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Rep. Green Disappointed Malloy Using Executive Order to Push $10M Toll Study

Posted on July 18, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – Last night, Governor Malloy announced he will be imposing his power of executive order to request the Department of Transportation conduct a $10 million dollar feasibility study for the purpose of implementing electronic tolls.

In his statement, Gov. Malloy said “During this past legislative session, we heard time and again from legislators that they wished for more information regarding electronic tolling, including specific recommendations with respect to its possible implementation.”

“The Democrats had multiple opportunities during the legislative session to bring one of the many toll-related bills to the floor of the House for a vote and/or discussion, the truth is, they not only didn’t have the support within their own caucus but the people that they are elected to represent didn’t want them either,” Rep. Green said. “Governor Malloy using his executive order to bypass the legislature and people of Connecticut just five months before he leaves office is beyond unacceptable and our residents deserve better.”

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Rep. Green Concludes Second Successful U.S. Flag Collection

Posted on July 17, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Representative Robin Green (R-55) has recently wrapped up her second annual collection of worn, tattered, torn, or otherwise unusable U.S. Flags for retirement.

“It was an honor to have been able to take part in the collection of old and weathered U.S. flags in our district,” Rep. Green said. “The U.S. flag deserves the utmost amount of respect and thanks to everyone who participated in the collection especially the Marlborough American Legion Post 197, who will ensure these flags receive the proper retirement ceremony.”

According to United States Flag Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8(k), specifies that “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

Collection boxes were placed at the Andover Town Hall, Bolton Town Hall, Hebron Town Hall, and the Marlborough Town Hall in order to provide residents with an opportunity to drop off any flag whose condition was no longer deemed serviceable. Approximately 100 flags in total were donated between the four collection locations.

As of today, the Marlborough American Legion Post 197 has yet to set a date for the official retirement ceremony.

Rep. Green prepares to transport one of the four boxes of U.S. Flags collected during the flag collection event. All U.S. Flags were donated to the Marlborough American Legion Post 197 who will conduct a proper retirement ceremony.

Rep. Green Tours ‘State-Of-The-Art’ Home for Local Seniors

Posted on July 13, 2018 by jpheasant


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HEBRON – State Representative Robin Green (R-55) spent a few hours earlier this week with members from local chambers of commerce as part of a tour and grand opening ceremony of Colebrook Village, a new senior living facility located in Hebron.

“Having Colebrook Village in Hebron is a win-win for not only the community but for our the many seniors who will utilize their care,” Rep. Green said. “This facility features state-of-the-art amenities while also offering a secure facility, nurturing staff, and a plethora of activities for our local seniors to enjoy.”

Colebrook specializes in independent and assisted living for men and women 55 and older along. They also provide care for those living with memory loss. The three storied facility will contain 113 apartment styled studio, one bedroom, or two bedroom homes. Room sizes range from 833 ft2 for a one bedroom, up to 1189 ft2 for a two bedroom apartment. To date, approximately 30 of the total spaces available are currently filled.

In addition to amenities such as a salon, library, chapel and fitness center, Colebrook Village will also have a theater with daily movies and a pub where residents can watch T.V. while enjoying in their very own happy hours and other social related events.

Colebrook Village is located at 105 Main Street in Hebron and was modeled after its sister community Stonebrook Village, located in Windsor Locks.

State Rep. Robin Green talks with Pamela Krist Atwood, Executive Director for Colebrook Village, during her tour of the newly built senior facility.

Rep. Green Works to Fight Careless Spending

Posted on July 9, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Rep. Robin Green (R-55) today participated in a committee hearing where lawmakers questioned state agency heads about state auditors’ reports that detail lax spending controls, waste and government bloat.

“Reviewing these audit reports is essential in ensuring tax payer dollars are spent more wisely,” Rep. Green said. “I am proud to have been part of the caucus that pushed for a schedule’s inclusion in the 2017 budget. This additional oversight will help hold our state government more accountable for their spending habits.”

The purpose of these hearings is to bring caucus leadership, ranking members of the various committees,
state agency personnel, and representatives from the State Auditors’ Office together to discuss abuse, fraud, or other conflicts found in the reports. Prior to Monday, many of the deadlines for these hearings had passed.

  • Some of the findings included:
    Former state employees who collect state benefits can be rehired but for no longer than two 120-day periods. The study determined during the audit that nine of 11 individuals rehired were employed beyond the period limit.
  • The outstanding drug asset forfeiture receivables during the audited period totaled $523,457. Of this amount, $108,247 has been receivable for at least one year and $26,516 has been outstanding for more than 10 years.
  • Review of 39 monthly vehicle usage reports for 10 pool vehicles from January to June 2016 determined in five instances, a usage report was not completed despite evidence showing that the vehicle being used. In three instances, no reports were filed for the month the vehicle was being used, two instances where reports were actually filed for use, and two additional uses were noted but without an accompanying report being filed. In addition, 479 miles of use was not adequately reported on the usage reports.

