New Rochelle Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth has resigned, according to sources inside City Hall.
UPDATE: City Manager Chuck Strome has confirmed Freimuth's resignation.
UPDATE: Michael Freimuth tells Talk of the Sound he be around New Rochelle until October 12 and be available "as needed" until December. His official start date at his new job, according to the CRDA, is October 1.
Word of the resignation comes two days after New Rochelle Mayor Bramson rammed through a controversial decision to award development right for the New Rochelle Armory to Good Profit although the time is said to coincidental. These same sources, however, say that Freimuth had complained that he had become fed up with Noam running the Department of Development and Bramson's actions with regard to the New Rochelle Armory were the final straw.
Freimuth was highly regarded in New Rochelle for his professional demeanor and thorough approach.
Freimuth is leaving to run the Capitol Region Development Authority which is responsible for overseeing the Hartford Convention Center, Rentschler football field and other area developments.
“Certainly, we are sorry to see him go, but given the opportunity Mike was offered by the State of Connecticut, I fully understand why he accepted the position." New Rochelle City Manager Charles Strome. "Mike managed the department well and New Rochelle benefitted from his expertise, particularly with regard to land use and zoning. We will begin our search for a replacement immediately, and wish Mike the best in his new position."
Freimuth's departure was reported in yesterday's Hartford Courant without any announcement from the City of New Rochelle.
The Courant quoted a statement from Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy.
"Hartford's legacy as a busy center of commerce and entertainment is a history worth repeating, and CRDA will be at the forefront of that effort. With Mike at the helm, we have the leadership in place to revitalize our capitol region. His extensive background in economic development will be a strong asset to the organization."
Freimuth served under Malloy when he was Mayor of Stamford, CT.
City officials said that no departure date had been set. According to the Hartford Courant, Freimuth will start in his new job on October 1. In a call to the Development office, staff would only say that Freimuth was not in the office.
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