Archive for July 2011 – Page 2

Fight to Save the Glastonbury Ferry

Last night concerned citizens crowded into the Welles-Turner Memorial Library in Glastonbury to talk about options for saving the historic Glastonbury-Rocky Hill Ferry during a roundtable discussion hosted by State Representative Prasad Srinivasan.

Dating back to 1650, it is the oldest running ferry in the nation but is now facing extinction due to the state’s terrible fiscal situation and impending budget cuts.

Srinivasan was joined at the meeting by various town officials including Richard Johnson, Town Manager of Glastonbury, Susan Karp, Chairman of the Glastonbury Town Council and Jim Bennett, Chairman of the Glastonbury Historic Society. The panel expressed their commitment to keeping the ferry running.

For the NBC story on the meeting, including video, please click here.

Giuliano honors Service Men and Women

On Saturday, June 25th, Rep. Marilyn Giuliano participated in the CT Elks and the Town of Westbrook barbecue and honors program at the Westbrook Elks Lodge located on Seaside Avenue. The day’s events were the culmination of a week long schedule called  the “Taking Care of Our Own” Program to honor and support Veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project, all services, guard and reserves returning from tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Elks was founded as a patriotic, fraternal organization in 1868. One of its founding principles is to support those who have sacrificed for the United States and to never forget them. 
  

Rep. Hwang Presents Citation to Ambassador of Republic of China on 100th Anniversary of Democracy

On July 21, Rep. Tony Hwang presented a citation to Ambassador Andrew Kao of the Republic of China in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of democracy in Taiwan.  The event in the State Capitol was attended by numerous special guests including Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

 

Rep. Aman Attends Cold Stone Creamery Opening

From left to right: David Surprenant, Bill Aman, Maureen Surprenant, and John Zahner

State Representative Bill Aman attended a ribbon cutting for Cold Stone Creamery, hosted by the South Windsor Chamber of Commerce on July 22, 2011. The re-establishment of this business will be a great addition to our community. Photos are courtesy of the South Windsor Chamber of Commerce.

Ackert Urges Reconsideration of Bill to Encourage Economic Growth

Democrats scheduled a veto session for Monday July 25th but are not planning to override any of the Governor’s five vetoes, a move that State Representative Tim Ackert (R- Coventry) criticized as a failure to promote the economy.

Ackert is specifically referring to a bill that would establish an economic development zone around Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Oxford. It offered tax exemptions and tax credits to manufacturers and other eligible businesses that develop or acquire property in designated census tracts in Oxford, Southbury and Middlebury. The bill sought to replicate an economic development zone that has been established around Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks.

“The Governor likes to say that we are open for business- but then he vetoes a bill that would prove it. It doesn’t make sense,” Ackert said. “To make matters worse, the Democrats are refusing to override the veto of this worth while legislation even though they all supported it.”

Prior to the governor’s veto of the bill, the Senate approved the bill unanimously and the House vote was 145-1. Malloy justified his veto with two main arguments saying the exemption eligibility is too broad and that the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) had not yet had the chance to set the airport’s development goals.

“There is still time to reverse course on this- I urge all of my colleagues to reconsider and overturn the shortsighted veto of this bill,” said Ackert. “We need jobs in this state, but paying lip service just isn’t good enough. We need to take real steps to improve Connecticut’s economy.”

Davis Tours Local Businesses

Dri-Air President Charles Sears shows Chris Davis some products ready to be shipped

State Representative Christopher Davis has kept busy this summer visiting local businesses to hear their thoughts on what Connecticut can do to improve the business environment. With 4,100 lost jobs in June and an unemployment rate hovering above 9% its clear something must be done to turn things around.

“We can’t sustain the path we’re currently on,” Davis said. “Everyday we see more and more evidence that businesses can’t sustain more taxes and regulations. The cost of doing business is far too high in this state already- we need to help businesses cut costs, not add to them.” Read More→

Lake Bunggee Association and Rep. Alberts honor Joe Campert

State Representative Mike Alberts participated in the Lake Bunggee Association dedication ceremony honoring Joe Campert of Woodstock.
It was Campert’s vision and determination that led to the creation of several Pomfret area lakes, Lake Bunggee being one of them, created in 1955.  This rural treasure in Woodstock has become the beloved home of numerous generations of families.  Joe Campert has left his mark on the community through his ingenuity, persistence, hard work, and love of living within the peace and serenity of the trees and wildlife.
Rep. Alberts, along with the Lake Bunggee Association, gladly honor Mr. Joe Campert for his vision and service.

The Bulletin covered the story.

Congratulations to Patrick Malin and Benjamin Murdy!

Congratulations to Patrick Malin and Benjamin Murdy for achieving the highest honor in The Boy Scouts of America “The Eagle Scout Award.” The personal qualities that have enabled them to meet this goal will serve them well in future endeavors. Congratulations to both of you on this lifetime achievement!

Srinivasan Speaks to the Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians

Rep. Srinivasan speaks to the Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians during their meeting at the Hawthorned Inn in Berlin

 

On Thursday July 21st State Representative Prasad Srinivasan (R- Glastonbury) attended the Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians meeting at the Hawthorne Inn in Berlin to discuss state legislative issues with a particular emphasis on issues relating to the medical field.
 
Srinivasan, the only physician in the Connecticut legislature, explained that his first session in the Connecticut General Assembly was a mixed bag of fulfillment and frustration. Read More→

State Rep. Sean Williams talks with WTIC 1080′s “Church and State” radio program

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