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Stamford Couple Honored As Citizens Of The Year

Mary Sommer and Jay Sandak
Mary Sommer and Jay Sandak Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STAMFORD, Conn., -- Husband and wife Jay Sandak and Mary Sommer, Stamford's 2015 Citizens of the Year were honored Wednesday morning in a plaque ceremony.

In brief comments Sommer thanked everyone for allowing them to contribute to the city.

"All I can say is many, many, many thank you's to the city of Stamford and all of you for giving us the wonderful opportunity to be part of this city," she said.

After the ceremony Sandak said the honor is not about them but about everyone who works to help others.

"It's overwhelming," Sandak said. "There are a lot more people in the community who do a lot more than we do and we're just representative of all those people."

The annual plaque ceremony was held on the fourth floor of the Government Center. The Jewish War Veterans Fred Robbins Post 142 has co-sponsored the Citizen of the Year event with the city of Stamford since 1945.

The plaque hangs on the wall for the next year until it is replaced by 2016's Citizen of the Year. The names of all the winners are placed on a board on the wall on either side of the plaque.

Sommer is a Superior Court Judge for the State of Connecticut while Sandak is a partner at the law firm of Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP.

Mayor David Martin praised the couple.

'I don't have words that can match the quality of our Citizens of the Year," he said thanking the couple and all the winners and organizers for their work in helping to make the city a better place.

The couple have a long involvement in the city. Sandak is president of the Herbert & Nell Singer Foundation, while Sommer sits on the board of directors. The foundation makes grants available to organizations. They have also been widely involved in organizations that help the disadvantaged in the city, nationally and internationally.

The annual Citizen of the Year dinner will be held April 18 at the Italian Center.

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