Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Westbrook

Connecticut River Valley Legislators Host Lyme Disease Forum

Posted on July 9, 2018 by admin


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, Lyme Connection is available to host informational forums for a variety of groups and can be reached at


Rep. Carney Earns 100 Percent Voting Record

Posted on July 2, 2018 by admin


State Representative Devin Carney (R-23) 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.

“I have always made it a priority to be present for every vote,” said Rep. Carney. “In my opinion, the most important part of my job is to ensure the people of Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook are heard on each and every piece of legislation that comes before the General Assembly. I am proud to have achieved this distinction for the district for the fourth year in a row.”

Representative Carney currently serves as ranking member of the Transportation Committee, and is on the Environment Committee and the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.

For an overview of important legislation addressed in the 2018 legislative session visit the Office of Legislative Research website:

Anyone with questions, ideas or concerns about state-related issues can contact Representative Carney’s office at or 860-240-8700.

Rep. Carney Disappointed in Senate Democrats for Not Overriding Malloy Vetoes

Posted on July 2, 2018 by admin


State Representative Devin Carney (R-23) joined members of the General Assembly’s House and Senate chambers on Monday, June 25th for a veto session to overturn Governor Malloy’s veto of seven bills. In order to override a governor’s veto, two-thirds of the members present must vote to do so. Since five of the seven bills were Senate bills and the Senate failed to override any of those five, not all had the opportunity to reach the House chamber.

Governor Malloy vetoed several important pieces of legislation which would have benefitted taxpayers, local education, and manufacturing jobs,” Rep. Carney said. “All of these bills passed with strong support from legislators on both sides of the aisle, so it boggles the mind as to why the Democrats in the State Senate refused to override some of the governor’s more outrageous vetoes. With their lack of courage, it is clear that many of these senators care more about being in the governor’s favor than supporting hardworking taxpayers and small businesses in the State of Connecticut.”

Following the passage of the compromise budget in October, Governor Malloy used an executive order to cut funding mid-year to several towns across the state. P.A. 18-35, had the veto been overridden, would have prohibited future governors from making rescissions to a school board’s education cost sharing grant during the fiscal year. Towns have asked for more predictability and sustainability from the legislature, which resulted in this bill.

Despite the bill’s unanimous passage in the Senate on May 9th and overwhelming support in the House, 117-32, the governor vetoed P.A. 18-35 earlier this month. While every Republican in the House and Senate voted in favor of the override, ten Senate Democrats changed their position during the veto session, effectively killing the bill. Those senators voting against the override included Eastern Connecticut State Senator Cathy Osten, who actually co-sponsored the legislation.  Manchester State Senator Steve Cassano, who also co-sponsored the bill, decided to skip that particular vote despite being present for all other votes that day; no reason was given.

Another bill vetoed by the governor was S.B. 528, An Act Concerning State Contract Assistance Provided To Certain Municipalities, which corrected the improper financial bailout of Hartford. This legislation aimed to limit the bailout and reduce the backroom deal Governor Malloy signed with Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin. S.B. 528 originally passed the House 105-45 and Senate 28-6, enough votes to easily override any veto if legislators voted the same during the veto session. Unfortunately, only one of the Senate Democrats voted to override the veto, despite every one of them supporting the bill initially. In this past fiscal year, Hartford was given $420,446,241 in taxpayer money, not including the monies given to non-profits in Hartford.

S.B. 261, An Act Extending the Manufacturing Apprenticeship Tax Credit to Pass-Through Entities, would allow pass-through companies – those set up as S corporations or limited liability companies (LLCs) that pass business profits to the owner and are taxed at his or her individual rate –  to utilize the apprenticeship tax credit when filing personal income taxes. The manufacturing apprenticeship credit is equivalent to the lesser of $6 per hour, $7,500, or 50 percent of the actual apprenticeship wages for each apprentice employed by a given company, and expires on a schedule determined by the length of the apprenticeship. The tax credit is currently available to C Corporations. This legislation passed the Senate unanimously, but 13 Senate Democrats changed their mind and refused to override the governor’s veto.

A recent survey of 48 local businesses on behalf of the Connecticut Association of Smaller Manufacturers (CASM) showed that 85 percent of Connecticut’s small manufacturing businesses are organized as S-corporations or LLCs. Further, 65 percent of respondents said the tax credit would allow them to hire between 1-3 new employees, and 15 percent said they could hire more than 4 new employees. This failure to override means approximately 121 new jobs will not be created.