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Connecticut Governor Announces Plans to Appoint Eucalitto as Commissioner of the Department of Transportation

Garrett Eucalitto
Garrett Eucalitto
HARTFORD, CT — Governor Ned Lamont announces that he is planning to appoint Garrett Eucalitto as commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) when he begins his second term in office in early 2023. Eucalitto will succeed Joseph Giulietti, who intends to leave state service at the conclusion of the governor’s first term.

“With the recent passage of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Connecticut is set to receive a historic level of federal funding dedicated to revitalizing our transportation system, and our administration is committed to aggressively using this once-in-a-generation opportunity to rehabilitate our roads, bridges, and transit in a way that is focused on moving people and goods as seamlessly and efficiently as possible,” Lamont said. “Garrett has the bold vision and leadership capability to move these projects forward in a way that best benefits the people and businesses of our state."

Eucalitto is currently Deputy Commissioner of CTDOT, a position that he has held since January 2020. Prior to obtaining his current role, he was the Transportation Program Director for the National Governors Association (NGA) in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he was responsible for assisting the nation’s 55 governors (states, territories, and commonwealths) in advancing their policy objectives in transportation, including combating impaired driving and improving safety on the roadways, the implementation of innovative financing tools, transit-oriented development, increasing electrification of the transportation sector, and reviewing autonomous vehicle legislation and regulations.

Before joining the NGA, Eucalitto was Undersecretary for Comprehensive Planning and Intergovernmental Policy for the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management during the administration of Governor Dannel P. Malloy. In this position, he researched, evaluated, and developed transportation, environmental, and regional planning initiatives. He began his career working in Washington, D.C. on the staff of former Senator Joe Lieberman for six years as his Legislative Assistant, covering appropriations, transportation, and infrastructure. In this role, he advocated for Connecticut’s transportation needs at the federal level, led efforts to protect Long Island Sound and improve the state’s air quality and environmental assets, worked to secure the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and collaborated with CTDOT to secure annual appropriations and discretionary funding.

Eucalitto earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree from Boston University.

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“There is no one in Connecticut, in the northeast, and arguably the nation, who knows more about passenger rail than Joe Giulietti, and I have been blessed to learn alongside him the past three years,” Eucalitto said. “They say true leaders don’t just know the way — they show the way — and Joe has shown me and countless others the way through challenging times, including a pandemic, to advance historic changes in transportation in our state. We will forever be grateful for his guidance and leadership. I am honored by Governor Lamont’s faith in me to lead CTDOT into this next chapter.”

Giulietti has served as Commissioner of CTDOT since Governor Lamont was sworn into office for his first term on January 9, 2019.

“Being CTDOT Commissioner has been the honor of a lifetime,” Giulietti said. “I love this work, the people, and the positive impact we have in communities around the state. I thank Governor Lamont for entrusting me with this responsibility. I’ve worked in transportation for more than 50 years, and no other job has been as rewarding. The women and men of CTDOT are the brightest and hardest-working people I have ever had the pleasure of leading. Serving in this role for four years has been a privilege. I know CTDOT will be in good hands under Garrett’s leadership.”

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