Mr. Cassano currently serves as the Connecticut State Senator representing the 4th Senate District. Senator Cassano is a Deputy Majority Leader in the Senate, and he serves as the Senate Chair of the Government, Administration and Elections Committee and the Transportation Bonding Sub Committee. He is Vice Chair of the Planning and Development, and serves on the Finance committee and the Transportation Committee. He also serves on the National Homeland Security Safecom and PSAC committees that have focused on the creation of a national communications system and the development of a nationally coordinated emergency response national network.
He previously served for 14 years as the mayor of Manchester and 12 years as Deputy Mayor during his 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 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 Past President 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 Government Affairs Committee. Mr. Cassano, a professor of Sociology at Manchester Community College, retired as Professor Emeritus in 1997.