Tolls Public Hearing on 3/14


Because the issues of transportation and the possibility of tolls coming back to Connecticut are critical to our communities, I am writing to let you know that the Transportation Committee will be holding an important public hearing on Wednesday March 14th, at 10:30 a.m. in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

Transportation is such a critical issue for the residents in the 101st District. I want to make sure your voice is heard.

A few of the bills on the public hearing agenda are proposals to bring electronic tolls to our state. Click to view the list of bills.

I encourage you to let your voice be heard. This is your chance to let the Transportation committee know your thoughts on implementing electronic tolls on all major highways, including I-95, I-91, I-84, I-395, I-691, as well as Route 2, Route 9, Route 6, Route 7, Route 8 and Route 15.

You can testify in-person at the hearing. (Click here for a guide for testifying at hearings and here for driving directions to the Connecticut State Capitol and Legislative Office Building).

You can also email testimony on any of the bills to  Your comments can be as brief as you like, but there is no limit on the length of written testimony. Just include your name and town, the bill in the subject line of the email, and copy my office at

As always, if you are unable to attend but would still like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: for more information.


State Representative Noreen Kokoruda Reads to Local School Children for Read Across America


State Representative Noreen Kokoruda (R-101) read ‘The Polar Bear that Couldn’t, Wouldn’t Swim’ to Mrs. Bystrek’s 3rd grade class at Brewster Elementary School in Durham on Friday, March 2, 2018. Kokoruda read a book that discussed the importance of water safety and donated the book to the classroom afterwards.

“Becoming a skilled reader is essential to success in life as an adult,” said Rep. Kokoruda. “I really had a great time reading to students and am grateful for the visit. I applaud the teachers and administrators for their dedication and wish all of the students much success as they pursue their education.”

Read Across America is an annual event held on Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday, March 2nd, to commemorate his life’s work and his ability to captivate young audiences with his unique children’s books.

Rep. Kokoruda can be reached by phone at (860) 340-8700 or via email at

“I really look forward to this day, and I’m glad I had an opportunity to also speak to the students about water safety and proper precautions to take around water” added Rep. Kokoruda. “Instilling a love of reading amongst our students at an early age is critical and is even linked to greater career success in any profession later in life.”

Kokoruda Hosts Legislative Forum on Water Safety Awareness


With Water Safety Awareness Day at the Capitol approaching on May 1st, State Representative Noreen Kokoruda co-hosted a Legislative Forum on Water Safety Awareness with State Representative Linda Orange and the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors (CWCS) in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on February 27, 2018.

Legislators, local officials and community advocates discussed drowning facts and figures, as well as proper water safety.

“I am proud to be involved in this bipartisan initiative with the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors. Raising awareness of safety around water and educating individuals of proper precautions to take is essential to keeping our children safe. Especially as we approach the summer season, I hope that continuing this conversation can make people think before entering the water or before bringing their children around water,” said State Representative Noreen Kokoruda.

According the CWCS:

  • 62 children from birth to age 19 drowned in Connecticut from 2004-2014
  • 2/3 of children who drown are African American or Hispanic
  • 90% of children on the autism spectrum, who die, drown
  • Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children ages 1-4 than any other cause except congenital anomalies (birth defects)
  • Among those ages 1-14, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes
  • African American children ages 5-19 drown in swimming pools at rates 5.5 times higher than those of white children
  • From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States – about ten deaths per day. An additional 332 people die each year from drowning in boating-related accidents
  • About 1 in 5 people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion inquiries

Here are a few key points made during this forum:

  • Never take your eyes off of children in the water
  • Appoint a designated “water watcher” taking turns with other adults
  • Stay alert while supervising and avoid distractions like reading or the telephone
  • Learn infant and child CPR and rescue safety tips
  • Teach children to swim after age 4

Kokoruda can be reached at 800 842-1423, or

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Sen. Fasano, Reps. Candelora & Kokoruda Meet with Constituents in Durham


Senator Len Fasano, Representative Noreen Kokoruda and Representative Vincent Candelora spoke to a group of constituents at the Durham Firehouse on Friday, February 23. The state lawmakers held a Coffee Hour event to provide a legislative update and give residents an opportunity to bring their concerns and questions to their state lawmakers. The discussion focused on top state issues including the state budget, economy, and transportation funding. For more information or to contact your local lawmaker visit,, or; or call the Senate Republican Office at 800-842-1421 and the House Republican Office at 800-842-1423.

Kokoruda Attends Press Conference with Madison Residents


Catherine Barden, Coalition Coordinator of M.A.D.E. in Madison, State Representative Noreen Kokoruda, Hannah Kidwell, Kylie Minniti and Derek Cornwell, Youth Development Coordinator of Madison Youth and Family Services met after the Connecticut Smart Approaches to Marijuana (CT SAM) press conference on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to discuss “The Costs & Consequences of Legalizing Retail Marijuana.”