Arrest Another Black Eye for Hartford

Mayor Perez's arrest is the latest in a string of Hartford mishaps

Some political and economic observers say they're worried that Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez's arrest may come as another setback for Connecticut's capital city. 

Perez, who's vowed to stay in office after being arrested, is slated to be arraigned Tuesday in Hartford Superior Court. He's charged with receiving a bribe, tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence. 

Prosecutors said Perez hired a city contractor to work on his home, but did not pay for the renovations until after investigators confronted him. 

His recent arrest has some worrying about the image of Hartford, which has battled crime and economic problems. It also saw its last major league sports franchise leave in 1997 with the departure of the Hartford Whalers hockey team. The city was also unsuccessful in an attempt to lure the New England Patriots to town.

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