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January 31, 2019

Hartford’s Murtha Cullina brings on ex-DMV commish

Photo | Contributed Michael R. Bzdyra

Hartford law firm Murtha Cullina says it’s hired the recently departed commissioner of the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

The Asylum Street-based firm on Wednesday afternoon named Michael R. Bzdyra as its newest government affairs consultant. Bzdyra spent nearly the last three years leading DMV, which started with an appointment from former Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in March 2016.

As commissioner, Bzdyra led the 800-employee agency and its $66 million budget, serving millions of residents a year.

Bzdyra, who spent 30-plus years in state government, was promoted to DMV commissioner after serving as deputy commissioner and executive assistant under a previous agency commissioner from 2011 to 2014.

He previously worked as government relations liaison for quasi-public Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority (CRRA), which handles recycling and trash disposal for municipalities. At CRRA, he managed and implemented their legislative, governmental and regulatory activities.

From 1989 to 1998, Bzdyra was a senior policy and communications specialist at the Senate Democratic caucus and a legislative aide and clerk for the General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.

Bzdyra received his bachelor’s degree in economics from UConn.

Murtha Cullina says it has over 100 attorneys operating offices in New Haven, Stamford and three others in Massachusetts and New York.

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