Senate approves Malloy’s choice for DMV commissioner despite master’s degree questions

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HARTFORD — Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy’s new choice to run Connecticut’s Department of Motor Vehicles has easily won legislative approval, despite his recent admission that he may not hold a master’s degree as he previously claimed.

The Senate on Tuesday approved Michael Bzdyra’s nomination as DMV’s new commissioner by a vote of 35-to-1. House approval isn’t required.

Democrats and Republicans lauded Bzdyra’s work ethic, saying they hope he can improve the agency.

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano praised Bzdyra for admitting at a recent legislative hearing he’s two courses short of a public affairs degree from the University of Connecticut. Bzdyra said for two decades that he had the degree.

Bzdyra is now trying to determine whether his credits were accurately counted. He says he’ll take the remaining classes, if necessary.