My attorney has been informed by the Chief State's Attorney office that they have obtained a warrant for my arrest in connection with work done by a city contractor at my home. Seventeen months ago, I revealed the facts surrounding this situation to the public and these facts appear to be the basis for action by the Chief State's Attorney tomorrow.
First, I wish to apologize to the people of Hartford. My lapse in judgment in using a city contractor to perform work on my house was inexcusable. Though I firmly believe that I have not committed a crime, I have allowed the appearance of impropriety to color how those may view my administration. For this, I am truly sorry and take full responsibility.
At various times, Carlos Costa has worked on city construction contracts. In 2003, he won a competitive bid for the Park Street Streetscape improvements and was the low bidder. The bid was awarded by the Department of Public Works, the project is complete and as of this date, the city has spent less than the original $7.3 million estimate of the cost of the project.
Even though Mr. Costa was paid for the work he completed at my house, it was a mistake on my part to retain a city contractor to perform work at my house. Further, I should have ensured the proper permits were obtained. The perception in today's environment has the potential to undermine public confidence in government.
That being said, I firmly believe that I did not commit a criminal act. Anyone who has followed my decades of community and public service knows that there was never even been an allegation that I have betrayed the public trust. The voters of Hartford have voted for me twice since these facts have become public and with humility, I will continue to do the job that they have elected me to do.
I look forward to a quick trial on these allegations and look forward to a vindication in court.