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New Britain mayor vetoes move to rename street honoring Manafort father

NEW BRITAIN  — New Britain Republican Erin Stewart has nixed the renaming of a street honoring the father of Paul Manafort.

On Monday, Stewart vetoed the proposal, accusing local Democrats of trying to “score cheap political points” and attempting to “invent or rewrite history.”

The city council’s majority leader, Carlo Carlozzi, tells the Hartford Courant that Democrats will try to override Stewart’s veto next month. He says there’s concern the street name “brings embarrassment to the city.”

Democrats hope to rename it after an African-American 19th century educator and diplomat.

Stewart recently changed the name from Paul Manafort Drive to Paul Manafort Sr. Drive to clarify it refers to the three-term mayor and not his son, the former chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign who has been convicted of financial crimes.