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Michael Pavia was the 30th mayor of Stamford, Connecticut.[1][2]


Early life, education, and business careerEdit

Pavia earned his BA degree in psychology from Sacred Heart University and his master's degree in Urban planning from New York University. At NYU, he had a fellowship from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He is a lifelong Stamford resident whose grandchildren represent the fifth generation of his family in the city.

He is the founder, Owner, and Director of Pavia Development LLC, a Stamford-based residential, commercial real estate managing, and construction business.[3]

Stamford government careerEdit

Environmental protection (Before 1983)Edit

He has been an Environmental Health Sanitarian with the Stamford Health Department. He created the City's first water pollution control and enforcement program. In 1976, he was hired as the first Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Board.

Police Commissioner (1983-1991)Edit

Pavia served as a member of Stamford's Police Commission for eight years. He chaired the selection panel that hired approximately 100 new police officers. He participated in a national search that hired a new police chief and reorganize the department.

Public Works Commissioner (1991-1995)Edit

He served as Stamford's Public Works Commissioner. Incorporating his expertise in development, urban planning and the environment, he implemented many successful programs within the Department that resulted in significant cost savings and increased efficiencies. His creation of a "Capital Projects" team of experts responsible for the oversight and implementation of all capital construction resulted in major projects being delivered on time and under budget.[4]

Board of Representatives (2003-2006)Edit

An active community organizer and supporter, Mike was also on the board of Directors of the Stamford Historical Society and the Springdale Neighborhood Association. He served on the Stamford Board of Representatives, representing Stamford's 18th District.

Mayor of Stamford (2009-2013)Edit

In 2009, Pavia ran for mayor of Stamford, Connecticut, seeking to succeed Dan Malloy, who decided to run for Governor of Connecticut. He ran as a Republican and defeated David Martin 55%-44%.[5] The turnout rate was 42%.[6]

In 2010, Pavia named former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine, a lifelong Stamford resident, the 2010 City of Stamford "Citizen of the Year."[7] The next year, he appointed Valentine to become the Director of Public Health and Safety.[8]

Pavia helped commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a new monument and a message of remembrance.[9]

In 2011, Pavia proposed a $470.6 million budget with a 2.93% tax increase.[10] In 2012, he proposed a $483.3 million budget with a 3.66% property tax increase. Education made up 49% of the budget, while 42% made up other city expenses.[11]

As of July 2012, Pavia earned an annual mayoral salary of $150,000.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

He lives with his wife Maureen and their two children.


  1. ^ "Michael Pavia wins Stamford Mayoral Race". November 3, 2009. Archived from the original on 8 November 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  2. ^ Perez, Magdalene (March 12, 2010). "Mayor Michael Pavia marks 100 days as Stamford mayor". Stamford Advocate. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Michael A. Pavia, Mayor". City of Stamford, Connecticut. Archived from the original on 17 May 2007. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  4. ^ "News - Mike Pavia - biography". Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  5. ^ "Stamford, CT Mayor Race - Nov 03, 2009". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
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  7. ^ "Bobby Valentine is 'Citizen of the Year' - The Hour Publishing Company: Stamford". 2011-01-08. Archived from the original on 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  8. ^ Published: January 13, 2011 1:58 PM By The Associated Press (2011-01-13). "Ex-Met manager named public safety director". Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  9. ^ "Stamford builds new memorial in honor of Sept. 11 - The Hour Publishing Company: Norwalk: mayor michael pavia, sept. 11, stamford, memorial". Archived from the original on 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  10. ^ "Mayor Pavia: $1.5M cut to schools needed to get tax hike under 2%". StamfordAdvocate. 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  11. ^ Kate King (2012-03-09). "Mayor proposes 3.66 percent tax hike". StamfordAdvocate. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  12. ^ "Finch, mayor of biggest city, doesn't earn biggest salary". 30 August 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012.

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