STAMFORD, CT – On behalf of the City of Stamford, the Jewish War Veterans Fred Robbins Post 142 is pleased to announce the selection of Gene Rubino as the 2014 City of Stamford Citizen of the Year (COTY).
Mr. Rubino was recognized as “a person who, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, has demonstrated a belief in interfaith harmony, possesses the highest standards of responsibility in civic life, has helped in the promotion of projects for the public welfare and who has personally worked with distinction to benefit Stamford on a community-wide basis” – the criteria for selection of one of Stamford’s most prestigious community service/volunteer awards.
“There are few citizens who have dedicated as much of themselves, their vision and drive to the community as Gene Rubino. He has set an example for all of us in public service, giving back in ways that have supported Stamford’s growth and values. Each time Stamford has asked Gene for support – be it leadership, problem solving or financial, he has stepped up,” said Mayor David Martin. “I am proud to join the Committee in recognizing Gene with the 2014 Stamford Citizen of the Year Award.”
A native of Stamford, Gene grew up in Belltown, attended Stamford High, Tampa University and the University of Cincinnati, and served in the National Guard. In 1970, he founded Plaza Realty, the first full-service real estate company in the Stamford area and now the largest management company in Fairfield County. Under his leadership the company introduced a spectrum of specialized real estate services that have since set new standards of professional excellence in the property management industry.
Excellence is also reflected in Gene’s many decades of community service in Stamford. He has supported our youth throughout Stamford and has served as Director of the Stamford YMCA, President and Director of the Exchange Club, Vice President and Director of the Stamford Boys and Girls Club, and Director of the American Red Cross. He has held executive positions at the Italian Center and Yerwood Center and has contributed his services in successful fund raising drives for Trinity Catholic High School, the Stamford Boys and Girls Club and Saint Joseph’s Hospital. Currently, Gene is serving on the Yale University School of Medicine Eye Center Advisory Board.
Two upcoming events will celebrate the 2014 Citizen of the Year. The first is when Mr. Rubino’s name plaque is added to those past recipients previously honored at Town Hall, and the second is the 70th annual Stamford Citizen of the Year dinner which will be held in coming May 2015.
|September 22, 2014||Articles|
STAMFORD, CT – September 2, 2014. Mayor David R. Martin announced today that nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 City of Stamford Citizen of the Year. “This award – Stamford’s Citizen of the Year or COTY – is one of our City’s most coveted community service / volunteer recognition efforts and acknowledges an ordinary citizen who has been an extraordinary member of the Stamford community,” the Mayor said. Martin also announced today the members of the 2014 Selection Committee. The seven members, three of whom are past COTY recipients, include: Arthur Selkowitz-2011 and Selection Committee Chair; Jami Sherwood-2012; Timothy Curtin-2013; Kurt Zimbler, Commander, JWV Post 142; and at-large members Dr. Lisa Miller, Executive Director, healthcare education and liaison programs, Purdue Pharma, and Reyno “Rey” Giallongo, Jr., Chairman & CEO, First County Bank.. “Being named Stamford’s Citizen of the Year for 2011 was one of the most meaningful events in my life. To be recognized by the community and included among some of the most distinguished, accomplished and contributing citizens in Stamford’s history was humbling and extraordinarily rewarding,” said Selkowitz. “Choosing the Citizen of the Year is a major responsibility, and I am looking forward to working with a very fine selection committee to make this always challenging decision. “The criteria the committee will use to select the 2014 Citizen of the Year have been in place since 1945 when it was established by Mayor Webster Givens and Fred Robbins.” Those criteria are based on four key qualities that […] more
|February 12, 2014||Honoree|
STAMFORD, CT – On behalf of the City of Stamford, the Jewish War Veterans Fred Robbins Post 142 is pleased to announce the selection of Timothy J. Curtin, Jr. as the 2013 City of Stamford Citizen of the Year (COTY). Mr. Curtin was recognized as “A person who, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, has demonstrated a belief in interfaith harmony, possesses the highest standards of responsibility in civic life, has helped in the promotion of projects for the public welfare and who has personally worked with distinction to benefit Stamford on a communitywide basis” – the criteria for selection of one of Stamford’s most prestigious community service/volunteer awards. “There are few citizens who have dedicated as much of their time, energy and passion to the community as Tim Curtin. He has set an example for all of us in public service. Each time Stamford has asked Tim to serve, he has stepped up and done an outstanding job, said Mayor David Martin, I am proud to join the Committee in recognizing Tim with the Stamford Citizen of the Year Award.” Beginning in the mid-1960s when Tim and his family moved to Stamford and he was working in the legal department of CIBA-Geigy (now Novartis), he began demonstrating his commitment to public service. Over the past five decades, Tim has served in a series of leadership positions in city government from the Planning Board, the Stamford Fire Commission and the Stamford Water Pollution Control Authority to the Stamford Cultural […] more
|October 11, 2013||Articles|
In conjunction with the annual City of Stamford Citizen of the Year event, scholarships of up to $7,500 are awarded by the Fred Robbins Post 142 of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States, Stamford, Conn., to graduating seniors who have provided outstanding community service in the City of Stamford Students from both public and private high schools are eligible to apply. To be eligible for a COTY – JWV Community Service Scholarship, a student must be a high school senior and a resident of Stamford. Scholarship winners will receive grants of up to $7,500 to be used for higher education at an accredited institution of his or her choice. Download the JWV Scholarship Application 2013 – 2014. more