Connecticut Senate Republicans

  1. “Join me for coffee this Friday, Dec. 21st from 8am-9am at Valley Diner in Derby”

    Derby Coffee Hour 12-21[2]

  2. (Listen) A De Facto Property Tax Hike for Litchfield County Towns?

    Did you hear what Gov.-elect Ned Lamont said in a recent interview on NBC Connecticut’s “Face the Facts” show?

    He said he will not raise Connecticut tax RATES…

    …but Gov.-elect Lamont would indirectly raise your property taxes.


    In the attached audio clip, Gov.-elect Lamont says,

    The more affluent school districts are going to have to do more on their own.  I can’t afford to subsidize everybody out there.”

    I believe that defunding state education aid to our towns in Litchfield County and elsewhere will most certainly be a De Facto Property Tax Hike in those towns.

    I am in strong opposition to the defunding of our schools.

    What do YOU think?

    Send me your comments at – include your name and town.

    Please share this message with other concerned taxpayers!

  3. Stonington Borough honors Charlie Holland after ‘election’ as honorary mayor

    Stonington Borough honors Charlie Holland after ‘election’ as honorary mayor



    STONINGTON — The borough of Stonington welcomed Charlie Holland as its first honorary mayor on Saturday at the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society in a reception that can only be described as joyful.

    Albert Kausch, a Stonington resident and professor at URI, began Charlie’s “campaign” in November, against the backdrop of a contentious election season. As Kausch described it, he saw Holland on a park bench reading the paper and said to himself, “Charlie should be the mayor!”

    From there, Kausch single-handedly manned a campaign, creating flyers and placing ballot boxes in several town locations, asking for the community’s votes.

    More than 2,000 votes were cast (the voting was not restricted to borough residents, and people could cast multiple votes), and Charlie, as expected, won by a landslide.

    Holland, now 93, best known for fronting the Charlie Holland Band since his high school years, is a World War II veteran, a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, and a longtime employee of Chrysler.

    Many town officials, in addition to friends, family, and supporters, were on hand to celebrate.

    State Sen. Heather Somers first presented Holland with a citation from the Connecticut Senate, congratulating him on receiving 2,000 votes in a town of 800, and sharing an accolade that included, “No one deserves this honor more than you do.”

    Deputy Secretary of State Scott Bates next presented a proclamation, stating that Holland’s nomination was “about service to country over party. You’re about community, and giving back to people, and bringing people together. You have a kind word for everyone.” He later noted that the Stonington community “is united in recognizing your lifetime of dedication and devotion to your neighbors and to your country.”

    Bates’ concluding statement: “Charlie Holland, through music and charm, you bring joy to all who know you. May you enjoy many successful years as honorary mayor of Stonington borough,” was met with thunderous applause.

    Kausch delivered a short speech, then presented Holland with a scrapbook containing the history of his campaign, along with several completed ballot forms.

    In response, Holland said, “I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination of honorary mayor of Stonington Borough. It is a great privilege for me to serve my fellow friends and family whom I deeply love and cherish. I am a man who has been blessed by this title and the continued love and support of all of you who are here.”

    He said his first orders of business were, “giving women the right to vote, keeping all bars and pubs open until at least 11 p.m., and making Dewar’s scotch the honorary drink of the borough.”

    Kausch was pleased with the outcome of his labors. “I woke up one morning and thought it was the right thing to do. He’s a special citizen who should be recognized in a special way. I think other communities should do this to recognize special people in their communities,” then mused, “They should do this in Westerly!”

    First Selectman Rob Simmons joined in the celebration by making a short speech, and imparted some friendly political advice like, “get a dog,” and “make sure your office has a back door so you can escape,” before officially proclaiming Dec. 15 Charlie Holland Day in Stonington Borough.

    When asked about being nominated by Kausch, Holland laughed, “He forced me to do it!”

    “I asked him seven times!” Kausch added.

    Holland explained he felt so good, he is now planning to run for president.

  4. Tuesday: We’re ringing the bell at Walmart in Waterford!


  5. Is CT Going to Become The Spending Spree State?

    Have you seen this article attached below?

    It reports that a left-leaning think tank which has the ear of the Democratic Party in Connecticut wants to: 

    • Get rid of the state’s constitutional cap on government spending.
    • Get rid of the state’s cap on government borrowing.

    Do you think that is a responsible way forward for our state?

    If you, like me, are sick and tired of seeing your state government spend, spend, spend YOUR money:

  6. OpenPension Brings More Transparency to State Government

    Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement regarding Comptroller Kevin Lembo’s roll out of the new open government tool, OpenPension. The site shows up-to-date information on state pension payments.


    “I applaud the efforts of Comptroller Lembo to bring more transparency to state government. The public should have tools to explore and understand government spending. The new OpenPension database is a valuable resource to shine the light on state government so we can have an honest discussion about the issues and costs we face as a state.”


    HARTFORD – Senator Tony Hwang (R-Newtown) issued the following statement on Friday on the sixth anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    Today we mourn and memorialize the 26 lives we lost six years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary and we reflect on how our world has changed.

    On December 14th, 2012 an unthinkable tragedy happened to our town and our nation.  Our community was rocked by an evil we still do not fully understand, but out of that darkness has come light. We have drawn strength from the families who lost loved ones, and we have lifted our community up to better channel the sense of loss and grief that we all still feel toward creating a better environment for all.

    Today, as encouraged by Newtown leaders, we show our remembrance by committing to personal acts of service and kindness rather than at a formal ceremony. I will donate toys and games to the “Toys for Tots” program that will be delivered to children during the holiday season. The goal is to bring a joyous spirit of caring and sharing to children and families.

