As mayor of Bridgeport, Conn., I considered it an honor and a privilege to have a man like Bishop William Lori in our city for the last 11 years. I considered Bishop Lori to be a partner in helping make Bridgeport a better city, a leader of our community and, most importantly, a friend who always had time to speak with me. He leaves behind a very proud legacy in Bridgeport.
While I will certainly miss having him in Bridgeport working passionately on the education of our young people and the sheltering of our poor, I am very pleased to see him elevated to archbishop. I believe that he definitely deserves the recognition.