Friday, March 16, 2007


Former Waterbury Mayor Joseph Santopietro spent six years in federal prison in the 1990s for corruption charges. Since then, there have been numerous people in Waterbury who refused to believe he was guilty, saying that he was a "nice boy" who took the fall for a buddy, and that he never did anything wrong. A couple years ago, he expressed interest in possibly running for mayor again, as a way of showing that he was truly sorry for his wrong-doings as mayor. Fortunately that never went anywhere.

Today he pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy while he worked as a consultant for Diversified Waste Disposal in Danbury. The gist of the crime (from involves trash haulers selecting routes for one another and agreeing not to compete with one another (meaning that if you live in a certain area, you can use only one company, and meaning that if you want to start up your own trash hauling business, you're out of luck).

So much for being just a "nice boy" led astray by the wrong associates.

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