NEW BRITAIN - Local officials appeared before the state's utility authority today to request immediate improvements to Connecticut Light and Power's (CL&P) storm preparedness. Four selectmen from Redding, Ridgefield, Wilton and Newtown urged the Public Utility Regulatory Authority to demand changes at CL&P before any winter storms hit the area. They say outages from Tropical Storm Irene and the October snowstorm left between 77-100 percent of their residents in the dark, with some outages lasting more than a week. "As local officials, we have been frustrated during the last two storms to find we have no teeth or bite behind our barking for quicker and better response from utility companies," Selectman Will Rodgers (R-Newtown) said. The agency's chairman says the board takes its duties very seriously and recognizes residents' long-term concerns.CL&P CEO resigns amid post-storm criticism