Embattled East Haven Mayor Joe Maturo says it is time to move on from his taco comment that made headlines across the country. During a taping of Face the State with Dennis House on WFSB, Maturo said acknowledged what he said was a mistake, but said he had obligation to the town and would not resign.
“I was voted in for my 11th year. I have an obligation as the leader of our community to do what is right for our community.”
“I’m going to be a better leader and we are going to heal. We are going to make East Haven a great place to live.”
Maturo agreed to come on Face the State Thursday morning morning and arrived at our suburban Hartford studios here as an immigration group was delivering 500 tacos to his office. He was followed to WFSB by WPIX reporter Mario Diaz, who was interviewing Maturo when the mayor made the infamous taco comment earlier this week. Maturo told me it is time to move on, and when the media continues to air the video of the comment, it hurts the town.
Maturo also talked about the arrest of four police officers, about the culture of racism in East haven that has been alleged, and whether he has ever witnessed racism in town.
It is clear the stress Maturo has been under. As soon as the interview was over, it seemed like a huge weight had been lifted from his shoulders.
Here is the interview that aired on WFSB-TV Sunday morning, January 29, 2012 http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6684542