NEW BRITAIN – It appears Mayor Erin Stewart and the Democratic caucus of the Common Council have reached an agreement to limit spending for the rest of the fiscal year.
In a showing of bipartisanship and mutual understanding, the Common Council tabled a resolution that would accept the mayor’s veto of a resolution imposing an immediate hiring and promotion freeze in the city. On April 25, the council approved a resolution imposing the freezes with some exceptions, although Corporation Council Gennaro Bizzaro said the council doesn’t have that authority. Stewart sent a letter to City Clerk Mark Bernacki the following week vetoing the resolution.
“The mayor has made a decision. She’s drafted a directive which she shared with me this evening, prior to this meeting starting, that she will be putting in place some very stringent financial guidelines from not until the end of the year,” Alderman Carlo Carlozzi said at the beginning of Wednesday’s council meeting. “She understands the spirit of what the nine of us voted on two weeks ago.”
In other news Wednesday, the Common Council:
- Authorized the mayor to apply to the state for $5 million in Urban Act funds for Phase 1 of the city’s Columbus Commons project.
- Sold four unused city properties to residents for a total of $107,100.
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