Mr. Cassano currently serves as the Connecticut State Senator representing the 4th Senate District. He previously served for fourteen years as the mayor of Manchester and 28 years on the Manchester Board of Directors (Town Council). He chose not to run again in 2005. Mr. Cassano served for eight years as the Chair of the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) and currently chairs the CRCOG Foundation. He is a member of the State Transportation Strategy Board and chairs the Consortium of Elected Officials and the Legislative Committee for Capitol Work Force Partners. He serves as member of the National League of Cities Advisory Council and is the President Elect for the National Association of Regional Councils. Mr. Cassano is a Past President of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and currently serves on their Board of Directors and the CIRMA Board. He serves on the St. Francis Hospital Board and chairs the Hospital President’s Advisory Committee. Mr. Cassano, a professor of Sociology at Manchester Community College, retired as Professor Emeritus in 1997.