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Veronica Airey-Wilson

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Peas (Stewed)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/4/1953
Birth Location:
Kingston,

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Peas (Stewed)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/4/1953
Birth Location:
Kingston
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Biography

City council member Veronica Airey-Wilson, former deputy mayor of Hartford, Connecticut, was born on August 4, 1953, in Kingston, Jamaica, to Narciso and Clariana Airey. Moving to Hartford in 1960, Airey-Wilson attended both Brackett Elementary School and Arsenal Elementary School. Airey-Wilson was a member of the National Honor Society and captain of the cheerleading team at Weaver High School from which she graduated in 1972. Attending Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York on a full scholarship, Airey-Wilson graduated in 1975.

In 1976, Airey-Wilson was hired by Aetna where she rose from claims adjuster to equal employment opportunity counselor. Leaving Aetna in 1985, Airey-Wilson started her own business, Verjen Boutique, in Hartford’s Richardson Mall; she later returned to the insurance business by opening an AllState Insurance Company franchise, which eventually became the Airey-Wilson Insurance Group, a full service financial agency.

In 1994, Airey-Wilson was elected to the Hartford Court of Common Council, where she was the first Jamaican to serve as the city’s deputy mayor; in 2003, she served as co-chair of the Youth Workforce Development Task Force. Airey-Wilson has served as an executive member of the Capital Region Council of Government Joint Policy Steering Committee; chair of the Republican State Convention; and an executive member of the Capital Region Council of Government Joint Policy Board. Airey-Wilson was vice president of the Association of Caribbean American Leaders and a member of the NAACP. In addition to her professional activities, Airey-Wilson has raised two children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Veronica Airey-Wilson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Veronica Airey-Wilson describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Veronica Airey-Wilson describes her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Veronica Airey-Wilson describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about her father's ancestors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Veronica Airey-Wilson describes her parents' relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Veronica Airey-Wilson describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Veronica Airey-Wilson describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood in Jamaica
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Veronica Airey-Wilson describes the community of her childhood neighborhood in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about moving from Jamaica to Connecticut during elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about the challenges West Indians faced in immigrating to Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about the role of church while she was growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about the role of music in her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Veronica Airey-Wilson recalls the immigrant work ethic of her Jamaican parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about how her family saved for and purchased their first home in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Veronica Airey-Wilson describes how her drive to attend college led to her success as a student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about her favorite subject during elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Veronica Airey-Wilson recalls her favorite and least favorite teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about her rebelliousness toward her parents
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about traveling to Greece while attending Weaver High School in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Veronica Airey-Wilson describes her activities and ambitions during her high school years at Weaver High School in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Veronica Airey-Wilson describes her experiences at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about the influential professors she encountered while at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about beginning her career at Aetna Life and Casualty in Hartford, Connecticut in 1976
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Veronica Airey-Wilson details the career lessons she learned during her tenure at Aetna Life Insurance Company in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about running her own jewelry boutique, Verjen Boutique
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Veronica Airey-Wilson describes her tenure as the operator of an Allstate insurance franchise
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about how her roots in her community enhanced her business success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Veronica Airey-Wilson relates how she was drafted into running for office in Hartford, Connecticut in 1991
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Veronica Airey-Wilson recalls joining the Republican Party in order to run for the Hartford City Council in 1991
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Veronica Airey-Wilson reflects on why African Americans left the Republican Party in the 1960s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Veronica Airey-Wilson outlines her beliefs on the welfare programs of the late twentieth century
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Veronica Airey-Wilson describes the political climate of Hartford, Connecticut at the time of her election to city council in 1991
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about the political history of Hartford, Connecticut from 1993 to 2005
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Veronica Airey-Wilson details her platform as a councilwoman in the City of Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about the programs she advanced as chair of the Housing Committee for the Hartford Court of Common Council
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about crime and safety issues during the 1990s in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about her continuing involvement in Connecticut politics during the 2000s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about belonging to the Independent United Order of Mechanics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about her continuing involvement in Connecticut politics during the 2000s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Veronica Airey-Wilson describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Veronica Airey-Wilson describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Veronica Airey-Wilson reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Veronica Airey-Wilson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Veronica Airey-Wilson talks about her mother's support for her political career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Veronica Airey-Wilson describes how she would like to be remembered