Letters: Mayor Martin 'a proven leader'

Stamford Mayor David Martin in his office at the Stamford Government Center.

Stamford Mayor David Martin in his office at the Stamford Government Center.

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Martin a ‘proven leader’

We have all heard the truism that actions speak louder than words. Never is that more critical than during times of crisis, when strong leadership distinguishes itself through decisive action and compassionate care.

We have had the opportunity in Stamford to see leadership in action during the worst pandemic in a century. Right from the beginning, Stamford was hit hard. And as a person of color, I know that the pandemic is taking a disproportionate toll on minority communities.

Many in the community are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because of underlying health conditions, and suffer more serious complications if they contract the virus.

Unfortunately, most of us also know someone who has succumbed to the deadly disease.

Our community suffered economic loss as some were furloughed or lost jobs.

Through it all, Mayor David Martin and the Stamford Health Department took the lead in working with partners such as Stamford Hospital and the Community Health Center to get our community what we needed — timely information and resources and protective equipment to keep us as safe as possible.

Under Mayor Martin’s leadership, Stamford had numerous COVID testing sites, and later many vaccination centers where people could have convenient access closer to where they lived. He also administered the designated state and federal funds to provide assistance to those in need.

That is what leadership looks like in action. We are still not done with this virus as infection rates rise making health and economic rebound more challenging. Why then should we make a change now when we have a proven leader at the helm?

David Martin cares and has acted in the best interests of all of Stamford. I will gladly vote to give him another four years as mayor, and I urge my fellow Stamford voters to do the same.

Curtis Battles


Leadership in action

The most important community emergency of our lifetime has been the emergence of COVID-19. Yet we haven’t heard a peep from mayoral candidates Bobby Valentine, Caroline Simmons or Joe Corsello regarding their plans for addressing the pandemic, which continues to threaten the health of Stamford citizens, young and old.

Perhaps their silence is tacit admission that the many policy and operational decisions Mayor David Martin has made, and continues to make, during this crisis are emblematic of what real leadership is all about. There is no question, in my mind, that is true.

Mayor Martin has often been ahead of the state and other cities in addressing the pandemic. And most importantly, he has made the tough choices that have helped keep Stamford safe. As a result, we now have the highest vaccination rate of any major city in Connecticut and that has helped save lives.

The three other candidates are making lots of vague promises about all sorts of things, but what they lack is the experience and tested leadership skills that are needed to run a large, diverse city like ours, or the knowledge to know what levers to pull to get things done.

Mayor Martin has demonstrated his leadership time and again. We need that in our mayor, especially now, which is why he has my vote. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, this is not the time to change horses in midstream.

Stan Friedman