After serving the residents of the Town of Georgina as an elected official for over 24 years (17 as your Mayor) Robert Grossi has decided not to seek re-election in the upcoming 2022 Municipal Election.
Grossi said “I am proud of the work that I have accomplished with my colleagues over the years and the many successes we have had, but it is time for new blood and a new generation of leadership.” He also expressed gratitude and thanks to all his former colleagues and staff members from the Town of Georgina and York Region who he has worked with on countless projects over the years. He also wishes to thank all of those individuals who have stopped him, thanked him, and encouraged him to seek re-election, “I just felt that it was time” he said.
“I intend to continue my work with a number of charitable causes especially Georgina Cares as the founder and President, which Helps Kids be Kids and provides compassion to those in catastrophic occurrences.” He said that he will be forever grateful to his partner Carolyn for always being there in good times and bad, and for his children Jaclyn and Madelyn whose compassion and leadership within this community inspires him every day.
There are numerous successes over the 24 years that he is proud of, but the greatest is the change in attitude that has occurred within Georgina over that time. “Georgina is a much different place in 2022 than it was when I was first elected in 1991. Instead of being looked down on by others, you often hear new residents say that Georgina is the best kept secret in York Region.”
When asked what his biggest accomplishments were Grossi said “working with others and creating innovative partnerships to solve issues of concern like the creation of the GTTI (Georgina Trades & Training Institute), the Healthcare Council that led to the purchase of the Burrows Clinic and eventually attracting Nurse Practitioners to Georgina, or the shared funding by all levels of government to build the ROC York Region’s fun destination, and the investment in numerous recreational improvements across Town including the PIP (Pefferlaw Ice Pad).” He is also proud of the water and sewer servicing between Roches Point and Jackson’s Point when he was first elected as a Councillor.
His tenacity and perseverance over many years led to the 404 being extended to Georgina – as a matter of fact when the ribbon was cut it was said by the Regional Chairman at the time, that if it wasn’t for the work that Mayor Grossi did to promote its need, we wouldn’t be here.
Acquiring key pieces of land for the Town was also an important factor, including reacquiring North Gwillimbury Park, purchasing the Link, additional De La Salle lands, the Sedore Farm, the Burrows Clinic, the GTTI building, and the Rayner’s Road end and redevelopment to name a few.
He also said he is proud of the work he has done in supporting the Georgina Military Museum and the Georgina Pioneer Village making sure that we always remember our past.
When asked if this was it as far as his political career, he said “keep smiling, you never know.”
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