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Landscaping at governor's home in Stamford to be investigated

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STAMFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The landscaping around Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's Stamford home is raising eyebrows after neighbors told Eyewitness News it was done by a city employee.

Neighbors said they saw landscapers at Malloy's home two Saturdays in a row. They were working on the trees out in the front yard and the hedge row near the neighbors.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News they even asked if one of the landscapers could work on their house as well.

"He said to me, 'I'm not a contractor. I'm not a contractor,'" said Peggy Cobb of Stamford. "I said 'it's Saturday.' and he said 'I work full time for the city.'"

Peggy and Freddy Cobb said they felt compelled to speak out.

"You're doing work on the governor's house, but you're not willing to work on my house," Freddy Cobb said. "And he had a smile on his face and he just said that's because it's the governor's house."

The Cobbs took video of the work being done from their balcony. Peggy Cobb said she found out later the worker is the city's deputy tree warden.

Malloy, who is a Democrat, now lives in the governor's mansion in Hartford, not in that Stamford home.

Eyewitness News caught up with him in Eastern Connecticut Wednesday. Malloy said that man was working for an independent company on his own time and he got "no special treatment."

However, it's reported that worker also used a city of Stamford vehicle during the landscaping.

"He didn't have room to put his ladder," Malloy said. "A friend of his was working a city job and said 'hey can you swing by and I'll put the ladder on the truck.' And that's what he did and apologized for it."

Stamford Mayor Mike Pavia said that part is the most troublesome.

"If an employee feels in the course of his or her activity that they're entitled to use city resources or city time, then they have a problem," said Pavia, who is a Republican. "They have a very serious problem."

Pavia said he was launching an investigation into the incident.

The Cobbs said they just want everyone in Stamford on an even playing field.

"That didn't seem right to me, it felt like favoritism to me," Peggy Cobb said

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