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Current News & Issues
HAMDEN AWARDED STATE GRANTS FOR EDUCATION & HOUSING IMPROVEMENTS
Working with my fellow colleagues in the Hamden legislative delegation, we were able to secure major state investments in education and housing for our community. READ MORE
REGIONALISM & TRANSPORTATION IMPORTANT TO ECONOMIC FUTURE
As we approach the February 3 convening of the 2016 General Assembly, I sat down with Cablevision’s Meet the Leaders host David Smith for a discussion on the importance of regionalism and transportation to Connecticut’s economic future. READ MORE
REP. TERRY BACKER – HE GAVE BACK MORE THAN HE TOOK
When I learned last night of the passing of my friend and colleague State Representative Terry Backer, one of my first thoughts was that he was truly one of those special people who figured out how to give back more than you take in a lifetime. READ MORE
NEW PANEL TO GIVE BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE ON STATE POLICIES
I participated in a meeting of an important new state panel called the Commission on Economic Competitiveness which is charged with analyzing how state policies impact the business community, and offer legislative recommendations to promote economic growth. READ MORE
NONPROFITS ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR COMMUNIITIES
At Fairfield County Community Foundation Advocacy Day we talked about how nonprofit organizations help improve the quality of life in our communities, and what they need to do to have their voice heard.
FUTURE LEADERS CELEBRATE CONSTITUTION DAY IN HAMDEN
I joined 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at Spring Glen Elementary School in my hometown of Hamden to celebrate Constitution Day, and speak with our future leaders about our democracy.
MEET THE LEADERS FEATURES DISCUSSION ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM & BUSINESS CLIMATE
I was joined by my colleague State Rep. William Tong of Stamford for a taping of Cablevision’s Meet the Leaders show to discuss criminal justice reform and Connecticut’s business climate. Rep. Tong is the House Chair of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, and I recently appointed him co-chair of the permanent Commission on Economic Competitiveness. WATCH THE INTERVIEW HERE
BUSINESS COMMUNITY HAS INPUT IN SHAPING STATE BUDGET
Last month I was invited to submit an article for the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Capitol Report newsletter. I pointed out that by reducing property taxes, investing in our transportation system, and listening to the concerns of business, this budget begins to set Connecticut on a more stable path toward future economic growth.
READ MY ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
SPEAKER SHARKEY HAILS POSITIVE ECONOMIC INDICATORS/BLASTS GOP NEGATIVITY
House Speaker Brendan Sharkey hailed this week’s positive economic news and urged Republicans to stop gleefully predicting economic doom. READ MORE
PROTECTING "THE PRESERVE"
I was part of a major win for the environment today as 1,000 acres of open space spanning Essex, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook known as “The Preserve” became protected public land. READ MORE
QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY IN HAMDEN WILL HAVE TO PAY TAX ON HOMES RENTED TO STUDENTS
“I’m very thankful for Speaker Sharkey and the Hamden delegation’s leadership and support in getting this bill passed to begin getting Quinnipiac to pay their fair share toward the expenses incurred by their host community of Hamden,” Hamden Mayor Curt Leng said.
READ THE ENTIRE NEW HAVEN REGISTER ARTICLE HERE