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Hoydick and McGorty Blast Malloy for Education Funding Hit to Stratford

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State Representatives Laura Hoydick (R-120) and Ben McGorty (R-122) blasted Governor Malloy for his announcement today that he would slash education funding to 139 municipalities across the state including Stratford.  Under the governor’s new plan, Stratford would lose all of its Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funding for FY 18 – a whopping $21.46 million hit which is equal to 5 mills on the tax rate.

  

“The total elimination of all state Education Cost Sharing funding to Stratford is nothing less than a disgraceful abdication of leadership,” said Rep. Hoydick.  “I understand that the governor has to make cuts because the Democrats in the majority wouldn’t act on the GOP budget, and still haven’t produced a budget of their own two months into the new fiscal year.  The governor is trying to make towns pay for his fiscal mismanagement of the state and slashing all ECS funding to the Stratford school system is unacceptable. The proper education of children in Stratford should be a priority, not a disposable line item to terminate.” Read More →

HOYDICK PARTNERS WITH STERLING HOUSE AND STRATFORD YOUTH SERVICES ON $10,000 AT&T GRANT TO PERRY HOUSE FOR YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

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The vision of Carole Adzima, Executive Director of Perry House in Stratford, to create a new program focusing on helping high schoolers develop critical leadership skills had wide support, but the plan needed some help to make it happen.  That’s when she turned to Stratford State Representative Laura Hoydick (R-120), who helped form a partnership with Stratford Community Services and Sterling House, and helped land a critical $10,000 grant from AT&T to get the program off the ground.

“At Perry House we have been doing programs for 3rd-5th graders since our inception in 2004,” said Adzima.  “I have been thinking of a program for many years for helping high schoolers develop leadership skills they will need in college and beyond, but to make it successful, I knew we would need some partners.  That’s when I turned to State Representative Laura Hoydick.  She thought it was a great idea, and we brought in Sterling House and Stratford Community Services.” Read More →

Hoydick Joins with ‘Save the Sound’ to announce new Soundkeeper Bill Lucey

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State Representative Laura Hoydick joined the Save the Sound alliance in announcing the new Soundkeeper, Bill Lucey, at Brewers Stratford Marina yesterday. Bill will continue the legacy of Terry Backer, our founding Soundkeeper, in preserving, protecting and restoring Long Island Sound. You can help that effort by visiting www.savethesound.org

L-R: Rep. Joe Gresko, New Soundkeeper Bill Lucey, Rep. Laura Hoydick, and Rep. Ben McGorty.

Stratford Legislators Lead Veto Override on Affordable Housing Reform Measure

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Stratford’s legislative delegation, including Rep. Laura Hoydick (R-120), Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-21), Rep. Ben McGorty (R-122), and Rep. Joe Gresko (D-121) voted in favor of overriding the veto of Governor Dannel P. Malloy of affordable housing reform legislation aimed at easing the ability of Stratford and other similar communities statewide to achieve a moratorium on certain affordable housing requirements under the state’s 8-30g statutory requirements.

The legislation, HB 6880,  passed both the House and the Senate overwhelmingly during the regular 2017 session, but was vetoed by Malloy earlier this month. In both chambers the override squeaked by with the minimum votes possible; 101-47 votes in the House and 24-12 in the Senate. Read More →

Hoydick, McGorty and Gresko Call for Veto Override on Critical Affordable Housing Bill

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HARTFORD – Stratford’s legislative delegation, including State Representatives Laura Hoydick (R-120), Ben McGorty (R-122), and Joe Gresko (D-121) are calling for the Connecticut General Assembly to override Governor Dannel Malloy’s veto of an affordable housing measure they worked to usher through the legislature in the final days of the 2017 session.  The governor issued his veto of the bill late Friday afternoon.

The bill, HB 6880, which had overwhelming bipartisan support in both the State House and Senate, made important changes to the state’s affordable housing laws aimed at easing the ability of Stratford and other communities to achieve a moratorium for certain affordable housing requirements under the state’s 8-30g statutory requirements.

“I am deeply disappointed that after we all worked in earnest across the aisle to develop a bipartisan measure that passed so overwhelmingly in both the House and Senate, that the governor would disregard that work and veto this important bill for Stratford,” said Rep. Hoydick.  “We are calling on our leaders in both chambers to override this veto.  The current law is an obstruction to Stratford’s ability to properly balance our affordable housing goals while maintaining responsible growth.” Read More →