To the editor,
The recent announcement of Emidio Cerasale for burgess of Naugatuck is met with great anticipation for two major reasons: He stands on his integrity, and embodies the qualities of service to others in his leadership style.
I’ve known this man for nearly 10-years, and I had the opportunity to work with him fairly closely when he was at the Bridgeport Housing Authority in construction management. He was open with his communication and demonstrated a transparency in all that he did in a highly pressured often politically motivated environment, despite the true purpose for providing affordable housing for those in real need.
His work put him in direct line with serving the needs of others with professional proficiency — looking at the larger good for families in need. Straightforward yet compassionate in his style, he challenged leadership and followership for accountability. He did not play games with had to be done and the hard choices. He was ethical, even when no one was looking.
I ardently believe Naugatuck would be well served to have a human being like Emidio. With this zeal and vigor, he can lead and team with others to provide transformational change to your town.
We live in a time where people are jaded about civic leaders, civil servants, government officials and of course politicians. Emidio will transcend the time by giving people a person to believe in and trust.
Yvonne R. Davis
The writer is a former commissioner for the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women under former Governor M. Jodi Rell.