Rep. Bocchino Speaks at Teen Dating Violence Awareness Event


On Tuesday, February 27, Rep. Mike Bocchino (R-Greenwich) attended Looking in Theater at the YWCA Greenwich. The event featured student actors who performed dramatic scenes exploring many issues in teenage relationships such as healthy versus unhealthy relationships, boundaries, social media and other important topics.

Teen dating violence is a serious issue that affects students in communities across the state, and it cannot be ignored. Rep. Bocchino hopes that we continue to show our youth that they have our attention and support.

Rep. Bocchino Speaks at DOT Public Hearing, Opposes Rate Hikes


Rep. Mike Bocchino (R-Greenwich) spoke in opposition to proposed bus and rail fare increases during a DOT hearing at the UCONN Stamford Auditorium on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Noting that commuters would be paying more for less, Rep. Bocchino believes that Metro North and bus customers have already been asked to pay enough.

If approved, rail fare would increase by 10% on July 1, 2018, 5% on July 1, 2020, and 5% on July 1, 2021. Additionally, bus fare would increase by 14.3% ($0.25) on July 1, 2018. While no bus service changes have been proposed, rail service reductions would take effect in July of 2018.

The fare increases and service reductions are the result of budget shortfalls in the transit and rail accounts, which stem from years of borrowing from the Special Transportation Fund.

Rep. Bocchino encourages concerned residents who could not attend to instead provide verbal or written comment. Comments can be submitted to through March 9, 2018.

Rep. Bocchino, Greenwich Delegation Helps Clean Up Tod’s Point


Rep. Mike Bocchino and the Greenwich Delegation joined BYOGreenwich, Friends of Greenwich Point, SurfRider and over 100 other volunteers at Tod’s Point on Saturday, February 24, 2018 for a community clean-up effort.

Within two hours, the volunteers collected over 2,000 pounds of trash, which had to be removed by machinery. The beach looks pristine and is now prepared to welcome visitors for the warm weather to come.

Rep. Bocchino, Greenwich Delegation Praise First Round of State Reimbursement for New Lebanon School


GREENWICH – State Representative Mike Bocchino (R-Greenwich) praised the distribution of the first phase of state funding for the New Lebanon School, which is scheduled to open in February of 2019. The town received $3,955,139 as the first round of reimbursement dollars came through.

“The Greenwich Delegation and I are thrilled to see this critical project moving ahead as planned,” said Rep. Bocchino. “Countless hours were spent preparing the paperwork and sitting in meetings in order to bring this concept to fruition. We broke ground just a few months ago, and I am happy to report that the process is on schedule. As a legislator, parent and resident of this vibrant community, I believe that education is a top priority for this town, and the state, which is why the success of this project is imperative.”

New Lebanon School was approved for a diversity grant from the state after it was determined that the school was not in compliance with the state’s diversity mandate. The project faced opposition by key members of the Malloy administration due to the budget situation, but the members of the Greenwich Delegation, including Reps. Bocchino, Livvy Floren, Fred Camillo and State Sen. Scott Frantz fought tirelessly to secure the funding. Due to their efforts, and the hard work of several local leaders and educators, the school was approved for the maximum reimbursement of 80 percent.

The new facility is being built behind the existing school. Once completed, the state-of-the-art facility will be able to accommodate more students, faculty and resources.

Opinion by The Greenwich Delegation


Much at Stake in the 2018 Session

The 2018 legislative session is scheduled to begin on February 7, 2018, yet it feels like the 2017 session never adjourned. With the endless parade of special sessions, budget negotiations and all-nighters, Connecticut residents have shown their patience with Hartford politics. But how long will that last?

There have been many defining moments in our state’s history. One such moment occurred in 1991 when voters opted for a state income tax in exchange for a spending cap that would, in theory, act as a check on the size of government. This was a strong sign that the people of this state trusted their government to do the right thing with their hard earned money. They expected major improvements in infrastructure, education, assistance to cities and towns, and overall, more accountability and transparency.

Unfortunately, many of these areas have been neglected or, at the very least, have not been given the full attention they deserve. Municipal aid from Hartford is unreliable, our schools have been micromanaged, our transportation fund has been raided far too often, and the size of government has made transparency, and hence, accountability, nearly impossible.

As elected officials, we are no strangers to criticism. Whether we are drafting the state budget or discussing controversial issues during committee meetings, the process of building consensus around major public issues can be difficult, but it is a challenge we accept openly and with tremendous passion.

