Rep. Zawistowski Hosts Successful Stuff a Humvee

Posted on August 15, 2018 by admin


SUFFIELD – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) in partnership with Suffield Emergency Aid Association, Suffield Police and Highland Park Market hosted a successful ‘Stuff a Humvee’ drive to benefit students in need. The event was held at the Suffield Highland Park Market on Saturday morning on August 8th.

By the end of the drive the Suffield Police Humvee was completely filled with note pads, pencils, rulers, back packs, lunch box items and other needed supplies. Additionally, Highland Park Market offered prepared donation bags for purchase filled with school supplies sold at cost. The grocery store also made a $2,500 donation to Suffield Emergency Aid.

“Suffield is an incredibly generous community,” said Rep. Zawistowski. “The weather didn’t keep anyone away and we completely filled the Humvee. I am extremely grateful for all the help provided by Suffield Police Department and Highland Park Market, and especially those who stopped by to donate. This event was a team effort and a great success!”

“I am pleased to report that we raised just over $3,400,” commented Emergency Aid Director Janet Frechette. “More importantly we collected enough school supplies to make sure families in need can start the school year without having to worry. I am truly grateful for the tremendous community support and to State Rep. Tami Zawistowski, the Suffield Police Department and Highland Park Market for teaming up to sponsor such a successful event. It will make a meaningful difference in our ability to respond to requests for aid from those in our community requiring a little extra help to make ends meet.”

Suffield’s Emergency Aid Association is a local non-profit founded in 1903 to provide social services and programs for residents in need. For more information please visit

Rep. Zawistowski Promotes Suffield Stuff A Humvee on Fox 61

Posted on August 6, 2018 by admin


Re-Opening Windsor Locks Canal Trail on Sat. July 21st

Posted on July 20, 2018 by admin


Dear Friends & Neighbors,

I am pleased to share with you that the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will be reopening the Windsor Locks Canal State Park & Trail. Today crews from DEEP will be clearing brush and debris from the property ahead of the reopening on Saturday, July 21st.

The trail has been closed since June due to insurance issues, the Windsor Locks Canal Company has agreed to the reopening of the trail while a new agreement is reached.

The canal trail is an important and unique asset for the region and I hope you will enjoy the use of the trail during the summer season!

Update on Tolls 7.18.18

Posted on July 18, 2018 by admin


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Yesterday evening Governor Malloy signed an executive order directing state agencies to develop a comprehensive plan concerning tolls and announced that he is requesting $10 million from the State Bond Commission to perform that study. This is an unnecessary and expensive use of the State’s borrowing authority that will take years to pay off.

In the past two years, the legislature has been presented with multiple plans and proposals to study and implement tolls and none of them had enough support to come to the floor for a vote. Outside studies and analysis have shown that the majority of the fees collected by tolls would be paid by Connecticut residents commuting to and from work.  

The House and Senate Republican Caucuses have over the last several years proposed viable alternatives to fund infrastructure in a sustainable way.

Here is how we do it while keeping the budget balanced:

Require the state to:

1) Reserve a set amount of General Obligation Bonds to be used solely for transportation priorities.

2) Preserve Special Tax Obligation bonds dedicated to transportation.

3) Re-establish the Transportation Strategy Board (TSB) to work alongside DOT to assess proposed projects and identify community needs.

Benefits of the plan include:

  • An annual transportation funding mechanism guaranteeing over $1 billion annually over the next 30 years
  • No tax increases
  • No tolls
  • A reduction in state bonding compared to recent practices
  • Flexibility in setting transportation priorities
  • A sustainable and predictable funding plan to support future generations

Everyone benefits from a strong transportation system. However, we must not add to the burdens that face residents and businesses.

Rep. Zawistowski Celebrates Reopening of Old New Gate Prison and Copper Mine

Posted on July 16, 2018 by admin


EAST GRANBY – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) welcomed visitors to the official reopening of Old New Gate Prison and Copper Mine on Saturday, July 14th. The site was closed for renovations and repairs in 2009 and was opened on a limited basis in 2016 and 2017 for special events.

“I can’t possibly overstate how happy I am that this incredible landmark is back open. One of the main reasons that we were able to do this was because of strong community support and volunteers,” said Rep. Zawistowski. “I have long viewed reopening Old New Gate as a key to increased tourism in North Central Connecticut, capitalizing on this site and the other wonderful museums and attractions we have in our area.”

Old New Gate Prison and Copper Mine is the oldest surviving state prison structure in the country and has been designated a National Historic Landmark and a State Archaeological Preserve.  The site was first opened as a copper mine in 1705 and converted into a prison in 1773. After the state closed the prison in 1827, it became a local tourist attraction.

For the 2018 season the museum will be open on Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Monday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. There are several special events scheduled, including Old New Gate Halloween. For more information about Old New Gate and other Connecticut Museums visit or find the museum on Facebook.

Suffield Stuff a Humvee for Students

Posted on July 12, 2018 by admin


State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61), in conjunction with Suffield Emergency Aid, the Suffield Police Department and Highland Park Market, is hosting a “Stuff a Humvee” event to collect needed items for students returning to school.

The Stuff a Humvee event will take place on August 11th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Highland Park Market located at 68 Bridge Street, Suffield, CT.