Stamford’s mayor has launched an investigation after a city employee performed landscaping work at Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s home.
The probe was ordered by Republican Mayor Michael Pavia, who succeeded Malloy in the mayor’s office, after the Stamford Advocate newspaper published a photograph of a city-owned truck outside Malloy’s home in the upscale Shippan neighborhood.
The city’s human resources director met with the city’s deputy tree warden, Ron Markey, on Thursday as part of the ongoing investigation that could be completed as soon as next week.
Markey was seen trimming hedges and shrubs outside Malloy’s home on Ocean Drive East, and an invoice from Muskus Landscaping & Tree Service, Ltd. shows that the work cost nearly $1,600. While he works for the city, Markey also works part time as a subcontractor for the privately owned landscaping company. Public records show that Markey earned more than $100,000 last year with the city.
The landscaping bill was for 20 hours of work at $75 per hour, totaling $1,500, plus sales tax.
Muskus completed the work less than a week ago and gave the invoice to Al Barbarotta, a friend and supporter who oversees Malloy’s property.
“The bill will be paid once the governor receives it,” Andrew Doba, Malloy’s spokesman, said Friday.
While Markey had been working at Malloy’s home with his own personal truck, a second worker for the city came to the home – in a city-owned truck – to pick up a ladder that Markey had been using. The city is investigating the role of the second worker, officials said.
Malloy is renting his home, which overlooks Long Island Sound and is across the street from homes directly on the waterfront, for $8,000 per month. He lives fulltime in the governor’s mansion in Hartford’s West End.