STAMFORD — Mayor David Martin Wednesday said a former city representative has died of the new coronavirus, the city’s first fatality attributed to the outbreak.

Anthony Spadaccini, 54, a Republican from District 14 who served on the Board of Representatives from 2018 to 2019, died Wednesday, the mayor said.

“I am saddened to share with you that one of Stamford’s own has passed away from the deadly coronavirus. We have lost a husband and a father, and our hearts go out to the family,” Martin said.

A message left at the Spadaccini home Wednesday evening was not returned.

Spadaccini was appointed to his seat in August 2018 after longtime Republican District 14 Rep. Gabe DeLuca died at 87. Spadaccini served until last year, when he ran to retain his board seat but was defeated by the Democratic candidate.

Spadaccini was a well-liked and respected representative known for asking tough questions and working across party lines for the good of his constituents. He and his wife, Stefanie, raised their two sons, Anthony and Paul, now grown, in the district Spadaccini would go on to represent.

Spadaccini took special interest in ensuring that roads were repaired and that land-use policies benefited citizens, not just large developers. He was very concerned about the state of city school buildings.

Because he was appointed to his seat in 2018, Spadaccini had to run last year in a special election. During his campaign, Spadaccini told The Advocate the city “can no longer ‘kick the can down the road’ on roadway repairs and repaving. We must also attain greater accountability in our school system.” He also described himself as “an advocate” for the schools and, he told the League of Women Voters, he was “a true believer in bringing the government to the people,” and a “fixer” who, from his career, gained an “ability to see what is needed to get a job done or a situation corrected swiftly and properly.”

He worked as chief operating officer of View Entertainment in Stamford.

Spadaccini’s death comes when the spread of the coronavirus is intensifying in the state and the nation.

Gov. Ned Lamont announced Wednesday that another 257 Connecticut residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 875. About 113 people are hospitalized and, as of Wednesday, another seven had died, bringing the total number of fatalities to 19.

Martin said Spadaccini’s death must be a warning to Stamford residents to heed the directives to stay at home as part of the effort to curtail spread of COVID-19.

“While I believe that most people in Stamford are taking this pandemic seriously, this death should be a wake-up call to those who are not,” the mayor said.

Editor’s note: This story previously said Spadaccini raised his two sons in the Stamford Public School District. He raised them in District 14, the same one he represented on the Board of Representatives.

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