By Josh LaBella
Nobody will be seeing a mover’s truck outside of 355 Main St. any time soon.
Democratic Mayor Nancy Rossi saw decisive victory on Tuesday night when she beat republican candidate Michele Gregorio with nearly 60 percent of the votes. Rossi’s win comes at the terminus of a yearlong race which saw two other democrats and two republicans also vying for the third-floor city hall office.
Rossi’s ticket faired just as well; with all the candidates on her ticket winning their respective races.
Michael Last and Dorothy Chambrelli were reelected as city treasurer and tax collector, respectively. Patty Horvath won the election for city clerk and will be replacing long-time clerk and former democratic mayoral candidate Debbie Collins.
Democrats Anne Heffernan, Cebi Waterfield and Andrea Talamelli won seats on the Board of Education. Republicans Robert Guthrie and Pat Libero were reelected to the board.
While Rossi’s slate won big on the city council, republicans did pick up one more seat in the legislative body, with Barry Lee Cohen beating incumbent Louise Martone in the Tenth District.
The results come at a time in which the city is under state control for the second time in nearly 30 years. Rossi, who’s campaign mantra could be optimized by the phrase “stay the course” said she is happy for the campaign to be over so she can continue working to get the city’s financial situation back on track.
“I could never have done it without everyone in this room, no matter what you did,” Rossi told supporters in her campaign headquarters. “I took this race very seriously. I am very happy to stand here, victorious. I want to continue the work that I started.”
Rossi said the election was challenging because “it started so early,” referencing former mayor Ed O’Brien announcing his candidacy just over a year into her first term. She said she will continue to try her best to move the city forward and work on its finances.
“We can’t do anything else until we have our fiscal house in order,” said Rossi. “we’re moving in the right direction, but there’s a lot of work to be done.