Republican State Rep. Livvy Floren will retire after completing her seventh term in the Connecticut Legislature this year.
The 71-year-old Floren, whose 149th district includes western and backcountry Greenwich and the northwest corner of Stamford, said Wednesday morning, "I will have served seven terms, that's 14 years. It's the proper time to retire. The delegation is seasoned with each member having at least one term under its belt." She added, "It's time to do something else."
Floren added, "It's been a real honor and a privilege to serve Greenwich and Stamford. I've learned so much and am so thankful for the loyal support of my constituents. It's heartwarming."
Floren, who is the assistant Republican leader and ranking member of the legislature's Bonding Sub-Committee, said her work on bonding "Has been very meaningful to me." She said her work to obtain competitive grants for the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center, dry fire hydrants, a new communication system for Greenwich Police, and a new lab for the Greenwich Health Department are among the highlights of her legislative careers.
Floren, who's lived in Greenwich for 42 years with her husband Douglas, said, "I always felt the issues that mattered most to my constituents, the environment, good government, seniors citizens, were all things I could build consensus for." Floren added, "If there was partisanship, it was about taxation — and that’s always going to be the case."
" Livvy was such a pleasure to work with for the past five years in Hartford. When I was a rookie, both she and Lile Gibbons could not have been nicer to me,” said state Rep. Fred Camillo (R-151). “Her early morning emails to the delegation reminding us of some event, or to tell us we were in the paper, or to just offer some encouragement, will be missed greatly by me. I look forward to her continued friendship, and to seeing her around town involved in her future endeavors. "
State Rep. Stephen Wallko who is midway through his first term representing the 150st District, said, “Working with Livvy has been a wonderful experience. She has served the citizens of Greenwich well through her thoughtful and deliberate approach in addressing complex social issues as well as how to stabilize and then grow Connecticut’s economy. “
Walko added, “She championed for lower tax burdens while at the same time worked to ensure that a safety net was available to catch the State’s most needy population. In sum, Livvy performed her legislative tasks with grace, intelligence and compassion. The General Assembly will have a big void to fill with Livvy’s retirement.”
Democratic Greenwich Selectman Drew Marzullo added, “I have known Livvy and her family for literately 25 years. She is always one of the first people to call me with words of encouragement and kindness. Her generosity, dedication to public service and love for this town is palpable. That combined with her true sense of bipartisanism makes her a rare find. I for one will miss her greatly. And I am going to miss walking with her in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We had so much fun. "
Floren said she's unsure what she will do next. Although she does have plenty to do by serving on the boards of the Greenwich Tree Conservancy, Greenwich Community Garden, Community Centers and the Greenwich Point Conservancy, and is the co-commissioner of the Boys & Girls State Commission.
"I'm not going to miss the commutes to Hartford but I will miss the intellectual stimulation and my colleagues," Floren said. "Hopefully, I'll find stimulating and worthwhile. I am grateful for the opportunity" to serve Greenwich and Stamford residents.