Connecticut observing Half Staff.
Friday, December 2, 2016
(HARTFORD, CT) - Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he is directing the flag of the State of Connecticut to fly at half-staff in honor of State Representative Betty Boukus (D-New Britain, Plainville), who passed away early this morning. State flags should be lowered beginning immediately until sunset on the date of interment, which has not yet been determined.
Governor Malloy said, "Betty Boukus was one of the most passionate and most energetic legislators in the history of the Connecticut General Assembly. She loved being an elected official, specifically the opportunity to serve the people of her towns Plainville and New Britain in order to advocate for their best interests - and she made sure everybody knew it. With every meeting of any committee that she attended, she brought the ray of sunshine into the room, even on the gloomiest of days. The State of Connecticut has lost one of its most vociferous advocates and honorable public servants, and we are all deeply saddened by her loss. On behalf of the people of our state, I would like Betty's family to know how much we appreciated her spirit, her generosity, her character, and her service. She will truly be missed."
Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said, "This is a very sad day for Connecticut. We've lost a truly dedicated legislator and an extraordinary woman. I was honored to work with Betty - she always kept the well-being of her constituents at the forefront of all of her efforts. She was smart and well-informed, and even during the toughest debates, she always led with compassion and humor. My thoughts are with Betty's husband Gary, her children, and grandchildren. I want to thank them and her entire family for sharing her with her Capitol family. She did lasting good work for Connecticut."
Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes said, "Betty Boukus was a tremendous legislator and advocate, leaving behind an unparalleled legacy of success for her district and the state. But more than that, Betty was a kind and affable soul that put everyone at ease. Her constituents, her colleagues, and anyone who knew her were changed for the better by the experience. On behalf of OPM, we are going to miss a dear friend."