Connecticut Senate Republicans

  1. Really? $1 B in toll revenue by charging us 3.5 cents per mile?

    Please read and share the attached article about the questions I am asking the Malloy Administration regarding tolls:

    http://www.yankeeinstitute.org/2018/08/dot-commissioners-toll-revenue-figures-raise-questions/

    Gov. Malloy refers to toll opponents as “Know-Nothings“, but the “Know-Nothings” know a lot more than he gives them credit for.

    Send me YOUR “Know-Nothing” questions and observations at Len.Suzio@cga.ct.gov

    Include your name and town.

    It is an honor to represent “Know-Nothing” taxpayers like you.

  2. Coffee Hour Cancelled

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  3. Statement on New Haven Green Overdoses: United Effort Needed to Combat Drug Abuse

    Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement regarding yesterday’s reported overdoses in New Haven. Over 70 people were reported to have overdosed on what is believed to be the synthetic cannabinoid K2, with the majority of these overdoses taking place on the New Haven Green.

    “What happened in New Haven yesterday was disturbing and heartbreaking. It speaks to a painful and ugly reality about drug abuse we have to work together to combat. It also speaks to a city that has allowed one of its primary community centers, the New Haven Green, to deteriorate to the point where it is no longer an attraction for families or economic development, but a place of despair. The Green is just steps away from City Hall, and town officials know drug use on the Green was not limited to just what happened yesterday.  There is a known problem there that occurs every day and has not been addressed.  People are suffering and those who need help have been ignored. It is my hope that yesterday will be a wakeup call to the mayor’s administration about a problem they can no longer turn a blind eye to. We need to proactively treat drug addiction with proper social services and provide necessary shelter. We also need a united effort to clean up the Green, to make New Haven a strong city, and we need a criminal investigation into how this drug came to the Green unlike anything New Haven has ever seen before.

    “New Haven should be a place of hope. From world-renowned medicine and education opportunities to great businesses, history and community pride, our city has so much to offer. I love New Haven and what happened yesterday not only raises moral questions and is scary to our residents, but it is a deterrent to people coming here and staying here. Mayor Harp’s administration needs to act swiftly and decisively to take control over the problems that have festered on the New Haven Green and surrounding areas to prevent the Elm City from becoming a ghost town.”

  4. Fasano, Yaccarino Present Citation to Mary Jane Mulligan for Lifetime Achievement Award

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    State Representative Dave Yaccarino and State Senator Len Fasano presented a General Assembly Citation to Mary Jane Mulligan on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 in recognition of her being awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Haven Rotary Club.

    State Representative Dave Yaccarino, Rich Mulligan, Mary Jane Mulligan, Shawn Mulligan and State Senator Len Fasano outside of Merola Motors in North Haven on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 after Mary Jane Mulligan was presented a General Assembly Citation for receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Haven Rotary Club.

     “Mary Jane is a great friend to the town of North Haven and its citizens,” Rep. Yaccarino said. “She is a true leader and role model, and her enthusiasm and positive energy are inspiring. We are proud to honor this selfless North Haven resident, and we hope she continues to inspire people throughout our state.”

    “Congratulations to Mary Jane for her many years of service and dedication to our community. It is great to see her passion for service recognized with a lifetime achievement award,” Sen. Fasano added.

    Mary Jane is the owner of Merola Motors in North Haven, a full-service preventive maintenance and auto repairs center specializing in General Services, Car & Truck Care, Inspections and Emissions, Undercar Services, Tires, Engine & Transmission, Engine Maintenance, Transmission Services, Heating and Cooling Services, Electrical Services, Electronic Services, Miscellaneous Services and Towing since 1947.

  5. Legislators Celebrate Local Environmental Advocate at 15th Annual Kayak Regatta, Beach Dedication Ceremony

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    State Senator Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) and State Representative Kathleen McCarty (R-Waterford) attended the Save the River Save the Hills Kayak Regatta in Waterford on Sunday, August 12 and celebrated the dedication of the new Grimsey Beach in honor of environmental advocate and Save the River Save the Hills President Fred Grimsey.

