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Rep. Livvy Floren Supports Kevin Tierney’s Nomination for State Referee


Rep. Livvy Floren (R-Greenwich, Stamford) spoke in support of the Hon. Kevin Tierney’s nomination for Connecticut state referee during Session on March 12, 2018.

“I have known Kevin Tierney for over four decades,” said Rep. Floren. “He is an outstanding jurist and civic leader, and it is a privilege to support Justice Kevin Tierney’s next chapter in public life.”

Justice Tierney’s nomination was approved by the CT House of Representatives by a vote of 145-2-4.

Rep. Floren Co-Sponsors Bill Creating Insurance Mandates for Essential Health Benefits


On March 1, Rep. Livvy Floren (R-Greenwich) joined a bipartisan group of legislators in Hartford at a news conference in support of H.B. 5210, An Act Mandating Insurance Coverage of Essential Health Benefits for Women, Children and Adolescents.

The bill defines “essential health benefits” as ambulatory patient and emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, pediatric services, and mental health services, among others.

Rep. Floren is a proud co-sponsor of this legislation hopes that it will make it to the House and Senate Chambers for a final vote of approval.

Please click here to access the bill document.

Rep. Floren, Greenwich Delegation Helps Clean Up Tod’s Point


Rep. Livvy Floren and the Greenwich Delegation joined BYOGreenwich, Friends of Greenwich Point, SurfRider and over 100 other volunteers at Tod’s Point on Saturday, February 24, 2018 for a community clean-up effort.

Within two hours, the volunteers collected over 2,000 pounds of trash, which had to be removed by machinery. The beach looks pristine and is now prepared to welcome visitors for the warm weather to come.


Rep. Floren Participates in Water Safety Information Forum at the Capitol


As a parent, grandparent and legislator, I cannot stress enough the importance of water safety when it comes to children of all ages. On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, I was invited to attend a Water Safety Information Forum organized by the families of Emily Fedorko and Zac Cohn – two wonderful children who tragically lost their lives to water-related accidents.

Through the foundations created in memory of Zac and Emily, their families have turned their grief into resolve as they work to educate the public about the hazards associated with swimming, watersports and boating. Thank you for all you do to help prevent future tragedies. Your advocacy is inspiring.

(From left to right: Megan Ferraro – Executive Director of the Zac Foundation, Karen Cohn, and Joseph and Pam Fedorko).

Rep. Floren Supports Reusable Grocery Bags & Grant for Environmental Clean-Up


On February 16, 2018, during the Bond Commission meeting, Rep. Floren spoke in support of Item 37, which will provide $2.1 million to the Town of Haddam for environmental cleanup. Rep. Floren deemed this a public health issues and urged passage. The bond package was approved unanimously.

In Greenwich, Rep. Floren recently wrote an op-ed in support of the green initiative, BYOGreenwich – a push to ultimately replace the use of plastic bags in grocery stores. Click here to read the full article as published in the Greenwich Free Press.

Rep. Livvy Floren Discusses the 2018 Legislative Agenda on “Meeting the Leaders” – February 7, 2018


Rep. Livvy Floren (R – Greenwich, Stamford) discusses the 2018 legislative agenda with David Smith on “Meet the Leaders” during Opening Day of the 2018 Session, Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Rep. Floren stressed the need for continuation of the Medicare Savings Program, further investment in our state’s infrastructure and pay equality in the workforce.

Opinion by The Greenwich Delegation


Much at Stake in the 2018 Session

The 2018 legislative session is scheduled to begin on February 7, 2018, yet it feels like the 2017 session never adjourned. With the endless parade of special sessions, budget negotiations and all-nighters, Connecticut residents have shown their patience with Hartford politics. But how long will that last?

There have been many defining moments in our state’s history. One such moment occurred in 1991 when voters opted for a state income tax in exchange for a spending cap that would, in theory, act as a check on the size of government. This was a strong sign that the people of this state trusted their government to do the right thing with their hard earned money. They expected major improvements in infrastructure, education, assistance to cities and towns, and overall, more accountability and transparency.

Unfortunately, many of these areas have been neglected or, at the very least, have not been given the full attention they deserve. Municipal aid from Hartford is unreliable, our schools have been micromanaged, our transportation fund has been raided far too often, and the size of government has made transparency, and hence, accountability, nearly impossible.

As elected officials, we are no strangers to criticism. Whether we are drafting the state budget or discussing controversial issues during committee meetings, the process of building consensus around major public issues can be difficult, but it is a challenge we accept openly and with tremendous passion.

Why? Because we believe that a stable government, the economy and our community are built upon trust. We believe this trust is sacred, and we want to preserve it. Rather than seeking personal gain or self-promotion, we took this job because we want to have a positive impact on people’s lives.

We proudly represent diverse constituencies whose unique perspectives and collective experiences have helped to build magnificent communities, and those same voices have helped shape us as legislators.

As the 2018 session begins, our mission is no different than it has been in the past, and that is to put that State of Connecticut before all else and to make decisions that will benefit the state as a whole. The decisions that have the greatest impact on our lives happen at the state level, and that is where our focus will remain.

In return, we hope that you will continue to reach out to us in the coming months with your questions, concerns and ideas because your feedback makes us better legislators, and we are dedicated to ensuring that this government serves you, and never itself.

We are here to represent you, and we will always do our best to serve you by continuing to bring integrity, honesty, accessibility and dedication to the General Assembly. It is a true honor to represent you in Hartford and we look forward to working on your behalf in the upcoming session.

Livvy, Mike, Fred & Scott

Rep. Floren, Greenwich Delegation Attend New Lebanon Groundbreaking


Greenwich Delegation Secures Funding to Supplement the School’s Construction Costs

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, Floren and Sen. Frantz celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony with New Lebanon students.

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.

“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 state-of-the-art facility will provide a safe, inclusive and structured learning environment for our young scholars.”

Reps. Camillo, Bocchino, Floren and Sen. Frantz stand in front of the future site of the New Lebanon School. The exiting building (top right) will eventually be torn down to make room for a parking lot.

“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.”

“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.”

Budget Impasse Comes to an End – Rep. Livvy Floren Supports Bipartisan Plan to Reform Connecticut Finances


HARTFORD – State Representative Livvy Floren (R-149) 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.

“This was not a day for gloating celebration, but a day for hope,” said Rep. Floren. “We have a lot of hard work ahead to get our state moving forward. I believe this bipartisan budget deal paves the way for long-term fiscal responsibility, economic growth and sustainable state government. I am proud of the work we have done this year, and look forward to making further progress in the years to come.”

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.

Please click here to watch Rep. Floren’s remarks on the bond package and the bipartisan budget.

Rep. Floren Presents Scott and Icy Frantz with David N. Theis Award for Community Service


Congratulations to Scott and Icy Frantz for receiving the David N. Theis Award for outstanding service to the community! They work tirelessly to make our community a better place to live, work and raise a family, and their generosity and unconditional support make them exemplary role models in town. The award is presented annually in honor of the late Greenwich Selectman David N. Theis, who passed away in 2014. Dave’s devotion to his constituents and the community continues to inspire others to follow in his footsteps.

Please click on the image to the left to read the full Greenwich Time article.