His Relocation Interviewer salary was $3,400 per year.
The first model made by Frank for the B2 project in the downtown area specifically named buildings to be built in the future from Urban Renewal. Every building he projected came to fruition exactly as presented 7 years prior to actual development completion.
“[Frank] reminds me of a young Robert Moses. He is way ahead of his time.”
-Bill White, 1966 at Model presentation , Jefferson Street.
“I’m impressed with a young man from Waterbury taking charge like this. It’s about time we move forward.”
-Mayor Raymond Synder, 1966 at Model presentation, Jefferson Street
FRANK WAS APPOINTED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AFTER THREE MONTHS OF INTERVIEWING APPROXIMATELY 15 CANDIDATES. HIS EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE REWNEWAL PROGRAM SURFACED HIGHER THAN ALL WHO WERE INTERVIEWED AND HE WAS VOTED IN UNANIMOUSLY BY THE URBAN RENEWAL BOARD, BECOMING THE YOUNGEST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IN THE UNITED STATES OF A MAJOR CITY WITH OVER 100,000 POPULATION. ONLY KNOWN TO A FEW BOARD MEMBERS, FRANK HAD RECEIVED OFFICIALLY FROM THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF HIS APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. THE CITY OF WATERBURY WAS FORTUNATE THAT FRANK’S DECISION WAS TO STAY IN HIS HOME TOWN AS EVIDENCED BY THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT ARE APPARENT.
Despite personal feelings and ego, no public official with the magnitude of responsibility that a public office holds such as Urban Renewal and Economic Director can take the credit by themselves. I have had the honor and privilege of working with what I consider to be the legendary political and professional people who built Waterbury and preserved its future. Those people were Mayor Edward Bergin, Sr., Mayor Edward Bergin, Jr., Corporation Council John Mahaney, Attorney Walter Griffin, Thomas Moran, Chairman, Urban Renewal, Sally Cote, Urban Renewal Staff Member and Assistant Director. Ernest Mosley, Urban Renewal Staff Member and Assistant Director, Paul Barone, Chairman, Edward D’Napoli, Chairman, Frank Santaguda, Alderman, Mac Baldrige, Chairman, Scolville Manufacturing, Thomas Dodd, Sr., Senator, Governor and Senator Lowell Weicker, State Commissioner Edward Stockton, Peter Burns, Peter Decarlo, and my dearest friend on the state and personal level, Governor Ella Grasso. The cooperation and support from the City Planning Commission, commissioners and staff of the Urban Renewal Agency, members of the Board of Alderman, and so many more have been unwavering. Without their support, cooperation, and loyalty, the enormous success of 20 years of development in the city of Waterbury during my tenure as Director of Urban Renewal and seven other agencies would have never happened. To them, I say thank you, again, as I have said one hundred times over. As evidenced from the names above, no public official should think that he is bigger than the city he serves. That is why we are called public servants. What we have accomplished here will never be duplicated again!
[…]Thinking about the fire gives one the shivers. Particularly in retrospect, one can say that if those who wanted to keep it operable had had their way, possibly 78 people would have died.
But considering what did happen, maybe the credit for the fact that the elderly residents who called the Kingsbury home for so many years are still alive can be laid at the door of a very determined, very stubborn, very obdurate Frank Davino, executive director of the Urban Renewal Agency.
Davino got thick about it, emptied a full building, relocated the tenants and left an abandoned eyesore to vandals, nuts and other crazies who like to strike matches. There were no taxes, but there were no deaths either; there will be a useful temporary parking lot.
He wasn’t necessarily predicting a fire when he evacuated the building, but Davino certainly was cognizant of the danger and acted sensibly. He came up smelling like roses!