Connecticut Senate Republicans

  1. CT juveniles stealing vehicles: Why is this happening?

    Every day, we see stories of vehicle thefts throughout Connecticut.

    Quite often, the vehicles are stolen by juveniles who then lead police on a chase and endanger other motorists in the process.

    Why is this happening?

    Law enforcement authorities all across the state, including the Chief State’s Attorney, tell me they believe the juvenile crime wave is related to recent criminal justice ‘reforms’ which reduced the authority of Connecticut judges to deal with young criminals, particularly juveniles.

    The penalty for a Connecticut juvenile who steals a car and endangers others is a mere slap on the wrist!

    I have proposed changing current law governing young criminals.

    I want to give judges more flexibility to deal with this problem that is plaguing our communities.

    What do you think?

    Should the law be changed?

    Tell me your thoughts at

    Include your name and town.

    Thank you!


  2. Join us: Senior health fair in Ansonia Wednesday!

    Popular senior health fair returns to Ansonia’s Warsaw Park

    ANSONIA — A Valley tradition for more than three decades, aimed at helping area senior citizens make the most of their golden years, will return to Warsaw Park this week.

    State Sen. George Logan will act as host for the annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at Warsaw Park, 119 Pulaski Highway.

    The fair annually draws hundreds of seniors who can take advantage of numerous free services geared toward their health and well-being.

    Logan, a Republican whose 17 District includes Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck and Woodbridge, said he’s honored to carry on the longtime Valley tradition.
    “This free event is now an established tradition for Valley seniors,” Logan said. “It started more than 30 years ago by former state Senator Gary Hale. My predecessor, former state Senator Joe Crisco, continued the tradition to make this event better and better. I then picked up the baton because it’s a great way to help Valley seniors get their flu shots, get free health screenings and get key information about health services in our region. So tell a friend. Tell a neighbor. Join us at Warsaw Park on Wednesday.”

    This year’s senior fair, according to Logan, will feature more than 50 vendors to arm seniors with information and screenings to help them live their best lives.

    Vendors on hand will include the Naugatuck Valley Health District, administering flu shots; Griffin Hospital, offering colon screenings; the state Office of Healthcare Advocate, who will discuss identify theft and how to protect oneself from it; Connecticut Society for Respiratory Care, offering lung function tests; My Eye Doc, offering vision screenings; TEAM Inc., providing information on volunteer care-giving services and its popular Meals on Wheels program; and Yale-New Haven Hospital.

    A popular highlight of the senior fair will be a free lunch for all who attend.

    Seniors in Ansonia and Derby needing a ride to the fair can call Valley Transit District at 203-735-6408 for a lift.

    For more information about the fair, contact Peggy Tibbals, director of public affairs for the Senate Republicans, at 860-240-8884 or by .

  3. In Hamden: Recognizing Chief Berardesca

    Proud to join Mayor Curt Leng and community leaders today in recognizing David Berardesca on his retirement after 12 years of noble service as Chief of the Hamden Fire Department.  His career was marked by integrity, tact, and commitment. The residents of the Town of Hamden are very privileged to have been protected and served under his leadership. We thank him for all his hard work by keeping our community safe and wish him the very best in his retirement!


  4. Sen. Logan Receives “Legislator of the Year” Award from CT Firefighters

    Sen. Logan Receives “Legislator of the Year” Award from CT Firefighters


    Sen. George S. Logan has received the “Legislator of the Year” award from the 26,000-member Connecticut State Firefighters Association.

    The Connecticut State Firefighters Association honored Sen. Logan for his advocacy on behalf of the Valley Fire School, his participation in the Fire/EMS Caucus, and his legislative proposal to help to increase racial diversity in the hiring of firefighters statewide.

    “I’m humbled to receive this recognition, but the fact is that our firefighters are heroes who put their lives on the line every day,” Sen. Logan said.  “They do it to protect our loved ones, our communities, and our property.  At the State Capitol, I will continue to do all I can to help them do the jobs that they do so well.”

    Sen. Logan received the honor at the Connecticut State Firefighters Association’s Sep. 15 convention at Company One, Avon Fire Department.

    Sen. Logan can be reached at or 800-842-1421.  Sen. Logan ( represents Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck and Woodbridge.

  5. Applying for Small Business Disaster Relief Funds

    Hartford—State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) is letting his constituents know that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved the governor’s request for disaster assistance resulting from the May 15 tornadoes that impacted Connecticut, including Newtown.

    Loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair real-estate, and up to $40,000 for private property. For small businesses, farmers, and non-profits, Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available.

    Applications can be submitted online at, or downloaded at and mailed to the SBA at the following address: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, Texas, 76155.

