Rep. Siegrist Comments on Gov. Malloy’s Unilateral Decision to Study Tolls

Posted on July 18, 2018 by admin


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“Governor Malloy’s announcement to borrow $10 million dollars to study tolls is a slap on the face to the people of this state, many of whom did not want tolls to begin with. The concept of implementing tolls did not even make its way out of the legislative process during the 2018 session, yet Governor Malloy felt that he could just bypass the legislature to carry out his own initiatives. This is another example of Governor Malloy’s disregard for the taxpayers of this state, which are already struggling to make ends meet. The implementation of tolls will not eradicate all of our problems, we need to spend less and prioritize the funds that we already have in order for that to happen. With only five months left in office, Governor Malloy is spending money that this state does not have to study what we have already determined – tolls will cost the taxpayers of this state more money. Instead of proposing studies, Governor Malloy should be cutting costs. This tax and spend mentality needs to end.”

Connecticut River Valley Legislators Host Lyme Disease Forum

Posted on July 9, 2018 by admin


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State Representatives Melissa Ziobron (R-34), Devin Carney (R-23) and Robert Siegrist (R-36) hosted an informational forum on Lyme Disease with Elena Zajac from Lyme Connection.

Elena shared her and her family’s experiences with Lyme Disease and practical steps to prevent exposure to tick-borne illness.

“As summer gets underway and we spend more time enjoying the outdoors it’s important to be aware ticks are out too. There are many things that we can do to protect ourselves and our families from tick-borne illnesses,” said Rep. Ziobron. “Elena and Lyme Connection do fantastic work raising awareness, I hope people will reach out to her and spread this information widely.”

“Due to the high rates of tick-borne diseases in our area, it is important for people to know prevention methods and how to spot symptoms,” said Rep. Carney. “As someone who was diagnosed with Lyme disease, I know first-hand how debilitating the disease can be and I had it treated early. So, if you think you might have Lyme or another tick-borne disease, try to get to your doctor immediately before symptoms get worse.”

“I am grateful for the work that Lyme Connection does to educate individuals regarding the serious health threat associated with Lyme disease,” added Rep. Siegrist. “Despite the efforts of organizations like these, it is crucial that we still work to spread awareness and educate our communities.”

The BLAST Tick-borne Prevention Program was developed in 2008 by the Ridgefield, CT Public Health Department, BLAST stands for: Bathe after outdoor activity, Look for Ticks and rashes, Apply repellent, Spray the yard and Treat pets.

More information can be found online at www.lymeconnection.org, Lyme Connection is available to host informational forums for a variety of groups and can be reached at info@lymeconnection.org.

 

Happy Fourth of July!

Posted on July 3, 2018 by admin


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As summer gets in to full swing, Americans will be observing Independence Day tomorrow, July 4th.  It is a great opportunity to connect with our families and friends in backyards, around pools and at the beach, to watch fireworks and enjoy BBQs.

This day is set aside for commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence which set the stage for the founding of our nation on the principles of freedom and liberty.  It is important on this day to remember that the freedom we enjoy can at times be easy to take for granted.

One need only take a look at a single day’s worth of newscasts to realize that our liberty is unique, and dependent on the persevering democratic character of our nation, and the great people who continue to fight to preserve it here and abroad.

I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a great Independence Day.

Sincerely,

Rep. Siegrist Earns 100 Percent Voting Record

Posted on July 3, 2018 by admin


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State Representative Robert Siegrist (R-36) earned a perfect voting record during the 2018 legislative session. There were 317 votes taken this year according to information released by the House Clerk’s office.

“It is an honor to be chosen by the people of the 36th District to be their voice at the State Capitol in Hartford,” said Rep. Siegrist whose district includes Chester, Deep River, Essex and Haddam. “Being a state representative is a role that I do not take lightly, which I believe has been demonstrated through my perfect voting record. I will continue to fight to ensure that the needs and concerns of the 36th District are fulfilled,” said Rep. Siegrist.

Representative Siegrist currently serves as a member of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, the Public Safety and Security Committee and the Veterans Committee.

