Cockayne said the reason he got into politics was for his son Kenny. “I want Bristol to be a place where people can live, work and raise their families. I want to be a mayor my son can be proud of.”
Cockayne also spoke of downtown redevelopment being a key issue in the coming months and years. He said he is just as frustrated as any other Bristol resident regarding the slow progress of the former mall site.
Cockayne also spoke of transparency in local government and a hope for bi-partisanship with elected officials. He also spoke of keeping taxes in check along with fighting blight.
Cockayne concluded with “There is much to be done and the time for talking is done. We need to roll up our sleeves and get to work.”
Councilors Calvin Brown, Eric Carlson, Henri Martin, Rich Miecznikowski, Ellen Zoppo-Sassu and Mary Fortier were all also sworn in along with Tom Barnes as Treasure and Constables, Kate Matthews, Sarah Sullivan, Joel Boutwell, Timothy Ceritello, Joseph Geladino, and Joella Mudry.
The position of Constable has been eliminated by voters and these individuals will be Bristol’s last Constables.
All newly elected and re-elected officials will have the opportunity to work together tomorrow at their first Council meeting at 7pm at City Hall.