Reps. Fishbein and Zupkus, Delegation Honor Essay Winner


During a brief presentation Thursday morning, State Representatives Craig Fishbein and Lezlye Zupkus were joined by Rep. Linehan and State Senator Suzio and principal Scott Jeffrey to honor Leila Hyder, 12, for her women’s history month essay on author Luanne Rice. Leila’s parents, Anita Sharif-Hyder and Fahmeed Hyder, surprised their daughter by attending the presentation.

The Women’s History Month essay contest titled, “Important Women in Connecticut’s History and How Their Contributions to the State and Nation Affect Me,” was organized by Rep. Fishbein to honor Women’s History Month. Unfortunately, due to the legislative session the legislators were unable to meet with Miss Hyder during March. During the presentation before her 6th grade class, Hyder was given an official state citation and explained who author Luanne Rice is, and how she overcame incredible difficulty to become a respected author, before posing for pictures with her parents, the legislators, school officials and her classmates.


Rep. Fishbein Honors Law Enforcement During National Police Week


In honor of National Police Week, I want to let members of the law enforcement community, especially our Cheshire and Wallingford officers, know how much we appreciate their dedication, sacrifice and commitment to our safety.

Thank you!

Important Contact Information and Safety Tips


As we continue to assess and clean up from this week’s devastating storms, I wanted to pass along important information and tips that may help you or your family during this difficult time.


Power outages and other emergencies (24 hours) 203-265-5055

More information on storm outage safety:


To report downed power lines or damaged electrical equipment, call 800 722-5584 (800.7.CALL UI).


Call Eversource at 800-286-2000 to report an electric outage, or go online at Follow Eversource on Twitter (@EversourceCT) and Facebook ( Sign up to receive storm outage updates via text, email, phone call at gas leaks, call 877-944-5325


Questions about your insurance and storm damage? Contact or check out these tips:



  • Falling branches and uprooted trees can become tangled with electrical wires and become energized.  Please stay clear and report any fallen trees or wires immediately.
  • If you use a generator, always operate it outdoors and as far from the house as possible. Keep it away from doors, windows and air vents to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to the flu. If you suspect carbon monoxide is present in your home, go outside immediately and breathe deeply; then call 911.


If you need additional assistance, call Connecticut’s toll-free Infoline, 211, for information, referrals and other services.