Mark Your Calendars: ‘Tax Free Week’ 8/20-8/26


With the start of another school year just around the corner, I wanted to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 20th through Saturday, August 26th.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35% sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.

Additionally, new and used college textbooks are exempt from the state 6.35% sales tax for students who present a valid college ID at the time of purchase.

Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.

Please note: The threshold for this benefit has been substantially reduced from $300 in previous years, and will only apply to clothing and footwear that costs less than $100.

Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use.

Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities: football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.
  • Accessories: jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, etc.

Please consult with your local retailer, or visit the Department of Revenue Services website for a full list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.

CT DOT: Nighttime Milling, Resurfacing on Route 6, SR 810


The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has issued the following press release regarding milling and resurfacing that is occurring in our district. Please be advised that this may cause delays in travel through the vicinity.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me regarding this or any state or local issue at 800-842-1423 or email

Nighttime Milling and Resurfacing on Route 6 (Woodbury Rd.) and SR 810 (Watertown Rd.) in Watertown and Thomaston     

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a nighttime milling and resurfacing project will be performed on Route 6 (Woodbury Rd.) in Watertown and Thomaston and SR 810 (Watertown Rd.) in Thomaston, Sunday, July 23, through Thursday, August 31, 2017. Work hours will be 8 pm to 5:30 am.  

The project consists of milling and resurfacing a 6.79 mile segment of Route 6 (Woodbury Rd.) in Watertown and Thomaston and a 0.43 mile segment of SR 810 (Watertown Rd.) in Thomaston. 


Motorists can expect lane closures on Route 6 (Woodbury Rd.) between the Woodbury Town Line and Route 254 (Waterbury Turnpike) & on SR 810 (Watertown Rd.) between Rt. 6 (Woodbury Rd.) &

Rt. 254 (Waterbury Turnpike) Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The regular work schedule for this project is 8:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. (Thursday through Saturday)

Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions.  Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this vicinity.


Piscopo Supports Annual Strawberry Festival


Thomaston – State Rep. John Piscopo (R-76, at left) recently attended the Annual Strawberry Festival held at Eagle Rock Congregational Church in Thomaston. “It is one of my favorite festivals to attend. People from the congregation prepare the strawberries, shortcake and crème all from scratch. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to stop by and say hello to a great group of people and an exemplary Pastor,” said Rep. Piscopo.

Pictured (L-R): Thomaston First Selectman Ed Mone, Eagle Rock Congregational Church Pastor Pat Pryor, and State Rep. John Piscopo.

CT DOT: Weekend Suspension of Rail Service


Please see below alert issued by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding upcoming track maintenance work on the Danbury and Waterbury Branch Rail Lines. Please plan accordingly as this may impact your travel plans. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me about this or any state issue at 800-842-1423 or email 

Danbury and Waterbury Branch Rail Lines; Suspension of Service for Signal Upgrades and Track Maintenance Work

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) and Metro-North Railroad will be performing critical maintenance work on the Danbury and Waterbury Branch Lines during the following weekends:
July 7-9, Danbury Branch; July 14-16, Waterbury Branch; July 21-23, Waterbury Branch; July28-30, Waterbury Branch; and, August 4-6 Waterbury Branch. The work will require the suspension of rail service, beginning with the last two trains on Friday night and including all train service on Saturday and Sunday.  Alternate bus service will be provided throughout the outage.  Normally scheduled train service will resume on Monday morning after each weekend.

The work planned during the weekend outages includes the replacement of track and crossing surfaces at a number of railroad/roadway crossings; installation of electrical conduit related to the future signalization of the Waterbury Branch; installation of signal transponders related to the implementation of Positive Train Control on the Waterbury Branch and Danbury Branches; and repairs to bridge structures.  The planned outages not only help CDOT and Metro North keep pace with regularly scheduled maintenance activities but also will speed the installation of a full signal system on the Waterbury Branch, a project that will significantly increase capacity on the line and is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Bus schedules for the planned outages will approximate the existing train schedule and notices will be posted at stations and online at and Substitute Busing for Waterbury Branch Customers (Beginning Weekends July 14).

Piscopo Gives Legislative Update on Meet the Leaders


Hartford – State Rep. John Piscopo (R-76) sits down with host Dave Smith of Cablevision’s Meet the Leaders at the State Capitol on the last day of the 2017 legislative session.

Rep. Piscopo discusses the some highlights from the 2017 legislative session, including pro-environment and pro-business legislation. Rep. Piscopo also discusses his concern that the legislature did not focus on its primary task this session of crafting a state budget, in addition to addressing the state’s $5 billion deficit.

To view the full segment, click here.