To the Editor:
As citizens of Connecticut, we continue to suffer from the financial mess that the state of Connecticut is in, all because of the poor leadership and financial incompetence at the state level. Thanks to the leadership in Bristol, that is not the case in our city.
As the municipal election approaches, it is important to recognize that we, as the residents of Bristol, can be proud of the balance of city services, community focus and the sound fiscal shape that our city continues to enjoy.
It all starts at the top, and under Mayor Ken Cockayne’s leadership and management, Bristol has earned an AAA bond rating which speaks to the fact that our city is financially strong.
Bristol’s police and fire pensions are fully funded.
Bristol has developed a great reputation for being open for business, as we proactively work to attract and retain businesses in our city.
Our grand list continues to grow, and our business parks are filling up. And, in a very difficult economy, our real estate, personal property and motor vehicle taxes did not increase this year.
Bristol offers well-funded schools and educational excellence.
Bristol continues to fight the war on blight and work for safer neighborhoods.
Downtown development has begun with Bristol Hospital soon to be breaking ground on a new state-of-the-art medical facility. This commitment to our downtown redevelopment efforts, along with the infrastructure construction currently underway will serve to build momentum and attract further development to this long vacant part of our city.
We can take pride in our city parks, Muzzy Field, the Bristol Blues, the future prospect for a theater at Memorial Boulevard School and in general just how Bristol is a great place to live.
Under the leadership of Mayor Cockayne, Bristol continues to be a well-managed city with a bright future and a strong foundation.
He brings a combination of business acumen, a proven track record as a fiscal conservative along with a willingness to take on the challenges and embrace the efforts that need to occur for our city to continue to succeed.
As we look to the future, Bristol continues to need someone who can lead from the front taking on the tough issues even when they are not popular, a leader who understands that we cannot simply tax our way out of challenges.
A leader like Mayor Cockayne.
Please join me in supporting Ken Cockayne for re-election as Mayor of Bristol.
Marvin (Mickey) Goldwasser