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Committee accepting nominations for Stamford Citizen of the Year

September 6, 2017

STAMFORD — Nominations for 2017 City of Stamford Citizen of the Year are now being accepted.

“This award - Stamford’s Citizen of the Year or COTY - is one of our City’s most important community service & volunteer recognition efforts and acknowledges an ordinary citizen who has been an extraordinary member of the Stamford community,” Martin said in a statement Wednesday.

The seven 2017 selection committee members were also announced today. They include Gene Rubino — 2014 winner and this year’s selection committee chair; Jay Sandak and Mary Sommer — 2015 winners; Richard W. Redniss — 2016 winner; Steve Fischer, Commander, JWV Post 142; and at-large members Karen M. Kelly, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, First County Bank, and Steven Wise, Steven Wise Associates.

The criteria the committee will use to select the 2017 Citizen of the Year, established by Mayor Webster Givens and Fred Robbins have been in place for more than 70 years.

Those criteria are based on four key qualities that all previous recipients have met. He or she should:

• Demonstrate a belief in interfaith harmony

• Possess the highest standards of responsibility in civic life

• Help in the promotion of projects for the public welfare

• Personally has worked with distinction to benefit Stamford on a community-wide basis

“I encourage all of us to take some time to stop and identify our fellow citizens who exemplify these qualities and have made a difference in our lives, in our community,” Martin said in the statement. “When you know an ordinary citizen who has been doing amazing things in Stamford, take the time to nominate them. These special men and women are the individuals who consistently contribute to making Stamford the unique community that it has become.”

Nominations must be received by Friday, Dec. 1, and include a bullet point summary of the nominee’s background supporting the criteria listed above. Nominations should be emailed to StamfordCitizen@aol.com or sent to: Nominations Committee, City of Stamford Citizen of the Year - 2017, 22 First Street, Stamford, CT 06905.