Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) Executive Committee Co-Chairs Edward Edelson, First Selectman of Southbury and W. Kurt Miller First Selectman of Seymour are pleased to announced that the new Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments have selected the following officers to govern the NVCOG beginning January 1, 2015:
Chair: Mayor Neil M. O'Leary, Waterbury
Vice-Chair: Mayor Mark Lauretti, Shelton
Treasurer: Mayor Tom Dunn, Wolcott
Secretary: Mayor Ken Cockayne, Bristol
NVCOG Co-Chairman Miller indicated under the new 19 town NVCOG will have the opportunity to do more activities on a regional basis including requesting bids for various bulk purchases, i.e. salt and sand. Also, by working together, the 19 communities will do more to improve transportation on Interstate 84 and the Route 8 corridor. The NVCOG will continue to work with Connecticut Department of Transportation on improving the Waterbury rail line.
NVCOG expanded offices are located at 49 Leavenworth Street. The NVCOG is the merger of Valley Council of Governments and Central Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments. Additionally, the communities of Bristol and Plymouth have voted to join the new NVCOG.
The municipalities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bristol, Cheshire, Derby, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford, Plymouth, Prospect, Seymour, Shelton, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott and Woodbury make up the membership of the NVCOG. The population of all the 19 towns is 448,655. Waterbury is the largest community at 109,676 and Bethlehem is the smallest at 3,553.