Session Updates, Local News, and more

March 22, 2024

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Dear Neighbor,
Happy Friday, and happy spring! Check out all the things to do in CT this season here.
In this week's eblast, you can read about session updates, local news, and more.
United Way of Southeastern CT Grant
A very special congratulations for the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut for receiving a $50,000 grant for their Path to Financial Wellness program. The organization was one of three programs chosen by Governor Lamont to receive a state grant supporting financial wellness and empowerment programs.

The program's mission is to provide an opportunity for BIPOC and female-led households to engage in financial literacy education and to provide an opportunity for those individuals to make empowered financial decisions. The grant funding allows the organization to provide their program to the Greater New London area.

Congratulations again!

The House Will Be in Session!

Back in action! 🏛️ The House will be in session Monday, March 25 at noon.

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Wrong Way Detection Installations
As part of the state Department of Transportation's commitment to driver safety, Groton and New London will each have more wrong way detection installations next week.

In Groton, the installation will be performed at Exit 85 northbound off-ramp from I-95 to Bridge Street starting at 7pm on Wednesday, March 27 5am on Thursday, March 28. The rain date will move each date back one day.

Due to the ramp closure, traffic will be detoured to Route 1 north bound, take a right on Kings Highway to the stop sign and a right turn onto Bridge Street.

In New London, the installation will be performed at the I-96 northbound exit ramp to Route 1 South (Colman Street) starting at 7pm on Wednesday, March 27 5am on Thursday, March 28. The rain date will move each date back one day.

Due to the ramp closure, traffic will be detoured to the Briggs Street exit ramp, take a left onto Briggs Street, and go over I-95, take a left onto the Frontage Road on ramp and follow Frontage Road back to Colman Street.

Wrong way detectors are a critical factor in keeping our drivers safe, so please respect the workers while they do this important work next week.

Early Voting Locations Announced
Earlier this week, the Secretary of the State announced the voting locations for those participating in early voting for the April 2 presidential preference primary election.

For Groton residents, early voting will take place at the Community Center Classroom/ROV Office - 61 Fort Hill Road.

For New London residents, early voting will take place at City Hall - 181 State Street.

A reminder that early voting will take place from 10am-6pm on March 26, 27, 28, and 30. Due to Good Friday and Easter, there will be no early voting Friday, March 29 or Sunday, March 31.

Early voting will provide you - and voters across the state - with more flexibility and access to cast your vote with the confidence that your voice is heard and your civic duty is fulfilled, while avoiding large crowds and scheduling conflicts.

Learn more about early voting at the Groton or New London website,, or by calling 860-509-6200.

Next Week's Public Hearings
There are six public hearings at the Capitol next week! We are approaching the end of the committee work in session, so don't miss your chance to have your voice heard.

If you're interested in testifying, sign up here.
HB 5001 Passes Out of Committee
This week, one of the House Democrats's caucus priority bills passed out of committee: HB 5001 - An Act Supporting Connecticut Seniors and the Improvement of Nursing and Home-Based Care.
Issues impacting seniors are often ignored. Our elderly residents need support and access to resources that will provide them with the best quality of life possible. HB 5001 does this by:
  • Requiring additional training of home care workers
  • Creating a more efficient process for accessing Medicaid
  • Expanding the Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Click here to read an article that explores additional details of the bill.

Our aging population faces a growing list of challenges that are not isolated incidents. As our society gets older, these issues will only become more pronounced. HB 5001 not only acknowledged these complexities, but also paves the way for crucial improvements. This legislation will ensure that our seniors will age gracefully. Next stop, the House Floor!

Celebrating Women's History Month - Colonel Ruth A. Lucas
Connecticut women are trailblazers, including Colonel Ruth A. Lucas, the first Black woman in the Air Force to be promoted to colonel.
More of Colonel Lucas's achievements include:
  • Volunteering to teach English to Japanese students while stationed in Japan
  • Receiving a master's degree in educational psychology from Columbia University
  • Spending the 1960s setting up literacy programs for servicemen
  • Serving as the Director of Urban Services at Washington Technical Institute, later becoming the Dean of Physical Science, Engineering, and Technology

TVCCA Family Fun Night!
For families enrolled in the Thames Valley Council for Community Action Little Learners Early Education, Early Head Start, and Head Start Programs, I hope you'll attend the family fun night! The event is Thursday, April 4 from 5-6:30pm at Tyl Middle School (166 Chesterfield Road).

Registration closes Thursday, March 28. If you're interested in attending, please see your child's teacher for more information and to register!

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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