Mayor's resolution: A good year for Bristol

Published on Monday, 1 January 2018 22:43


A new year brings many people the excitement for possible change or, for others, the opportunity for continued progress.

Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu said she is hoping to work toward a favorable 2018 for her city.

“I hope that among the City Council and city departments, and our relationships with the public, that everyone can continue to collaborate and work together in a proactive fashion and position Bristol in a positive light,” Zoppo-Sassu.

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart said her resolution is “for the city is to continue bringing about positive change and productive leadership.”

While New Year’s resolutions are a popular tradition for many, some don’t get into the hype as much as others. Bristol Police Chief Brian Gould is one of those people.

“I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions,” Gould said. “Typically if I want to make a change or do something different I make a plan and commit to taking action. I don’t wait for New Year’s. However, if I had to make one, it would simply be that I would do whatever I could to make the new year better than the one before.”

New Britain Police Chief James Wardwell, however, is resolving to recommit himself to treating others kindly.

“To never forget God’s Golden Rule in all that I do; To always treat and care for others as you would have them do to you or your loved ones,” Wardwell said.

Although not necessarily a New Year’s resolution, Wardwell said he also plans on running in his 25th consecutive Boston Marathon.

Like Gould, New Britain resident Ben Fearon said he doesn’t typically make a resolution each year.

“If I were to make one, it would be something serious,” Fearon said. “People all the time make them and don’t stick to it. If I made one I would want to make sure it was something I was serious about.”

“I don’t really make one, but I’m always looking forward to what’s coming.”

Staff writer Angie DeRosa contributed to this story.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Monday, 1 January 2018 22:43. Updated: Monday, 1 January 2018 22:45.