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Archive for April 2016

Greenwich Delegation Recognizes Greenwich Boys and Girls Club Youth of the

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Hartford- State Representatives Livvy Floren (R-149), Fred Camillo (R-151), Mike Bocchino (R-150) pose in the Chamber with the 2016 Greenwich Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year, Kyla Johnson and the 2010 Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year, Camryn Ferrara, Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities.DSC_6330web

Greenwich Delegation Supports Pathway to Sustainability

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Hartford- State Representatives Livvy Floren (R-149), Mike Bocchino (R-150), and Fred Camillo (R-151) joined their fellow Republican lawmakers today in support of a revised 2017 budget proposal that closes the state’s projected $935.7 million deficit, restores funding to core social services, protects local town education funding, and implements long-term structural changes to the state budget. The Pathway to Sustainability proposal includes savings that roll out over the next five years, mitigating future projected budget shortfalls.

“This plan is a logical approach to getting our state back on track and back in the black. For the first time since I have been in this caucus, we have created a 5 year plan that creates a surplus, makes long term structural changes, and protects the state’s most vulnerable,” said Rep. Floren.

“Not only does this plan restore cuts that were made to ECS funding, it also protects education grants for early literacy, early care and education, and school based clinics. It provides a path for our state to be prosperous and will allow us to start paying down our debt and leave our children with a bright future,” said Rep. Bocchino.

“The path to Connecticut’s economic resurgence calls for a bold path that the Pathway to Sustainability budget proposal would take us on. It solves a myriad of issues, looks to the long term, and provides us with predictability for our future,” said Rep. Camillo.

Rather than constantly creating deficit mitigation plans, the Pathway to Sustainability plan includes a line by line budget to mitigate the fiscal year 2017 deficit, as well as long term structural changes to prevent future deficits. The GOP five year plan is projected to produce annual surpluses, with a cumulative total of over $1 billion.

The proposed Republican budget would restore funding to core social services, while also making needed cuts and implementing new policies that generate long-term savings. This includes the following:

  • Protects funding for social services. In order to preserve the safety net of services for the disabled, those with mental health needs, children, the elderly and those in poverty, this proposal eliminates new proposed budget cuts to direct services.
  • Restoration of support for hospitals and Medicaid reimbursements.
  • Restores education funding for towns and increases statutory grants to municipalities. Also preserves funding at 100% for car tax capping and implements a robust municipal mandate relief package. Maintains funding throughout the next 5 years.
  • Administrative reductions. To enable the state to protect funding for core services, this budget cuts specific, non-service accounts by 12% for a total savings of $157.5 million.
  • Legislative givebacks including legislative salary reductions and elimination of unsolicited mail.
  • Modifications to debt service and a cap on state bonding.
  • Funds transportation development with “Prioritize Progress” – a no tolls/ no tax increases plan.
  • Implements long-term structural changes to the state budget including mandatory voting by the legislature on labor contracts, overtime accountability protocols, as well as caps on spending and bonding, and many more, detailed in the attached document.
  • Prices out savings from changes to unionized state employee health and pension benefits, to offer an alternative to layoffs should unions come to the negotiation table.

The 2016 legislative session will adjourn on Wednesday, May 4.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means for disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, putting public safety at risk as the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses from these drugs are rising.

To participate in this Take-Back Day, you can bring your expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for safe disposal on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or year-round in the case of some police departments) to our district’s collection sites:

Greenwich Police Department

11 Bruce Place

Greenwich

Stamford Police Department

805 Bedford Street

Stamford

The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps; only pills or patches.

This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. If you are unable to make it to one of the local drop offs on April 30, please call the DEA Office of Diversion Control at 1-800-882-9539.

The DEA also advises you to dispose of old prescriptions by taking the following steps:

  1. Take the meds out of their bottles
  2. Mix them with something “unappealing” like used kitty litter or coffee grounds
  3. Seal them in a bag or disposable container, and throw it away

The proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment. Please take advantage of this opportunity to be a steward of our community

Shred Your Sensitive Documents

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The Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board and Greenwich Green & Clean are hosting a paper shredding event.

