Posted on January 9, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon
We opened the 2019 Legislative Session today with promises of open doors and re-inventing Connecticut. Our new Governor is not a political insider and is saying encouraging things about putting us back on a family-friendly, business-friendly footing. I take him at his word and look forward to the details we’ll see in the next few weeks, beginning with his budget proposal.
I am honored to announce I have been appointed by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides to my second-term as Assistant House Leader! Additionally, I am very pleased to continue my service on the budget-writing Appropriations Committee, the Education Committee and the Select Committee on Aging.
Posted on January 8, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon
Newtown – With the 2019 Legislative Session beginning tomorrow, State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) hosted a community-wide Legislative Listening Session on Monday, January 7, at the C.H. Booth Library. Bolinsky facilitated the discussion, which covered a range of topics from taxes, local and state road improvements, cost of living challenges, the state budget and concerns about how it could all impact us in Greater Newtown. There was also a great deal of focus and collaboration for civil discourse when crafting public policy. Rep. Bolinsky stated, “Through a healthy vetting process, which requires input from both sides of the political aisle and key stakeholders, the legislature can create policy that is rooted in the middle and beneficial for all Connecticut residents. A good example of this was in 2017 when the legislature passed a truly bi-partisan budget, marking the beginning of critical changes to the way we conduct business in Hartford. I encourage all Newtown residents to reach out to me with concerns or suggestions throughout this upcoming legislative session.”
Posted on January 3, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon
Friends and Neighbors,
As you are aware, the DOT has been conducting much needed improvements along I-84 in Newtown and throughout the Greater Danbury area. The I-84 improvements are designed to relieve congestion and improve safety through the Danbury corridor, between Exits 3 and 8. Many fellow Newtown residents that commute, shop, and recreate in Greater Danbury know that this particular stretch of highway is the starting point for many traffic jams.
While this portion of the I-84 Danbury Project does not touch Newtown’s borders, it is important that you are aware that the preliminary designs are starting to take shape. There will be an official meeting of the Project Advisory Committee on Monday, January 29, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Danbury Police Department.
I will continue to relay updates to you as they become available on this specific project. You can find more information by clicking here. Additionally, I wanted to provide you with update on a related, but different, DOT project that will reconfigure the Exit 11 interchange in Sandy Hook.
Posted on January 2, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon
New legislation effective dates are typically January 1st, July 1st, and October 1st throughout the calendar year. As 2018 comes to an end, we prepare for a number of new laws to take effect starting January 1, 2019.
These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community. I have highlighted some noteworthy new laws below and encourage you to take a look at the full list, which can be accessed by clicking here. Please contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding the implementation of these new laws.
Posted on December 17, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
Friends and Neighbors,
Unfortunately, the second Legislative Listening Session, which was originally scheduled for this Wednesday, December 19, has been postponed until Monday, January 7. The location, C.H. Booth Library’s Meeting Room, and the time frame of 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. remain unchanged.
Posted on November 27, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
NEWTOWN – State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) will be hosting three separate Legislative Listening Sessions over the coming weeks. All of these sessions will be held at the C.H. Booth Library’s Meeting Room from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The listening sessions are free and all Newtown residents are encouraged to attend.
The specific dates and details of each session are listed below:
Posted on October 25, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
NEWTOWN – State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), has issued the following update on Connecticut Department of Transportation and state contractor road projects in progress:
“With the help of DOT and its contractors, we’ve assembled the following updated project information for your knowledge. I am pleased to report real progress on each and a couple nearing completion. Of course, the nature of infrastructure improvement is a never ending process and a couple of our larger projects are long-term and still on the horizon. In the end, I hope we all agree that temporary inconveniences resulting in noticeable improvements in traffic flow, capacity, reliability of adjacent utilities and, most importantly, our safety, are positive steps to help us navigate these areas in our cars, bicycles or on foot.”
For those with comments or further questions about the status of each of the infrastructure projects listed below, or any other inquiries relating to our state government, Rep. Bolinsky can always be contacted by e-mailing Mitch.Bolinsky@housegop.ct.gov or by calling (860) 240-8700.
Details on each State of Connecticut DOT project are below:
Posted on October 4, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
NEWTOWN – State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) wants everyone to be aware that October, 2018 is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and would like to call your attention to The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury’s (WCOG) upcoming events to raise public awareness.
WCOG will be hosting their second annual Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance on Thursday, October 11, from 6:00-7:00pm at the Danbury Library Plaza. The organization will honor and remember the 24 local-victims who died as a direct result of domestic violence in their 13-town area by commemorating each by name.
If you can’t make it to the vigil, you can commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month by wearing purple and/or purple ribbons to your clothing on Thursday, October 18th. According to WCOG, this “Purple Thursday” event is designed to give honor and hope to victims who are currently experiencing domestic violence, to celebrate those who have survived and to raise awareness.
Posted on October 1, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
A number of new laws passed during the 2018 Legislative Session take effect today, October 1, 2018. These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community.
Among those Public Acts that will become law October 1st are the following measures that I supported:
Posted on September 12, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
On Friday, September 21, the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting the 2018 Stand Down event at the Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Connecticut’s veterans deserve the services that they have earned.
Several community providers will have booths set up at the event with specialists to help veterans receive and learn about their earned service benefits, employment opportunities, medical screenings, and legal services.