12.28.23 Legislative & Local Updates for the 149th District

December 28, 2023
Dear Neighbors,

I always love the winter solstice because it means the days are getting longer. But it also means we are going into the coldest months of the year. Effective January 1, 2024 through June 30, 2024, the Eversource standard service rate will be 14.71 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) in the first half of 2024, up from 13.82 cents, a 6% increase. While this is significantly lower than last winter’s supply rate of 24.71 cents, there are potentially lower rates available from third-party suppliers, which can be viewed on the EnergizeCT rate board.

On a related note, if you or someone you know is in need of emergency assistance, you can contact Operation Fuel, which provides emergency assistance to residents struggling to pay energy and utility bills. Operation Fuel's Winter/Spring energy assistance program is set to open on January 8, 2024. 

Take My Survey Below!

The General Assembly will be back in session starting February 7, 2024. To serve you effectively, I’d be most grateful if you could complete this quick survey so I can better understand your priorities and thoughts on issues. Decisions will be required for the many proposals that will be introduced in the upcoming legislative session and the survey will provide the information I need as I’m making those decisions.

There’s even a space where you can suggest legislation you want us to consider, so please take a few minutes to share your thoughts.

As always, I am here to listen and help. If you have questions or ever need any help, please don't hesitate to reach out by phone, 860-240-8553 or 203-564-9516, or email Rachel.Khanna@cga.ct.gov.

You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram to get information on happenings in Greenwich and Stamford, and other useful information

Best wishes for a very Happy New Year!


Rachel Khanna
State Representative

New Year's Wishes
State Bond Commission Approves $5 Million for Projects in Stamford

I am pleased to announce that at the State Bond Commission meeting in December, $5 million was approved for three projects in Stamford:

  • $2,000,000 to Mutual Housing Association of Southwestern CT for the rehabilitation of Parkside Gables, a 69-unit property serving families earning up to 60% of median area income;
  • $2,000,000 for the City of Stamford for the construction of a raised intersection at Washington Boulevard (CT-493) and Richmond Hill Avenue, along with other roadway safety improvements, such as raised pedestrian refuge islands, increased lighting, and new ADA compliant pedestrian ramps;
  • $1,000,000 for City of Stamford to construct new sidewalks along Long Ridge Road (CT-104), as well as three new crosswalks, new bus shelters, and new ADA compliant pedestrian ramps.
Person to Person Holiday Toy Store
On December 14th, I attended the 48th Person to Person Holiday Toy Drive. The toy store gave approximately 2,000 children a special holiday this year. Parents could select toys, books and stuffed animals for their children. Thank you for all who donated toys or volunteered to help ease some of the financial strain on parents at this time of year.
Celebrating 100 Years of the St. Lawrence Society in Greenwich

October 16 marked the 100 year anniversary of the St. Lawrence Society in Greenwich. The St. Lawrence Society was founded as a fellowship of local Italian families for the "mutual benefit" of its members. 

Many Italian families made Greenwich their home when the railroad came to Greenwich in 1848. Many worked as stonemasons or worked in the Mianus woolen mill.

Since its founding, the St. Lawrence society has evolved into a community organization benefiting many in Greenwich. I was pleased to join my colleagues in presenting the St. Lawrence Society with a citation for its work in the community.

To learn more about the history of Italians in Greenwich, visit: https://greenwichhistory.org/.

Dancing for D.C.

The Greenwich Alliance for Education and the Greenwich Public Schools (GPS) 8th Grade D.C. Trip Fundraising Committee cordially invites you to Dancing for D.C., a live band fundraiser on Friday, January 19, 2024 from 6-9 pm at Old Greenwich Social Club. Dance the night away to rockin’ tunes from That’s What She Said. Cash bar and free appetizers with ticket purchase. 

Tickets are $50/person and all proceeds will go toward funding the D.C. trip for current and future GPS 8th graders. Click HERE to buy tickets to Dancing for D.C.

Can’t make it to the event? Consider buying raffle tickets! Only $5 a ticket for a chance to win fabulous prizes from area merchants. You don't need to be present to win.

Additionally, you can make a donation of any amount to the D.C. Trip fund at any time directly by visiting the Greenwich Alliance for Education website and typing in “D.C. Trip” under Allocation. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Please note that the charge on your credit card statement will appear as "Greenwich Alliance for Education."  

Thank you in advance for your support of the Greenwich Public Schools' 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C!