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Posted on: February 7, 2024

Hamden Lowers Flags to Half-Mast To Honor Former Mayor and State Representative Peter F. Villano

Hamden Lowers Flags to Half-Mast To Honor 
Former Mayor and State Representative Peter F. Villano

Hamden – The Town of Hamden honors former Hamden Mayor and State Representative Peter F. Villano, who passed away February 4th, 2024 at the age of 100.

Mayor Villano served in the United States Navy during World War II and authored the book War to Peace: One Navy Airman's Account of the Final Days of World War II based on his experiences. Mayor Villano received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and further went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Bridgeport Law School.

Mayor Villano began his public service career as an aide to former New Haven Mayor Richard C. Lee and then to former Third District Congressman Robert N. Giaimo. Mayor Villano served with distinction as Mayor of the Town of Hamden for two terms, from 1981 to 1985, and served as State Representative from the 91st Connecticut General Assembly District for 10 consecutive terms, from 1993 to 2013, during which time he served in various roles on several committees and sub-committees, and as the Deputy Majority Whip at Large. Mayor Villano chaired the Human Services Committee and the Committee on Aging and became a staunch advocate for the rights of senior citizens. He was named Legislator of the Year by several advocacy groups and organizations.

In November 2015, after much planning, remediation, restoration, and construction, Villano Park (formerly known as Millrock Park) was opened to the public and dedicated to Mayor Villano, who provided essential leadership in redeveloping the Newhall neighborhood. Mayor Villano assisted Newhall area residents after contaminated soil was found, and worked with residents, State, and Town officials on what is now the largest residential cleanup in Connecticut’s history. He helped bring more than $35 million in bond funds for the continuing neighborhood recovery, including soil remediation and property improvement projects in the Newhall neighborhood.

Mayor Villano had a strong sense of community service. He was a member of the American Museum of National History, Connecticut Audubon Society, Connecticut Nature Conservancy, Edgerton Garden Center, Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden Land Preservation Trust, Hamden Plains/Wintergreen Civic Association, National Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, North Edgehill Association, Hamden’s Planning and Zoning Commission, and Whitneyville Civic Association.

Among his incredible accomplishments, Mayor Villano was most proud of advocating for healthcare, housing, and education for the most vulnerable members of our community. He was a beloved member of Hamden’s community and was also the chairman of the Hamden Italian Festival.

Mayor Lauren Garrett remarks, “Mayor Peter Villano has always exemplified the finest principles of public service and community spirit. He lived his entire life serving his Country, his State, and his Town. On behalf of the Town of Hamden, I send my condolences to his wife Florence, his children, family, and friends. Mayor Peter Villano’s contributions to Hamden have been extraordinary and have helped to make Hamden what it is today.”

Hamden’s flags will fly at half-mast as a celebration of Mayor Villano’s life, career, and legacy. He will always be remembered by our Town.

Please see here for the obituary:

For further information, please contact Deputy Chief of Staff, Alexa M. Panayotakis, at (203) 287-7100 or by email at

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