In 2011, Northeast Connecticut faced some of the most damaging storms in state history, from Tropical Storm Irene in August which delayed school openings and the October Nor’easter which essentially canceled Halloween. The memories of long power outages and frustration with CL&P’s poor response still linger with me and many of my neighbors, so that is why I was glad to hear our State Representative Bryan Hurlburt, who worked tirelessly to try to bring our local leaders and CL&P together during the recovery, became an early and effective co-sponsor of the storm response bill, which was signed into law this past June.
During both storms, Bryan was in constant contact with local town officials and residents, providing any help or information he could from the state’s emergency operations center. When Bryan heard that utility trucks were parked miles away from our district as we all sat in the dark, he immediately drove down to meet with the crews, stopping them from leaving the lot until they provided exact answers to when trucks would be out in the area to restore power.
Throughout the 2012 legislative session, Bryan made it a priority to discuss the local issues that arose during power restoration with colleagues from both sides of the aisle while receiving invaluable input from concerned citizens who contacted his office. Just three months later, the Storm Response Bill was passed with unanimous support in the legislature.
Bryan Hurlburt’s passion for serving his community was clearly a driving factor in advocating for real results during the storm recovery, and then applying those lessons toward legislation. Bryan has earned my vote through this story, his legislative efforts, and so much more. I encourage everyone to vote on November 6th, and hope you’ll join me in re-electing Bryan Hurlburt as our State Representative.