The House of Representatives saluted a departed colleague, Terry Backer, and welcomed his successor, Joe Gresko, on the opening day of the legislature’s session Wednesday. Sen. Andrew Maynard, D-Stonington, returned amid questions about his ability to serve.
Joe Gresko, a legislative press aide, won a special election Tuesday night to fill the vacancy left by the death of his friend and boss, Rep. Terry Backer, D-Stratford, said a spokesman for the House Democratic majority.
Joe Gresko, a legislative aide and recently elected Stratford councilman, will seek the Democratic nomination Tuesday night to succeed his friend, Rep. Terry Backer, D-Stratford, who died last week.
Rep. Terry Backer, D-Stratford, a burly lobsterman who brought a crusade to improve Long Island Sound to the General Assembly and helped Robert F. Kennedy Jr. promote the national “Waterkeeper” movement, died Monday night from complications of brain cancer. He was 61.