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Cameron: Malloy Wants To Scrap Rail Council Because It Criticizes Him

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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - Jim Cameron, who heads the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council, said he was stunned to learn that Gov. Dan Malloy is looking at eliminating the group.

Cameron told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau that he feels the governor is taking aim at the council because of how outspoken Cameron is about Malloy at times.

He said that’s no reason to do away with the 15-member group group of experienced rail commuter advocates. They’ve been at it for 26 years.

“The Commuter Council was asked to be representative of the interests of commuters. I think we have done that. We have done it vigorously. And we are being penalized for it by the people who we have criticized and have power, specifically, Gov. Malloy,” Cameron told Schneidau.

Connecticut DOT Commissioner Jim Redeker said the governor simply hopes to expand the council’s reach to create a new panel to eventually include riders from Hartford to Springfield.

He said it’s not necessarily the case that current members would not be reappointed to the newly proposed council.

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