West Haven Mayor: “I’m not going to resign today, or any day.”
WEST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - West Haven residents gathered outside of City Hall Monday night and called for the city’s mayor to resign.
The protest came after an audit found that the city improperly spent federal COVID relief money.
The City Council held a meeting on Monday night and many sought to speak out to ask Mayor Nancy Rossi to resign.
At the last meeting two weeks ago, dozens of neighbors did just that. That public comment was followed by a unanimous City Council “no confidence” vote in the mayor.
Rossi was not at the last meeting, but she was there Monday night.
She remained under fire because of the city’s recent financial issues.
Earlier this month, a state oversight board voted to take over West Haven’s budget after the audit and arrest of former city employee Michael DiMassa.
Federal investigators said DiMassa stole about $1 million in the federal COVID relief money.
State board members blamed city leaders for lack of controls and safeguards.
Some protestors planned to ask the city council to approve a resolution asking the mayor to resign.
Former Mayor Ed O’Brien was among them.
“I would like her to see that the people of West Haven want her to resign. I know it’s probably not going to happen, but what I want to happen is that she steps down,” O’Brien said.
After three hours of public comment, Rossi admitted to those who gathered at the meeting that mistakes were made.
“I do want to say we’ve all been harmed by the situation,” Rossi said. “I hate when everyone at City Hall was a thief. Nothing is further from the truth.”
She also said she wouldn’t be stepping aside.
“I’m not going to resign today, or any day. Thank you,” she said.
Channel 3 tried to speak with Rossi following the meeting. She declined.
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