When Tip O’Neil, the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, coined the phrase “all politics is local” he could hardly have imagined how prescient that comment would be in the divisive politics of 2020.
It is a quote that State Representative Lucy Dathan has taken to heart. Although she is constantly involved in legislation that concerns the entire state, Lucy understands what is important to her local constituents. Whether it be helping hold Eversource accountable for its inadequate response to Tropical Storm Isaias, helping constituents navigate the great financial and other burdens placed on them by the coronavirus pandemic, or dealing with local traffic issues on the New Canaan and Norwalk border, it is all personal to Lucy, and she is always there to help. It is no surprise that when some elderly constituents found it hard to get masks, Lucy brought some right to their doors!
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Lucy has brought her extensive finance and entrepreneurial experience to help revitalize the State’s economy and attract and retain businesses. She has worked hard to help small businesses and individuals navigate the State’s bureaucracy and introduced a first-of-its-kind workforce training authority to guarantee that Connecticut has the best trained workforce. To address the recent economic downturn, Lucy has helped constituents with their unemployment and small business loan issues and also helped freelancers apply for relief through a program that provides financial assistance to “gig” workers.
Lucy is always available when we, as members of the Norwalk Common Council, need help from the State, and we look forward to continuing to work with her in her second term.