September 14, 2011 | last updated May 31, 2012 9:13 pm

Elin Katz CT's new consumer advocate

West Hartford attorney Elin Swanson Katz is Connecticut consumers' new best friend at the State Capitol.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Wednesday announced Katz's appointment as consumer counsel. She starts work Oct. 3.

Katz will be paid $117,432.25 a year, the same as her predecessor Mary J. Healy, the governor's office says.

The Office of Consumer Counsel advocates on behalf of all utility ratepayers, seeking to ensure just and reasonable rates and reliable service for electric, gas, telephone, and water utility customers, and protections for cable television customers.

Katz currently a professional writing consultant for law firms and businesses, and also teaches at Trinity College. Previously, she worked for Day Pitney LLP, advising clients on civil and criminal environmental law.

She also served as associate counsel for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, working on all aspects of environmental law, including permitting, planning and enforcement.

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