City Councilor Bob Rossi has lived in Agawam his entire life, attending Agawam public schools, raising his three children here, just as his parents have and their parents before him did.
Bob earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Western New England University and a master’s degree in criminal justice studies and interpersonal relationships from American International College.
Bob retired with 32 years of honorable police service to the Town of Agawam; retiring at the rank of Lieutenant. Additionally, he served as adjunct professor at Westfield State College, Springfield Technical Community College and the Western Mass Regional Police Academy, his major area of instruction was constitutional law and legal updates.
After retirement, Bob went on to become an arbitrator with the Better Business Bureau of Central New England, where he has earned several accommodations and the distinction of Arbitrator of the Year in 2006, in recognition of outstanding arbitrating service in the Dispute Resolution Program with the Better Business Bureau.
Bob now serving in his sixth term representing the people of Agawam on the City Council, has been actively involved in working to make Agawam a better place to live. In July of 2008, Bob was appointed Committee Chairperson of the Feeding Hills Sewer Project, where he and his committee spearheaded and resurrecting a once defunct, costly and over burdened sewer project and made it a cost effective reality. Phase One completed in June of 2011, and Phase Two is about to begin in the Spring 0f 2013. Bob believes that this project is a key element to the future of Agawam's financial stability. It will not only bring relief to those in desperate need of sewer services, but it will also increase property values and open endless opportunities for new growth and expand our tax base. Once completed, this project will give Agawam a clear road to financial independence and less reliant of diminishing state and federal aid.
Bob was appointed to the Energy Conservation Commission and is looking forward to addressing issues of conserving energy in Agawam’s public buildings and in the daily operations of providing city services. The Commission’s goal is to provide a series of recommendations focusing on ideas to create a “Greener” and more “Efficient” Agawam. In April of 2011, Bob authored a Resolution to make Agawam by proclamation an energy Efficient Community to be known as a "GREEN COMMUNITY", which was unanimously passed by The City Council.
Bob is responsible for creating special legislation to align our police reserve officers with state statute, which allows for the use of retired police officers to supplement Agawam’s public safety programs, a practice that has never been allowed in Agawam before. This legislation was intended to promote a more cost efficient police presence to our public safety programs. Additionally, Bob was extremely opposed to the removal of the ambulance base service in Feeding being discontinued and was a very vocal advocate for its return and continued to work tirelessly until ambulance based service in Feeding Hills restored.
Bob went on to become instrumental in spearheading and authoring a Resolution to create special legislation to rescind and repeal the parking ordinance that polarized the entire community in 2006.
As a member of Agawam's’s Friends of the Senior’s, he is a strong advocate for the elder population. Believing that our senior population is the most viable and under utilized asset in our community.
Bob continues to work tirelessly and his dedication remains constant to his goal in making Agawam a world-class city that anyone can afford and be proud to call home. He is committed to expanding our tax base, to stabilize Agawam's’s future and to control a lower tax bill. Through transparency initiatives and performance based budgeting practices we can effectively control our spending, reduce our tax base and insure our future.
He is a long proponent of better marketing strategies to attract new business to the community and to assist Agawam's already established businesses. He has a clear vision for the need for vibrant shopping districts and neighborhoods with well maintained parks for people to enjoy.
Bob resides on Colemore Street, he is a communicant of Sacred Heart Church, a member of Agawam UNICO, the Massachusetts Police Association, the Massachusetts Municipal Employees Association, Friends of the Senior Center, Friends of the Agawam Library and Friends of Robinson Park.
“As your City Councilor , I will continue to be your voice and to work tirelessly as your advocate in City government. If you need assistance, or wish to provide feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me. As always, thank you for your support.”