Judge Throws Out Bid To Halt Ferry Closings

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut Superior Court judge has dismissed a legal effort to block Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan to shut two ferries that cross the Connecticut River.

Ralph F. Eno Jr., the first selectman of Lyme, had gone to court to block the planned closing of the Chester-Hadlyme and Rocky Hill-Glastonbury ferries.

New Britain Superior Court Judge Henry J. Cohn sided with the state and dismissed Lyme’s request.

Jane R. Rosenberg, an assistant attorney general who represented state officials, said the decision to close the ferries is not a final decision over which the court has jurisdiction. She also said Lyme officials do not have standing in the matter.

Ending the ferries is among numerous budget-cutting proposals by Malloy.

The Rocky Hill Ferry has linked Rocky Hill and Glastonbury since 1655.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Matthew Levine

    Let’s see, close the ferries now, sell off the properties and the boats, fire the personnel. I see 2 new bridges in the future at a huge expense. So much for our occasional family road trip from Glastonbury to Rocky Hill followed by the Chester to Hadlyme crossing, taking in the steam train and Gillette Castle, that we do at least once a year.

  • Mike S

    If the ferries are popular and well-used there should be a buyer ready to step in and run them. If they are only shuttling a handful of cars on the sunny weekends, then close them. State government doesn’t collect payroll deduction tax money from me in order to run a failing business.

  • Jonas 'Skipper' Grumby

    Shutting down these 2 ferries doesn’t save even pennies to dollars when compared to the money paid to other SEUA workers who get bonuses, longevity payments and job security. But we all know Malloy’s priorities regarding the private and public sectors. As there is demand for this service, the private sector can charge a fair fare to serve the demand. Although it would require a higher fare, taxpayers will no longer be taxed for services most do not use. This approach should be used for ALL of the state operated services that could be done more efficiently by the private sector.

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