LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BYSIEWICZ STATEMENT ON PASSING OF ANN UCCELLO(HARTFORD, CT) - Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz released the following statement after the announcement that Former Hartford Mayor Ann Uccello has passed at age 100:
“Today Connecticut mourns the passing of a remarkable woman. Ann Uccello made history as the first woman to serve as mayor of a capitol city, shattering glass ceilings and commanding attention not just here, but across the globe. A beloved mayor and trailblazer, she will be remembered for her energy, grace, and above all, her passion.
Following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., when the threat of riots overcame Hartford, Ann took to the neighborhoods to speak and mourn with residents, encouraging peace. She served with a level of empathy, understanding, and care that is so needed in politics.
Ann Uccello was a pioneer. I admired her ground breaking work as Mayor of Hartford, and one of the highest-ranking women in the Nixon administration, she leaves a legacy that has and will continue to inspire generations of women to pursue careers in politics and public service.
I was very proud to host Ann's 100th birthday celebration with West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor in May of last year and was looking forward to celebrating her 101st. She will be greatly missed by myself, and so many others. My heart goes out to her family and loved ones.”