Governor Lamont Announces Plans To Appoint Garrett Eucalitto as Commissioner of the Department of Transportation at Start of Second Term
Commissioner Joseph Giulietti to Leave State Service in January
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced 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 early next year. 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,” Governor 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. I am grateful for Joe Giulietti’s service as commissioner during my first term. Joe and his team have made tremendous progress over that past four years enhancing our transportation infrastructure, rebuilding our roads, highways, and bridges, and increasing and improving rail service. Because of the department’s record of success delivering transportation projects during Joe’s tenure, Connecticut is punching above its weight in winning competitive grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. With his peers in the eight states along the Northeast Corridor, Joe worked with our Congressional delegation and the Biden administration to secure the most significant federal investment in generations for this crucial transportation artery that is vital to our economy and the entire economy of the Northeast. I particularly want to commend Joe’s leadership through the pandemic. He and his team ensured that our frontline workers had access to public transportation, that our rail system survived an unprecedented drop in ridership, and that we continued to make progress improving our transportation network throughout Connecticut. We are better off today thanks to his service to our state. I wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
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, DC. 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, DC 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…