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DeStefano: 'You Leave When They Want You To Stay'

DeStefano: 'You Leave When They Want You To Stay'

Mayor John DeStefano, an outspoken political survivor and the longest-serving leader in the city's history, smiled Tuesday as he reflected on his 10 terms leading the Elm City and seemed at peace with his decision against trying to make it to 11. "You leave when they want you to stay," DeStefano said in his spacious city hall office. In an interview with The Courant shortly before formally announcing that he would not run for re-election this November, DeStefano talked about his achievements over the past 20 years in public education and job creation, along with his regret over being unable to build a coalition over property tax reform. "We have more jobs and more...

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