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State of our Cities: Stamford
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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12/15/2008
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Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy joins the conversation

 

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Connecticut’s cities are the centers of our commerce, our transportation system and our cultural lives. 

Despite the important role played by our cities, they have troubles not faced by suburban and rural towns.

In a state that has some of the best education in the country, our cities struggle with massive achievement gaps.  Although we have enormous wealth – our cities are home to thousands who live in poverty.

Today, Where We Live, we’re at Fairfield University’s WVOF – to begin a series of conversations called “The State of our Cities.”  We’ll be talking with the mayors of Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven and Waterbury, along with top officials in smaller Connecticut cities.

We’ll talk to the mayors about the issues affecting their residents during an economic crisis – when help is not coming from state or federal sources. We’ll discuss education and infrastructure improvements, the cultural and social lives of the cities, and their relationships with the surrounding suburbs.

Today, our guest is Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy.  Join the conversation.  Add your suggestions, questions and comments below.

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Questions for Mayor Malloy

Municipalities across the country are down in their tax collections due to the current financial crisis. This is evident even in New York City where the fire department has had to cut it’s budget by $9 million and issue orders to shut down  certain stations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island between the hours of 6 pm & 9 am.

Given the economic climate why would Mayor Malloy actively pursue terminating the independently managed volunteer fire department program in north Stamford that has worked effectively for more than 60 years? Wouldn’t you want to take full advantage of people who are certified and willing to work for free?

If these currently self managed independent volunteer fire departments are absorbed into the City run Stamford Fire & Rescue and the volunteers are discouraged by unionized staff to the extent that the volunteer program ceases to exist, how many new City paid positions would be created to fulfill the staffing requirements?

It is my understanding that the volunteer fire departments privately own their station buildings and all of their apparatus. If the Mayor’s plan to unite the fire services moves forward how will the purchase of these buildings & apparatus be financed? Will those funds come from our current property taxes or should we anticipate further tax increases in the future to pay for these changes?

If property taxes are raised yet again in this economic environment doesn’t the Mayor have concerns about making the local housing market worse by creating higher financial demands to own, buy or sell a home in Stamford?

-North Stamford taxpayer