Melody Currey, CT legislator, mayor and commissioner, dies at 71

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Melody A. Currey, who always seemed to find her own path as an outspoken practitioner of politics in 25 years as state legislator, mayor of East Hartford and state commissioner, died Monday as her husband drove her to a dialysis appointment.

“She and dad were on their way to the date this morning,” said her son, state Rep. Jeff Currey, D-East Hartford. “They were at a red light. The sun came up. She said, ‘I can’t do this. I love you.’ And she died.

Jeff Currey took a deep breath, cried a little and laughed a little.

“She always did things how she wanted and when she wanted,” he said.

Melody Currey was a 71-year-old New York native who considered herself well in the politics of her adopted home, East Hartford.

She was elected to the State House in 1992, as Deputy Leader. She left after her election as mayor in 2005.

In January 2011, she joined Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s administration in its early days, serving as Commissioner of Motor Vehicles during Malloy’s first term, then Commissioner of Administrative Services during his second.

As Commissioner of Administrative Services, Currey oversaw a complex series of purchases and renovations that moved state agencies from expensive leased space.

After the purchase and renovation of an office building on Farmington Avenue in Hartford and the two Connecticut River Plaza towers downtown, the State Office Building near the Capitol was gutted and gutted.

During a tour of the River Plaza complex she led for Malloy in 2016, she noted with satisfaction that her 15th-floor office in a tower would be higher than that planned for Kevin Sullivan, the former leader of the Senate. who was Malloy’s commissioner. tax services, a reflection of the long-standing rivalries between the House and the Senate.

“I said to Sullivan, ‘I always wanted to despise you,'” she said with a smile that day.

Malloy and former Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman were among those who called Jeff Currey with condolences on Monday. Services were incomplete.

Currey is survived by her husband, Don; three children, Jeff, Becky and Matt; and six grandchildren. Melody and Don Currey celebrated their 50th birthday in October.

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