Roy Abramowitz, CPA and treasurer of the New Canaan Republican Town Committee, will seek the Republican nomination for Town Council at the July caucus.

A New Canaan resident since 1996, he lives with his wife of 21 years, Janice Schaefer, an executive director at JP Morgan, and his 12-year-old daughter, Alena, who attends Saxe Middle School.

Abramowitz graduated from the City University of New York with a Baccalaureate Degree in Accounting and Economics cum laude with honors in economics. He continued his graduate studies at the New York University Stern Graduate School of Business and earned the degree of Master of Business Administration with Distinction.

Abramowitz, who said he is a strong believer in civic responsibility and giving back to the community, graduated with the second CERT class, is a member of New Canaan's Office of Emergency Management, a member of the New Canaan and Fairfield County Red Cross Disaster Team. He is a donor and supporter of many community events, including sponsorships of Circus Vidbel, the New Canaan Stampede girls softball team, The Summer Theatre, Strays and Others, the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce among others.

For 25 years, he served as a member of the board of directors, executive committee and chairman of the finance and investment committee of The Starlight Children's Foundation of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors, member of the executive committee, member of the finance and investment committee and chairman of the audit committee of the Greenwich Council of The Boy Scouts of America.

From 1974 through 1985, he was with Arthur Andersen and KPMG Peat Marwick specializing in international tax, consulting and capital markets. From 1985 through 1988 he was with Bear Stearns and Co.'s developing tax-advantaged derivative trading strategies. In 1988 he decided to become an entrepreneur and started his own certified public accounting and consulting firm. Currently, Roy Abramowitz and Co., with offices in New Canaan and Manhattan, has 350 clients. The firm is a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board which allows it to audit broker-dealers and public companies. The firm is also peer-reviewed on a tri-annual basis.

"I believe in government by and for the people, not government of the people," Abramowitz said. "I want my fellow New Canaanites to tell me what they believe are the important goals of our town government and I will work to implement those goals. Government must always be transparent to its constituents."

Abramowitz said when he learns about issues such as delayed equipment replacement and repairs for the fire department, he believes the town's resources are not being properly allocated, especially during these strenuous economic times.

"The town and the country have not faced such a dire economic scenario as currently exists, other than during the Great Depression," he said. "I believe my financial, auditing, economic, market-oriented and forensic background, along with my passion to succeed are the proper mix to help lead New Canaan back to austerity."

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