Just days after his sweeping victory, Elicker has named 25 members to a diverse transition team including state legislators, local activists, faith leaders, and alders.
“Often times in transition teams, you may choose people that were in your team and that’s just not I think the best way to impact the future of the city,” said Elicker.
Elicker picked three women to lead the group, five-year State Representative Robyn Porter, Kica Matos, the city’s former Community Services Administrator, and Fair Haven and Education Advocate Sarah Miller.
“Look behind you, look at this multi-racial, diverse team of people with incredible expertise,” said Matos.
There’s a lot to accomplish before January 1.
“We’d like to just have a clear road map for the administration. For the first 100 days, what are the initial things that have to happen, what are the priorities for the first term and what are some long-term goals that we can start planning for now,” said Miller.
“We all need the mayor to succeed,” said Laurie Kennington, President Local 34 UNITE HERE.
Members say it’s time for New Haven to move on from a contentious campaign season
“You know, we’re not going to always agree on all of the issues but I think what we all do agree on is what we would like to see for New Haven,” said Porter.
Elicker laid out 11 areas of focus, including education, housing, and safety.
“Good jobs in this city and access for New Haven residents to those good jobs, I think that’s what we share in common,” said Kennington.
Members say they’re committed to finding the best people for the job.
“I don’t think that needs to be done based on favors, I think that needs to be done based on qualifications,” said Porter.
Elicker says he wants to hear from the public. He’s holding two public meetings on high school in the community. The first meeting is on Saturday, November 16th at 9 a.m. while the second meeting will be held on Sunday, December 8th at 2 p.m.