Catherine Albin, a member of the Board of Finance, is the 2013 recipient of the John J. Sullivan Public Service Award from the Democratic Town Committee.

The Sullivan Award, named for the man who served in the town's top job for a record 24 years, from 1959 to 1983, is presented annually to a Democrat who is judged to have served the party and community with distinction.

Albin also was a member of the Board of Education from 1999-2009, and served as its chairwoman from 2003-04 and 2007-09. She was appointed to the Board of Finance in 2012 and is currently seeking election to a four-year term on the finance panel in November.

Albin was lauded for her intelligence, decisiveness and vision by event emcee, state Rep. Kim Fawcett.

First Selectman Michael Tetreau added that Albin's service to the party includes her current role as campaign chairwoman for this year's municipal elections as well as managing her own campaign, and that she is a sound choice not only for the Sullivan Award, but for a second term on the Board of Finance.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who also attended, called Albin an "exemplary Democrat and citizen."