City official faces ouster over niece’s hiring

New Britain City Hall (file).

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — The New Britain Civil Service Commission has voted to fine Mayor Pro Tem Suzanne Bielinski $2,500 and recommends her removal from office over the hiring of her niece as the Common Council’s administrative supervisor.

The Herald of New Britain reports that the commission recommended to again post the job of administrative supervisor, which is held by Jessica Gerratana. A majority of the five-member panel made the recommendation, but members would not say what the vote was because it was in executive session.

The office of Corporation Counsel may uphold the recommendation, modify it or overrule it. Bielinski may appeal in Superior Court.

Bielinski would not comment until speaking with her lawyer.

Bielinski, sister of state Sen. Terry Gerratana, was part of the interviewing but recused herself from the final vote.

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Information from: New Britain Herald

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