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Windsor Legislators Celebrate Re-Opening of The Connecticut Valley Agricultural Museum

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Reps. Storms and Zawistowski present a citation to Windsor Lions President James Daniels

WindsorRepresentatives Tami Zawistowski (R-61) and Scott Storms (R-60) joined the Windsor Lions Club Saturday October 14th for a grand reopening of The Connecticut Valley Agricultural Museum featuring new CRISAccess text readers to aid patrons with impaired vision or text disabilities. The Windsor Lions in collaboration with CRIS (Connecticut Radio Information System) outfitted the museum with QR codes and wifi access so patrons with text disabilities can simply scan the code using CRISAccess and listen to a narration of the printed signs. The project was paid for with a grant from CT Humanities, The Windsor Lions Club and local sponsorships. The Representatives presented a citation congratulating the Windsor Lions Club for their community service efforts and their collaboration to make local history more accessible to people with disabilities.  For more information about the museum visit www.tobaccohistsoc.org.

Representative Tami Zawistowski Attends Ribbon Cutting for Connecticut’s First ‘Smart’ Grocery Store

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Rep. Zawistowski with Molly and Tim Devanney

Suffield – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) attended a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of Connecticut’s first ‘Smart’ grocery store. The Suffield Highland Park Market partnered with JouleSmart to install new ‘Smart’ technology energy systems to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Rep. Zawistowski congratulated Highland Park Market, the Devanney family and JouleSmart, “Today’s event is particularly exciting for two reasons: First they’ve demonstrated that this technology that has been in use for larger companies can be scaled back – affordably – for use in smaller companies, especially those like grocery stores that are big consumers of energy. Second, because it’s happening right here in Suffield, and we’re proud of that.” Highland Park Market is a family owned and operated local grocery chain. Learn more about their company online at www.highlandparkmarket.com. JouleSmart is a company that helps small and midsize businesses outfit their facilities with ‘Smart’ building technology. Learn more by visiting www.joulesmart.com.

Rep. Zawistowski Responds to Governor’s Budget Veto

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Hartford – Before an afternoon meeting with legislative leaders Thursday September 28, Governor Malloy vetoed the bi-partisan budget prolonging the state’s budget crisis. The budget was passed by 21-15 in the Senate after three Democrat senators joined their Republican colleagues and passed the house 77-73-1 with five Democrats joining the other side of the aisle.

Representative Zawistowski commented, “The budget vetoed by the governor was the only proposal that had the votes to pass the legislature. Though it was not a perfect document, it was balanced, responsible, kept commitments to schools, the most vital parts of our social safety net and to our cities and towns, at the same time it made structural changes to help bring more stability to future budgets. I am very concerned about what this veto will mean for local education, including special education, and municipal aid. We need to override this veto.”