Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez will stay on the job during his corruption trial. The Hartford City Council refused to add the item of "interim mayor" to the agenda on Monday night, an item that would have given the council power to appoint a substitute for Perez.
Councilman Larry Deutsch introduced the resolution to make council president Pedro Segarra the acting mayor on April 12, but he did not have enough votes. The issue was brought up again during Monday's meeting, but did not have the needed support.
Some council members had said Perez is too distracted by the case to take care of city business.
Perez's trial is scheduled to start May 12 and last until June 30. He was arrested in January 2009, accused of receiving a bribe from a city contractor in the form of free home improvements. Perez has denied any wrongdoing.