New Britain Spends $100,000 on PR on Landlord Ordinance

Thursday, Dec 27, 2012  |  Updated 8:02 AM EDT
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New Britain Spends $100,000 on PR on Landlord Ordinance

Landlords in New Britain are protesting an ordinance and a street closure is planned tonight.

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New Britain Mayor Tim O'Brien has hired a $100,000-a-year public relations consultant to counter opposition from landlords angry at a city ordinance that fines owners of properties with high numbers of police calls.

The Hartford Courant reports that two council members oppose the move.

O'Brien, a Democrat, announced on Christmas Eve that the city hired the consultant who advises prominent Democrats, such as U.S. Rep. John Larson and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The mayor said the firm will help correct misinformation about New Britain's ordinance, which generated intense opposition from landlords. He said officials want to make sure city residents are not swayed by opponents.

Council members David DeFronzo and Larry Hermanowski said they oppose the cost. Hermanowski says it's not the proper time to spend $100,000. 

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