Veteran Stamford senator will take job with Lamont administration

Newly reelected Sen. Carlo Leone of Stamford will no longer take the oath of office subsequent week and in its place will be a part of Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration as a special adviser to state Transportation Commissioner Joseph Giulietti.

Leone, an Air drive veteran who first served in the condominium for more than three phrases earlier than joining the Senate after a unique election in 2011, noted Thursday nighttime that he is eager to delivery a brand new chapter in public service.

“a chance has offered itself to join the administration,” stated Leone, fifty seven, a Democrat who in fresh years has been the co-chairman of the Transportation Committee. “I’ll omit the legislature, which has given me lots of beneficial, outstanding experiences, but I’m anticipating a brand new chapter.”

Leone changed into a pretty good supporter of Lamont’s plan for vehicles-handiest tolls on state highways, a plan that the governor withdrew last February amid bipartisan opposition in the typical meeting. In a mobile interview, he stated that with the state’s committed fund for transportation infrastructure scheduled to head broke by 2024, protecting it afloat at a time of diminishing gasoline taxes and the rise of electric powered cars, is an incredible challenge.

With Democrat Joe Biden scheduled to take the oath of the presidency on Jan. 20, the Lamont administration expects tons more direct conversation with Washington. As special assistant, Leone will troubleshoot concerns for Giulietti and should likely lean on his relationships with different state lawmakers.

“There continues to be lots to accomplish,” observed Leone, who changed into born in Italy. “We nonetheless have to get funds into transportation. It’ll be variety of bizarre to be on the different side, but we nonetheless have the needs. Serving within the legislature and being a senator from Stamford has been an honor.”

whereas it may be too quickly to figure out who could are searching for to change Leone, who beaten Republican Eva Maldonado within the November election, fellow state lawmakers from Stamford delegation encompass Rep. Patricia Billie Miller, Rep. Dan Fox, Rep. David Michel, Rep. Caroline Simmons and Rep. Matt Blumenthal.

“I have a extremely strong delegation with amazing colleagues and any variety of them may step in,” observed Leone, who in addition to leading the Transportation Committee, is the vice president of the tax-writing Finance, profits & Bonding Committee.

while in the normal assembly Leone helped revamp the mediation system in foreclosures; helped write legislations to offer tax credits to the film industry. Upon his return from six years in the defense force, Leone worked at Xerox Corp. for 17 years. He holds bachelor’s and grasp’s levels from Sacred heart institution.

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