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Newtown Transportation Project Public Hearing


Newtown – State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) invites all Newtown residents to attend a Department of Transportation (DOT) Public Hearing concerning proposed intersection improvements on Route 34 at SR 490 (Wasserman Way) and Toddy Hill Road and State Route 490 at I-84 Interchange 11 ramps. The hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Newtown High School.

As most of you know, there has been a long planned improvement project for the I-84 Exit 11 interchange area that will reduce a significant portion of the existing congestion in the area of Newtown High School, the Wasserman Way access point to I-84 and the intersections around Wasserman Way & Berkshire Road, as well as Berkshire (Rt. 34) around Toddy Hill Road. The Town of Newtown has begun the improvements around Toddy Hill, but recently there have been questions about the highway access portions of the project. Earlier in the year, however, Governor Malloy had announced that all transportation projects were to be suspended, due to the state’s budget problems. Rep. Bolinsky has been clear from the day of that announcement that the announced project suspensions were, in most cases, going to be short-term delays until the legislature does its due diligence in mitigating the state’s budget deficit.

Current Construction at Berkshire Rd. & Toddy Hill Rd.

The state’s portion of the Exit 11 improvements in Newtown has been engineered and, this public hearing is clear confirmation that this critical infrastructure improvement is proceeding, pending the allocation of funding, much of which is federal funds.

According to Bolinsky, “The lapses in funding that led to confusion surrounding the Governor’s announcement are a result of Connecticut’s  decades-long, well-documented annual practice of raiding the state’s Special Transportation Fund and other funds earmarked for transportation improvements and repairs. This practice is one I am devoted to changing through better long-term planning, more conservative discipline in budgeting and a willingness to streamline operations in Connecticut’s state government bureaucracy.

Wasserman Way & Berkshire Rd. Intersection

Sweeping what hard-working taxpayers had been promised to be used as transportation dollars, and using those dollars for other pursuits that do not benefit our infrastructure is a violation of the public’s trust and one reason folks do not trust this administration, and government in general. It’s time to change this and restore faith in the system instead of holding roads for ransom and promoting things like tax increases, tolls, tire taxes, under a threat that, without taking more from taxpayers, there can be no money to complete proposed projects. That’s simply not true.”

Bolinsky urges residents to participate in the upcoming public hearing. Written statements and exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the public hearing may be submitted either at the public hearing or may be mailed or delivered to the attention of Ms. Susan M. Libatique, P.E, Principal Engineer, Division of Highway Design, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, P.O. Box 317546, Newington, CT 06131-7546 on or before May 4, 2018.

View at Toddy Hill Rd.


Bolinsky Participates in Alzheimer’s Awareness Day


HARTFORD – State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) was asked by the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter to participate in the organization’s annual Awareness Day at the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Bolinsky gave a personal account of how the disease affects his life and the lives of the people he loves. “On Saturday, we celebrated my father’s 85th birthday. Dad looks great but, is not winning his fight with Alzheimer’s disease. Around the first of the year, I became a stranger to him and, just a couple weeks ago, he lost his memory of my mom, the person he’s shared life with for 62-years. The debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease are heartbreaking, especially for those closest to the person afflicted. It is important that family and friends also support caregivers so the care they provide does not destroy their own health and mental health. Respite care and time-away to spend a few hours out of the house can be a lifeline…a way to breathe and regather the strength to go on.”

“I remain optimistic that, as we continue to advocate for awareness and as research progresses, we may sometime soon see Alzheimer’s First Survivor – hopefully in my lifetime.”

Bolinsky regularly participates in events supporting advocacy and research of Alzheimer’s disease. On Sunday, September 30, 2018, he will be participating in a Walk to End Alzheimer’s on the campus of Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. Please join his team, create your own at or donate by clicking here.


Bolinsky Facilitates DOT Hearing Regarding Proposed Service Changes


DANBURY–On Tuesday night, State Representatives Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown), Will Duff (R-Bethel), Adam Dunsby (R-Easton), Michael Ferguson (R-Danbury), Steve Harding (R-Brookfield), Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton), Fred Wilms (R-Norwalk), David Arconti (D-Danbury), Bob Godfrey (D-Danbury) and Senator Michael McLachlan were joined by area drivers, bus and train commuters, all having a chance to voice their frustrations with the conditions of Connecticut’s transportation system, proposed fare hikes and offer ideas for improvements at a forum with the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation (DOT) James Redeker.

The forum was sponsored by a bipartisan group of legislators from the Route 7 corridor who are concerned that in the last few months, the state DOT has proposed raising rail and bus fares 21.28 percent over the next 3 years, significantly reducing rail service on the Danbury and Waterbury Lines. Additionally, the governor has cancelled over $4 billion in transportation projects state-wide and introduced a proposal to bring tolls back to the state, raise the gas tax 7 cents over 4 years and implement a new ‘tire tax’.

The forum was held in the Council Chambers at Danbury City Hall.

Rep. Bolinsky said, “I want to express my appreciation to Commissioner Redeker for being with us for this important community dialog. I also want to thank everyone who joined us on Monday evening, the turnout was impressive and clearly demonstrated the need for public transit in our region. In addition to our rail commuters, we had a tremendous response from folks who depend on bus transportation, particularly a huge contingent of folks who rely on SweetHART’s ADA services for their basic transportation needs.  Our special-needs community made an extraordinary effort to be there in force, underscoring the importance of this service and how hurtful service reductions will be for folks who have few, if any alternatives.  I think the commissioner heard this message, loud and clear.  As I said during the forum, the across-the-board service cuts and fare increases are not set in stone.  They are the governor’s proposal and subject to change by the legislature. Monday’s testimony showed us that that proposal will not fly.”