Why? Because we believe that a stable government, the economy and our community are built upon trust. We believe this trust is sacred, and we want to preserve it. Rather than seeking personal gain or self-promotion, we took this job because we want to have a positive impact on people’s lives.

We proudly represent diverse constituencies whose unique perspectives and collective experiences have helped to build magnificent communities, and those same voices have helped shape us as legislators.

As the 2018 session begins, our mission is no different than it has been in the past, and that is to put that State of Connecticut before all else and to make decisions that will benefit the state as a whole. The decisions that have the greatest impact on our lives happen at the state level, and that is where our focus will remain.

In return, we hope that you will continue to reach out to us in the coming months with your questions, concerns and ideas because your feedback makes us better legislators, and we are dedicated to ensuring that this government serves you, and never itself.

We are here to represent you, and we will always do our best to serve you by continuing to bring integrity, honesty, accessibility and dedication to the General Assembly. It is a true honor to represent you in Hartford and we look forward to working on your behalf in the upcoming session.

Livvy, Mike, Fred & Scott

Rep. Bocchino, Greenwich Delegation Attend New Lebanon Groundbreaking


Greenwich Delegation Secures Funding to Supplement the School’s Construction Cost

GREENWICH – State Representatives Livvy Floren (R-149), Mike Bocchino (R-150), Fred Camillo (R-151) and State Senator Scott Frantz (R-36) joined local leaders, educators, students and residents for the historic groundbreaking ceremony of New Lebanon School’s state-of-the-art facility, which is scheduled to open in February of 2019.

Rep. Bocchino speaking at the New Lebanon School groundbreaking ceremony on December 7, 2017.

The project was ultimately approved for the diversity grant offered by the state following a lengthy budget session. The final two-year spending and revenue plan, which passed on October 26, included funding for the new building amounting to about 80 percent of the expected $37 million construction costs. This will allow Greenwich to come into compliance with a state mandate. The legislators had dedicated a significant amount of time and resources to this project, which finally paid off this morning.

“This is the culmination of months of hard work and dedication by all parties involved,” said Rep. Bocchino. “The staff, faculty and student body at New Lebanon has outgrown the existing facility. Once the new building is complete, these students will have the space, resources and environment necessary to help them reach their full potential. Thank you to everyone who has contributed during this process. It was a long road and we faced tremendous resistance along the way, but seeing the excitement on the students’ faces this morning made it worth every second.”

Rep. Bocchino and First Selectman Peter Tesei preparing to break ground on the future site of New Lebanon School’s new facility, expected to open February, 2019.

“This year we needed to make some difficult decisions regarding the state budget,” said Rep. Floren. “The one area that was nonnegotiable for us was education. We are all committed to these students and view this as a priority for the town. We fought hard to secure funding for New Lebanon because these students and their parents were counting on this grant to make this a reality. Once completed, this new state-of-the-art facility will provide a safe, inclusive and structured learning environment for our young scholars.”

“Education is a top priority for the Town of Greenwich and the state at large,” said Rep. Camillo. “We spent countless hours meeting with the commissioner, Governor’s office,  and legislative leaders to gain final approval. We had a plan, we followed through, and we were successful. Seeing the hundreds of smiles on the faces of the New Lebanon students  made that effort more than worthwhile. It is a project that we in the Town of Greenwich can all be proud of.”

Budget Impasse Comes to an End – Rep. Bocchino Supports Bipartisan Plan to Reform Connecticut Finances


HARTFORD – State Representative Mike Bocchino (R-150) voted in favor of a two-year budget that averts Gov. Malloy’s devastating education cuts to cities and towns and installs structural municipal mandate reform that will provide long-term relief sought by local leaders and the taxpayers they serve.

In a historic accomplishment that would have been impossible just a one year ago, House and Senate Republicans exerted considerable influence over the final budget plan by incorporating long sought after items. These items include a spending and bond cap, mandatory votes on labor contracts, no income or sales tax increases, and equitable educational aid to cities and towns. This budget averted the governor’s harmful spending cuts to core social service programs while rejecting several tax proposals that had been introduced this year for consideration, namely on cell phones, restaurants and tolls.

