Two months after he took office, nature gave him his first test as a leader – a December 1973 ice storm devastated the area, knocking out power for as much as a week in some parts of town while temperatures dipped to minus-2. (The storm inspired the Ang Lee movie, “The Ice Storm.”)
That same reporter remembered one of the few times that Fossi was genuinely upset with one of his news stories. He had quoted the first selectman using the word “damn,” which to the reporter seemed inoffensive. Fossi was livid; his wife would read the quote, and he would be in hot water for weeks for cussing so freely in public.
Yet, despite his critics and tough times, Fossi always won re-election by wide margins every time he ran.