Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu

The first female Mayor of Bristol is completing her first year in office. Ellen Zoppo-Sassu went on camera to reflect on her first year as the Mum City Mayor.

The 17-minute video covers many topics and a plan for the future. Take the time to watch it!

Additionally, The Roundup asked Zoppo-Sassu some questions as well.

What’s fun about the job?

Knowing that every day, you can make a difference either by helping someone with a constituent issue, exploring best practices, or creating new policies with department heads and boards and commissions.

What were you surprised about once taking office?

How many times a day I have to sign my name to official documents! And also how the best-laid plans for a schedule can go sideways very quickly.

What do you want residents to know about what you have already done and what you plan to do?

I feel strongly that Bristol has to invest in itself, which will stimulate others to do so as well. I also believe that people want to feel good about where they live and work so we have designed strategies around making that happen. Even the farmers market this summer was designed with long-term goals in place.

How many people ever thought about downtown as a Destination on a Saturday? Not many until the farmers market got in a groove with live music, great vendors,  as well as some local nonprofits and city departments featured as well.

The Arts, Culture and Tourism Commission, the Opioid task force and the Diversity Council will all play roles and building a foundation for a strong community.

Lastly, the mall site. Any updates for residents?

At this point, the Bristol Hospital is on schedule to open in the spring. While we have some interest in a couple of the N. Main St. parcels, there are no official letters of intent received to date.

I think it is really important to ensure that we have the right mix of uses and the right developers to make it work so that we do not have any of the problems that were created 50 plus years ago during urban renewal when political pressure creates bad policy, which led to bad decisions

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