Timothy Stewart resigns as New Britain Chamber of Commerce president

Published on Monday, 11 February 2019 09:45
Written by Michelle Jalbert

Staff writer

NEW BRITAIN - Timothy Stewart has resigned as president of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce.

Gennaro Bizzarro, chairman of the GNBCC, accepted Stewart’s resignation Saturday morning.

Saturday afternoon, Stewart’s daughter, Mayor Erin Stewart, posted on Twitter in response to his decision.

“I am very proud of my dad for doing the right thing,” her tweet read.

The resignation came three days after Stewart made a crude Facebook post calling female Democratic U.S. representatives, who wore white during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last week, “Bitches in heat.”

Bizzarro placed Stewart, a former New Britain mayor, on administrative leave afterward.

Tim Stewart also resigned from the city’s School Building Committee and the Mattabassett District Commission. Mayor Stewart accepted his resignation.

“For the past three days, we at the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce have been rocked by the aftermath of Tim’s social media post,” Bizzarro said in a statement. “Within hours of learning of the post on Wednesday morning, I placed Tim on immediate administrative leave and expressed my profound disappointment in his inexcusable language.”

City officials praised Stewart’s decision to resign.

“I appreciate the fact that he sought to do the right thing for the Chamber and for the community,” said Alderman Carlo Carlozzi. “I hope that as a community we can move forward and return to our regular order of business.”

“We are encouraged that the executive director finally made the right decision. We are disappointed in the timeline and frustrated that these misogynist comments were allowed to happen in the first place,” said Alderwoman Eva Magnuszewski. “We call on all elected and appointed officials to understand the responsibility they take on as stewards of the city and to be respectful of all people, regardless of personal biases.”

This is not the first time Tim Stewart has been criticized for his behavior on social media. In November 2017, he commented, “the inmates are running the neighborhood,” on a Facebook post about residents of the North and Oak streets area.

Staff writer Skyler Frazer contributed to this story.

Michelle Jalbert can be reached at mjalbert@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Monday, 11 February 2019 09:45. Updated: Monday, 11 February 2019 09:48.