Senator Martin, Representative Piscopo Tour State-of-the-Art Thomaston Manufacturer


ThomastonState Senator Henri Martin (R-31) and State Representative John Piscopo (R-76) recently toured Ward Leonard Electronics Company in Thomaston. The 125-year-old company showed off the 7,200-square-foot addition to its facility and its new, precision machining center.

State Sen. Henri Martin (center left) and Rep. John Piscopo (center right) are shown a piece of equipment during a recent tour of Ward Leonard Electronic Company in Thomaston.

“Ward Leonard showed us the future of manufacturing with its newest machine,” Sen. Martin said. “It is efficient. It is precise, and for me, the best part is knowing that this machine will allow the company to bring jobs from overseas back to Thomaston. This is a company that is growing and investing in Connecticut’s future.”

Ward Leonard received a $900,000 loan for the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) in support of the company’s expansion and modernization efforts.

“I appreciated the time that the folks at Ward Leonard spent with us during the reception, facility tour and informational meeting. This company continues to be an exemplary local manufacturer who remains a key industry player for well over a century while continuing to expand and make tremendous contributions to our hometown and our state,” said Rep. Piscopo.

Ward Leonard recently invested $2.2 million in it Thomaston facility and expects to add 20 new positions.

Opening in the late 1800s, Ward Leonard has been a leading global manufacturer for over 120 years.  For more information, visit:

Sen. Martin represents the communities of Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, and Thomaston.
Rep. Piscopo serves the communities of Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield, and Thomaston.


Piscopo Celebrates Advance in Energy Alternative During Local Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, State Representative John Piscopo (R-Thomaston) attended a ribbon cutting ceremony held by the City of Waterbury and Doosan Fuel Cell America Inc. of South Windsor, to mark the installation of three fuel-cell power plants at the Waterbury Pollution Control Facility at 210 Municipal Road.

“I’m proud to support energy alternatives in Connecticut, such as these Doosan natural gas-powered fuel cells, which will protect our environment  while providing energy for residents and businesses throughout our state,” said Rep. Piscopo
, a member of the legislature’s Environment Committee.

The natural gas-powered fuel cells were provided and installed by Doosan at no cost to the city, which expects to save $150,000 annually on power costs for the facility.

Pictured  above from left: Alderman Chris D’Orso; Alderman George Noujaim; facility General Manager Dennis Cuevas; Director of Operations for the mayor’s administration Joseph Geary; Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Rep. John Piscopo, R-Thomaston; Rep. Tom Delnicki, R-South Windsor; Michael Coskun, general manager for sales & business development for Doosan, and Chris Conway, membership director for the Waterbury Regional Chamber.




‘Heroes 4 Hire’ Annual Veterans Career Fair, 4/4


I wanted to let you know about the upcoming “Heroes 4 Hire” 14th Annual Veterans Career Fair being held on Wednesday, April 4, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

According to the Connecticut Department of Labor website, this fair will run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will allow attendees to meet with prospective employers and take advantage of the following free services:

  • Nationally certified resumé writers available for resumé critiquing
  • Access to CT jobs, our electronic job matching system, part of the nation’s largest internet employment service
  • Veterans Services Representatives to provide assistance and guidance
  • Information on Educational and Job Training Programs
  • Information on employment and unemployment services

Rentschler Field is located at 615 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT 06118.

If you are a veteran or currently serving in our armed forces, or know someone who is, please consider attending this career fair and passing this information along.

Rep. Piscopo Welcomes Girl Scouts to State Capitol


HARTFORD- State Representative John Piscopo (R-76) took part in Girl Scout Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 16, meeting with local Girl Scouts from across the state about the issues they feel are most important them. The annual event provides opportunities for girls to continue to develop their leadership skills, while increasing their awareness of civic engagement.

The scouts were able to speak with Rep. Piscopo and ask him questions that were important to them.

“It is so important to provide opportunities for young girls to learn about and explore early leadership roles, which build their skills and confidence. I was happy to meet these bright young ladies and have the chance to speak with them. They showed good insight and asked some great questions. The Girl Scouts is a great organization that teaches young girls about the importance of having a strong voice and being involved.  Our local Troops in Thomaston and across the 76th District are very active and contribute a great deal to our community,” said Rep. Piscopo.

The day also included a press conference at the State Capitol, which concluded with a pinning ceremony to recognize new and returning members of the Honorary Girl Scout Troop 201, including Rep. Piscopo, at the Capitol.  This group of bi-partisan policymakers forms an honorary Girl Scout Troop that is committed to advancing critical issues for girls and women of Connecticut.

Girl Scout Day at the Capitol provides Girl Scouts throughout Connecticut a chance to meet one-on-one with legislators to learn more about our democratic process, and to highlight the important initiatives that more than 47,000 Girl Scouts and more than 19,000 Girl Scout
volunteers find critical in every community across the state.



State Tax Public Hearing, 3/2


Your input is important to me as your State Representative. As a member of the legislature’s  Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, I want to inform you of the upcoming public hearing on proposals related to Governor Malloy’s proposed tax increases, state bonding priorities and also some proposals to provide taxpayer relief.

I’ve talked to many of you over the last year and the message I have heard over and over again is that the people in the 76th Assembly District are over-taxed and need some relief. Some of these proposals provide the tax relief you have been asking for.

Here are some bills scheduled for the Finance, Revenue and Bonding committee public hearing on March 2nd that may be of interest to you and our community:

  • SB-10, An Act Concerning Revenue Items To Implement The Governor’s Budget.
  • SB-11, An Act Concerning Connecticut’s Response To Federal Tax Reform.
  • SB-12, An Act Authorizing And Adjusting Bonds Of The State For Capital Improvements And Other Purposes.
  • HB-5088, An Act Concerning The Cancellation Of Unissued Bond Fund Authorizations For Silver Sands State Park.
  • HB-5095, An Act Increasing The Cigarette Tax.
  • HB-5096, An Act Exempting Social Security Benefits From The Personal Income Tax For Certain Individuals.
  • HB-5009, An Act Exempting Car Wash Services From The Sales Tax.
  • HB-5019, An Act Exempting Health Club And Athletic Club Membership Dues And Initiation Fees From Tax.
  • HB-5028, An Act Eliminating State Taxes That Cost More To Administer Than Is Gained In Revenue.
  • HB-5133, An Act Concerning A Tax Credit For Businesses That Provide Student Loan Repayment Assistance To Employees.
  • HB-5134, An Act Concerning A Tax Credit For Businesses That Provide Paid Family And Medical Leave.

To view the full agenda with links to each proposed bill, click here.

Should you wish to write a letter in support of or opposition to a proposed bill, please email testimony to

Your comments can be as brief as you like, but there is no limit on the length of written testimony. Please also copy me on the email at so I can be aware of your opinions.

For information and committee rules on testifying in person at the public hearing, click here.

To stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Capitol, I encourage you to click here and click on the “Bulletin”.

A guide for testifying at hearings can be found here and driving directions to the Connecticut State Capitol and Legislative Office Building are available here.

If you have additional questions, please contact my office at 1.800.842.1423 or email