City of Stamford Citizen of the Year 

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Prior Citizen of the Year Honorees

Even when he went to Hartford, Dan Malloy never left Stamford and maybe he never will. After all, over the past four decades his vision has helped define the best part of us. To see it, just look at our faithfully restored yet reimagined Old Town Hall. To hear it, listen to the fresh gurgle of the Mill River spilling along its Riverwalk. Dan’s inspiration inhabits a bustling downtown sustained with safe and affordable urban housing and an expanded UCONN campus. It hikes through green spaces like Mianus River Park, the Soundwaters Coastal Education Center and the Bird Sanctuary at Cove Island. It runs through recreational places in our schools, at Lione and Scalzi Park, and the West Beach athletic fields, now connected by the Urban Transitway to a newly sparkling Waterside at Harbor Point.  It honors the sacrifice of many at a new Veterans Park. And perhaps most important is the impression he has left on our public schools. He helped us add a new Rogers International School, AITE, Wright Tech, Stamford Academy, Scofield and Rippowam Middle Schools and the first universal Pre-K program in Connecticut. And he added all that to a public school system that was already pretty good. Why, it had even helped turn a kid with learning disabilities into an attorney, a mayor and our State’s 88th governor; and of course, our 2018 Stamford Citizen of the Year.

2018

Gov. Danel Malloy

Dudley Williams – a passionate and involved member of the Stamford Community for 29 years – is known for his service and spirit, leadership and generosity. He is particularly known for working hard, often behind the scenes, with a range of city leaders, nonprofits, businesses, youth and other citizens, helping to ensure Stamford stays on a path of positive change, providing opportunity and quality of life for all of Stamford’s neighborhoods, and always with an eye on promoting forward-thinking, sustainable policymaking, especially in the education arena.

Dudley’s commitment to education and public service began as the parent of a child in the Stamford school system, and encouraged by friends and colleagues, he ran for a seat on the school board, where he served for three terms, including two as president. In addition to the Board of Education, he served on the Stamford Planning Board, and most recently, in 2015, was elected to the Board of Finance.

Over the years, Dudley has held leadership positions for numerous on nonprofits, including the Urban League of Southwestern Connecticut; CTE; United Way of Western Connecticut; Stamford Achieves; Nellie Mae Education Foundation; the Sexual Assault Crisis & Education Center; the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education; the Connecticut Science Center; the Boy Scouts of America, Connecticut Yankee Council, Stamford Troop 1. He currently serves on the boards of the Stamford YMCA; the Avon Theatre; Ferguson Library; the Connecticut Center for School Change; and Leadership Council for Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County.

Dudley is the President and CEO of the Mill River Collaborative, before which he served as the Stamford Y’s interim CEO. Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, Dudley had an extensive career in media and entertainment, education and business. He retired in 2016 from GE Asset Management as Senior Vice President of Citizenship & Diversity. 

Dudley and his wife Juanita live in North Stamford where they raised their son, Dudley III.

2017

Dudly N. Williams, Jr.

Rick Redness - His Bio goes here

2016

Rick Redness

Mary Sommer - Her Bio goes here

2015

Mary Sommer

Jay Sandak - His Bio goes here

2015

Jay Sandak

Gene Rubino is truly a native son of Stamford. Often referred to as Mr. Stamford, because of his love, involvement and support of the City, Gene grew up in Glenbrook, attended Stamford High and then attended Tampa University and the University of Cincinnati, and served in the National Guard.

 

In 1965, after returning to Connecticut, Gene married Day Hawthorne, and the young couple started out living at the Hoyt-Bedford Apartments while Gene worked in the family scrap business, Rubino Brothers. Over the next few years Gene’s interest and passion for real estate ignited, and following an initial period of selling solo, he joined Davidoff Realty. Then in 1970, he founded Plaza Realty. Plaza Realty was the first full-service real estate company in the Stamford area and now is the largest management company in Fairfield County, working on both commercial and residential projects. Under Gene’s leadership the company introduced a spectrum of specialized services that have since set new standards of professional excellence in the industry. 

 

Gene’s decades of dedicated community service in Stamford are reflected in a wide range of giving. He has directly and indirectly touched the lives of thousands of Stamford children. His support of our youth is often highlighted with the Stamford Youth Basketball League, of which he was a founder and a sponsor for more than 20 years of its Upstart Division for five to eight year olds. 