Date: Saturday, April 30th
Time: 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
Place: Island Beach Parking Lot across from Ferry Dock
Cost: $2 per box -or- 2 cans of Tuna or Fruit for each box of paper. Food is donated to Neighbor to Neighbor food bank. Expired food will be rejected
Maximum: 5 boxes per car. Box size ~ 12”x18”x12”
What: Sensitive documents shredded on site:
old financial, legal, tax, Social Security, and medical documents.
Remove all metal, cardboard & plastic clips, bindings, covers and recycle in your household single stream recycling. Staples are ok.
For information, e-mail: GreenwichRecycles@gmail.com

Greenwich Delegation Decries Governor’s Proposal to Cut ECS Funding to Greenwich

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HartfordState Representatives Livvy Floren (R-149) Mike Bocchino (R-150), Fred Camillo (R-151) decried the Governor’s proposal to completely cut Greenwich’s Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funds.

The Governor released his updated budget proposal at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon outside of his office. Under his updated budget proposal, Greenwich went from receiving a recommended amount of $3,037,524 in ECS funding to $0 for 2016-2017.

“We must keep in mind that this is only a proposal, but it is unfair to the town of Greenwich because they have already planned their budget around receiving the $3,037,524 in funding,” said Rep. Floren.

“I understand that we are in a dire fiscal crisis and that tough decisions need to be made, however I cannot support such a drastic cut in ECS funding when the town has already budgeted under the assumption that we will be receiving the funds. We will continue to work with our colleagues and to fight for the taxpayers that would be called upon to make up for this funding cut with additional taxes,” said Rep. Camillo.

“This proposal would create a significant gap in our Town’s budget.  I remain committed to finding a solution with other members of the legislature to address this inequitable cut to our town,” said Rep. Bocchino.

Other towns in Fairfield County were also completely cut including Darien, Fairfield, and New Canaan.

The 2016 Legislative session adjourns at 12 a.m. on May 4.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the National Safety Council is sponsoring a “Take Back Your Drive Pledge.”

Under Connecticut’s cell phone and texting law, violations involve heavy fines, ranging from $150 for first offense$300 for second offense, and $500 for each subsequent violation. We also created a first-in-the-nation system that allows offenses to affect the violator’s car insurance premium.

An estimated 1 in 4 car crashes involve cell phones, according to the National Safety Council, and 34 percent of teen drivers have admitted to texting while driving; 52 percent have said they have talked on the phone. 10 percent of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.

Please do not drive distracted – not this month, not ever. It is unsafe and endangers both fellow motorists and pedestrians.

Please consider taking the National Safety Council’s pledge to be an attentive driver by clicking below.

Greenwich Delegation Hosts Successful Coffee Hour

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HartfordState Representatives Livvy Floren (R-149), Mike Bocchino (R-150), Fred Camillo (R-151) and State Senator L. Scott Frantz (R-36) hosted a successful “Coffee with your Legislators” on Monday morning at the Glory Days Diner to a crowd of 50 people.

The legislators covered a variety of topics and fielded questions and comments from constituents, including topics pertaining to dredging in town, General Electric’s decision to leave Fairfield, and the recent deficit mitigation package passed last week.

“I was happy to see such a large crowd this morning, one of the most important aspects of our job is to be in touch with our constituent base and coffee hour is a great way to catch up and see what is on their minds,” said Rep. Floren.

“I always encourage constituents to reach out to the delegation, we are working for you and I enjoy events where we can all come together and collectively find solutions and answer people’s questions,” said Rep. Bocchino.

“This was certainly the largest crowd we’ve ever had and I think it reflects what is going on in the state. There is no better way to have your voice heard than by reaching out to us. Moreover, it is a time that that we can be heard by our constituents in regard to votes, issues, and thoughts on what is going on in our state,” said Rep. Camillo.

The 2016 legislative session adjourns on Wednesday, May 4.

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