By Jason Bowsza
On Nov. 19, I was sworn in as East Windsor’s new first selectman along with brand new members of the Board of Selectmen and other newly elected or re-elected public officials. Our new selectmen are Marie DeSousa, Alan Baker, Charlie Nordell, and Sarah Muska.
I could not be more excited to work with this group of people who are so dedicated to our community. Now that the election season is behind us, it is time to look to the future. We have a lot of work to do, and listening to the community and asking for feedback and guidance as we chart our next steps as a community is a central goal for all of us.
It is my hope that our new Board of Selectmen will remain considerate of a diversity of opinion and perspective as we take new action. I don’t expect that everyone will agree with each other all of the time. I do hope that in those instances where we disagree, it will be on the merits of a question and not on personal grounds. Difference of opinion is a good and healthy thing, but it’s important not to become dismissive of perspectives with which we don’t agree.
As we all spent time talking to voters and knocking on doors, a number of themes consistently emerged: a need for greater focus on economic development; opportunities to improve the perception of our schools; more transparency and responsiveness; a recognition that town government services need to be customer-focused; and more.
I have every confidence in the good people with whom I’ll have the opportunity to serve over the next few years. I ask your patience with us as we get started. We will surely make some mistakes along the way, but we will learn from them, work together, show each other respect, and we’ll be better servants of our community on our last day than on our first. We will work as hard as we can on every day in between.
Thank you for your confidence in this group of people, and for your help along the way. East Windsor’s best days are still ahead.