What I've observed while working in the Mayor's Office:
To the Editor:
ACTION: I have seen Ellen [Zoppo-Sassu] tackle tough issues such as the opioid crisis, food insecurity, business development, fiscal responsibility across city departments, staffing issues and in her “spare time” bringing people together at the Farmers Market, Mayor’s Back to School Pencil Hunt, the city-wide cleanup day and more.
LEADERSHIP: I watched as she pivoted from the day-to-day operations to an all-hands-on deck when covid-19 hit. She mobilized community partners such as the Board of Ed, and health care partners to launch testing and eventually vaccination sites. She established the Bristol All Heart Hotline, which streamlined needs of the elderly and homebound by assembling a team of over 100 volunteers to meet those needs. She secured donations from members of the community to feed individuals living at the shelter when they were without a director and cook. She worked hand in hand with the United Way to bring the Food boxes to Bristol.
EXPERIENCE: Ellen brings experience to this most difficult, complex job. Not many mayors are out in the middle of a snowstorm, hurricane or other disaster with boots on the ground and a phone in her ear, securing the support necessary.
PROGRESS: Our City is seeing progress. Downtown parcels are mostly sold. Local businesses are thriving and new businesses are looking to expand here. There have been 40 new businesses in the last two years alone.