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NEW BRITAIN—The City Council, known here as the Common Council, of this central Connecticut city, to the south of Hartford, today passed the following resolution, introduced by Alderman Professor Aram Ayalon, by a vote of 9 to 5. The vote split along party lines, with the Republicans in the minority. A spokesperson was quick to point out, however that “None of them supported this awful monument idea either. They were, however, supporting the mayor’s position that the monument was in fact never agreed to by the mayor’s office or town council, obviating the need for any resolution.” Mayor Erin E. Stewart is currently one of the candidates for the Republican nomination for governor, with the decision due at the party’s convention this weekend.
The text of the resolution follows:
To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain, the undersigned beg leave to recommend the adoption of the following:
WHEREAS, the agreement between the City of New Britain and the government of Lithuania to put a monument in memory of Adolfas Ramanauskas was done without knowing the controversy over his background as an alleged Nazi collaborator; and
WHEREAS, the proposed monument would have been offensive to those who lost family in the Holocaust and those who care about preserving the memory of the Holocaust, and
WHEREAS, the proposed monument was approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission without input and consent of the Common Council and the community of New Britain, and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that any agreement between the mayor of the City of New Britain and the Lithuanian government regarding the monument for Adolfas Ramanauskas and the vote by the Parks and Recreation Commission from December 15, 2017, approving this monument, be rescinded.