Monday’s hearing also included testimony in front of the Veterans, Higher Education, Government Administration and Elections, Education, and Judiciary Committees.

As part of last year’s budget, Republicans worked to include a provision for the oversight committees to conduct a review of the auditors’ reports within 180 days after they have been submitted.

Rep. Green said that our government needs more structural reforms in place in order to use tax payer dollars more efficiently.

Rep. Green Gets First-Hand Look as a CT State Trooper

Posted on June 29, 2018 by jpheasant


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COLCHESTER – Not many people get a chance to walk a mile in another person’s shoes, but thanks to Troop K of the Connecticut State Police, State Representative Robin Green (R-55) got that opportunity.

Rep. Green rode along with Trooper First Class Dan Greenwood, a 12 year veteran of the Connecticut State Police. Greenwood has spent the last seven of those as the Hebron resident State Trooper. During the patrol, Rep. Green talked with Trooper Greenwood about the types of calls he handles along with the challenges and difficulties he may face on a daily basis.

Greenwood said one of the most challenging aspects of his job can be responding to a call in one location and having the closest support officer more than 45 minutes away. Ideally he would like to see at least one trooper per town. According to Greenwood, there are five patrols within the Troop K jurisdiction; North, South, East, North East and West.

Troop K is responsible for the towns of Andover, Bolton, Bozrah, Colchester, Columbia, East Haddam, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Marlborough, Salem, and Windham. Their overall coverage area also includes East Hampton and Portland, but unlike the other towns, they have their own separate police department. In addition to the nine resident troopers, there are also corresponding resident sergeants for each of the resident trooper towns. The resident troopers are also supported by other non-resident troopers at Troop K.

“It is extremely important that we as lawmakers not only support all of our state, local, and federal law enforcement officers, but also ensure that we’re providing them with the resources and tools they need to continue to do their jobs safely,” Rep. Green said.

“I want to thank Trooper Dan Greenwood for setting aside time to allow me the opportunity to get an in-depth look into his work in our district,” Rep. Green said. “I would also like to thank all of the other state troopers at Troop K for talking with me and showing me around. These men and women put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our communities safe. They make numerous sacrifices and spend countless hours away from their families in order for the rest of us to lay our heads down at night and feel safe and we owe them a great deal of gratitude for it.”

The United States Census Bureau states as of July 2017, Hebron covers 36.9 square miles and has a population of 9,600 people.

State Representative Robin Green talks with Trooper First Class Dan Greenwood (L) and Lieutenant Chris Sharland (R) during a visit to Troop K in Colchester. Rep. Green also participated in a ride-along and tour of the facility in order to get a better understand as to the day-to-day challenges law enforcement officers face while on the job.

Rep. Green Disappointed in Lack of Action During Veto Session

Posted on June 27, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Representative Robin Green (R-55) and her legislative colleagues returned to the Capitol this week to override various pieces of legislation recently vetoed by Governor Malloy.

Lawmakers had expected to override bills to expand school safety for teachers and students, prohibit the governor from making cuts or reductions to educational cost sharing grants, and adjust the length and amount included within the Hartford bailout.

Rep. Green who is a member of the General Assembly’s Education Committee, had previously co-sponsored SB-453, An Act Concerning Classroom Safety and Disruptive Behavior and HB-5171, and An Act Prohibiting the Executive Branch from Making Recessions or Other Reductions to the Education Cost Sharing Grant During the Fiscal Year. PA 18-157, An Act Concerning State Contract Assistance Provided to Certain Municipalities, was also a bill Rep. Green thought would have received the required support in order to override the governor’s veto.

“During this veto session we had a real opportunity to not only protect our educational funding from facing many of the drastic and harsh cuts our governor has vowed to make, but also provide our towns with much more predictability when putting together their local budgets, I’m disappointed that we did neither” Rep. Green said.

HB-5171 would protect ECS funding by preventing the Executive Branch of Connecticut’s state government from making recessions or other reductions during the fiscal year. Passage of this bill would ensure funding that had previously been promised to a municipality isn’t removed.

Despite all of the bills receiving a more than favorable vote in both chambers, none that had been previously vetoed by the governor were overridden by the legislature. The House did meet the two-third’s margin to protect ECS funding from the governor’s cuts but Senate members failed to meet the two-third’s requirement. SB-453
failed to garner its original support and fell 14-17. The bill never made it to the House for a vote as a result.

“I am also extremely disappointed that Senate Democrats failed to call the Hartford bailout bill to the floor so it could be adjusted,” Rep. Green said. “This will have crippling effects on the residents of Connecticut who will be on the hook for $500 million dollars over the next 20 to 30 years.”