Groton Constuction, Public Hearings, and more

March 1, 2024

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Dear Neighbor,
Happy Friday! In this week's eblast, you can read about business development in New London, early voting, and more. You can click the links below to navigate between sections.
Diversity on Main Program
I was thrilled to see that Diversity on Main - a program that seeks to develop and sustain vibrant downtowns by providing comprehensive resources to Black-owned businesses including education, capacity building, and technical assistance - will launch its inaugural collaboration with New London!

The partnership will contribute to the overall economic health and vitality and New London's downtown and create a successful long-term plan.

New London has so much to offer, and this partnership will bring out so much of what makes New London great!

Public Hearing on Shore Line East Rail Service Restoration
On Monday, March 4 at 10am, the Transportation Committee is holding a public hearing on SB 277, An Act Restoring Services on the Shore Line East Rail Line.

The purpose of the bill is to restore service on the Shore Line East rail line to the same level of service that existed prior to the reduction in service due to the COVID-19 emergency shutdowns.

This is a critical bill for our community, so I highly encourage you to testify on this bill if you can!

Please not that registration to testify closes Sunday, March 3 at 3pm.

You may register through the On-Line Testimony Registration Form found here:

Additionally, you may also submit written testimony by following this link:

Early Voting Information
Early voting is just around the corner! The early voting dates for Connecticut's 2024 presidential preference primary are March 26-28 and March 30 from 10am-6pm at early voting locations.

The actual primary is April 2 from 6am-8pm at your regular polling place.

I'm so proud of the work the legislature did last year to pass early voting in our state - making it easier for every resident to vote and strengthening our democracy.

For more information on early voting, please click here.

Childhood Nutrition Programs

I am thrilled to share exciting news about my commitment to promoting the health and well-being of our community’s families and children. In response to the vital need for improved childhood nutrition, we are working on crafting comprehensive legislation that ensures mothers and children who are eligible for federal benefits are enrolled in these programs with ease and confidence.
WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, Children) enrollment in Connecticut is among the lowest in the country at 46%. Not maximizing participation in this program is resulting in worse outcomes for the health and nutrition of young children. 
Child nutrition is important for many reasons including:

  • Strengthening the child's immune system
  • Providing essential vitamins and minerals
  • Enhancing brain development
  • Encouraging physical growth
  • Setting the stage for healthy eating habits for a lifetime

Healthy nutrition is also tied to preventing chronic disease, improving mental health, and helping build strong bones and teeth.

As this priority bill moves through the legislative process, I urge you to show your support as we move forward. Together, we can make a lasting impact on the health and well-being of our youngest community members.

Next Week's Public Hearings
Next week is a big week for the General Assembly next week, with 22 public hearings being held! We are at a critical point in the legislative process, where we seek to hear from you, the residents of Connecticut.

If you're interested in testifying, sign up here.

WBDC Ignite Grant
The Women's Business Development Council (WBDC) is offering grants of up to $10,000 to qualified small businesses located New London.
The New London/WBDC Small Business Grant Program is designed to help businesses in the City of New London, Connecticut grow! Grants between $2,500 and $10,000 will be awarded for clearly defined projects that will have a measurable impact on the business, its growth and profitability.
If you have any additional questions, comments, or concerns, I can be reached by phone at 1-800-842-8267 or by email at For legislative updates, please like my Official Facebook Page.


Christine Conle


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