Posted on July 10, 2018 by admin
This summer, over 50 museums in Connecticut are offering free admission to active duty members of the military and their families as part of the ninth annual Blue Star Museums Program. Available through Labor Day, this program is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Participating museums in our region include:
A full list of participating museums is available on the Connecticut Office of Tourism’s website under “Free for our Military Families: Connecticut’s Blue Star Museums.”
The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military and up to five family members. Branches include the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, as well as Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, and NOAA Commissioned Corps.
Please pass along this information!
Posted on July 7, 2018 by admin
The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced that nighttime bridge maintenance will begin on Route 15 northbound and southbound in Norwalk this coming Monday, July 9th.
Work is scheduled to occur between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday, until Friday, July 20th.
Please expect lane closures between Exit 38 (New Canaan Avenue) and Exit 40A (South Norwalk), including the Exit 39A North off-ramp in Norwalk.
Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Please maintain a safe speed when driving through this vicinity.
Posted on June 28, 2018 by rjoslyn
This past week, the General Assembly was called back to the Capitol for a veto session.
Governor Malloy had vetoed seven bills that had passed both chambers with broad bipartisan support. These included bills to help families and taxpayers by scaling back the scope of the Hartford bailout deal, extending tax credits to manufacturers, and preventing the governor from making mid-year cuts to school districts.
Majority Party leadership announced its intention to convene for a veto session, signaling their intent to override the governor’s vetoes on these key pieces of legislation. Legislative Democrats changed their minds on these bills and did not vote to override any of the vetoes.
Since an override vote requires at least 2/3 support in each chamber, all 7 of Governor Malloy’s vetoes were sustained by the Democrats in the legislature.
I would like to highlight the following vetoed bills which the legislature had an opportunity to override:
PA 18-35: This bill prevented the governor from making mid-year cuts to Education Cost Sharing grants. Among my top priorities for this session, this law was intended to ensure the governor could not use his executive authority to withhold education funding from municipalities in the middle of the school year, as has become his habit in recent years. Municipal leaders, administrators, and teachers all need stability and predictability in order to help students succeed, and cuts in the middle of the school year make that so much harder – no matter how much funding a town gets. Although this bill was overridden by the House, Senate Democrats stood with the governor and allowed the veto to stand.
PA 18-157: This bill would have scaled back the bailout of the City of Hartford that the governor secretly negotiated with municipal leaders. The legislature approved certain special aid for Hartford, but the governor’s agreement promised aid for 20 years. Our Democratic colleagues agreed with us that this was outrageous and we passed this bill limiting the aid. Senate Democrats again stood with the governor to sustain the veto.
For more information about the 2018 session and all seven of the bills the governor vetoed, here is a link to the Office of Legislative Research analysis.
As always, please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about this veto session or any other state issue.
Posted on May 30, 2018 by rjoslyn
Following our Memorial Day observations and in anticipation of Flag Day, my office is offering a way for Norwalk and Darien residents to dispose of their worn or unserviceable American flags in a dignified and respectful way.
The U.S. Flag Code specifies that American flags no longer fit for service must be properly disposed of, and we are offering this service free of charge, in conjunction with VFW Post #6933 in Darien and Riverside Cemetery in Norwalk.
There are three primary drop-off locations in Darien and three in Norwalk. The drive begins Tuesday, May 29 and will conclude on Thursday, June 14.
Drop-off locations in Darien:
Drop-off locations in Norwalk:
Residents may also drop flags off at the American Legion on 60 County St in Norwalk. Flags can be dropped off in any condition throughout the year.
Please contact me if you have further questions on the flag drop-off, or any other inquiry related to state government. I can always be reached at Terrie.Wood@cga.ct.gov or by calling 860-240-8700.
Posted on May 29, 2018 by rjoslyn
As a reminder, I am holding a post-session town hall tonight in Norwalk at the South Norwalk Library from 6:30pm until 8:00pm. I will be joined by my colleagues from the Norwalk delegation, Rep. Gail Lavielle & Rep. Fred Wilms.
We will answer questions from any interested constituent about state issues and how they affect our community, including the 2018 legislative session, updates to the state budget, legislation that became law, and other issues you are interested in.
Tuesday, May 29th, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
South Norwalk Library, 10 Washington St. Norwalk
If you are unable to attend, please don’t hesitate to contact me about any issues that interest or concern you at email@example.com or by calling 800-842-1423.