For an overview of important legislation addressed in the 2018 legislative session visit the Office of Legislative Research website: www.cga.ct.gov/olr.

Anyone with questions, ideas or concerns about state-related issues can contact Representative Siegrist’s office at Robert.Siegrist@housegop.ct.gov or 860-240-8700.

Public Information Meeting on July 11 Concerning Bridge over Route 80 in Deep River

Posted on July 2, 2018 by admin


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I want to make you aware of a public information meeting regarding Bridge No. 02929, Route 80 over Deep River on July 11 at the Deep River Town Hall Auditorium, 174 Main Street, Deep River, CT at 7:00 pm.

The Department of Transportation (Department) will conduct a public information meeting concerning the proposed replacement of Bridge No. 02929, Route 80 over Deep River. An open forum for individual discussions with Department officials will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a formal presentation at 7:00 p.m.

The purpose of the project is to replace the existing structure with a 47-foot long clear span bridge consisting of precast concrete arch units on pile supported reinforced concrete abutments. It will be constructed on the same alignment and location as the existing bridge. Standard 42-inch high solid safety shaped reinforced concrete parapets will protect a widened roadway consisting of a 12-foot wide lane and 4-foot wide shoulder in each direction. Metal beam rail will line both sides of the roadway extending from the bridge.  Construction will be performed under a full road closure for a period of approximately 2 months. The proposed detour length utilizing all State highways is approximately 7 miles.

There are right-of-way impacts associated with the proposed improvements including temporary construction easements on the east and west sides of the bridge needed for the construction of the new bridge.

Construction is anticipated to begin in the spring 2020 based on the availability of funding. The estimated construction cost for this project is approximately $1.27 million. This project is anticipated to be undertaken with 80 percent Federal Funds and 20 percent State funds.

The Public Information Meeting is being held to afford a full opportunity for public participation and to allow open discussion of any views and comments the community may have concerning this proposed project.

The meeting facility is ADA accessible. Language assistance may be requested by contacting the Department’s Language Assistance Call Line at (860) 594-2109. Requests should be made at least 5 business days prior to the meeting.  Persons with hearing and/or speech disabilities may dial 711 for Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) and must instruct the operator to contact (860) 594-2243.  Language assistance is provided at no cost to the public and efforts will be made to respond to timely requests for assistance.

Plans of the proposed project will be on display for public review. Department personnel will be available during the meeting to discuss this project. More detailed information is available at the Department’s Office of Engineering, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, Connecticut, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays.

Anyone wishing to discuss the project may contact Mr. Louis Bacho, at (860) 594-3212 or by e-mail at louis.bacho@ct.gov. Concept drawings are also available for review at the Deep River Town Hall.

Sincerely,

Rep. Siegrist Applauds House Veto Override

Posted on June 26, 2018 by admin


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During a veto override session on Monday, June 25, State Representative Robert Siegrist (R-36) joined his House colleagues and voted to successfully repass legislation to protect education funding statewide.

HB 5171 – an act prohibiting the executive branch from making rescissions or other reductions to the education cost sharing (ECS) grant during the fiscal year would prevent any governor from cutting ECS aid grants to towns by using rescission authority or from reducing agency budget allotments to create General Fund budget savings.

“I was pleased that legislators in the House came together to repass legislation that would protect municipalities from mid-year cuts to their education budgets. In the past, we saw municipalities struggling after Governor Malloy’s draconian cuts,” Rep. Siegrist said.

The bill, which Rep. Siegrist co-sponsored easily repassed the House by more than the needed 2/3 majority on a vote of 103-33. It originally passed the House by a vote of 117-32.

After the bill passed in the House, the measure was sent to the State Senate for consideration where it unfortunately failed to achieve the 2/3 majority needed to overturn the veto.

“I am extremely disappointed that the State Senate failed to do what’s right to protect education funding for our communities. This was a missed opportunity by the State Senate, rather than doing the right thing, they choose to side with the governor and uphold his veto,” Rep. Siegrist said. “This veto should have been overturned easily, but instead politics was put before protecting education funding.

The Senate vote was 19-10. It originally passed the Senate 36-0.