Thank you, Livvy

FI-EditorialGreenwich has been fortunate to have a delegation of elected representatives to Hartford who are committed to doing good, and that’s why we were so disappointed to hear that state Rep. Livvy Floren will not be running for another term.

Ms. Floren, simply, is a delight. She always has been one and, it is hoped, that she will continue to be a major part of Greenwich for years to come even after leaving the legislature at the end of her term. Republicans love her. Democrats love her. She’s someone who is always ready with a friendly smile and a little quip in her speeches. She’s quick with a quotation and always a friendly face to see, but she’s been able to back all that up with 14 years of substance in Hartford. Being nice is great, but Ms. Floren has also been able to serve her constituents extremely well.

Too often on a national level we see politicians eager to grandstand without ever getting anything done, and that’s happened in many state legislatures, too. While there’s no shortage of hot air in Hartford either, Greenwich has a delegation of representatives eager and willing to work across the aisle to benefit residents, and Ms. Floren personifies that class and legislative dedication. She didn’t go to Hartford to take extreme positions or operate on the fringe. She went to legislate and make things better for her district and Greenwich as a whole.

It’s been a privilege to cover Ms. Floren for all the years she’s been in office, and while it’s disappointing to hear she won’t be running again, it is better to leave too early than too late. This might set up an exciting race in the fall with good candidates from both parties, giving voters a real choice.

As with any politician, there are always going to be disagreements, but Ms. Floren has always been the kind of politician who will strongly represent her Republican supporters while being open and receptive to the ideas of the Democrats in town. She has been able to work closely with the governors of this state, whether Republicans like M. Jodi Rell or current Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat. It’s that spirit of cooperation that has made Ms. Floren such a success and allowed her to deliver for her constituents in areas like the environment, senior issues and good government.

Greenwich Democrats have noted for years, and with a lot to back them up, that the town’s priorities can’t be fully addressed with an all-Republican delegation since the legislature is dominated by Democrats. But Ms. Floren has always been someone who has shown she is willing to work with the governor and her colleagues no matter what party they’re in. Residents in this town can know their voices are being heard thanks to her good work as well as everything Greenwich has been able to get from state Sen. L. Scott Frantz and state Reps. Fred Camillo and Stephen Walko.

Of course, let’s not pretend that this is the last we’ll see of Livvy Floren, mostly because there’s a heck of a lot to do still in Hartford and her successor won’t be sworn in until next January. There’s a full agenda ahead of her and all of her colleagues, as a budget has to be completed and much has to be done beyond that.

We continue to have absolute faith in Ms. Floren and her colleagues to work with Mr. Malloy and Hartford Democrats to make sure Greenwich’s priorities and needs are on the table. She’s proven herself time and time again, and it truly is a shame to lose her experience and good nature in Hartford. That’s why we want to thank Ms. Floren for all she’s done and all she will continue to do for Greenwich.

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