Senator Richard Blumenthal made a stop in Stamford Wednesday to meet with the Mayor, tour the downtown, and discuss the needs of the City.
“I’m very focused on trying to increase economic growth and job creation, which Mayor Martin is trying also to do, working very hard at helping small and medium sized businesses,” says Blumenthal.
Businesses like downtown’s Garden Catering, which has been serving the Stamford community for 6 years.
“We love being in downtown Stamford,” says Frank Carpenteri, owner of Garden Catering. “It’s such an eclectic mix of people that you see coming in and out of the door everyday.”
Senator Blumenthal and Mayor Martin made a visit to the family-owned restaurant to discuss the challenges businesses in the area face. Public safety, transportation, and development were key concerns.
“We talked about some economic development issues, particularly focusing on Metro-North and the concerns that we have on the reliability and speed of train service,” says Stamford Mayor David Martin.
“The major challenge in my view where I can be of help is transportation,” says Blumenthal. “Metro-North needs to be more safe, more reliable because businesses will then locate here and create jobs in Stamford.”
“We rely on those employees coming in for lunch everyday, coming in for breakfast,” says Carpenteri. “The more corporate headquarters there are in Stamford, the more large corporate businesses there are, the better it is for everyone.”
Blumenthal says he will be making stops around the State in his efforts to help improve economic growth and job creation.