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Standing Up for Public Services
Local 1186 President Michael Thompson talks with Common Council Assistant Majority Leader Tonilynn Collins.
Darlene O'Neal and her sons urge the Common Council not to cut services.
At a May 17 budget hearing, Darlene O'Neal, a single mother of triplets, talked about how much the staff and programs at the Parks and Recreation Department have meant to her family.
The village to which O'Neal referred is actually multiple villages of departments and agencies with city employees who are proud of their service to the public.
"I’m a New Britain resident. I’ve lived here my whole life. I have a passion for the city," said Sue Egan, a groundskeeper with the Parks Department. "When I turn around and a job’s accomplished, I feel good about it. It shows in the beauty of the parks and the city."
"Parks and recreation, in addition to education and libraries, are needed to make a great community," Kirby said at the budget hearing.
Chris Polkowski grew up in New Britain, attended public school here and graduated from Central Connecticut State University. He now works for the city as a civil engineer.
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