Malloy to head Northeast Governors group: ‘Powerful voice’ when work together

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has been selected to serve as chairman of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, a bipartisan association of the seven governors of the northeastern states.

The coalition includes New York and the six New England sates — Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Five of the seven states now are led by Democratic governors. Malloy is a Democrat.

The organization works with governors, their staff, and policy advisors to examine current and emerging regional issues, develop solutions, and work together to  benefit individual states as well as the region.

Transportation to energy

“Some of the biggest challenges of our time require us to partner together and work in unison today to build a brighter tomorrow,” Malloy said.

“Whether it’s transforming transportation or realizing regional solutions to energy constraints, when Northeast states work together they have a powerful voice," he said.

The position of chairman is a one-year term. During the last year, Malloy served as vice chairman of the group. In addition to serving as its chairman, Malloy will continue to be the coalition’s lead governor for transportation, a position that he has held since 2012.

National security role, too

Last week, Malloy was named by President Barack Obama as co-chairman of the 10-member Council of Governors, which serves as a forum for discussion of National Guard and homeland defense issues and advises the White House and U.S. national security leadership.