As issues concerning cutting of trees in Housatonic Meadows State Park (in Sharon & Cornwall) by the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) continue , over the last week I’ve had a host of phone calls, zoom calls, and site visits, which I thought might be a useful illustration of what it means to be a state legislator when the legislature is not in session. (For a specific update on the park itself, see the update in this newsletter.)
I’m just going to say it: December is off to a rough start this week. While I do enjoy a good New England winter, the icy snow and wind (and whatever noisy storm blew through Salisbury last night) wasn’t exactly festive, particularly joined with the arrival of the Omicron variant, the uptick of COVID infections across the state, the prospect of energy cost hikes, the loss of some treasured trees in a local park, and maybe even hungry bears looking around for their last bit of bird feed before hibernation.
Happy Thanksgiving eve to all of you! We are traveling to New Hampshire this year to spend Thanksgiving with my brothers and their families, so the pies are baked, the soup is cooked, and we are trying to get on the road and limit our exposure to Thanksgiving traffic, which we suspect will be back with force this year.
As your State Representative for the 64th House District, this week’s big news for me was that the Reapportionment Commission voted unanimously to approve new House district maps for the 151 districts throughout Connecticut, which shifted the boundaries of the 64th District. We gained a new town: welcome, Washington, to the 64th District! I look forward to getting to know you all.