NEW BRITAIN – State Rep. Bobby Sanchez, D-New Britain, is holding a press conference today decrying a remark made by former mayor Timothy Stewart during a Facebook exchange about poor conditions in the North and Oak Street area.
Stewart responded to complaints about the lack of city action in the area made by Annette Velez, who lives in the neighborhood, by saying “unfortunately the inmates continue to run the neighborhood.” Sanchez wants Stewart to apologize and called the post “insulting.”
The press conference is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the HRA Center at 35 Oak St.
“As a legislator representing this community, I must stand and defend my constituents from this type of verbally degrading abuse that has, of late, been rampant against certain low income and poor communities,” Sanchez said in a statement.
Stewart said he was reacting to Velez’s comments that the city has done nothing for the North Oak area. “I apologize to anyone who thinks my comments were meant to be derogatory in any way on social media, they absolutely were not,” Stewart said. “I was defending the time, energy and dollars that have been spent in the area of North/Oak NRZ (Neighborhood Revitalization Zone) by the city over the past 15 years or so to some that dismissed those efforts as nothing.”
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