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Gov. Malloy Touts Leaner Government During Stamford Visit

Thomas Turk talks with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy while Tyler Theder, left, and Ernie Orgera, second from right, look on during Malloy's visit Tuesday to the city's highway and roads maintenance building at 90 Magee Ave. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Stamford's new "vacuum" truck. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
City employee Spero Moschos talks with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as Joe Hoyt looks on during the governor's visit Tuesday. Not pictured is Mike Scaturchio. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy stopped in Stamford on Tuesday to talk about his drive to operate a lean state government using the backdrop of a pair of city vehicles purchased with state grants.

Malloy hosted an event at the city's highway and roads maintenance building at 90 Magee Ave. to highlight his commitment to lean government and clean water. 

"There is no earth-shaking or ground-breaking news except that we are getting Connecticut's government in line with where Stamford was a few years ago when I left," Malloy said referring to the 14 years he served as Stamford's mayor before becoming governor in 2010.

He said the state is becoming a more modern government and more efficiently run. Standing with a group of city employees, Malloy boasted how his administration has cut the numbers of state employees.

"State government is smaller than when it was when I became governor and we are going to continue that process with expected further reductions in the size of the workforce in the coming months and years," he said. Those measures were similar to what he had done when he was mayor, he said.

The state continues to be a leader in water quality, he said, pointing to the new vehicles the city has courtesy of state grants as part of the effort to ensure that clean water is a priority.

A new $400,000 vacuum truck paid for with a state grant was on display. It can clean out water and smaller debris from catch basins to ensure they aren't clogged, Thomas Turk said. He's the city's traffic & road maintenance supervisor. 

A second $400,000 grant paid for a truck that is a mobile office filled with cameras, a recording system and monitors to enable the workers to see what problems there are in the city's water lines. 

Malloy said having the city own and operate the vehicle is more efficient instead of going to vendors. 

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