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Rep. Camillo, 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.

Reps. Camillo and Floren listen as Greenwich Board of Education Chairman Peter Bernstein addresses the crowd.

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.

“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.”

Reps. Camillo, Bocchino, Floren, Sen. Frantz join other Greenwich officials and students in the official groundbreaking at the future site of New Lebanon School.

“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.”

“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.”

 

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

HARTFORD – State Representative Fred Camillo (R-151) 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.

“Yesterday’s historic budget agreement signals a redirection for Connecticut,” said Rep. Camillo. “Phasing in an estate tax to match the Federal level, which stemmed from a Greenwich Delegation bill, will be one less factor motivating people to leave our state as will phasing in tax exemptions for social securities and pensions. Likewise, a bonding cap and spending cap are long overdue initiatives that provide hope for the future. These are victories for the people of Connecticut, the small business owners and so many others who were at the end of their ropes. I hope we can keep this momentum going in the next budget cycle. While far from perfect, this budget will be remembered for its bi-partisan effort, compromise, and reform.”

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.

Paws for a Cause: Walk to Cure Childhood Leukemia

On Saturday, October 21, please join me for “Paws for a Cause”, a walk to cure childhood leukemia.

In 1968, my sister, Donna Marie Camillo, passed away at the age of 11 following a courageous battle with cancer. While this diagnosis was a death sentence 49 years ago, today is a different story. With a 90% cure rate, we are well on our way to eradicating this illness from the world.

This annual walk will be a tribute to a wonderful young girl who was loved by all. Her love of people and animals inspired this walk to include dogs. Please help remember Donna and the millions like her who have suffered from childhood Leukemia, and help us get to the magical 100% mark.

Bruce Park Picnic Area

Greenwich, CT 06830

Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Please click here to register.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zach Price                                    Donna Marie Camillo

Registration is $25 and 50 percent of the proceeds raised this year will go to benefit Zach Price, a young boy with roots in Cos Cob who is currently battling this disease. The other half will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Please check out the Greenwich Time article for more coverage of this event!

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 here.

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.

Rep. Camillo Attends Furlough Day Rally at the State Capitol – August 23, 2017

Rep. Fred Camillo joined several colleagues and members of the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled community on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the State Capitol for a Furlough Day Rally. Many spoke out against the budget impasse and its devastating impact on individuals who rely on state assistance for basic services.

The absence of a budget has forced employees working with I/DD persons to take furlough days. Typically, the state budget is drafted and approved by the General Assembly on or before the last day of the regular session, which was on June 7, 2017 this year. That day came and went, and still no budget has been approved. Rep. Camillo continues to work with fellow House Republicans and members of the General Assembly to reach a budget solution in a timely manner; one that is fiscally responsible and focuses the state’s limited resources on core government functions like helping our most vulnerable residents.

More updates on the budget situation will be provided as they become available.