Tragedy in Tennessee

March 31, 2023
I am saddened to say that this week's update will also begin by addressing a tragedy. On Monday, three students and three adults were killed in a school shooting in Nashville Tennessee. I am heartbroken to have to share this news, and have provided more information and resources below, as well as our efforts in the legislature this year to prevent gun violence:

You can click on any of the links above to jump to that section of the email. I hope that you find these resources helpful.

Tragedy in Nashville
"I wish I had an answer that would actually change things"
This was part of my response Monday night at a constituent event when asked about the school shooting in Tennessee, and what we could do to stop these events from happening.

Connecticut has taken important steps in responsible gun ownership, and our federal delegation has led the way in Washington, but I encourage everyone to visit the Sandy Hook Promise Webpage to learn how to "Know The Signs" and help prevent gun violence.

My heart goes out to those affected by the tragedy.

Sandy Hook Promise
Gun Violence Prevention Legislation
On Tuesday, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee voted on a pivotal piece of legislation that continues our state's nation-leading efforts to prevent acts of gun violence.

House Bill 6667, An Act Addressing Gun Violence proposes to:

  • Close loopholes in the state’s assault weapons ban
  • Strengthen penalties related to the state’s ban on large-capacity magazines to make that ban enforceable
  • Increase the age to purchase all firearms to 21
  • Ban the open carrying of firearms in public, while continuing to allow concealed carry with a permit except in particular locations
  • Limit handgun purchases to one per month to discourage straw purchases
  • Update the state’s ban on unregistered “ghost guns” to stop their illegal flow
  • Require a 10-day waiting period before purchasing a firearm
  • Increase education requirements for firearm licenses
  • Require safe storage regardless of who lives at a given residence
  • Improve the design safety standards for semiautomatic handguns
  • Make commission of a family violence crime or being a fugitive an automatic disqualifier for holding a pistol permit
  • Prohibit carrying a loaded long gun in a vehicle
  • Require trigger locks for all firearm purchases

For a fact sheet on the bill, click the button below:

HB 6667 Fact Sheet
In the News
Stay Connected
Monday night I hosted a Community Conversation with Senator Maroney and Senator Cabrera at New England Brewing Co. in Woodbridge. Tuesday night, I joined Senator Maroney for a telephone town hall focused on Orange residents. I was happy to see a great turnout for both events, and enjoyed speaking with every one of you and learning more about the issues you would like to see addressed in our community!


If you weren't able to make either event, but wanted to discuss an issue, please email me by clicking the button below. I will be happy to set up a personal time to talk with you:
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Steering Wheel Locks
The Hamden Police Department received a supply of steering wheel locks - from Hyundai - in response to an increase of motor vehicle thefts.

The locks are being distributed to anyone owning a Hyundai or Kia manufactured prior to November of 2021. The steering wheel locks can be picked up, free of charge, at the front desk in the Hamden Police Department!

Energy Assistance Extension
Don't forget! Today is the last day for you to apply to the Connecticut Department of Social Services' (DSS) Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP).

Households that heat their homes with deliverable fuels such as home heating oil, propane, or kerosene have until today to submit requests to their fuel providers for deliveries and receive assistance under CEAP for those deliveries. Approved CEAP households should contact their fuel providers before the end of March to request delivery.

For more information on qualifications, and how to apply, please click the buttons below

Apply for CEAP
Learn More About CEAP
Bulk Trash Pick-Up Hamden
Bulk trash pick-up in Hamden begins TOMORROW!

Hamden residents may put bulk trash curbside in front of their homes anytime between tomorrow and April 30. Acceptable items will be picked up by Hamden’s trash hauler throughout the entire month of April. No phone calls or appointments are necessary.

Please Note:

  • Bulk trash must be separated from the ongoing leaf and brush collection
  • Leaves must go into paper recyclable bags
  • Brush must be contained in small bundles no longer than four feet in length
  • If items are not separated, they will not be collected

Acceptable Items:

  • 150 pounds or less
  • Mattresses and box springs (one mattress and box spring per household)
  • Furniture
  • Rugs (must be rolled up and tied like a log; no longer than four feet in length)
  • Household appliances (washers, dryers, air conditioners, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, toasters, lamps, microwaves)
  • Light and heavy iron goods
  • Metal items (place at one end of the pile for separate scrap metal pick-up)

Unacceptable Items:

  • Hazardous waste including oil-based paint, pesticides, pool chemicals, household cleaners, anti-freeze, aerosols, batteries, gasoline, motor oil (contact HazWaste Central at 203-401-2712)
  • Remodeling, construction and demolition debris from any structure or part thereof (homeowner must rent a dumpster)
  • Plumbing fixtures, sinks and pipes; a single unit or fixture may be accepted at the Hamden Transfer Station
  • Tires (a limit of 4 tires per year may be brought to the Hamden Transfer Station)
  • Vehicle parts, lawnmowers and other gas-powered equipment (remove all fluids from engines, dispose of fluids at HazWaste Central and dispose of equipment at a junkyard or metal recycling facility, for more details please contact Joe DeRisi at 203-287-7021 or via email at:
  • Branches, grass, leaves, tree stumps, rocks, sand, and dirt (contact Public Works at 203-287-2600 for specific guidelines)
  • Propane tanks
  • Computers, televisions and other electronics (bring to Hamden Transfer Station for recycling – be sure to remove the hard drive on your computers first)
  • Pool covers (accepted at the Hamden Transfer Station)

For more information, please visit the Town's website by clicking here.

Upcoming Events
Please click any of the fliers below to learn more about the upcoming events: