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Group To Urge Councilwoman To Resign

HARTFORD — Some residents are expected to urge City Councilwoman Veronica Airey-Wilson to resign tonight.

Wilson, who is serving her 18th year on the city council, is in the middle of her three-month probation  for curruption charges.

The Chief State Attorneys’ office arrested and charged Airey-Wilson with fabricating evidence–writing a check out to the city contractor, Carlos Costa, to show payment — for work done on her kitchen pantry.

In September, she applied for special program that would allow her record to be expunged after three months. Hartford Superior Court Judge Julia Dewey approved her petition.

A Republican, Airey-Wilson was a candidate in 2008 against Sen. Eric D. Coleman, a  Democrat who has served in the Senate since 1995.

During that campaign season, Airey-Wilson’s house was searched as a part of the state’s corruption case against former Hartford mayor Eddie Perez. A six-member jury found Perez guilty in June of five felony charges including taking bribes and attempted extortion. He was sentenced to three years in prison and is now appealing the verdict.

The same contractor who worked on Perez’s home also worked on Airey-Wilson’s home. The cost of the job, Costa said on the witness stand, was about $500.

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