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Senator McLachlan, Representative Devlin Call for Public Hearings on Auditors’ Reports

Posted on June 13, 2018 by jdooley


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Say Hearings for Reports on Three Agencies Overdue

Hartford – State Senator Michael McLachlan and Representative Laura Devlin are calling on their committee co-chairs to schedule hearings on agency reports from the State Auditors of Public Accounts (APA). The legislators sent a letter to the General Administration & Elections Committee Co-Chairs Senator Mae Flexer and Representative Daniel Fox.

While Sen. McLachlan (R-24) is a GAE Co-Chair, public hearings must be called by two of the committee Co-Chairs. Under state law, the GAE Committee is required to hold public hearings on the APA reports within 180 days of issuance. Hearings for three state agencies are overdue.

“Voters elected us to be the caretakers of taxpayer dollars and ensure that state agencies are spending those tax dollars efficiently and for their intended purposes,” Sen. McLachlan said. “These hearings allow legislators to question the state agencies about the Auditors’ findings, how these issues were able to occur, and what the agencies will do to prevent further occurrences. Allowing the statutory deadlines to pass without these public hearings does a great disservice to our employers, the taxpayers of Connecticut.”

The APA issued reports for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Connecticut State University System Office, and the Division of Criminal Justice in November of 2017. According to the law, hearing should have been conducted before the end of May. A report for the Connecticut Community College System was issued in December of 2017. The deadline for a hearing on that agency’s report is June 17.State Rep. Laura Devlin is the head House Republican on the General Administration & Elections Committee.

“Many times, the auditors uncover significant findings that we should NOT allow to collect dust leading to further fiscal maleficence,” said Rep. Laura Devlin (R-134). “Legislators are elected to make sure your tax dollars are spent wisely not wasted.”

Some of the APA findings include:

Veterans Affairs

  • A lack of documentation indicating that a $25,000 donation to the agency was intended for employee appreciation expenses.
  • A lack of documentation verifying the receipt of gift cards by veterans in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
  • The inability to identify what happened to 9 out of 21 gift cards returned to the agency.

Division of Criminal Justice

  • Retirees may be rehired no more than twice for a maximum of 120 days for each hire. Nine of 11 retirees were rehired more than twice.
  • Incomplete vehicle usage reports including 479 miles of use not appropriately documented.
  • Community Colleges
  • Six uses of an agency purchasing card being used at a restaurant, a prohibited use
  • Two instances where a vendor receipt was not kept to verify a purchase.

Sen. McLachlan and Rep. Devlin said they would like the public hearings to be scheduled as soon as possible so they can question agencies about the APA findings.

Rep. Devlin: Pavement Preservation in Fairfield and Bridgeport on Interstate 95 Requiring Ramp Closures

Posted on June 11, 2018 by jdooley


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FAIRFIELD- State Rep. Laura Devlin (R-134) is informing area commuters that the Connecticut Department of Transportation will be having ramp closures on I-95 at the Route 8 Interchange in Bridgeport for the Week of June 11, 2018.

The project involves milling and paving a section of I-95 between the New England Avenue overpass and the Broad Street overpass for a total distance of 3 miles.  This project will also include milling and paving of on-ramps and off-ramps and repair of existing concrete bridge decks.  Also included will be minor bridge repairs to Bridge No. 00105A over Metro North and a city street in Bridgeport.  Detour routes will be provided should ramps need to be closed for construction activities.

DOT Project is scheduled for revised completion on or about September 7, 2018.

LANE CLOSURE INFO:

I-95 NB

  • Monday between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
  • Thursday and Friday between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
  • Saturday between 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. (Sunday)
  • Sunday between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. (Monday)

I-95 SB 

  • Monday through Thursday between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
  • Friday between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. (Saturday)
  • Saturday between 9:00 pm  and 9:00 am. (Sunday)
  • Sunday between 9:00 pm and 6:00 am. (Monday)

I-95 Ramps 

The following ramps are scheduled to be closed (The days are contingent to weather conditions):

  • June 11th – I-95 NB Exit 27 Ramps Detour to Exit 28
  • June 12th – I-95 NB Exit 27 Ramps Detour to Exit 28
  • RTE 8 SB Ramp to I95 NB Detour to I95 SB to Exit 26
  • June 13th – I-95 NB Exit 27 Ramps Detour to Exit 28
  • RTE 8 SB Ramp to I95 NB Detour to I95 SB to Exit 26
  • June 14th – I-95 SB Exit 27 Ramps Detour to I95 SB to Exit 26
  • June 15th – I-95 SB Exit 27 Ramps Detour to I95 SB to Exit 26
  • I-95 NB Exit 27 Ramps Detour to Exit 28
  • June 18th & 19th – I-95 NB Exit 27 Ramps Detour to Exit 28
  • June 20th & 21st – I-95 SB Exit 27 Ramps Detour to I95 SB to Exit 26

The times for all ramp closures will be from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.  Message boards will display a few days in advance of each ramp closure. All detours will be placed in accordance with the contract. Only one ramp will be closed per direction at one time.

The contractor will be allowed to temporarily close I-95 ramps and detour traffic as shown in the project plans.

All Other Roadways

Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

 

Operation Hope with Reps. Kupchick, Devlin Hosting Fairfield Diaper Drive

Posted on June 10, 2018 by jdooley


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FAIRFIELD- State Representatives Brenda Kupchick (R-132) & Laura Devlin (R-134) in cooperation with Operation Hope are hosting a Diaper Drive to help our Fairfield neighbors in need.

Diapers are incredibly costly and are not covered by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. At present time, Operation Hope does not have enough diapers on hand to meet the demand of the community.

Reps. Kupchick and Devlin are asking Fairfield residents for help by donating a package or two of diapers (all sizes) for babies and their mothers in need.

Here’s how you can help: donate a pack of diapers to one of our six Fairfield drop-off locations:

  • St. Paul’s Nursery School at 661 Old Post Road
  • A Child’s Garden at 100 Mona Terrace
  • Fairfield Public Library Main Branch at 1080 Old Post Road
  • Fairfield Woods Branch Library at 1147 Fairfield Wood Road

Donations are accepted until June 22.

Operation Hope Executive Director, Carla Miklos along with Rep. Kupchick will be at Saugatuck Sweets at 28 Reef Road on June 23rd from 1:00pm-3:00pm to conclude the diaper drive where residents will have another chance to make a donation.

If you have any questions, please call 800-842-1423, or call Carla at Operation Hope: 203-254-2935.