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‘Engaging With Our Elected Officials is Critical to Maintaining a Healthy Relationship Between the Government and the Governed’

As a member of the University of New Haven’s Mayor’s Advisory Commission, I am helping to organize a town hall with West Haven Mayor Nancy Rossi’s office. The entire University community is invited, and I hope you will join us.

November 11, 2020

By Nicholas Thompson ’23

Image of Nicholas Thompson at mayoral debate.
Nicholas Thompson ’23 (right) at last year’s mayoral debate at West Haven High School.

All University of New Haven community members, from students, faculty, family, alumni, and friends, are invited to join Mayor Nancy Rossi and West Haven residents for a virtual town hall forum that will take place on Tuesday, November 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.

I’m organizng this event together with the Mayor’s Office and my fellow students Christian Zapata ’21 and Christyllis Douglas ’24 on behalf of MAC, which is dedicated to bridging together the University and West Haven communities. We look forward to seeing everyone at the town hall.

I am excited to be part of this event as I think the virtual forum gives both the University community and West Haven citizens the opportunity to hear from and engage with the Mayor on prevalent issues affecting the city in which we live and work.

Attendees will listen to the Mayor give an update from her office about a variety of important topics, including the city government’s response to COVID-19. Afterward, the floor will be open for attendees to ask questions about the Mayor’s governance. The event will take place over Zoom through Dr. Chris Haynes’s personal Zoom link.

If anyone is unable to attend the event, they are welcome to email questions beforehand to me at They can also watch the event via Facebook Live through the “Mayor Nancy R. Rossi” Facebook page.

All University community members are strongly encouraged to attend. I believe engaging with our elected officials is critical to maintaining a healthy relationship between the government and the governed. It helps foster trust in the Rossi administration and West Haven government, while helping to educate people on the issues that affect Westies every day.

Nicholas Thompson ’23 is a political science major at the University of New Haven. A member of the Mayor’s Advisory Commission, he is alsao a Model United Nations delegate.