State pays $250,000 for three-month COVID communications contract

The state has gotten smaller with an out of doors company to tackle COVID-19-related media family members and communications for the state branch of Public fitness.

The state is paying McDowell Communications community $250,000 over the next three months, from the state’s allotment of $1.4 billion in federal coronavirus reduction funds, according to Max Reiss, spokesman for Gov. Ned Lamont.

Maura Fitzgerald, a senior vice president on the enterprise and former state communications officer, can have fundamental accountability at DPH and will be assisted by using others at McDowell Communications, including Dean Pagani, who was chief spokesman and chief of group of workers for former Gov. John G. Rowland.

In a statement despatched with the aid of e mail, Reiss referred to the federal funds could be used “in furtherance of the state’s pandemic response efforts to speak naturally with Connecticut residents.”

DPH spokesman Av Harris will stay at his post, protecting all non-COVID communications for the department.

“Maura is now spending all her time on the state’s COVID and vaccine efforts,” McDowell Communications President Duby McDowell observed via electronic mail. “we’ve hired extra staff to help her and to handle her massive workload on the firm.”

Fitzgerald referred questions to Reiss. She isn’t a newcomer to Connecticut politics, or the state branch of Public health.

“She spent three years on the branch of Public fitness,” Reiss stated, “and she or he has already shown to be an exceedingly useful addition to our group, leaping correct in as we initiated the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines each in healthcare associations and lengthy-term care facilities.”

in advance of working on the state DPH, Fitzgerald worked as deputy state director for U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and she or he had labored in communications for Blumenthal’s 2010 Senate campaign and in his workplace as state legal professional widely wide-spread. She has also worked in the widespread meeting and in the workplace of the Secretary of the State.

McDowell is also co-host of the WFSB-television Channel three Sunday morning public affairs talk demonstrate, “Face the State,” which become previously hosted by means of Dennis residence. apartment, who left Channel three in September, announced Monday he’s joining WTNH-tv Channel eight in January as chief political anchor.