Trueworthy steps down, Costco advances in New Britain

New Britain Alderman Michael Trueworthy
New Britain's new speaker pro tempore
New Britain’s new mayor pro tempore, Suzanne Bielinski

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — Suzanne Bielinski was sworn in as the new mayor pro tempore for the New Britain following a 9-4 vote by the city council in her favor. However, there were some who aren’t happy she got the position.

Alderman Don Naples says she is currently involved in a civil service complaint and would rather see someone who is of the same party as Mayor Erin Stewart in the position.

Alderman Michael Trueworthy stepped down as mayor pro tempore after a drunken tirade he admits he unleashed on Mayor Erin Stewart a couple of weeks ago after the two disagreed on a deal to bring Costco to New Britain.

“He came into my office saying that the way I was handling the whole situation was wrong. I think that what I’m doing is absolutely right. I’ll stand by that,” Stewart said.

Erin Stewart
Erin Stewart

Although he disagrees at the way he handled himself with the mayor, he says he still believes her deal with Costco is being mishandled.  “There are a number of things that I’m going to keep on fighting for here,” said Trueworthy.

Stewart said Thursday afternoon that this deal could have a huge impact in the city and would bring about 220 jobs. She says the deal has been in the works for four years but there have been issues such as tax incentives and securing the land where Costco would go.

“Perhaps the pressure may be too much for some, but my negotiation tactics have always been in the best interest of this city. Everything that I do is in the interest of the taxpayers of this city and he had a disagreement with that,” said Stewart.

Stewart told News 8 that Costco says if the Council can’t vote on a proposal to get the deal done Thursday night, they would pull out.  But the council voted 12-3 in favor of the tax break and it looks like the deal is moving forward.

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