Rep. Geraldo Reyes, Jr. takes office — just in time for budget mess

Geraldo Reyes, Jr. briefly addresses the House. Larry Butler, a colleague from Waterbury, watches.

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Geraldo Reyes, Jr. briefly addresses the House. Larry Butler, a colleague from Waterbury, watches.

Geraldo Reyes Jr., the winner of a special election Tuesday, took the oath of office Thursday as the state representative from the 75th House District of Waterbury, arriving in time to help make difficult budget choices.

“I will be contacting you later today to talk about your budget vote,” said House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, drawing laughter in the House chamber.

Reyes said he was ready.

“It was something we’ve been thinking about for the last 50 days. We intended to win,” said Reyes, who represents a solid Democratic district.

He succeeds Victor Cuevas, who resigned.

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