I am pleased today to announce that I am running for re-election as Bristol’s Mayor. I am so proud to have led the successes that Bristol has achieved since I became Mayor in 2013. Bristol’s image has improved both here at home and across the state. Recently, I reflected back on what we have accomplished.
Working together, we expanded our tax base by selling Bingham and O’Connell schools and several lots in the Southeast Industrial Park, implemented a senior volunteer tax credit, welcomed the Bristol Blues baseball team, renovated Fire Engine Companies #4 on Vincent P Kelly Road and #5 on Mix Street, completed renovations to Muzzy Field with expanded event parking, built two synthetic fields at the highs schools and improved our quality of life through aggressive anti-blight and anti- crime initiatives that have resulted in the demolishing of over unsafe 50 structures and a crime rate at its lowest level in fifteen years.
These are just a few examples of what we are doing to make Bristol better.
As I look around the City, I see that much progress has been made but I also see much more potential for our future.
We are working aggressively with Bristol Hospital and other developers on the master plan for the Centre Square property.
We are promoting an exciting marketing initiative.
We have a cohesive economic development team in place to attract and retain businesses.
We have hired architects and a construction manager, and committed $5 million to the Memorial Boulevard School project.
However, the next two years will be challenging times for anyone who is seeking to run for elective office. Costs are going up, incomes are either declining or remaining stagnant, and already the Governor is announcing cuts to local educational aid and other areas where the state provides funding. The state budget is projecting multibillion dollar deficits.
Bristol will need responsible, experienced leaders to deal with these challenges.
I will do everything in my power to minimize any tax increase caused by the state’s fiscal problems. I will strive to maintain quality services to our residents, grow our Grand List and continue to promote Bristol as a great place to live, work and raise a family.
It has been an honor and a privilege serving as your mayor. I ask you for your vote on November 7th so that we can continue our efforts to promote our city for this generation and generations to come.
City of Bristol Mayor Kenneth Cockayne
You can also read a recent article by the Courant regarding Cockayne’s discussion to seek a third term.
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