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Rep. Frey Update: Happy Independence Day!

Posted on July 3, 2018 by rjoslyn


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Dear Friend,

I hope you will take some time today to celebrate the birth of our nation and reflect on the war that was fought for our independence.

The United States is a country founded on the principles of freedom and liberty, which is what makes it the greatest country to ever exist.

It is also a holiday spent enjoying at barbecues and fireworks shows with family and friends.

I ask that you join me in honoring the brave soldiers who made our country’s independence possible, as well as the men and women in uniform currently stationed around the globe who preserve our freedom and liberty every day.

In Ridgefield, a fireworks celebration is again scheduled for today on the grounds of Ridgefield High School.  Rain appears to be a possibility for tonight. If that is the case, then the rain date is tomorrow, July 5.

Gates open at 6pm and fireworks begin after dark.  Parking passes can be purchased at the entrance to RHS.

Although grilling and alcoholic drink are prohibited, a variety of food trucks and vendors will be on site.

I wish you and your family a wonderful Fourth of July holiday!

Reps. Frey Commends Transportation Funding in Budget Plan, No Transit Fare Hikes

Posted on May 25, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD State Representative John Frey (R-111) expressed his satisfaction with transportation funding in the budget adjustment plan that passed the legislature overwhelmingly earlier this month, noting that the Department of Transportation has cancelled the rail and bus fare hikes they originally called for.

“For most of my service in the legislature I have advocated for protecting the Special Transportation Fund and have watched as previous legislatures raided our investment in transportation to pay for other projects, so it was encouraging to this year be a part of the winning side, successfully funding the STF without relying on tolls, fare hikes, or service cuts,” said Rep. Frey.

The budget adjustment plan, which was based largely on a proposal crafted by legislative Republicans, passed both chambers on bipartisan votes and was signed into law by the governor last week. The plan provides $29 million more to the Special Transportation Fund for road projects by accelerating the existing tax on new cars. The funding will ramp up dramatically in the coming years.  There is also a provision to secure $150 million in General Obligation bond funding to support transportation projects.

“Connecticut’s transportation problems have never been the result of insufficient revenue, but rather a systematic failure to responsibly prioritize the money that we already have,” said Rep. Frey.  “This shortsighted practice of raiding transportation funding is why we have deteriorating infrastructure today and an STF that is going bankrupt.  The budget we passed this year is a marked departure from the days when the first place the legislature would look when it needed money was the pockets of its commuters.  Instead, we specifically address the STF and actually secure a long-term source of revenue.”

“By prioritizing funding for transportation and creating a more effective strategy for identifying urgencies, we can create a safe, reliable and multi-model transportation network – including roads, bridges, rail, bus, and port improvements,” added Rep. Frey.  “Everyone benefits from a strong transportation system, and progress can only be made if we prioritize transportation.”

The new budget adjustments go into effect at the beginning of FY 2019 on July 1.

Rep. Frey Update: Memorial Day Weekend in Ridgefield

Posted on May 25, 2018 by rjoslyn


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Memorial Day arrives this weekend, and it is a time to reflect on the service of those who answered our nation’s call in times of armed conflict, and made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure future generations of Americans would remain free.

Below is Memorial Day Parade information for Ridgefield this weekend to commemorate this national holiday and the heroic actions of those who fought in the name of our freedom.

 

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. – Memorial Day Parade steps off from Jesse Lee Church, marching down Main St. and ending with a closing ceremony in Ballard Park.

The closing ceremony will include short speeches by honored guests and patriotic music throughout the program.

Be advised for traffic: King Lane will be a one-way street from 9:30 a.m. until the end of the parade.

If the parade is cancelled because of bad weather (like last year), the closing ceremonies planned for Ballard Park will be moved to the sanctuary of Jesse Lee Methodist Church on Main St. at 11:30 a.m.  The American Legion invites people to attend the observances in the church if the parade is rained out.

I wish you and your family the best this Memorial Day weekend.