The Stamford Land Conservation Trust has elected City Representative and long-time open-space advocate Harry Day as its President. Day previously served as Vice-President of the SLCT for ten years, and has served on the SLCT Board since 2001.
“Open space conservation has been a passion of mine for decades,” stated Day, who is 69. “I believe strongly in the mission of the Land Trust, and am very proud to be its President.” The SLCT currently oversees 53 properties totaling almost 430 acres.
“Harry has led the effort in acquiring many of the beautiful open space parcels we now manage,” stated Craig Jones, SLCT Executive Director.
Day credits his predecessors, particularly Percy Lee Langstaff and more recently Richard Chiaramonte, for their leadership in steering the SLCT. “They have paved the way in creating awareness of how important it is to preserve open space, and in actually getting it done,” said Day.
Day has been a member of the Board of Representatives of the City since 1999, representing the 13th District. He has chaired or co-chaired the Board’s Land Use Committee since 2002.
He fondly recalls one of his early responsibilities, which was to coordinate Board approval of the plan to save the Treetops Property as open space—an effort that had been led by the SLCT and its then President, Percy Lee Langstaff. “Saving Treetops was a huge accomplishment for Percy, for the SLCT and for our entire community,” stated Day. “So many people worked so hard, and I could not have been happier to be in the middle of it.”
In addition to the SLCT Board, Day serves on the Boards of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center and Stamford Emergency Medical Services (currently as Vice President on each). He also is a Board Member of the Mill River Park Collaborative, which he cites as a leading example of urban open space. Day previously served on the Board of Kids in Crisis, which he chaired for five years.
Day is a graduate of Yale University and Cornell Law School. He was a lawyer and a principal of the Daylar Group, an open space conservation development firm, until retiring in 2006. He has lived in Stamford for 41 years.