    The 15th annual kayak regatta was held in honor of Niantic River Appreciation Day. This year, the event included a special ceremony in which the town of Waterford dedicated a portion of the shoreline at Oswegatchie Road as Grimsey Beach.IMG_9601

    “The Niantic River and surrounding environment are beautiful resources we must work together to protect and respect,” said Senator Formica. “This annual event is an important way to bring the community together to celebrate our natural resources and preservation efforts. This year’s event was particularly special for the well-deserved recognition of Fred Grimsey. By dedicating this beach to Fred, the town of Waterford has found a way to recognize the incredible work Fred has done for our community over the years, and to memorialize his compassion and dedication to our environment for today, tomorrow and future generations who will enjoy Grimsey Beach.”

    “We are all so grateful to Fred for his decades of passionate work preserving the environment and the river,” said Representative McCarty. “The Oswegatchie Hills provides our region with an invaluable ecosystem. I am proud to know Fred and to advocate along with Save the River, Save the Hills for the preservation of this beautiful area. It is very fitting to dedicate this beach on Oswegatchie Road as Grimsey Beach to him not only as a thank you, but as a reminder of what Fred has accomplished in our own community.”

    IMG_8579Fred Grimsey has been a long time local advocate for protecting the environment and was founder of Save the River Save the Hills, a non-profit grassroots environmental organization based on the Niantic River Estuary in Waterford & East Lyme. The organization is dedicated to preserving the health of the Niantic River Estuary, its Watershed and the natural beauty of the Oswegatchie Hills by operating a pump out boat on the Niantic River, conducting water quality testing, and advocating for the preservation of the Oswegatchie Hills.

    For more information visit: http://www.savetheriversavethehills.org

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  7. Nighttime Installation of Centerline Rumble Strips on Route 104 in Stamford

    This Applies Only to Stamford Residents and Anyone Using Route 104 in Stamford

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced nighttime work for the installation of centerline rumble strips on Route 104 in Stamford through August 15th.

    The project consists of the installation of centerline rumble strips on State-owned roadways. Rumble strips are a proven safety countermeasure and will minimize the number of lane departure crashes. The rumble strips will alert drivers through noise and vibration should their vehicle veer off into an opposing lane of traffic.

    LANE CLOSURE INFO

    Motorists can expect lane closures on Route 104 from just north of Butternut Lane to just south of Riverbank Road. The work is scheduled from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on Route 104.

    Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this vicinity.

    Please use caution around this operation as these construction vehicles will be moving slower than posted speeds.

  8. Tax-Free Week Gives Shoppers a Chance to Save

    If you plan to do back-to-school clothing shopping, you might want to wait until Sunday, August 19th for Connecticut’s 18th Annual Tax-Free Week. The week-long holiday from the state’s 6.35% sales tax runs through August 25 and includes items of everyday clothing and footwear that cost less than $100.

    Tax-Free Week was enacted in 2000 and has become a popular time for back-to-school shopping and those getting a head start of the holidays by putting clothing and shoes on layaway. The tax-free status also applies to clothing and shoes bought on the Internet, and clothing rentals made during the week.

    Not all clothing and shoe purchases qualify for tax-free status. Some of these are:

    • Athletic gear and uniforms,
    • Specialty shoes like cleats, ballet, and bowling
    • Accessories like jewelry, handbags, and backpacks

    The tax-free status applies to each individual piece of clothing that costs less than $100, the savings can really add up for those buying several items.

    Many retailers anticipate tax-free week and set up sales to help you maximize the savings. If you have questions, or would like to take a list of exempt and non-exempt items with you when you shop, you can print this page from the Department of Revenue Services. You also can call DRS with any questions at (800) 382-9463.

    If you have questions about this or other issues impacting our state, please contact me at Art.Linares@cga.ct.gov or call my office at (800) 842-1421

  9. Tax-Free Shopping Is Just Around the Corner

    If you plan to do back-to-school clothing shopping, you might want to wait until the week of August 19th for Connecticut’s 18th Annual Tax-Free Week. The week-long holiday from the state’s 6.35% sales tax runs through August 25 and includes items of everyday clothing and footwear that cost less than $100.

    Tax-Free Week was enacted in 2000 and has become a popular time for back-to-school shopping and those getting a head start of the holidays by putting clothing and shoes on layaway. The tax-free status also applies to clothing and shoes bought on the Internet, and clothing rentals made during the week.

    Not all clothing and shoe purchases qualify for tax-free status. Some of these are:

    • Athletic gear and uniforms,
    • Specialty shoes like cleats, ballet, and bowling
    • Accessories like jewelry, handbags, and backpacks

    The tax-free status applies to each individual piece of clothing that costs less than $100, the savings can really add up for those buying several items.

