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New Haven mayor announces retirement

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© New Haven Mayor John DeStefano in a recent interview with WFSB. © New Haven Mayor John DeStefano in a recent interview with WFSB.
© New Haven Mayor John DeStefano joined by his family and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro. © New Haven Mayor John DeStefano joined by his family and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro.
© The crowd waits for the announcement by New Haven Mayor John DeStefano. © The crowd waits for the announcement by New Haven Mayor John DeStefano.
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Longtime New Haven Mayor John DeStefano announced during a press conference Tuesday evening that he will not seek re-election.

The announcement means that he ends his 20-year career with the city of New Haven.

"I am happy and very, very comfortable with this decision. We have accomplished so much in the past 20 years," said DeStefano in a statement Tuesday. "I feel comfortable leaving now because New Haven is in a good place, with a strong civic fiber."

DeStefano, who is the 49th mayor of New Haven, has been re-elected to the same office nine times, making him the longest-serving mayor in the Elm City's history.

In 2007, DeStefano made national news when the city began issuing ID cards to people who live in New Haven and it didn't matter their immigration status.

In 2006, DeStefano, who is a Democrat, lost the race for governor to Republican Jodi Rell.

During his tenure, DeStefano has added more than 3,000 apartment units to the downtown area, built 37 new schools and developed a bio-medical economic sector in New Haven.

"I feel comfortable leaving now because New Haven is in a good place, with a strong civic fiber," DeSefano said.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said DeStefano has "left an indelible mark" on New Haven and "reinvigorated its character."

"His legacy of making New Haven a center of innovation and economic growth and ensuring the city's schools provide every child with an opportunity to succeed is something for which he and the entire city should be proud," he said in a statement Tuesday.

State Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield, who has been critical of DeStefano, said he'll file papers at the end of the week to become a candidate for mayor of New Haven.

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