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Rep. Livvy Floren Receives Committee Assignments for 2017 Session

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HARTFORD – State Representatives Livvy Floren (R-149) today announced her committee assignments for the legislative session that began Wednesday, January 4, 2017. She will retain her role as Assistant Republican Leader.

Representative Floren, now entering her ninth term in office, retains her powerful position as Ranking Member of the General Bonding Subcommittee, and will continue to serve on the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee and the Insurance and Real Estate Committee. She will join the Legislative Management Committee.

“Opening Day of session is always filled with positivity and promise,” said Rep. Floren. “I have high hopes that the spirit of bipartisanship will continue throughout so we can work together to get things done to improve the economy of our State.”

For more information regarding the duties and responsibilities of each committee, please go to www.cga.ct.gov and click the “committees” tab.

Greenwich Delegation Opposes Deficit Mitigation Plan

Hartford- State Representatives Livvy Floren (R-149), Mike Bocchino (R-150), and Fred Camillo (R-151) opposed the deficit mitigation plan proposed during the December 8 Special Session of the legislature, sighting that the plan made no long term structural changes and still created deficits in the out years.

As predicted earlier this year, the budget that was passed during the 2015 legislative session created a $358 million deficit. The deficit came on the heels of a controversial spending package passed in June which included $1.5 billion in tax hikes on middle-class property owners, based revenue on gambling projects like keno, and increased taxes on struggling hospitals.

“This proposal does nothing to address the long term structural issues that are causing us to be in deficit year after year and because of that, I cannot support it,” said Rep. Floren.

“The deficit mitigation plan did nothing to solve the systematic issues that have caused our deficit in the first place. Despite this plan, Connecticut remains on a fiscal path to destruction” said Rep. Bocchino.

“As legislators we have a responsibility to do things that are in the best interest of our constituents, and of our state. While I am encouraged that the House and Senate Republicans were allowed to be at the negotiating table, the fact that our ideas for long-term solutions were not included in the final package is very disappointing. It was a lost opportunity. The never ending saga will continue with more deficit mitigation bills in the coming months and out years,” said Rep. Camillo.

House and Senate Republicans set forth many long-term structural agendas essential to turning around the state’s finances. These included:

  • Mandatory approval by the General Assembly of state Contracts
  • Implement a constitutional spending cap
  • Beginning in 2022 require state workers to pay as little more into their pensions and for healthcare
  • Enact a constitutional lock box for transportation
  • Begin the process to close the Connecticut Juvenile Training Center
  • Competitively bid the Corrections Department healthcare plan

The plan passed the House with all Republicans voting in opposition.

Small Business Saturday

With gift giving and the winter holidays right around the corner, there is no better time to shop locally and support our small businesses.

This year, November 28 is Small Business Saturday – a day dedicated to supporting and celebrating our favorite small businesses. Organizations such as the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the Connecticut Business and Industry Association are promoting the day between “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” to put money back into our local communities and economy.

Business owners: NFIB is offering to promote your business if you fill out this short form.

Shoppers: Find NFIB-registered businesses by clicking here. Even if businesses in our community aren’t featured here, you can still do your part to shop local.

Support our small businesses. Support our local economy. If you’re going to shop this weekend, shop local.

Greenwich Delegation Hosts Coffee Hours

Greenwich– The Greenwich Delegation hosted “Coffee with your Legislator” on Monday, November 9th to a group of about 30 people at the Glory Days Diner. For the full story, click here.

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Veterans Day In Greenwich

There are a variety of events happening on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, in Greenwich that we hope you all will take the time to attend.

At 9:30 am the community is invited to gather at the top of Greenwich Avenue (at Amogerone Crossway) for the third annual Greenwich Military Covenant of Care “Community Walk.”

Shortly after, participants from the walk and the public are invited to join the Greenwich American Legion Post 29 at the War Monument located at 310 Greenwich Ave. to honor the brave men and women who serve and defend our country. The event begins promptly at 11:00 am.

Later in the day, the Byram Veterans Association will host a parade. The parade will begin promptly at 7 pm in front of the Byram Veterans Association (300 Delavan Ave.) and will march to Byram Firehouse for a flag raising ceremony.

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Rep. Floren Receives David N. Theis Award

Greenwich- State Rep. Livvy Floren (R-149) received the first annual David N. Theis award for outstanding service to the community on Thursday, October 22. Reflections on Floren were made by Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei, Stephen Warzoah, Sue Rogers, and Linda McMahon.

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Greenwich Delegation Hosts Successful Fraud Forum

Greenwich– State Reps. Livvy Floren, Mike Bocchino, and Fred Camillo hosted a successful AARP Fraud forum at the Greenwich Senior Center on Thursday, October 8th. Over 60 seniors attended the forum which lasted about 2 hours.

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9/11 Memorial

Greenwich- State Representative Livvy Floren attended the dedication ceremony for the newly resurrected September 11th memorial at Cos Cob Park. Later in the day she attended the ceremony in Glenville where she read the names of 33 people with ties to Greenwich who perished, and has done this for the past 14 years.

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Greenwich Delegation Joins Senior Center for Random Acts of Kindness

HARTFORD — State Representatives Livvy Floren (R-149), Mike Bocchino (R-150), and Fred Camillo (R-151) joined Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei for a Random Acts of Kindness presentation at the Greenwich Senior Center. The presentation was delivered by Dr. Ann Reap of Greenwich and allowed seniors to share their personal stories of “random acts of kindness.”

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Greenwich Delegation Tours Interstate and Lakeland Lumber

Hartford- State Representatives Livvy Floren (R-149), Mike Bocchino (R-150), and Fred Camillo (R-151) toured local Greenwich business Interstate and Lakeland Lumber with President Sheldon Kahn. The tour included an overview of the facility as well as a discussion on how to keep the company growing in Connecticut.

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