Stonington's Sen. Maynard still in stable condition after fall, family says

The sister of state Sen. Andrew Maynard, D-18th District, released a statement Monday saying he remains in stable condition at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence where he was taken after a July 21 fall at his Stonington home, in which he suffered numerous injuries including a head injury.

“Andrew continues his recovery at Rhode Island Hospital after suffering a fall at his home two weeks ago. The doctors and nurses at RIH are continuing their exemplary care of Andrew and the outpouring of well wishes and prayers for Andrew is overwhelming and heartwarming. My family is very thankful,” said Denise Mahoney.

She said that as Maynard begins the recovery process, “The team at RIH are confident in a positive recovery and continue to work with Andrew to make that recovery as speedy and safe as possible,” she said. “Again, on behalf of Andrew’s family and friends, I wish to thank everyone who is keeping Andrew and his recovery in their thoughts and prayers. We are very grateful.”

She said any additional updates will continue to come from the Senate Democratic Caucus.

Also on Monday, Scott Bates of Stonington, who is the Democratic State Central Committee’s representative to the 18th Senate District, called Maynard “a fighter for the people of this region.”

“That’s why he received the Democratic nomination for re-election. People regardless of politics and party are wishing Andy and his family well,” said Bates, who is a friend of Maynard’s.

Maynard, 52, was injured in the early morning hours of July 21 when he fell from an outside staircase while carrying a large object up to his second floor apartment in a Grandview Park home. He was initially taken to Westerly Hospital and later transferred to Rhode Island Hospital. Friends and relatives have taken turns keeping a 24-hour vigil at his bedside since the accident.

Maynard is seeking re-election to his fifth term in November. Voters in the eight-town district can begin voting by absentee ballot in early October. A spokesman for the Connecticut Secretary of the State did not respond Monday to a phone calls seeking clarification of the process if Maynard is unable to run or runs and cannot serve out his term.

Meanwhile, an effort has been launched to help Maynard collect enough small, individual donations to qualify for public campaign financing.

Michael Blair, who runs Hunter, Moore & Stearns, the Stonington borough real estate firm where Maynard works, said he has been asked by many people over the past few weeks how they can help Maynard.

On his Facebook page, Blair has suggested they make the $5 individual donations that will help Maynard qualify for public financing. Donations can be dropped off at the firm’s office at 117 Water St.

j.wojtas@theday.com

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