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Borough woman fills mayor’s seat for a day

NAUGATUCK — Jessie Ballenger was ready to take on public office when she found out she had been nominated as African-American mayor of the day.

“You just never know when something good happens out of the blue,” Ballenger said. “You never know when people are watching you and been taking you into consideration for honors and recognition.”

Mayor Robert Mezzo handed his office over to Ballenger Monday as part of the town’s observance of Black history month.