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.
Dave February 13, 2014 at 06:53 PM
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.???????????????????? What do non essential state employees do? Why do we use taxpayer money to pay them? no wonder we are broke and over taxed.
Dave February 13, 2014 at 06:57 PM
Do we have a list of these employees so we know when they should report to work? How about Essential employees should they report to work an hour earlier to get the state up and running again?
QWERTY February 13, 2014 at 09:17 PM
Yeah I declared a State of Emergency when he took office.
Scott Wheeler February 13, 2014 at 09:54 PM
We pay one of the highest gas taxes in the country and we are out of something that covers 2/3 of the earth? Begging the White House for salt? This state is in a sorry state right now and oh yeah foreclosures spiked up for January.................
Kathleen February 13, 2014 at 11:20 PM
Maybe all state employees can bring in a pound of salt from their pantry. Then They can sit at their desks and pound it. And get paid.
Igor February 14, 2014 at 07:45 AM
Just about what they're good for.
Joeseph Biff February 14, 2014 at 07:55 AM
Can there be some type of investigation by a group comprised of officials and citizens to look into if and how we can reduce the abuse and waste foisted upon the tax payers of CT by state workers? Bloated pensions,non essential employees,etc..
Janice Rossi February 14, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Joe, the state I'd looking into it :)
Fred February 14, 2014 at 08:53 AM
Back to the topic of the article please. An emergency ?? Seriously? How can annual weather conditions be the basis for an emergency. We've had much more snow than this in other years and never had to declare anything. This was simply just another snow storm, after all we're not in Atlanta where they don't get snow as a routine course... We have become so socialistic it is becoming alarming.
Jerry Plant February 14, 2014 at 09:32 AM
Does anybody remember the children's story, about the little boy who kept crying " WOLF, WOLF " ? This little boy had some psychological issues, where he was starving for attention. Eventually everybody ignored him, and when the wolf did show up, he disappeared without a trace. Sound familiar? One could only hope that there is truth in fairytales.
Southbury Resident February 14, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Does that mean I won't see that $55 check from Malloy? Pitty...
Paul Chotkowski February 14, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Silly me! I thought that Governor Mao Loy's 2016 Re Election Campaign had declared the state of emergency and had announced another program to register additional illegal aliens to vote in more cities than just New Haven or launched a new program allowing deceeded or undead Democrats "at the pole" renewal of their voter registration. After all True The Vote was so bold as to suggest that Citizens be stripped of their voting rights just because they have died [it was only a coincidence that the founder and her family business was audited by the IRS, OSHA, ATFE, and the EPA, coincidence I say!]. Don't forget to pay you carbon tax. It's Progressive!
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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