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STAMFORD, CT – On Wednesday, September 25, Building Land Technology (BLT) and their subsidiaries sent a letter to Board of Finance Chairman Tim Abbazia demanding that Board of Finance members David Martin and Kathleen Murphy recuse themselves from the board’s review of the current licensing agreement to give BLT rights to use city property and parkland on Magee Avenue to construct a boatyard. The letter comes the day after the developer called for the recusal of four members of the Harbor Management Commission.
The letter lists four instances of Martin’s opposition to the current deal, dating back to April 20, 2013, when he became the first public official in Stamford to announce his position. As a result of Martin’s position, BLT claims that “Any participation...would deprive the Waterfront Magee and Strand of that fairness and impartiality necessary to that fundamental fairness required by due process.”
Martin vowed to maintain his position and stated that he will not recuse himself from the review process. “I will not allow BLT, or any private interest, to bully our elected officials or the people of Stamford into supporting a deal that is bad for our city.” Martin said. “The letter reflects a lack of respect and understanding of our City Charter and laws and there is no basis for their claims.”
Members of the Board of Finance, a legislative board, are permitted to formulate positions at any point before, during, or after action is taken by the board. The consideration of the current agreement is subject to the same standard.
Martin’s position on the deal is a stark contrast to his Republican opponent, who has supported the current administration and BLT in promoting the current agreement. Martin supports Bridgewater’s move to Stamford, but opposes the current proposal to give BLT rights to city property and parkland in order to move the boatyard to Magee Avenue.
David Martin currently serves on the Board of Finance and previously served on the Board of Representatives for 26 years, the last eight as its President.