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Let The Brown Rudnick Wine Flow

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RITTER2 - Copy - CopyRITTER5One party was for a good cause and the other was “just because” but any way you pour the wine, the two downtown Hartford soirees attracted a festive crowd totaling about 1,000 people Thursday night.

Let’s start at the Bond Ballroom where Brown Rudnick LLP, and more specifically firm principal/lobbyist and former House Speaker Tom Ritter and camera-shy colleague and House Minority Leader Larry Cafero welcomed  about 500 Democrats, Republicans, clients, friends, relatives and assorted Hartford heavy hitters and hanger-on-ers to the firm’s annual “Red Wine Party.”

RITTER3The now mega-bash began as a little post-Lenten get-together more years ago than anyone seems to remember for sure, and over the decades has grown and grown catapulting it into an A-list  “must go to” this time of the year.

“I do remember when it was just a few people getting together at the old Chuck’s Steakhouse at the old Civic Center,” recalled Wells Fargo advisor Tom Hall, one of lots of Ritter’s friends who filled the ballroom. “It just kept growing,” he said as people jockeyed their way through the crowded space to either get a glass of wine or chit-chat with each other.

RITTER1 - Copy (2) - CopyThe crowd boasted a fair share of former legislators, including some who showed they still had that biting edge when it came to talking politics. Case in point, former Republican Senate minority leader, Lou DeLuca.

It is well-known that DeLuca, 79, who was forced to step down from office in 2007 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor threatening charge, was never a big Edith Prague fan. To put it kindly, the two regularly scrapped when they served together in the Senate.  So his thoughts on the 88-year-old Democrat’s  new appointment as head of the state Commission on Aging?

“Mark my words,” said the 79-year-old DeLuca who has not let age affect his outspoken demeanor or his candid feelings about his former senate mate. “In three months, Malloy (Gov. Dannel P. Malloy) will rue the day he appointed her as Commissioner on Aging.”

New Job For Former Sen. Prague

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Prague-101123bAnd in the “age is just a number” category comes this:

 

“Governor Dannel P. Malloy today tapped former State Senator Edith Prague of Columbia to serve as the Commissioner of the newly formed State Department on Aging (SDA). SDA will ensure that Connecticut’s elderly population has access to the supportive services necessary to live with dignity, security, and independence, and is responsible for administering a variety of federally funded programs under the Older American’s Act.

“Senator Prague has dedicated herself to improving the quality of life for senior citizens—with her background and expertise, she is a natural choice to lead the Department on Aging,” said Governor Malloy. “I know she will make an immediate impact as the Commissioner on Aging and am eager to work with her to address the needs of our state’s growing senior population.”

SDA was statutorily created on January 1, 2013 and will be fully established after enactment of SB 837, “An Act Concerning the Department on Aging.”  All appropriate functions, programs, and duties within the Department of Social Services’ (DSS) State Unit on Aging and Office of Long Term Care Ombudsman will be transferred to SDA once the Commissioner on Aging is confirmed by the legislature and administrative staff is hired.

“It is an honor to serve the people of Connecticut, and I thank the Governor for his trust and support,” said Prague. “For 18 years I represented the residents of Connecticut’s 19th Senatorial District, and I am looking forward to getting back to work on behalf of our seniors.  We have a tremendous resource in our older residents, it is important that the state’s programs and services are relevant, appropriate, and meet their needs.”

Prague represented the residents of Connecticut’s 19th Senatorial District from 1994-2012. In 2011, as the Senate chair of the Committee on Aging, Prague advocated for and achieved an elevation in status for the then-select committee to become a full standing committee of the General Assembly. Prior to her tenure as State Senator, Prague served for eight years in the state House of Representatives and, in 1990, was appointed Commissioner of Aging by Governor Lowell Weicker. As Commissioner, Prague was instrumental in helping to establish the first Assisted Living Facilities in the state and established a statewide health insurance program that counsels seniors on their options for insurance coverage.

SDA will encompass the DSS State Unit on Aging and the Office of Long Term Care Ombudsman which works to improve the quality of life and quality of care of Connecticut citizens residing in nursing homes, residential care homes, and assisted living communities. ”

Congrats to the former senator!