STAMFORD, Conn. — The following are endorsements from leaders in Stamford urging people to vote “Yes” on Question 2 under the Charter Revision this Election Day. The Stamford Daily Voice will accept and publish all letters-to-editor and candidate endorsements until Friday, Nov. 2. Letters can be submitted by emailing reporter Anthony Buzzeo at Stamford@DailyVoice.com.
Sgt. Joseph Kennedy, president of the Stamford Police Association: “There is only one chief responsible for all policing functions in Stamford, and yet there are six different fire chiefs. From a public safety, accountability and operational perspective, this makes no sense. We believe it is in the best interest of the city and all its citizens to have one chief and only one chief in charge of fire and emergency medical services, and that’s why the Stamford Police Association supports Charter Revision Question No. 2.”
Jack Bryant, president of Stamford NAACP: “All the residents of our city of Stamford are in need of one equal and consistently high level of fire and emergency medical protection regardless of what neighborhood they live in. Charter Issue No. 2 takes a thoughtful approach that guarantees the inclusion of the members of all of the five different volunteer firefighting departments across our city, together with the men and women of the Stamford Fire and Rescue. Voting yes for Charter No. 2 allows them to collectively and finally, under the command of one single fire chief, to keep every school, home, business, child and family safe.”
Eileen Heaphy, member of the Stamford Board of Representatives: “For decades, mayors of Stamford have sought a solution to Stamford’s outdated fire department system that is best for both public safety, and also protecting the interests of taxpayers. Charter Revision Item No. 2 utilizes existing resources and establishes a clear system of reporting, accountability and transparency for the city’s six different fire departments. Under this plan, all fire departments within the city limits report up the line to a single citywide fire chief.”