Though Frank Nicastro isn’t running for another term on the City Council, he’s not ready to say he’ll never be back at City Hall.
“I always leave the door open,” said Nicastro, a city councilor who also serves in the state House. “Who knows what the future holds in store?”
Nicastro, a former mayor, said that he ran for re-election to the council in 2007 in part because Democrat Art Ward “would need the support” he could offer during his first term in office.
Now, though, Ward’s gotten his feet wet and “it’s time to move on,” Nicastro said.
Nicastro, elected in 2006 to the state House in the 79th District, was a councilor from 1987 to 1993, then put in 10 years as the city’s full-time mayor.
After a two year break, Nicastro successfully ran for a 3rd District council seat, which he has held since.
Nicastro said that with 20 years at City Hall, he believes it’s time for him to focus on his state responsibilities.
As the vice chairman of the legislature’s veterans committee, Nicastro said he’s doing his best to make sure that Connecticut’s veterans get all the support they need.
But he’s also finding the long hours at the Capitol are getting longer.
He said the state needs people like him “who aren’t afraid to speak out” and who are determined to help both taxpayers and hard-pressed municipalities across the state.
Nicastro said he feels a special responsibility to make sure mid-size cities “don’t get shortchanged” at the state level.
He said he enjoys serving in the House.
“I’m very happy in the state,” Nicastro said, and doesn’t have an itch to do anything more in politics – at least for now.
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