WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Ex-mayor Joseph Santopietro is making a political comeback. He had a fall from grace when he was mayor of Waterbury from 1986 to the end of 1991. He was arrested and convicted on several charges, including conspiracy, embezzlement, bank fraud, tax evasion and bribe taking.
In all, he says he spent about 6 years behind bars.
In a one-on-one interview today, Santopietro told News8 he apologizes to the people of Waterbury.
“I’m very, very sorry for what I put the city of Waterbury through, what I put my family through, what I did to the Republican Party.”
Santopietro says he has learned from his mistakes.
He says he’s already started trying to rebuild that trust by being very active in his community and in his church.
In Waterbury, that's good enough.