Malloy Declares State of Emergency in Connecticut [Updated]

The move could help municipalities that are experiencing road salt shortages, as the state digs out from the 12th storm of the season — and the worst one yet.

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Update at 10:55 a.m. on Feb. 14:

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will hold a press conference at noon to announce plans to make the state's road salt available to municipalities. The conference will take place at the state's Emergency Operations in Hartford.

Our original report follows:

Connecticut is in a state of emergency.

The designation, declared Thursday night by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, sets the stage for the state to seek federal assistance as many towns face road salt shortages, given the number of winter weather events so far this season.

The snowstorm that is currently dumping upwards of a foot of heavy snow across the state is the 12 weather event of the winter, Malloy noted.

"I have asked our state emergency management personnel to reach out to our cities and towns tonight and get more information on what their salt supplies look like right now, indicating to us how much they currently have on hand and how much they use in a typical storm," Malloy said. "This will enable us to pursue a request to the federal government to assist these communities to increase their supplies as the winter season continues."

In a press release issued on the heels of the governor's second storm-related press conference of the day, Malloy added, "I want to stress that this request is to address the issue of salt supplies for the remainder of this winter season as there surely will be additional snow and ice events this year. With winter storms impacting many parts of the country, some of which don't typically see this type of weather, salt supplies are being stretched throughout the entire eastern portion of the U.S."

More information on a request to the federal government will be announced as soon as the plan is formalized, the governor said.

In addition, Malloy announced that all non-essential, first-shift state employees should report to work on Friday, Feb. 14, on a one-hour delay based on the time that each employee would normally report to work. This will help stagger the early morning rush hour commute, Malloy said.
Steve Smith February 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM
State employees include state troopers, those who work in the state's attorney's office, command staff for these persons, alot of positions that typical citizens don't really know exist. Gotta love the attitude of some people, who don't know what people actually do for the state. Typical citizens... no idea what you're talking about.
Joeseph Biff February 14, 2014 at 03:32 PM
I know what they do. They collect huge pensions and life time benefits when they retire, which the state, meaning the "typical citizens" with" attitudes" can't afford to pay. Union contracts which grant them annual raises no matter what the current economic condition. One big reason our taxes are among the highest in the country.
duckylucky2005 February 15, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Sadly, the term "non essential" employees encompasses clerical workers, the skeletal staff of the satellite offices such as New Opportunities who provide access to heat and food to the massive amount of "undocumented employed" in this state. That term refers to those whose unemployment benefits have been terminated and are no longer counted in those ridiculously SKEWED unemployment statistics. Many of them are workers who have gotten laid off and replaced with younger workers - these are people in their 40's and 50's!! THAT is the REAL state of emergency that continues to be ignored. BTW - how many of you know that in CT it is perfectly legal (at this time) for an employer to discriminate based on unemployment status?????!!!! CT Rep Mary Musinsky told me that just a few weeks ago. WE ARE IN DEEP TROUBLE FOLKS - and that is NOT and overstatement.
duckylucky2005 February 15, 2014 at 12:42 PM
Paul Chotkowski February 16, 2014 at 01:24 AM
@ Mr. Smith "Typical citizens... no idea what you're talking about" Gotta love a big government Progressive Collectivist's opinion of the Makers who pay the bills. I could not have come up with a better example of what is wrong with the Governor, most of the CGA, and most "NON ESSENTIAL" state unionized employees if I had tried!


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