    Many retailers anticipate tax-free week and set up sales to help you maximize the savings. If you have questions, or would like to take a list of exempt and non-exempt items with you when you shop, you can print this page from the Department of Revenue Services. You also can call DRS with any questions at (800) 382-9463.

    If you have questions about this or other issues impacting our state, feel free to contact me at Michael.McLachlan@cga.ct.us or call my office at (800) 842-1412.

  10. Bristol, Plainville Legislative Delegation Honors More Than 250 Veterans

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    BRISTOL – State Senator Henri Martin and State Representatives Whit Betts, Cara Pavalock-D’Amato, William A. Petit, Jr., and Chris Ziogas co-hosted a Wartime Service Medal Ceremony last week with the Veterans Strong Community Center, where more than 250 Bristol and Plainville veterans were presented with medals in honor of their service to our country.

    Held last week at Bristol Eastern High School, the Wartime Service Medal Ceremony drew a crowd of over 400 family and friends in attendance to support the veterans. The ceremony was made possible with the help of local volunteers; the American Legion Post II Presented the Colors, The Bristol Girl Scouts, Bristol/Plainville Boy Scouts, Bristol Police Chief Brian Gould, and Bristol Fire Chief Jay Kolakoski led the Pledge of Allegiance, Miss Forestville Jillian Duffy sang the National Anthem, Deacon Robert Berube led the Invocation, and Stanley Piotrowski led the closing prayer.

    The legislators thanked the veterans for their service, bravery and sacrifice, and participated in the reading of the medal recipients, as well as the medal pinning.

    “The courage our veterans demonstrated in defending our country and values is a rarity in our society. Only 7.3 percent of living Americans have served in our Armed Forces and today’s military, an all-volunteer workforce, is comprised of just 0.4 percent of our population,” Sen. Martin said. “These men and women answered a call to serve something greater than themselves. The sacrificed so much, leaving behind friends and family, and they knowingly put themselves in harm’s way. They go anywhere in the world that they are needed, so that we can have the rights and freedoms enjoyed by generations of Americans. The Connecticut Wartime Service Medal is just a small token from a grateful state and its citizenry. Every veteran in our state, both living and those who are no longer with us, deserve to be recognized and thanked for their service.”

    “Connecticut’s citizens owe a great deal of gratitude to the men and women who served and continue to serve in our armed forces and ensure the safety and freedom of our great nation. I am honored to recognize our veterans and their families, and through the presentation of the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal, thank them for their service,” said Rep. Betts.

    “I’m incredibly proud to have been part of this wonderful event to honor our local veterans who served their country and continue to give to their greater community. I’d also like to thank the Veterans Strong Community Center of Bristol for their extraordinary efforts in support of our veterans and their families. Thank you for all that you did to ensure that our veterans received this service recognition, of which they are more than deserving,” said Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato.

    “These veterans, along with all of the men and women who have served and continue to serve in our Armed Forces, willingly take the oath to defend our freedom and our country. They sacrifice so much, including time away from their families, time spent in war, and some even give the ultimate sacrifice. We must always remember that no matter the circumstances, our veterans have selflessly answered the call to serve. It is incumbent upon us to always show our appreciation, remembrance, and gratitude, and I’m honored to be a part of that celebration today,” said Rep. Petit.

    In his remarks, Department of Veterans’ Affairs Commissioner Thomas Saadi emphasized the importance of recognizing veterans for their service, especially those who served in Vietnam. “What we must remember is that it is not the Veteran who starts a war, it is not the Veteran who decides National policy in conducting a war… but it is the Veterans who served, who fought, who suffered and sacrificed in war no matter their personal political feelings because they answered to a higher calling – that of duty, honor and country. To the Vietnam Veterans here today please stand – so we may thank you for not losing faith in the American people who now thank you and welcome you home,” said Commissioner Saadi.

    The Connecticut Veterans Wartime Services Medal was established in 2005 by then Governor M. Jodi Rell and the General Assembly to honor all Connecticut veterans with qualified wartime service. It includes the distinctive red, white, and blue colors along with the official seal of each branch of the US Armed Forces and the words “For Service.” Prior to this, the state had not issued such a medal since World War I. In subsequent years, the state has authorized service awards to be made posthumously on or after November 12, 1918.

    For more information on the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal, including qualifications, visit portal.ct.gov/dva.