The Stamford Police Union has elected a new president to represent them during their annual election, held this year on October 8.
The newest president is 17-year-veteran Todd Lobraico, who won by a 25-percent margin against incumbent Sgt. Joseph Kennedy, 145 votes to 87 votes. Lobraico lost his son in early September, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. TJ Lobraico, Jr., while he was serving in Afghanistan.
"Over the last decade, Stamford has become a desirable place to live and work and it is, by no small account, due to the dedication and commitment of my fellow officers," Lobraico said in a statement released by the union. "As a union, the SPA will continue working with community youth, with some of our city’s less fortunate citizens and in the struggle to contain crime."
Lobraico also said keeping Stamford safe would be the collective responsibility of all elected officials in the city and that Kennedy had done a great job of holding watch.
"I am looking forward to working collaboratively with the next Mayoral administration, with the Board of Finance and Board of Representatives to reach public safety solutions that are best for the community and the dedicated officers who are sworn to protect Stamford," he said. "My congratulations go out to Sgt. Joe Kennedy for his many years of service to Stamford and its officers."
The Stamford Police Association, which for the last 50 years has represented the city’s police officers from the rank of Patrolman through Captain, also lead a wide variety of community focused initiatives. The Association's Stamford Police Athletic League supports 40 sports teams and extracurricular activities providing programs for 1,500 kids of all ages. It leads and promotes community coat drives, a student backpack giveaway, a bike helmet drive, a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway and has been the host of Always Reaching for Independence (ARI of Stamford) holiday party which services adults with disabilities.
"It has been an honor and privilege to represent the dedicated police officers that keep Stamford one of America’s safest large cities," said Kennedy, head of the SPD Youth Bureau and a 28-year veteran who had served a record 11 terms in office as president. "I thank my fellow officers for the great honor and I know they will be in good hands moving forward under the leadership of Todd Lobraico and the SPA’s executive board."
Sgt. Chris Gioielli, a 24-veteran running unopposed, was elected the union's vice president. Also running unopposed were Michael Scaraacchia, elected to treasurer, Anthony Lupinacci, elected to financial secretary, and Adriana Molina, elected to secretary. Returning members of the SPA Board of Trustees include: Ed Rondano, Doug Robinson, Dave Rodriguez and Robert Somody. Officers Christopher Brown and Sean Boeger were newly elected to join the Board of Trustees.