 

His leadership as president and board member of the Stamford Exchange Club further reflects his advocacy for kids in yet another way. Gene was instrumental in creating the Child Abuse Prevention and Child Parenting Center, was a driver in providing volunteers for both summer and winter Special Olympics, and was instrumental in the “Give a Kid a Flag” program in conjunction with Stamford’s Veterans Day Parade. 

 

Gene has held many other leadership positions with our City’s nonprofits, including the American Red Cross, the Downtown Special Services District, the Italian Center, the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford, the Stamford YMCA and the Yerwood Center. A skilled networker and fundraiser, Gene has contributed his services and support in capital campaigns – $3.5 million to build a new facility 

for the Boys and Girls Club and $1.75 million for renovations to the YMCA – and underwritten citywide events such as the Veterans Day Parade and July 4th fireworks. 

 

Currently, Gene serves on the Yale University School of Medicine Eye Center Advisory Board and is a member of the State Street Debating Society, where he has donated an annual scholarship for several years.

 

Gene and Day live in the Newfield area.  Their daughter and son-in-law, Nicole and Mike Hibbert have two daughters, Morgan and Faith

2014

Gene Rubino

Tim Curtin’s energy and generosity has served the City of Stamford in many capacities over the years. His impact has spanned from supporting our culture and arts to preserving our history to improving our quality of life. And all done with humor, wisdom and spirit.

After Tim graduated from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during closing months of World War II and served on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Wasp. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Boston College, his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University Law School and his M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut. While attending Georgetown Law School, Tim met his future wife, Fay, where, as two ardent art lovers, they took advantage of Washington, D.C.’s museums and cultural events – passions that Stamford later benefited.

Tim joined the FBI and served in the agency for 13 years. He participated in the landmark 1964 investigation that solved the murders of three voting rights activists immortalized in the film Mississippi Burning and the case in which the stolen Krupp Diamond was recovered. He also worked on several high-profile organized crime cases.

On leaving the FBI, Tim moved to Stamford to work for CIBA-Geigy. Almost as soon as he and his family moved to Stamford in the mid-1960s, he began demonstrating his commitment to public service. Over the past five decades, Tim has served in leadership positions in city government that included the Planning Board, the Stamford Fire Commission, the Stamford Water Pollution Control Authority, the Stamford Cultural Development Corp. and the Stamford Partnership.

After retiring from CIBA-Geigy in the mid-1990s as vice president, corporate relations, Tim served on Mayor Malloy’s transition team and cabinet as unsalaried special assistant. For five years he spearheaded key municipal projects, such as funding for the reconstruction of the Palace Theater and jump starting the Mill River initiative. Appointed director of operations in 2000, Tim’s tenure is highlighted by his efforts to save Old Town Hall, build four new parks, and not only to save the WPA Daugherty Murals, but also to promote public art throughout Stamford. In 2007, Tim left the Office of Operations and returned to the position of unsalaried assistant to the Mayor, and he has continued to serve the City as a dollar-a-year man and supervise special projects.

Tim and his wife Fay live in Shippan and have raised four sons in Stamford.

2013

Tim Curtin

2012

Jami Sherwood

2011

Arthur Selkowitz

2010

Bobby Valentine

2009

Juanita T. James

2008

Richard E. Taber

2007

June Rosenthal

2006

Al Sanseverino

Sandy Goldstein has lived in Stamford for over three decades. She has won many awards including Ferguson Library’s Lillian Moran Community service award, Hannah C. Solomon Community Award and Pink Tent Distinguished Service Award.

 

Sandy Goldstein won the Stamford Citizen award for her tireless dedication to helping others in the Stamford Community. Sandy was on the Stamford Board of representatives for twenty years. She was also was a part of Stamford’s chamber of commerce, Stamford’ partnership, Stamford’s center of the arts, Mill River collaborative. Sandy was also a Chairperson of Keep Stamford Beautiful, a Vice chair of the international Downtown Association, Vice Chair of International Downtown Association and Stamford Downtown Special Services district.

2005

Sandy Goldstein

2004

Rick Robustelli

2003

Marc Lyons, Jr.

2002

Rev. Winton M. Hill III

2001

Sam Cingari

2000

Len Miller