We broke from our scheduling format this week to bring you a special live edition of Face the State, dedicated to the restoration of power across Connecticut. The information this week from the Governor’s office and the embattled Connecticut Light and Power company has been changing rapidly, so we decided to have a live broadcast to bring our viewers the newest information possible.
Good thing, because just before we went to air, we received breaking news from the Governor Malloy’s office that Connecticut Light and Power would not meet their deadline of Sunday to restore power to 99% of those in the dark.
We invited President and COO Jeff Butler to appear, but our invitation was declined. The company offered Bill Quinlan of CL & P, and he appeared this morning.
We were also be joined by 1st District Congressman John Larson, who updated us on action being taken by the federal government to help out our state.
The mayors of two Hartford suburbs devastated by the storm also came in with fresh assessments of their situations: Democrat Scott Slifka of West Hartford, and Republican Jason McCoy of Vernon, both of whom have been in the trenches with their suffering constituents this week. Obviously there are many other town leaders we could have had on Face the State, but the reality is, our desk in the studio only seats four people!
Rounding out the broadcast was Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, who had the the very latest information regarding Election Day. 43 hours after Merrill’s appearance the polls will open across the state in what will be the most unusual circumstances surrounding municipal elections we’ve perhaps ever seen.
You can watch today’s edition of Face the State right here: http://www.wfsb.com/category/213663/face-the-state