I’d like to say a word about Lucy’s Dathan’s extraordinary commitment to serving the towns she represents.
In August, our town’s power was out for over a week for many residents, during a pandemic and heat wave, no less, and without information on how long we’d have to endure tremendous discomfort and inconvenience, at best. Even without a generator, no means of cooking inside, and no cell reception at home, however, our family was very fortunate that discomfort and inconvenience were the worst we experienced. After four days in the sweltering heat, our power was restored and I was able to spend time catching up on community news. I was aghast to see distressed social media posts from moms with newborns, people with critical medicine that had been discarded because of a lack of refrigeration, seniors in their 80s and 90s, and many others in dire need of power.
As I scrolled through the horrors among the moms groups, a common name appeared along with a common theme: one of our State Representatives, Lucy Dathan, was deftly and without an ounce of fanfare, moving through each and every comment among hundreds, and doing what she always does: Getting the job done to respond immediately with the help people needed. An incredibly kind neighbor of mine, Tom Sanseverino, offered to install and donate the service of portable generators from his company (Camsan Electric), while Lucy helped compile a spreadsheet that we used to get portable generators quickly to those most in need. Lucy, meanwhile, was also on the phone day and night with Eversource working on answers and solutions, and of course later worked hard to hold Eversource accountable during hearings and with the Take Back Our Grid Act, which passed in September.
In short, Lucy is a treasure who works tirelessly and with a deep and genuine care for her constituents and a commitment to excellent public service. We are immensely lucky to have her representation.