Williams, D-Brooklyn, unanimously won another two-year term as top Senate dog. He has led the Senate since July 2004, after Kevin B. Sullivan moved up to lieutenant governor in the wake of the resignation of John Rowland. “It’s important that we put partisanship aside,” Williams said in his acceptance speech. “It will take sacrifice, ingenuity and targeted investments to turn our economy around.”
Rep. Bob Godfrey, D-Danbury, just presented Denise Merrill, the outgoing House majority leader, with a megaphone as she got ready to help kick off the 2011 session by calling the roll. The joke gift sparked big applause in the body, which she is leaving to become secretary of the state. “I guess it really is sort of a farewell for me. And to all the new members welcome and you are going to have such an opportunity to do so much good for the state and to all my old friends my heart will always be with the House.
The House Republican caucus held a breakfast fund-raising event, $100-a-head and above, this morning in the Officer’s Club at the William A. O’Neill Armory. Once the session is gaveled at around 10 o’clock, lawmakers can no longer accept contributions until the end of the session June 8. House Democrats did their version of the event on Monday night. Tonight, the Democratic State Central Committee will have a $2,500-a-person event in the Old State House, featuring an appearance by Gov. Dannel Malloy.
The Resonance Chamber Artists are serenading folks in the Capitol’s west atrium from 8 until 10. They’re graduate students from the Hartt School of music, cranking through books of romantic and classical hits on cello, viola and violin. Mozart anyone, to take away the ugly taste of a $3.5-billion budget deficit?
As the sun first splashed on the gold dome this morning around sunrise, State Capitol Police stood at each entrance of the Capitol parking lot, double-checking parking permits. Thousands are expected to add to the crowd, including new lawmakers on the first day of the General Assembly session, which runs until midnight, June 8. Casual visitors who find the Legislative Office Building garage full, will have to park on streets surrounding the complex. Don’t forget to use the machines that issue permits for street parking.
The vote totals keep changing as the smoke clears over town and city halls throughout the state. Governor-elect Dannel Malloy is now up to 567,678 and Republican Tom Foley has 560,873, according to new figures posted on the Secretary of the State’s website. That’s a 6,805 plurality. which is more than three times the 2,000-vote margin Foley needed to gain a mandatory recount. Foley, of course, gave up yesterday and conceded.
The totals have revised upwards on the secretary of the state’s website. Democrat Dan Malloy now has a 5,810-vote margin over Republican Tom Foley.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has scheduled a 1 p.m. news conference in Hartford Monday to discuss his plans on whether he will contest his apparent 5,637-vote loss to Democrat Dannel Malloy.
| Foley will discuss the election irregularities that he and Republicans found over the weekend. The event will be held in the lobby of Goodwin Place, 225 Asylum Street.