STAMFORD, CT - Mayor David R. Martin announced on Friday 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 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 see those fellow citizens who exemplify these qualities and have made a difference in our lives, in our community,” Martin said. “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, December 5, 2014, 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, 2014 Stamford Citizen of the Year, 22 First Street, Stamford, CT 06905.