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Melody Currey remembered as a ‘powerhouse’ in state, local politics | Connecticut & Region

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EAST HARTFORD — Melody Currey, former member of the House of Representatives, state commissioner, and East Hartford mayor, is being remembered today by family and colleagues as a “powerhouse” in local and state politics.

Currey died Monday morning at age 71 on her way to her dialysis appointment with her husband.

She served as legislative aide to former Rep. Rosemary Moynihan, winning the 10th House seat in 1992 after Moynihan did not seek re-election.

Currey served in the House of Representatives from 1993 to 2006, holding positions of deputy majority leader and deputy speaker during her tenure.

Currey was elected mayor in 2005, resigning in 2010 to head the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

Marcia Leclerc took over Currey’s mayoral post, while Currey brought to the DMV online appointments and wait-time listings.

Currey moved from the DMV to the state Department of Administrative Services in 2015, where she served until retiring in 2019.

Donald Currey, her husband of 50 years, has served in East Hartford as treasurer, Board of Education member, and Democratic Town Chairman.

Melody Currey is survived by Donald, her three children, and her six grandchildren.

Many identify Currey as a significant political figure in both East Hartford and the state, with a number of elected officials expressing their condolences Monday.

State Rep. Jeff Currey, D-East Hartford, son of Melody Currey, said she played a number of roles, both small and large, throughout East Hartford and the state. He said her legacy will live on through his work in the General Assembly and through her six grandchildren.

“This is truly a devastating loss, but when you counterbalance with everything she has given over time, it means it was all worth it,” Jeff Currey said.

Jeff Currey said Melody Currey recently started dialysis, and passed while she was headed to an appointment with her husband.

“They were at a red light. The sun came out. She said, ‘I can’t do this, I love you.’ And she died,” Jeff Currey told the Connecticut Mirror.

Jeff Currey added that she was known for making quick decisions that were right “9.9 times out of 10.”

“True to form, Mom went out on her own terms, when she wanted,” Jeff Currey said.

Rep. John B. Larson, D-East Hartford, said in a statement that he has had the pleasure of working with the Currey family over the years.

“They are a remarkable family, and she was a remarkable, capable woman who put service about self,” Larson said.

East Hartford Mayor Mike Walsh described Melody Currey as a “political icon” in a prepared statement.

“Melody was a wonderful boss, a great mentor, an incredible leader, and a dear friend who dedicated her life to the betterment of the East Hartford community,” Walsh said.

Gov. Ned Lamont said in a statement that Currey was a “powerhouse of an advocate” for East Hartford residents, and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz called Currey a mentor to herself and many other women in Connecticut’s local and state government.

Joseph covers East Hartford and South Windsor. He joined the JI in July 2021. Joseph graduated from the University of Connecticut and he is an avid guitarist and coffee enthusiast.





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