Governor releases state employees early due to impending snowstorm

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy directed state Executive Branch agency heads to release their employees early in stages this afternoon in order to better manage the evening commute given the inclement conditions.

Dismissals were to begin at 3 p.m. and continue in 15-minute intervals until 3:30. Agency heads were contacted directly with instructions on when to release their employees.

Releases also are being staggered within facilities to mitigate traffic issues in parking areas. These releases are being coordinated with other large employers in the greater Hartford region.

Avoid evening rush hour problems

“Given the impending snow and the severe cold, I’ve asked all executive agencies to enact their early dismissal plans,” Malloy said. “Private sector companies may want to consider similar plans, so that we are not bogged down during the usual evening rush, right when the snow is forecasted to pick up.”

For information concerning the Friday, Jan. 3 work day, state employees are advised to monitor local media as well as the website of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, where they can find the page with the “Early Release/Late Opening” notification page under “Current Conditions.”