East Haven’s Zullo takes oath as 99th District state representative
“I want to thank all of the legislators and officials who welcomed me today, especially Secretary of (the) State Denise Merrill, for their kind remarks and for welcoming me so warmly,” Zullo said via email.
“It’s a tremendous honor to stand in the people’s House, and I’m ready for the awesome responsibility that comes with this job,” Zullo said in a subsequent news release.
He succeeds Democrat James Albis, who resigned in January to take a job with Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration as a senior adviser to the commissioner of energy and environmental protection.
Zullo is the first Republican to hold the seat since Paul Karbowski in 1985.
“I know I’ve said it before, but I can’t begin to convey how thankful I am to the people of East Haven for trusting me to be their voice in Hartford,” Zullo said in a release.
Zullo has served as town attorney since Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. returned to office in 2011. He also maintains a private practice with Zullo, Zullo and Jacks. His father and law partner, Alfred Zullo, administered the oath of office as his mother, Roseann Zullo, and fiancee, Danelle Feeley, stood nearby.
Joe Zullo also served as Maturo’s campaign manager in the last election and a co-manager of his campaign in at least two previous elections. Maturo and his wife, Karen , joined Zullo and his parents for the swearing-in.
“I was born and raised here, I understand our residents’ concerns and struggles, and I am ready to make my pitch in Hartford for lowering taxes, reducing debt, and generating the type of economic growth our state desperately needs,” he said.
In the release, Zullo thanked Albis for his hard work.
“Although taxes were the number one issue residents raised when I was door-knocking, the second thing I heard most often was how hard James Albis worked and how accessible he was to residents,” he wrote.
“He was and remains remarkably dedicated to East Haven and I know he is going to be a difficult act to follow,” Zullo said. “However, I am up to the task and ready to pick up where he left off — fighting for the best interests of our community.”
Zullo promised to work with legislators on both sides of the aisle.
House Republican leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, wished Zullo well.
“I’m thrilled to have Representative Zullo in the House, and the commonsense views he brings from East Haven are what this legislature needs right now,” Klarides said. “This state faces big challenges, and I’m certain Joe will make a meaningful contribution in the effort to get our state back on track.”
Zullo is expected to receive his committee assignments next week. He can be reached at his Capitol office at 860-240-8700, via email at email@example.com, or at www.staterepzullo.com.