    Those who have questions about the assistance can either call the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for those who are deaf or hard of hearing), or send an email to

    In addition, the SBA will also open a Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Southbury Training School (1461 South Britain Road, Southbury) to help people process applications and answer questions in person.  The office will be open from October 11 through the 18th during the following hours of operation:

    • Saturday, October 13: 10AM to 2PM
    • Sunday: October 14: Closed
    • Monday, October 15: 9AM to 6PM
    • Tuesday, October 16: 9AM to 6PM
    • Wednesday, October 17: 9AM to 6PM
    • Thursday, October 18: 9AM to 4PM

    The deadline to return applications for physical property damage is December 10, 2018.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 9, 2019.

  6. From the Hartford Courant: Applying For SBA Disaster Loans: Here’s What You Need To Know

    The federal Small Business Administration has agreed to allow homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profits organizations that suffered damage in the May 15 tornados and storms to apply for federal low-interest loans.

    What kind of loans are available, and who can apply for them?

    Low-interest SBA loans of up to $200,000 will be available to homeowners, businesses and non-profits that suffered real estate storm damage, possibly including removal of debris. Individual homeowners and renters will also be able to apply for up to $40,000 in SBA loans to replace or repair damaged personal property.

    Can you apply for the loans online?

    Yes. Applications for SBA disaster loans can be filled out and submitted online at

    Is it possible to apply for the loans by mail?

    Yes. Application forms can be downloaded and mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, Texas, 76155.

    What if I need help applying for the disaster loans?

    SBA officials are opening a Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Southbury Training School, 1461 S. Britain Road in Southbury, to help people fill out and submit applications for disaster loans.

    When will the loan assistance center be open?

    The SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center will be open at the following times between Thursday and Oct. 18.

    Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Sunday, closed.

    Monday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Thursday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


  7. Listen: Sen. Berthel Says Connecticut Can’t Afford to Support a Tennis Tournament

  8. Sen. Hwang and Rep. Abercrombie Host Autism Spectrum Awareness Panel Discussion

    Hartford—At the Capitol on Thursday October 4th, Sen. Hwang (R-28) and Rep. Abercrombie (D-83) hosted a panel discussion on community, productivity, and independence for people living on the autism spectrum and their loved ones.

    “It was an honor to host this important series of panels focusing on community, productivity, and independence for people living on the autism spectrum in Connecticut,” said Sen. Hwang. “We heard a lot of stories from people and parents living on the spectrum. Some of the shared experiences were unbelievably uplifting. Most importantly, we began a dialogue about ways government can help this community. We want to raise awareness of the importance of this issue to everyone, including people who don’t know anyone living with autism. Again, I’d like to thank Steven Hernandez of Connecticut Commission On Women, Children, and Seniors and Shannon Knall of Autism Speaks for getting the panelists together a great and informative event.”

    “The Autism spectrum is broad, and in order develop the most inclusive policy, it is critical to get the perspective of many stakeholders, like self-advocates, parents and providers, “ said Shannon Leary Knall, parent to an autistic young adult and Autism Speaks Connecticut Advocacy chair. “It is critical that we work with engaged policy makers to create legislation which represents the whole spectrum, and addresses their needs across a life span, to include employment and independence. I am thankful to Senator Hwang and Representative Abercrombie for their leadership.”

    The discussion ran for three hours, divided between three topic panels: community, productivity, and independence.

    “Families and self-advocates affected by Autism are no different from all families in the state in their desire for independent, productive and successful lives,” said Steven Hernandez. “Our task is to remove barriers and create opportunities to that end.”

    Each topic featured different panelists with different stories, perspectives, and expertise. Government officials, caregivers, and people living on the spectrum will all be participating. The whole discussion ran for three hours and can be seen by clicking here.

    Caption: Sen. Hwang chairs the panel discussion on living with the autism spectrum in Connecticut. Pictured from left to right: Judith Ursitti, a parent and advocate, Sen. Hwang, Steven Hernandez, Executive Director of the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors, Rep. Cathy Abercrombie, and Darlene Borree, a parent and advocate.

    Video: Sen. Hwang introduces the panel.

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  10. Start Now to Support, Promote Small Business Saturday


    As a small business owner, I know how important local customers are to success. That’s why I want you to know about Small Business Saturday. It is an annual event that encourages people to shop at local, individual small businesses rather than big box or chain stores. It’s a chance to put your money back into the local economy and shoppers may discover a local business treasure to make a new favorite haunt. The event takes place on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, that is November 24.

    While this event is more than a month away, Shop Small, the organization leading the effort, announced that small business owns can go to its website now to start planning. The site provides ideas, advice, and materials to promote the day.

    And this site isn’t just for small businesses. Officials, chambers of commerce, business organizations, and everyday people are invited to become Neighborhood Champions. Champions can organize community events to promote the day, rally local businesses to participate, and distribute materials to let people know how they can support their local business community.

    Learn how you can get involved here:

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