Protect Your Credit After a Data Breach


Recent news of the Equifax hack and subsequent data breach potentially affecting millions of people has caused many to question if they are a victim, and how they should respond if their information has been compromised.

A lot of information, including tips and advice on how to proceed, is being shared on news sites and social media. I have collected what I believe are the most useful tips and provided links to trusted news sources with more information about this specific data breach.

The Federal Trade Commission provides an overall description of the incident and provides information on how to proceed.

The New York Times offers a detailed breakdown with important questions and answers.

Forbes has a story detailing what not to do.

Have I been affected by the hack?

Equifax created a website to check whether your information was exposed. This is the only way to determine if your information may have been compromised as the company will not alert you otherwise.

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Veto Override Session a Gimmick


State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) on Tuesday denounced Tuesday’s sham veto override session in the House of Representatives.

The Speaker used the day as political theater to reduce pressure on his Democratic members because they failed to pass their own budget.

“The Democratic majority party leadership knew most of their members who supported the bi-partisan budget plan on September 15 were not available today and called this snap session as a political gimmick instead of proper governance,” Rep. O’Neill said. “Republicans have clamored for an honest veto override, not a stunt to save face.

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Narcan Training in Southbury, Sept. 19, 6:30-8:30


In response to the ongoing and devastating opioid crisis gripping our state and country, there will be free Narcan training in Southbury on Tuesday, September 19th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at United Church of Christ in Southbury.

SMART: Southbury-Middlebury Acting Responsibly Together and Pomperaug Health District will conduct their THIRD community-level Narcan training with mobile prescribing provided by Reliant Pharmacy of Southbury.

Classes are open to the public and advanced registration is required.  Pharmacists are also scheduled to be on site to answer questions, provide guidance and discuss prescriptions for the lifesaving drug.

According to the Central Naugatuck Valley Regional Action Council (CNVRAC), training will include:

  • Overdose Prevention Strategies
  • Signs & Symptoms of Overdose
  • How to Administer Naloxone
  • Good Samaritan Law
  • Support Information & Resources

If you are unable to make it on that date, there will be another Narcan training held in Middlebury on Wednesday, September 27th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Shepardson Community Center, 1172 Whittemore Rd., Middlebury, CT.

Budget update from the Yankee Institute


From the Yankee Institute

The residents of Connecticut are looking at a $1.54 billion tax increase, according to the latest budget numbers.

This tax increase will come through raising the taxes on hospitals and hotels, establishing a state property tax on second homes, and taxing cell phone usage and ride-sharing services like Uber.

It will shift part of the cost of teacher pensions on to towns and raise a laundry list of state fees for various financial and real estate services.

All told, this could be the second or third largest tax increase in state history.

“Once again, Connecticut lawmakers are balancing the budget on the backs of hard-working families with another massive tax increase,” said President of Yankee Institute Carol Platt Liebau.

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Rep. O’Neill Celebrates COMSAT’s 40th Anniversary


This afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending the 40th anniversary celebration of COMSAT’s Southbury Earth Station.  COMSAT is an independent teleport operator that has been providing reliable satellite communication from the Southbury location since 1976.

During the ceremony, COMSAT President David Greenhill, Director Guy White and employees shared their enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment to the Southbury community. I’m thankful for their continued success and dedication to our community as they are an important employer and contributor to our town.

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