Gatling named African-American Mayor for the Day in Waterbury

Thursday, February 10, 2011
Waterbury Republican-American
Waterbury, CT

James H. Gatling, president and chief executive officer of New Opportunities Inc., has been named African-American Mayor for the Day.

Gatling will be honored at a 10 a.m. ceremony Feb. 16 at City Hall, then at a celebration that same day at the Goodwill Lodge of Elks, 238 North Elm Street, at 6 p.m.

New Opportunities is a social service agency that provides anti-poverty and assistance programs to 27 area communities. Gatling has led the agency for more than three decades.

Gatling said Wednesday he's "elated" at the honor, which he finally accepted after having been asked for many years. He said he always felt too young for the honor, but after mentoring young people in the community, feels accepting it now gives them hope.

"I feel one day in Waterbury we will see an African-American mayor; that's really the goal," he said. "The whole honor is symbolic, but it gives young people something to strive for."

Both the 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. events are free and open to the public.

For information, contact the Rev. Thomas Mallory at (203) 233-0782.

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