4/9/21 Newsletter: Virtual Newington Town Hall, CT's Fiscal Outlook & Lost Vaccination Card

April 9, 2021

 

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, I will not be holding a Facebook Live Update tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. The Facebook Live Update has been re-scheduled for this Monday, April 12th. 

Below you will find information on the following:

  • Virtual Newington Town Hall
  • COVID-19 Update
  • CT's Fiscal Outlook
  • Lost Vaccination Card
  • Newington Community Champion Award
  • Newington Youth Essay Contest
  • Veterans Advisory Committee Meeting 
VIRTUAL NEWINGTON TOWN HALL

If you are a Newington resident, please join Reps. Sanchez and Wood, Sen. Lesser and I for a virtual Town Hall via zoom on Thursday, April 15th at 6:30PM. We will give a legislative update and then open the floor to the community for questions or concerns. I hope to see you there!

Email me at gary.turco@cga.ct.gov for the zoom link, or watch on Facebook Live at facebook.com/StateRepTurco.

COVID-19 UPDATE
Click Here for COVID Data Updates
Click Here for Governor Lamont's Updates
Specific Updates for Our Community
 
Town Total Cases Total Deaths Number of Tests Total Confirmed Cases
Newington 2,585 100 18,032 2,435
CT FISCAL OUTLOOK
I am excited to share with you some great news about Connecticut's fiscal outlook!

For the first time in over 20 years, Moody's Investor Services increasedConnecticut's credit rating from A1 to Aa3. The ratings reflect a state’s capacity to meet its financial commitments and incorporates factors such as the strength of a state’s economy, current business conditions, and the future outlook for the state. Aa3 is the fourth highest rating a state can receive.

Moody’s cited Connecticut’s "accumulation of significant budgetary reserves" and better than expected financial performance during the pandemic as the main reasons for its decision to upgrade our state’s rating.

This boost in the state's credit rating allows the State to borrow money at a reduced cost for construction projects and infrastructure updates, which will strengthen our economic recovery and save taxpayers money in the long-term. This new credit rating also allows our State agencies to maintain stability in providing critical social services.
 
The benefits of our smart, fiscally responsible policies are paying off. We are emerging as a national financial leader. While more work needs to be done to ensure Connecticut's economy continues to grow, this is certainly a welcome development.

LOST VACCINATION CARD
At your first vaccine appointment, you will receive a vaccination card. Here’s what to do if you lose this vaccine card.
NEWINGTON COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD
The monthly Newington Community Champion Award honors local advocates in our community. This award aims to acknowledge Newington residents who are advocating and contributing towards positive change in the community.
There will be one award given each month. In order to nominate a Newington friend or neighbor, please email gary.turco@cga.ct.gov with the following information:  
  • Newington Resident's Name 
  • Reason for Nomination 
  • Nominee Contact Information 

Every year, and particularly this year, our community witnesses countless advocates fighting for positive change. These advocates come in all shapes and sizes from leaders of non-profit organizations, to students creating initiatives within our community. I think it is important for us to take the time to thank and honor these everyday champions for all that they do.

Prior to nomination, please ensure that my communications team has the winner’s consent to publicize their hard work through a graphic to be shared in my weekly Friday newsletter, and on social media.

NEWINGTON YOUTH ESSAY CONTEST

The deadline for the General Assembly’s Newington Youth Essay Contest has been extended to April 15th! This contest will allow Newington students to learn more about the CT government and critically analyze how legislation can improve our community.

Middle School Topic: What law can Connecticut create to improve its efforts towards equality? (Ex. Public Ed, Public Health, Environmental Justice)
Elementary School Topic: If you could create any new law in the state of CT to improve your community, what would it be?

- Open to any Newington resident in elementary school or middle school
- All essays may be submitted through email to gary.turco@cga.ct.gov
- One entry per student
** While we understand parental assistance may be necessary for some spelling and grammar, we ask that each student actively brainstorms and crafts their own response.

There will be 1 elementary school winner and 1 middle school winner. Each of these students will receive an Official recognition from State of Connecticut and a personal tour and lunch at the capital (after COVID).

Length/Format:
- 12 pt. Font
- Times New Roman
- Double Spaced, 1 in. Margins
- Name, School, and Grade written in top left corner
- Title: Creative name for your law
Elementary school: 1 page max, any length under 1 page will be considered
Middle school: 2 pages max, any length under 1 page will be considered

I can't wait to read the creative proposals developed by our youth!

VETERANS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
If you are a Newington veteran, the family member of a Newington veteran, or anyone interested in helping veterans in Newington, and across CT, then please join the Newington Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee. This is an opportunity to ensure the voices of veterans and active service members are heard throughout the legislative process. Members of this committee will help inform decisions made at the state capitol and will also learn about the legislative process, bill tracking and more.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please sign-up through the link below, or email me at Gary.Turco@cga.ct.gov

Click Here to Sign up