“The final document was not perfect, but it is something that we can work with as we begin to rebuild our state,” said Rep. Bocchino. “With the close numbers in the House and Senate we finally became part of the conversation and were able to direct the conversation away from the failed policies of the past. Spending control, municipal aid, a fair ECS formula, and no tax increases were priorities for us, which we got. Additionally, the new budget allows us to put any surplus into a fund dedicated to debt reduction. Although this is just the first step in a long road to economic recovery, it is certainly one to be proud of.”

The budget passed the Senate early Thursday morning in a 33-3 vote, soon followed by a 126-23 vote in the House. The bill now awaits Gov. Malloy’s signature. If he vetoes the bill, the House and Senate have the votes to override his decision.

Urge Gov. Malloy to Sign Bipartisan Budget!


In the early hours of Saturday morning, September 16, something historic happened in Hartford. After hours of debate, and months of budget impasse, the General Assembly, in a bipartisan effort, passed a two-year, balanced budget package drafted by House and Senate Republicans.

From day one, Republicans have consistently called for a no-tax-increase budget that erases the deficit and lays the foundation for a steady economic recovery in Connecticut. With the announcements of Alexion’s departure, credit downgrades and financial struggles at the local level, Connecticut is out of time.

I commend the efforts of our Democratic colleagues in the House and Senate for placing party politics aside for the greater good. We believe this plan will stabilize our state’s finances and encourage future investment.

Despite our success in the legislature, the bill is now at the mercy of Governor Malloy, who has publicly threatened to veto the budget that we already approved on your behalf.

The link below will provide you with detailed information about the budget.

General Assembly Bipartisan Budget Agreement: H.B. 7501

If you agree that this budget is an effective way to address our state’s fiscal challenges, please contact Governor Malloy’s office at 800-406-1527 and ask him to sign this bipartisan budget. Vetoing this budget is not a solution and only prolongs our challenges.

Opportunity for Seniors to Lower Monthly Expenses


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As our senior population enters retirement, many of them are living on fixed incomes. For these individuals, the expenses of running a household are often too high for them to maintain.

When possible, I like to pass along information and opportunities that may help alleviate some of these expenses. With that said, I do not endorse any specific company, and encourage anyone interested in these offers to always perform their own due diligence before purchasing any product or service.

Please see the following press release for more information.

Best Regards,

Rep. Mike Bocchino, 150th District



Altice USA’s $14.99 per Month High-Speed Internet Service Available

Across Optimum and Suddenlink Service Areas

New York, September 19, 2017 – Altice USA (NYSE: ATUS), one of the largest broadband communications and video services providers in the United States, today announces that its ‘Economy Internet’ low-cost broadband service is available in both its Optimum and Suddenlink footprints, providing eligible families and senior citizens with access to fast, high-quality internet connectivity at an affordable price.

“As the internet becomes increasingly important for education and accessing critical information and services, Altice USA is pleased to expand our low-cost broadband service to connect even more families and seniors across our U.S. footprint,” said Dexter Goei, Altice USA Chairman & CEO. “We remain committed to supporting programs that help bridge the digital divide within our local communities, and ensuring that consumers across the country have access to affordable internet connectivity is a major step in reaching that goal.”

To raise awareness of this service and promote adoption among qualifying households, Altice USA is partnering with community organizations across both the Optimum and Suddenlink footprints. The Company will also promote ‘Economy Internet’ through public service announcements and a digital ad campaign. In addition, Altice USA works with hundreds of community centers and libraries to provide free broadband in computer labs and other public spaces, enabling residents with access to high-speed internet at no charge in their communities.

‘Economy Internet’ Details:


  • Broadband speeds of up to 30 Mbps downstream
  • In-home WiFi at no extra cost as well as free modem
  • Email service
  • No data caps

Offer & Eligibility

  • $14.99 per month with no annual contract
  • Available to households who qualify for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and senior citizens who qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • New Optimum and Suddenlink internet customers

Those interested are encouraged to visit the dedicated ‘Economy Internet’ website at or call (844) 358-3147 for more details.


Rep. Bocchino Attend High-Speed Rail Discussion in Greenwich (Greenwich Time Article)


Rep. Bocchino and fellow Greenwich state and local officials attended a crowded meeting at Town Hall regarding the potential high-speed rail project, which could run through the community. Greg Stroud, Ph.D., of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, spoke of possible impact on the town’s historical and cultural sites.

Please click here to read the full Greenwich Time article by Ken Borsuk (photo by Bob Luckey Jr.).