STAMFORD – Mayor Caroline Simmons was transported to the hospital by ambulance last Thursday after speaking to a service organization.
Simmons’ office said Monday that the mayor, who turns 38 next month, is fine.
“She was slightly under the weather last week, and after finishing her presentation to the Senior Men’s Association on Thursday, she felt a bit lightheaded,” said Lauren Meyer, special assistant to the mayor. “Out of an abundance of caution, EMS was called. She was released shortly thereafter and is feeling better.”
The administration did not issue a statement after last week’s incident, but word of the mayor’s ambulance trip had spread by Monday.
Contacted Monday, Stuart Madison, president of the Senior Men’s Association of Stamford, said Simmons attended their meeting to install new officers and deliver a state of the city speech, as many mayors have done at the group’s January meeting.
“We did the office installations, the mayor did her presentation on the state of Stamford, and she took questions,” Madison said. “At the very end, she was standing and we were thanking her, and she started to lean.”
Members of the group took notice, he said.
“She sat down slowly and put her head on the table,” Madison said. “We called 911, and they came and took her away.”
Simmons did not lose consciousness, he said.
“She was talking,” Madison said. “Whatever it was, it apparently passed.”
He called Meyer that afternoon to ask after the mayor, Madison said.
“I wanted to check up on her,” he said. “Lauren said the mayor was feeling better, and they did not keep her at the hospital. The next day I sent the mayor an email and she said she was feeling better.”
Simmons, a Democrat who took office in December 2021, and her husband, former Republican state Sen. Art Linares, have three sons under age 5.
The Senior Men’s Association meets each Thursday at Agudath Sholom synagogue on Strawberry Hill Avenue.
The not-for-profit educational organization is built on the motto, “Strangers are friends we haven’t met yet.” Its 200 members represent all creeds, colors, religions and political affiliations, according to the website.
Members help seniors and low-income residents with tax preparation, support soup kitchens and veterans’ programs, and clean up public parks. They have a Songsters choir that performs for seniors, and offer golf outings, a book club and other activities.
The weekly meetings feature a presentation by a speaker – politicians, authors, journalists, community leaders and others – followed by questions and answers.