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Timothy J. Curtin, Jr. to be Honored as the 2013 City of Stamford Citizen of the Year

By Stamford Citizen of the Year

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STAMFORD, CT - On behalf of the City of Stamford, the Jewish War Veterans Fred Robbins Post 142 is pleased to announce the selection of Timothy J. Curtin, Jr. as the 2013 City of Stamford Citizen of the Year (COTY).

Mr. Curtin was recognized as “A person who, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, has demonstrated a belief in interfaith harmony, possesses the highest standards of responsibility in civic life, has helped in the promotion of projects for the public welfare and who has personally worked with distinction to benefit Stamford on a communitywide basis” – the criteria for selection of one of Stamford’s most prestigious community service/volunteer awards.

“There are few citizens who have dedicated as much of their time, energy and passion to the community as Tim Curtin. He has set an example for all of us in public service. Each time Stamford has asked Tim to serve, he has stepped up and done an outstanding job, said Mayor David Martin, I am proud to join the Committee in recognizing Tim with the Stamford Citizen of the Year Award.”

Beginning in the mid-1960s when Tim and his family moved to Stamford and he was working in the legal department of CIBA-Geigy (now Novartis), he began demonstrating his commitment to public service.

Over the past five decades, Tim has served in a series of leadership positions in city government from the Planning Board, the Stamford Fire Commission and the Stamford Water Pollution Control Authority to the Stamford Cultural Development Corp., the Stamford Partnership and the Leadership Council of Success by Six.

After retiring from CIBA-Geigy in the mid-1990s as vice president, corporate relations, Tim served on Mayor Dannel 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 saving the WPA Daugherty Murals, but by promoting public art throughout the City. In 2007, Tim left the Office of Operations and returned to the position of unsalaried assistant to the Mayor. He continues to serve the City as a dollar-a-year man and supervises special projects.

Two upcoming events will celebrate the 2013 Citizen of the Year. The first is when Mr. Curtin’s name plaque is added to those past recipients previously honored at Town Hall, and the second is the 69th annual Stamford Citizen of the Year dinner which will be held this coming May.

About the City of Stamford Citizen of the Year Award

In the early 1940s, Fred Robbins, a veteran who had served in both World War I and II, settled in Stamford, became involved in community affairs and worked with then Mayor Webster Givens to establish a Citizen of the Year (COTY) award. COTY has been awarded since 1945 when Mayor Givens appointed Post 142 of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States be the sponsoring organization. Now named Fred Robbins Post 142, it has sponsored the award on behalf of the City for 69 years, and over this time, has honored 70 men and women who have served the Stamford community so well. For more information, visit

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