    I am humbled to represent the resilient and proud communities of Newtown, Sandy Hook and all the towns in the 28th District. I am grateful to our community for showing our country, state and neighbors that we must continue to find the strength and resolve to make a conscious effort to Be Kind.


  8. Tony Hwang on WICC – Sandy Hook Memorial


    Today I had the opportunity to speak with Mike Bellamy on WICC to talk about the 6th Anniversary of Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, recent threatening events, and recently increased penalties for making a threat against a school.

    Today we mourn and remember the 26 lives we lost on December 14th, 2012 and reflect on how that day changed our world. I am humbled to represent the proud and resilient communities of Newtown and Sandy Hook, and I am thankful for the community leaders who help me to lead the way forward.

    I also unfortunately had the responsibility to talk about the threats made yesterday across the country and today in Sandy Hook, on the anniversary of this tragedy. I was shocked and disgusted to hear that Sandy Hook Elementary was targeted again this morning as part of this widespread hoax. Threatening a school, whether it be credible or not, is never acceptable and will always be investigated thoroughly and completely. I am proud, however, that the General Assembly was able to increase the legal penalty for threatening a school from a Misdemeanor to a Class C Felony punishable up to 10 years in prison and/or $10,000. I regret that this was a necessary step to take, but I believe it to be a helpful deterrent for anyone who may consider such a threat. It is my hope that along with our strict firearms laws, increased penalties, and a strong focus on mental health we can help make ensure our schools are safe for our children and educators.

  9. Civil Air Patrol Cadet Munzner Honored by State Lawmakers

    GROTON, CT. This evening, The Civil Air Patrol Thames River Composite Squadron, honored Cadet Commander Christopher Munzner of  Niantic, CT with the General Billy Mitchell Award. This award honors the late General Billy Mitchell, an aviation pioneer, advocate, and staunch supporter of an independent air force for America. Christopher was also given an official citation from the CT General Assembly which was presented by State Senator Paul Formica and State Representative Holly Cheeseman to honor his achievement. Along with his work at the Civil Air Patrol, Christopher is also an accomplished string bass player in the East Lyme Middle School orchestra and was recently selected to perform with the school’s invitational chamber orchestra as well as with the Eastern Regional orchestra this upcoming spring. He is a member of the recreational junior rifle team at the Niantic Sportsmen’s Club where he has earned his Sharpshooter NRA rating. Christopher volunteers at a local food pantry and also volunteers through the Niantic Community Church where he has done mission work on a farm in New Hampshire.   December 12, 2018. Photos Joseph Lemieux Jr. CT Senate Republicans.

    Civil Air Patrol Cadet Munzner Honored by State Lawmakers

    In a Dec. 11 ceremony at the Civil Air Patrol Thames River Composite Squadron in Groton, Niantic resident Christopher Munzner was named the recipient of the Brigadier General Billy Mitchell award in recognition of his accomplishments as a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadet.

    State Senator Paul Formica (R-20) and State Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-37) presented Munzner with an official state citation, citing his dedication, commitment and hard work.

    “You set a fine example for other cadets to follow and are a role model for young people throughout your community,” the lawmakers wrote in the citation.

    Munzner joined CAP when he turned 12 years old in January 2017.  He quickly worked his way up through the squadron and is currently the Commander of Cadets. An accomplished string bass player in the East Lyme Middle School orchestra, Munzner is a member of the recreational junior rifle team at the Niantic Sportsman’s club, volunteers at a local food pantry and through the Niantic Community church. He hopes to eventually attend the United States Air Force Academy.

    The Brigadier General Billy Mitchell Award honors a fearless pilot whose patriotism, foresight, and tenacity surpassed the ridicule he faced. The “Father of the Independent Air Force,” Billy Mitchell led an aerial bombing demonstration resulting in the sinking of the surplus German battleship Ostfriesland in 1921. The Navy had said such a feat would be impossible, and the Army remained skeptical toward airpower. Mitchell continued his all-out public campaign for airpower, even facing court-martial for his persistence. Not until World War II did the full U.S. military establishment realize how right he was. After the Allied victory, and by a special act of Congress, Mitchell was posthumously awarded a gold medal. With General Mitchell as their role model, cadet officers know that speaking truth to power is a moral duty.

    The Mitchell Award marks completion of Phase II of the CAP Cadet Program, recognizing sustained excellence in all four areas of cadet life: leadership, aerospace, fitness, and character.

    Rep. Cheeseman represents the 37h district of East Lyme and Salem.

    Sen. Formica represents the 20th district of Bozrah, East Lyme, a portion of Montville, New London, Old Lyme, a portion of Old Saybrook, Salem, and Waterford.


  10. Somers wants Access Health CT enrollment extended

    Somers wants Access Health CT enrollment extended

    State Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, called Thursday for Access Health CT’s sign-up period to be extended beyond its scheduled end at midnight Saturday.

    Somers said she has received numerous calls from constituents who say they haven’t been able to reach the state health insurance exchange to sign up for 2019 health care coverage.

    “I’ve been getting complaints that the internet is slow and that when people call, they’re on the phone for hours and still can’t get through. When they leave a message, no one calls them back,” Somers said.

    Insurance brokers who assist customers have been experiencing similar problems, she said.

    The whole idea is to provide access to health care, so if the system’s overloaded we should extend the enrollment period,” Somers said.

    Somers said the enrollment period should be extended by a month.

    Access Health CT has been operating seven enrollment centers around the state since the enrollment period began Nov. 1.

    One of the locations is at the Groton Senior Center, 102 Newtown Road, which will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.