Brendan Sharkey
At the Capitol:
Legislative Office Building, Room 4100
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
1-800-842-1902 | (860) 240-8500
Brendan.Sharkey@cga.ct.gov
In the District:
600 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
(203) 281-4647
Welcome

Welcome to my legislative web page. Along with representing Hamden in the General Assembly, I am honored to serve as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Our democracy works best when the public is involved, so I encourage you to share your opinion and ask any questions you may have about our state government by emailing or calling my office. I also invite you to sign up for my email updates so I can let you know about the latest happenings at the State Capitol.

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Current News & Issues

August 21, 2015
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
August 13, 2015
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
Rep. Brendan Sharkey
August 1, 2015
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
Rep. Brendan Sharkey
August 1, 2015
ROOTING FOR STATE TO FAIL IS NOT LEADERSHIP
I point out in an op-ed that appeared in the Hartford Courant today how the constant negative rhetoric being spewed by state Republicans these days hurts our state and exposes a lack of leadership in the minority party. READ MY OP-ED IN THE COURANT HERE
July 28, 2015
COMPANIES GET TAX BREAK ON BUSINESS VEHICLES
I joined with some of my fellow Hamden legislators to visit Bob Williams, owner of Auto Sales II in town, to bring attention to the property tax savings businesses with motor vehicles can expect under the new state budget. READ MORE
July 14, 2015
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ENHANCED FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
At the Center for Latino Progress’ Champion Award Breakfast last week, I was recognized, along with my colleague Rep. Juan Candelaria of New Haven and former Rep. Kelvin Roldan of Hartford Public Schools, for playing a small role in helping get legislation passed that will help shrink the achievement gap for the 30,000 thousand English Language Learner students in Connecticut schools. READ MORE
Rep. Brendan Sharkey
July 13, 2015
COLLEGES & HOSPITALS SHOULD CONTRIBUTE TO TOWNS’ TAX BASE LIKE FAMILIES & BUSINESSES
The Journal Inquirer newspaper published an article today about my legislation that will help preserve a town’s tax base and ease the property tax burden on families and businesses. READ MORE
July 6, 2015
STATE BUDGET LOWERS PROPERTY TAXES, INVESTS IN TRANSPORTATION, REDUCES BUSINESS TAX HIKES
As a guest on Fox 61’s Real Story program this past weekend, I described some of the benefits families and businesses will see as part of the new state budget adopted by the legislature last week, which includes reductions in local property taxes, long-term investment in our outdated transportation infrastructure, and a rollback of some business tax hikes.
June 24, 2015
REDUCING RELIANCE ON PROPERTY TAXES & UPGRADING AGING TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
Speaking at a Metro Hartford Alliance event just prior to tee-off at the Travelers Championship Celebrity Pro-Am Day, I emphasized how important it is for our future economy that we reduce costs and property taxes in our cities and towns, and make long-term investments in improving our state’s outdated transportation system.
June 12, 2015
MAYORS UNDERSTAND IMPORTANCE OF STATE AID TO TOWNS ON LOCAL ECONOMIES
Seven mayors from throughout Connecticut joined me and other legislative leaders at the State Capitol today to praise the state budget passed last week by the General Assembly, pointing out how it provides increased public school aid and PILOT payments while cutting one of the most burdensome taxes in the state - the local property tax.
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June 4, 2015
STATE BUDGET ADDRESSES BUSINESS PRIORITIES & GIVES TAX RELIEF TO WORKING FAMILIES
At a press conference following the conclusion of the regular legislative session, I answered questions about how the newly-adopted state budget helps give tax relief to working families and addresses the top concerns of the business community.
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