FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Gov. Dannel Malloy has directed all flags of the State of Connecticut to fly at half-staff in honor of State Rep. Betty Boukus (D-New Britain, Plainville), who died early Friday.
State flags should be lowered immediately until sunset on the date of her interment, which has not yet been determined.
“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," Malloy said.
"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.”
“Betty Boukus was a compassionate public servant, a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and a dear friend," said U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District).
“I had the honor of serving with Betty in the General Assembly. ... I have come to know, count on, and cherish Betty as an incomparable community leader and exemplary human being.
“Betty was passionate and funny, always ready with a warm laugh and a big hug. She put people – and never politics – first. She was the best, truest public servant.”
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