The Malloy Administration today moved to strike down a rumor of a side deal with the Connecticut State Police Union on the tentative concession agreement.

“This is obviously not true,” said Colleen Flanagan, the communication director for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The administration’s negotiator, Mark Ojakian, wrote to Robert Kryzys, the general counsel for the state police and other unions, to reinforce that view.

“Let me be very clear that there are no side deals or special arrangments, nor will there be any in the future, which modify the Tentative Agreement for any SEBAC union,” Ojakian wrote in an email sent Wednesday and released today.

Matt O’Connor, a spokesman for SEBAC, the coalition of state employee unions, said the union sought the statement from the administration in response to concerns raised by state employees.

“A few members raised questions over the past few days, and the administration was asked if these concerns had any basis. The answer was ‘no.’ We will continue our focus over the next week making sure all union members have the information they need to cast an informed ballot on the revised tentative agreement,” O’Connor said.

Voting on ratification of a concession agreement continues through next week.

“The priority is reversing layoffs, ending threats to negotiating rights, transforming state government, and protecting the public services we deliver,” O’Connor said. “That’s what we need to focus on to help get Connecticut working again.”

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Mark PazniokasCapitol Bureau Chief

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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