On February 24, the City Council’s Miscellaneous Matters Committee unanimously approved Mack Allen’s appointment to the city’s Ethics Commission, according to minutes of the meeting. Co-chair AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia, Co-chair Trish Swain, and members Jack Banta, Milta Feliciano, Bob Halstead and Sue Brannelly were in attendance.
Minutes of the meeting:
The appointee Mack Henry approached the committee. He thanked the committee for considering the appointment and for the work that they do. He went on to say that he has been a resident of Bridgeport since November 4, 2002, noting that he has been married for twelve years and has three children that attend Bridgeport Public Schools and Kolbe Cathedral High School. He shared that he is a New Vision International Ministries member and he runs the prison ministry. He is also involved in outreach, food drives and the angel tree program. He mentioned that he worked in construction and demolition for Fuse 180 as an outreach coordinator. He stated that he is active in the city to try to make sure that Bridgeport is the best it can be. He is also a member of the NRZ. He expressed that he loves the city and his family and he is looking to make sure that his children have a legacy living in Bridgeport. He said that he is also supportive of the B Green Initiative and he wants to ensure that ethical standards for city officials and fairness are upheld across the board.
Co-chair Vizzo-Paniccia stated that although Mr. Henry’s past record has been discharged, she thanked him for his honesty for including the information on his application. Mr. Henry stated that he grew up in Los Angeles and he was a product of a broken home. He shared that he was molested as a child that caused him some trauma, which resulted in him acting out and subsequently; he was incarcerated for drug activity. He has since learned to overcome and it has been over twenty years without any legal issues. He completely changed his life around by entering into a relationship with the Lord and he rebuilt his life. He expressed that’s why it’s important to him to help rebuild the community in Bridgeport. He further expressed that he can’t make up for what he did, but he can demonstrate and live a life of integrity.
Council member Banta commended Mr. Henry for bringing something to the table, notably, an awareness of the street. He commented that for him to step up to the plate with honesty and integrity meant a great deal. He urged him to continue doing good things in the community.
COUNCIL MEMBER BANTA MOVED TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT
CO-CHAIR SWAIN SECONDED
MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY