A city worker in Stamford could receive a one-day suspension after the mayor launched an investigation regarding landscaping work at Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s home, which is currently being rented.
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 last month in the upscale Shippan neighborhood.
The city’s human resources director recommended the one-day suspension for the city’s deputy tree warden, Ron Markey, the Advocate reported.
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.
Markey had asked a second city worker to come pick up his ladder because it would not fit in his personal vehicle. The second worker showed up in a city-owned truck at Malloy\’s house.
Malloy\’s office previously released a copy of the invoice, and he has since paid the bill.
The landscaping bill was for 20 hours of work at $75 per hour, totaling $1,500, plus sales tax.
Muskus completed the work and gave the invoice to Al Barbarotta, a friend and supporter who oversees Malloy’s property.
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 also investigated the role of the second worker – Travis Hoyt – and recommended a written reprimand.
Mayor Pavia has not responded to phone calls and emails concerning the probe.
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.