More than a dozen turn out for Mayor’s Night In

st0129stmartin-2001ABOVE: Mayor David Martin fielded complaints from residents during his first “Mayor’s Night In” Tuesday. (ADVOCATE)

STAMFORD — More than a dozen people turned out for Mayor David Martin’s first “Mayor’s Night In” session at the Government Center Tuesday evening.

The monthly gatherings, held at city hall and various locations across the city, allow residents to meet face-to-face with the mayor and members of his staff to voice comments or concerns. The program, launched by former Mayor Dannel P. Malloy, has been on hiatus for the past four years because Malloy’s successor, former Mayor Michael Pavia, did not continue the practice.

“Some people were nervous to talk to the mayor but I informed them that this was my first time with Mayor’s Night In and I was just as nervous,” Martin said Wednesday. “But I thought the mood was positive and appreciative and we’re going to keep doing it.”

Residents brought a variety of concerns to the mayor’s office, he said.

“There were a couple people looking for jobs, there were people looking for help with housing,” Martin said. “There were complaints about potholes and zoning enforcement. It was just a real mixture of needs that seemed to me to be sincere.  Some of them I think we can address right away, and some of them are going to be really tough to help but we’re going to do our best.”

The February’s Mayor’s Night has not yet been scheduled.