"I'm running for mayor because I believe Stamford is at a critical point in our history. When I first came to this city, Stamford was a great place of opportunity and because of Stamford values, it is still one of the most vibrant and successful cities in the Northeast."
Former Lt. Governor Michael Fedele kicked off his Campaign for the Mayor of Stamford in the lobby of UConn's downtown branch on Saturday.
Fedele was joined by current Stamford mayor Michael Pavia, including Mayor Boughton of Danbury, First Selectmen Peter Tessi of Greenwich, First Selectman Rob Mallozzi of New Canaan, and First Selectman Jayme Stevenson of Darien.
"He understands the difficult balance between maintaing economic grout, our tax base, with caring for our non-profits and social services and recognizing and continuing the work of Mayor Pavia in regards to his focus on diversity," said state representative Tony Hwang (R-134).
"It takes having someone in a leadership position that understands, that gets it, that knows how to tie all the little strings together," said Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia. "That knows how to deal with the people and the problems that exist, knows how to make them better."
As an Italian immigrant, Fedele has lived in Stamford for over 50 years. He served as the state's 107th Lieutenant Governor from 2007 to 2011 and is the founder of a nationwide IT firm Pinnacle Group. He says if elected the first thing he wants to do is to exchange ideas with his fellow employees.
"We're going to create a government that creates and hand-up so that people can take advantage of those opportunities that I had when I came here so that they could be as successful as I was and then they also can raise their family here, send them to a great university, own a home and be proud of who they are as Americans," said Fedele.
Fedele tells us he plans to keep taxes as low as possible.
"Coorporations want to move to a place that is run efficiently," Fedele said. "If your taxes are through the roof, the first thing is these folks don't know what they're doing."
For more information on Fedele's campaign visit fedeleforstamford.com