Happy Valentine's Day, Millions Approved For Home Heating Help, Welcome Jemella!

February 14, 2024

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Dear Neighbor,

Please see my video below in advance of this week's newsletter.

Have a great week,


Millions Approved for Home Heating Assistance
Today we approved $17 million in additional cold weather heating assistance funds – Many residents and families who receive assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or Operation Fuel will have access to funds to ensure they can heat their homes through the cold weather season.
As your State Representative, it is my responsibility to stand up for my constituents. This funding ensures that none of our neighbors must choose between paying their bills or freezing. I am committed to enhancing the safety and quality of life for all residents, and I will continue to do so throughout this legislative session.
Proudly Introducing my Student Mentee, Jemella Weir!
Today, I had the pleasure of introducing my student mentee, Jemella Weir, to the House. Jemella is a senior at Watkinson School and she is doing her senior project on affordable housing with a focus on environmental resilience.

She's traveled to see how other states and cities do this work and she is spending some time meeting experts and advocates to further her project. I can confidently say that with young, smart people like Jemella working hard toward their passions, our future is in good hands.

Public Comment Open for Office of Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities 
You can review and provide feedback on the Connecticut Office of Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities proposed strategic priorities, related actions, and outcomes.

Comments must be submitted by Monday, February 26, 2024, at 5:00 PM

Link to Survey
In the News: CT Insider
If we don’t continue the conversation about all types of housing many on both sides of the aisle agree we need, Connecticut’s economy cannot move forward.
Don’t let the headline fool you—a preliminary and productive conversation was had in Planning and Development last week and I look forward to and welcome our public hearing process in the coming weeks.

To read the article, click HERE. Click the video below to hear Representative Dubitsky's concerns regarding affordable housing and my response at last week's Planning and Development Committee meeting, of which I am House Chair.

Community Events
Interested in a free-wheeling discussion on current affairs, culture, or anything else on your mind?

The Avon Public Library is offering "Current Events" a recurring, virtual program, on Thursday, February 15th, 2024, from 11 a.m. to noon. Click on the image below for more details and to register.

Black History Month: Inventions That Changed Culture
The Root has put together a wonderful collection of inventions by Black people that changed the culture. For example, in 1932, Richard Spikes (pictured above), received a patent for the gear shift. The automatic transmission followed. To learn more about the gear shift and many more inventions Black people invented, please click HERE.
February is Cancer Prevention Awareness Month
Let's raise our awareness! Click on the image below to read more from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

Eleni Kavros DeGraw
State Representative

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