Connecticut House narrowly confirms public safety chief

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HARTFORD — The Connecticut House of Representatives has confirmed Dora Schriro for a second term as the state’s public safety commissioner, despite some lawmakers voicing strong concerns about her job record in New York and elsewhere.

The Democratic controlled chamber on Tuesday voted 79-to-65 in favor of Schriro, who was reappointed by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Her nomination does not require approval by the Senate. All House Republicans and some Democrats opposed her reappointment.

Veteran Rep. Arthur O’Neill, a Republican, called it a “serious, serious problem” Schriro did not originally disclose the controversy surrounding her tenure running New York City’s correction department and abuses at the city’s Rikers Island prison.

Rep. Stephen Dargan, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, lauded Schriro for her strong work ethic, saying she deserved reappointment.