First Selectman's Message
Greenwich is a Town of more than 62,000 residents and 28 miles of shoreline on Long Island Sound. Since its founding in 1640, residents have been committed to creating and preserving a sustainable lifestyle from the beaches to backcountry that has earned Greenwich the reputation of being among the best places in the country to live, work and raise a family.
Located on Long Island Sound just thirty miles east of New York City, Greenwich is recognized as a premier residential community. We have 8,000 acres of protected land, 20 parks, four beaches and a municipal golf course. In a recent Robb Report, Greenwich was ranked first among the top 10 places to live in America.
Our economy is thriving and leading industries are financial services, real estate, retail, home construction and home renovation.
The value of all real property exceeds $43.3 billion, the highest in Connecticut, with the median price of a home at approximately $1,036,000 and the average home at approximately $1,749,000.
Greenwich prides itself on fiscal responsibility as evidenced by its adherence to a "pay-as-you-go" philosophy. Thanks to excellent fiscal management, Greenwich property tax rates are among the lowest in the state.
We value education here. There are approximately 8,900 students in our public education system at 11 elementary schools, 3 middle schools and a 4-year high school. Pursuing post-secondary education are 89.8% of our public school graduates.
Governed by the Greenwich Board of Education, an elected eight-member, bipartisan citizen panel and the Superintendent of Schools, our school system is recognized as one of the most outstanding in the country. Augmented by our private and independent schools, our community offers outstanding educational opportunities.
Our four libraries and numerous cultural events add to the resources available to our residents. The Bruce Museum is the second most popular museum in Connecticut and the fourth in New England with 110,000 people visiting each year.
The spirit of volunteerism is an important characteristic of our Town. Residents care about our community and continually step forward to be involved. It is particularly evident in our form of government. The First Selectman and two Selectmen comprise the paid Board of Selectmen. The Board of Estimate and Taxation, the Town's Finance Board, has 12 elected members and the Representative Town Meeting is comprised of 230 individuals who are all volunteers elected for two-year terms. Citizens also are appointed as members of boards and commissions that have policy-making authority. Certainly Greenwich exhibits "democracy at its best."
Town employees are committed to serving the citizens of Greenwich to ensure that Greenwich provides excellent services. I encourage your comments and questions. Please feel free to contact me.