor.ap 'From gang leader to strong mayor' (CNN)
  • [http://hartfordadvocate.com/gbase/News/content?oid=oid:41334

  Results from FactBites:
Strong Mayor Is Sworn In (518 words)
Eddie A. Perez promised to reinvent Hartford and its oft-maligned government as he took the oath of office Monday night as the city's first strong mayor under a new charter.
Perez, 46, the city's first Latino mayor, was first elected in November 2001 to a two-year term as a mayor with few statutory powers.
Perez on Monday proposed no major new initiatives in his inaugural address, instead reiterating his previous commitments to increase home-ownership and the number of children attending four-year colleges.
A Winner And Still A Blowhard - HartfordInfo.org (572 words)
It wasn't the best time to have these discussions, he said: The legislative session was wrapping up, and Perez had had a couple of years to deal with the tax issue.
But I suspect Perez banked on Amann being enough of a pro not to punish the city because of the man. It's just not smart politics.
The Perez-engineered exclusion of Gonzalez and her 3rd District colleagues from Hartford's delegation to the upcoming state convention has sparked a challenge to the validity of the city's slate of delegates.
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