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Bridge Celebrates Opening of Shield Street Mental Health Clinic | October 7, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic may have delayed the official celebration of the Bridge Family Center’s new mental health clinic on Shield Street in West Hartford, but counselors have been using the space, and serving more clients than ever, since the it opened in August 2020.

Connecticut's Age Discrimination Law Takes Effect Friday | September 27, 2021
A law that was championed by the Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, who chairs the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls, as well as state Sen. Derek Slap (D-West Hartford), becomes law in Connecticut on Oct. 1 and was lauded Monday at a press conference at the Elmwood Community Center in West Hartford by those who have been fighting to overcome age discrimination.

West Hartford Town Manager Urges Legislative Delegation to Take Action on Juvenile Crime and Recidivism | September 1, 2021
Crimes committed by juveniles in West Hartford, and throughout Connecticut, often make headlines not just because of the nature of the acts, but also because the perpetrators are often released to a parent or guardian within hours, and rarely face consequences of significant magnitude.

West Hartford Lawmakers Encourage Gov. Lamont to Enact Statewide Mask Mandate | August 23, 2021
In response to the Town of West Hartford’s recent implementation of an indoor mask mandate, the West Hartford legislative delegation issued the following statement encouraging Gov. Ned Lamont to enact a statewide mask mandate.

Korean War Veterans Honored at West Hartford Town Hall | July 25, 2021
Ceremonies are being held throughout the state to honor veterans of the Korean War, and on July 14 Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, Mayor Shari Cantor, and Thomas Saadi, commissioner of Veterans Affairs visited West Hartford to recognize those who served 70 years ago.

West Hartford Receives Funding from State Bond Commission for Purchase of Former St. Brigid School Property | July 23, 2021
Connecticut has strayed from Gov. Ned Lamont’s previously-imposed debt diet, and at a meeting of the State Bond Commission on Friday, July 23, approved $1 billion in bonding for a variety of projects, including the Town of West Hartford’s creation of a new Elmwood Community Center at 100 Mayflower St., the site of the former St. Brigid School.

Governor's Education and Workforce Initiative Applauded | July 22, 2021
State Rep. Kate Farrar (D-West Hartford, 20th District) joined Gov. Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, along with other leaders, for a bill signing ceremony at Capitol Community College in Hartford on Wednesday.

West Hartford Hosting Mobile Vaccine Clinic Focused on AAPI Community | June 17, 2021
While West Hartford’s rate of vaccination is high, hesitancy as well as lack of access remains a concern among many minority groups, and officials were at the A Dong Supermarket Thursday morning to promote vaccination and welcome one of the Department of Public Health (DPH) mobile vaccination vans.

West Hartford Lawmakers Support Legislative Proposal Expanding Insurance Options to Undocumented Immigrants | April 13, 2021
State Sen. Derek Slap (D-West Hartford) and state Rep. Kate Farrar (D-West Hartford) joined the Connecticut Immigrant & Refugee Coalition, United Action Connecticut, HUSKY 4 Immigrants, the Charter Oak Cultural Center, and advocates Tuesday in front of the Legislative Office Building to rally support for a legislative proposal that expands health insurance coverage to certain undocumented immigrants.

Dozens of West Hartford Residents Receive COVID Vaccine at Special Clinic | March 28, 2021
The most recent efforts by the Town of West Hartford to make COVID-19 vaccines accessible to all who are eligible resulted in a successful clinic held Friday afternoon at the Elmwood Community Center for residents of the Hillcrest area, which has been identified as one of the priority neighborhoods to ensure equitable access throughout the state.

Farrar Touting Legislative Child Care Initiative | March 8, 2021
On International Women's Day, State Rep. Kate Farrar (D – West Hartford) testified before the legislature's Education Committee during a Monday public hearing in support of a legislative proposal that would help reduce the cost of child care in Connecticut and ensure more women can get back to work post-pandemic.

Op-Ed: Long Past Time for Affordable Health Care – A Real Public Option
CT Mirror | February 16, 2021
The COVID-19 health and economic crisis lays bare the need for a real public option healthcare bill in Connecticut. Senate Bill 842, which received a public hearing on February 9, expands the coverage of the current state employee health care plan to allow small businesses, non-profits, and unions to buy into the plan that fits their needs. 

State Reps. Borer, Farrar Propose Legislation on Board Diversity | February 11, 2021
State Representatives Kate Farrar (D – West Hartford) and Dorinda Borer (D – West Haven) have proposed and support the passage of House Bill 6211, An Act Concerning Gender and Racial Diversity on State Boards and Commissions, during the 2021 legislative session.

Connecticut Democrats Push Governor to Raise Taxes
Lamont has argues for holding the line on taxes, plans to introduce budget this week
The Wall Street Journal | February 7, 2021
As Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont crafts a budget plan to close deficits exceeding $1 billion in the next two fiscal years, a coalition of Democratic lawmakers is pressuring him to raise taxes to help residents struggling financially during the pandemic.

Progressive Legislators to Lamont: Tax the Rich and Expand Support for Poor and Middle-Class
CT Mirror | February 3, 2021
One week before his next budget proposal is due, 30 of Gov. Ned Lamont’s fellow Democrats challenged him Wednesday to embrace what he strongly opposes — tax hikes on the rich and lifting spending limits — to invest billions in those most hurt by the pandemic.

A Call for a Tax Increase and 'Fairer' Economic Recovery
NBC Connecticut | February 3, 2021
Thirty Democratic lawmakers are calling for increases in taxes on the wealthy and better access to health insurance.

“Our state has lost 7,133 fellow residents to COVID-19. We have nearly 200,000 people still out of work, the majority of which are women. And there are thousands of families fearful losing their homes,” Rep. Kate Farrar said. 

The Push is on to Bring HUSKY Health Insurance to Undocumented Immigrants in CT
Danbury News Times | February 3, 2021
The phrase “health care is a human right” was repeated over and over again throughout this week’s virtual launch event for a bill to expand health coverage to undocumented immigrants. It was a sentiment voiced frequently in immigrant stories of medical traumas. It’s a stance that is taken by some Connecticut legislators in interviews.

West Hartford Restaurateurs Share COVID-19 Concerns During Chamber Forum with U.S. and State Legislators | January 10, 2021
Local restaurant owners were very frank in their comments to Connecticut’s senators and those who represent West Hartford in the state legislature: things are very difficult, more financial assistance is needed, and things won’t get better until consumer confidence is restored.

West Hartford Lawmakers Condemn Insurrection at U.S. Capitol | January 10, 2021
In response to the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, members of the West Hartford legislative delegation issued the following statement:

Wednesday’s disturbing events at the U.S. Capitol will leave a dark stain on the pages of American history.

An Opening Day Like No Other for Connecticut Legislature | January 6, 2021
class="MsoNormal">In an Opening Day staged through remote proceedings and chilly outdoor ceremonies, the Connecticut General Assembly kicked off its 2021 legislative session Wednesday with lawmakers kept at a distance due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.