Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is breaking with long practice by going outside the ranks of organized labor for a new commissioner of labor by naming former Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson, one of several key personnel moves made Monday. Malloy also sent Dennis Murphy, the administration’s long-time trouble-shooter to DMV as acting commissioner.
The administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy scrambled Wednesday to frame the resignation of Andres Ayala Jr., who was the Democratic governor’s first Hispanic department head, as other than an attempt to solely blame him for a troubled yearlong tenure as commissioner of motor vehicles.
On the eve of his 79th birthday, former state Sen. Edwin A. Gomes, D-Bridgeport, regained his seat as a minor-party candidate in a special election Tuesday night, scoring a national first for the Working Families Party.
The ballots are set for special elections on Feb. 24 to fill three legislative vacancies created by lawmakers accepting positions in the executive or judicial branches of government.
Sen. Andres Ayala Jr., D-Bridgeport, who declined an administration post in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s first term, was named Monday as the next commissioner of motor vehicles, giving Malloy his first Hispanic department head. Lobbying is under way for a second.