Gennaro Bizzarro named New Britain City Attorney by Mayor Timothy Stewart.
Local Attorney Gennaro Bizzarro Begins Work Monday, Replacing Peter Mlynarczyk In Post
NEW BRITAIN — Gennaro Bizzarro, a local attorney who is chairman of the city finance board, will replace Peter Mlynarczyk as corporation counsel.
Bizzarro will begin his part-time post Monday, said Mayor Timothy Stewart, who announced the appointment Monday.
As corporation counsel, Bizzarro will advise Stewart and the common council and oversee a staff of four full-time lawyers.
Bizzarro understands government and its inner workings, Stewart said.
``He has a tremendous willingness to learn and also serve the city where he grew up,'' he said. ``There's other folks that fit the bill, but because of his commitment to my administration, he was top of the list.''
Bizzarro, 30, said he was surprised by his appointment.
``It's an honor, and I would say that I'm very thankful and grateful to the mayor for this expression of confidence in me,'' Bizzarro said.
Bizzarro will help guide officials through a period of transition, including a proposed plan to redevelop the vacant Pinnacle Heights housing project.
One of his major challenges will be straddling the political makeup of the Democrat-controlled common council, which is led by a Republican mayor, Mlynarczyk said.
Council members often ask legal questions that must be answered on the spot. Still, Bizzarro is prepared for the task, Mlynarczyk said. ``I think he's going to be a tremendous asset to the city -- very capable attorney, very nice person -- and I think he'll be a terrific manager,'' he said.
Earlier this month, Gov. M. Jodi Rell named Mlynarczyk to the state Workers' Compensation Commission. Some members of the General Assembly's judiciary committee approved the nomination on an interim basis by a 15-0 vote. The full committee is expected to review Mlynarczyk's appointment during the next legislative session.
Mlynarczyk's responsibilities as the city's corporation counsel end Friday. He plans to resign from the New Britain law firm Davila & Dilzer and from his position as a hearing officer for the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
Bizzarro will earn $31,000 a year and will continue working for his law firm, Sheehan, Rembish, LaSaracina and Bizzarro. A board of finance member since November, Bizzarro said he expects to resign from that position this week.
His appointment comes at a good time for the board of finance, which typically doesn't meet in the summer, said Lisa R. Carver, Stewart's chief of staff. Crunch time for the finance board usually starts in January and ends in June with the passage of the budget.
Bizzarro graduated magna cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2000. He was editor-in-chief of the Quinnipiac Law Review and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Fordham University in 1997.