To the Editor:
I am a lifelong resident of Stamford going on nearly 60 years. My parents moved to Stamford in 1948 and were hard-working, black entrepreneurs who were able to become property owners on Stamford’s West side. I attended Stamford Public Schools and was the first in my family to attend college first earning a B.S in Chemistry at Fairfield University and then a M.S in Pharmaceutics from Long Island University.
I went on to raise my 2 children in Stamford because of how much I loved growing up here. While I was raising my family and working, I didn’t have the time to be a part of the civic process and I’m glad now that I’m retired, I’m able to. I still live in Stamford now in affordable housing in the downtown district.
That same fondness I have always felt for the city propelled me to submit my resume and apply to serve on the Charter Revision Commission. Though it has been implied by some there is something nefarious going on here, I wasn’t pre-chosen, and I am not being dictated to as to what to recommend, I’m not being paid under the table, and I have nothing personally to gain here. Transparency and fairness for all residents, so there’s an understanding of how the government works and how we can all work together to make this a better place for all, is the goal here. I interviewed along with 59 other applicants not expecting to make the cut. I only knew one other member prior to coming on the Commission.
Being blind I had to prove to my colleagues that I was up to the task, and I am proud of my work and contribution to the CRC. I believe in the nine recommendations that made it through the process and now will be voted on by the residents of Stamford on November 7th.