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Bolinsky Calls for Expansion of Seat Belt Requirements


Hartford – State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) testified before the Legislature’s Public Health Committee on Monday, March 5, 2018 at the Legislative Office Building, in support of his proposed bill concept, H.B. 5161: An Act Concerning the Department of Public Health’s Recommendations Regarding Seat Belts.

“The passage of this bill will immediately correlate to saving lives. It is an understatement to say that it is common sense to wear your seat belt in a motor vehicle. However, under current Connecticut law, only front-seat occupants are required to wear a seat belt in a vehicle operated by an ‘adult’, 18 or over. Ironically, in our teen Graduated License laws, 16 and 17-year olds must have all vehicle occupants belted. When they turn 18, their back-seat and third-row passengers can ride unprotected. It’s crazy because, in the event of a serious collision, unrestrained passengers become missiles. Not only can this worsen their injuries or cause them to be ejected, they are also likely to be thrown over the front seats, injuring or killing the seat-belted driver and front-seat passengers who are wearing seat-belts. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), unbuckled back seat passengers are 3 times as likely to die in a serious crash,” explained Bolinsky.

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Bolinsky Supports Greater AFE Data Collection Measures


HARTFORD – State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) testified along with Diana Masulli, of Unionville, and her father Frank Bonacci, of Newtown, before the Public Health Committee at the Legislative Office Building on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. The group was among others testifying in support of Senate Bill 166: An Act Adding Amniotic Fluid Embolism To The List Of Adverse Events A Hospital Is Required To Report To The Department Of Public Health.

According to Bolinsky, there is a lack of data surrounding cases of Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE). AFE occurs when a mother gives birth; amniotic fluid gets into the blood stream of the mother, causing severe bleeding and sometimes death of the mother and newborn. AFE’s other adverse effects include heart and lung collapse, leading to the possibility of inaccurate or incomplete reporting of childbirth fatalities.

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Bolinsky Calls for Greater LEO Protections


Hartford – State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) testified before the legislature’s Government Administration and Elections (GAE) Committee on Monday, February 26, 2018 at the Legislative Office Building. Bolinsky spoke in support of his proposal, H.B. 5176 – AN ACT PROTECTING MUNICIPAL POLICE OFFICERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

Currently, Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) in Connecticut may elect to have their voter registration redacted for their own personal privacy and protection. This is especially important if they live in the town they serve but often, they can still be located with the publically-available voter registration data of family members living in the same home. According to Bolinsky, “this simple bill will make it much more difficult to use Voter Registration to match an officer with his surname, affording greater privacy and personal security to participating LEOs and their families, reducing their possible exposure to harassment or targeting.”

Bolinsky concluded by saying, “The peace of mind proposed by this concept has no fiscal impact, yet will serve as a common-sense, cost effective way to provide greater protection to the men and women whose chosen profession is protecting us.”

The bill will be considered by the GAE committee over the coming days, after which Bolinsky is hopeful it will go to the House Floor for further debate and a vote.


Bolinsky Speaks In Support of Animal Welfare Legislation


Hartford – State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) joined fellow legislators at the Legislative Office Building on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 as part of Connecticut’s Legislative Animal Welfare Caucus. The bi-partisan group of lawmakers shared several initiatives for the 2018 session.

Bolinsky spoke to the subject from a societal perspective. “There is clear evidence that people who commit violence acts on animals today are most likely to become abusers of women and children tomorrow. Cruelty of this sort is a red flag and, if we can prevent or catch these anti-social individuals before they commit their violent, depraved acts on people, we will be on a path to prevent a lot of abuse and violent crime. Also, because folks like this tend to be predatory, think about the suffering we can head-off. I’d like to see a searchable registry of those found guilty of animal abuse. If we shine some light on the perpetrators and act now, we can create a valuable resource to identify individuals who are capable of unthinkable acts.”

Other legislators attending the press conference included Brenda Kupchick (R-132), Fred Camiilo (R-151), Diana Urban (D-43), Dr. William Petit (R-22), Nicole Klarides-Ditria (R-105), Greg Stokes (R-58), Holly Cheeseman (R-37), Devin Carney (R-32), and Pam Staneski (R-119).


NHS Senior Changing Blood Donor Law for Mom


Harrison Eppers, a senior at Newtown High School is on a mission.

His mom, Shelley Eppers is being treated for Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood cancer. Blood transfusions are one of the treatments needed to fight this form of cancer and, one way to assure a regular supply of the life-saving blood needed, some Multiple Myeloma patients hold blood drives.

That’s where Harry comes in. in Late 2017, he, along with fellow senior Rory Edwards, arranged and promoted a Red Cross blood drive at Newtown High School to help his mom. Students, faculty and community members came together to donate blood for Mrs. Eppers and the drive was a success. But, the boys learned it could have been twice as big, if not for a shortcoming in state law. Unlike most other states, Connecticut law did not allow individuals under the age of 17 to be blood donors.

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Bolinsky Invites Newtown Leadership to Opening Day


Hartford – State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) participated in the Opening Day ceremonies as the Connecticut General Assembly gaveled in for business for the 2018 Legislative Session on Wednesday, February 07, 2018. Bolinsky invited Newtown’s newly elected First Selectman, Daniel Rosenthal, and Newtown’s Legislative Council Chair, Paul Lundquist. Prior to introducing them to the entire membership of the House of Representatives, Bolinsky stressed the importance for a free exchange of ideas this session in order to create sound public policy that is not associated with party stigma. The legislative session will run for about three months, with adjournment scheduled for Wednesday, May 09, 2018.