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Update on Vaccine Distribution

Posted on January 15, 2021 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Vaccine distribution has been well under way in Connecticut since late December with roughly 160,000 doses administered to date. Distribution started with Phase 1a which included healthcare workers, first responders and long-term care facility residents. With the start of Phase 1b scheduled for January 18th, more members of the general public will become eligible to receive the vaccine.

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Participate in the “Virtual” Legislative Session

Posted on January 13, 2021 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Unlike previous years, most of the legislative session will be held virtually. While the Capitol and Legislative Office Building continue to be closed, there are still important opportunities for public input.

Our caucus has created an online virtual guide for constituents to follow the action at the Capitol. Included on this page are links to live stream committee meetings, public hearings, access to the daily event calendar, a link to CT-N’s website, information on committees

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Capitol Update 1.8.2021

Posted on January 11, 2021 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This Wednesday the General Assembly officially began the 2021 regular legislative session that will run until June 9th. The “long session” is used to establish a state budget and introduce bills of a general nature.

Most of this year’s session will be conducted remotely, as you may have already heard. This means that committee hearings, floor votes, and even office hours will be mostly conducted through Zoom, with lawmakers observing social distancing. While the Capitol Complex will remain closed to the public, there are many new opportunities to participate in the process and make sure your voice is heard.

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Rep. Cheeseman Begins Third Term

Posted on January 6, 2021 by admin


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HARTFORD – On Wednesday, January 6, State Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-37) took the oath of office for her third term as State Representative for the 37th District which includes the towns of East Lyme and Salem. To accommodate social distancing, the ceremony was held outdoors on the north steps of the Capitol under partially cloudy skies.

“This session we need to concentrate on the most pressing issue facing our constituents; COVID recovery. This includes continuing our public health efforts – especially for our seniors and nursing home residents who have suffered the most-, addressing challenges such as domestic violence which increased during the pandemic response, and putting renewed emphasis on our economic health,” said Rep. Cheeseman. “Connecticut residents cannot afford a slow recovery. As the Ranking Member of the Finance Committee, I will advocate for policies to help employers and employees to weather the crisis and grow in the future.”

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Bell Ringing with the Salvation Army – Dec. 19th

Posted on December 17, 2020 by admin


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This Saturday afternoon, I will be ringing the bell for the Salvation Army with State Senator Paul Formica at the Stop & Shop in East Lyme. Funds collected will go to help those in need in our community and across our region.

Saturday, December 19th from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Stop & Shop – 248 Flanders Road, East Lyme, CT

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House Republicans Announce Pandemic Relief Package To Help Bars & Restaurants

Posted on December 16, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD—House Republicans on Wednesday pointed to the dire need to help Connecticut’s bars and restaurants while announcing they’ll introduce legislation aimed at providing relief to these business owners who have been hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The bars and restaurants on our main streets are critical to local economies, drawing people to our communities and nearby businesses while providing vital income for thousands of residents,”

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Capitol Update 12.11.2020

Posted on December 11, 2020 by admin


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Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

The State of Connecticut has begun preparations for a phased roll out of COVID-19 vaccinations. The first phase is anticipated by the end of the year, the goal is for all residents to have access to the vaccination by late spring or early summer 2021. More information will be posted on the state’s coronavirus portal:

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PPP Loan Forgiveness

According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), borrowers may be eligible for loan forgiveness if the funds

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Rep. Cheeseman Appointed Ranking Member of the Finance Committee

Posted on December 5, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – On Friday, State Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-37) was appointed Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee by House Republican Leader-elect State Representative Vincent Candelora (R-86). A Ranking Member serves as the leader of the minority party in committee meetings and works with the Committee Leadership to bring forward legislation.

“As Connecticut navigates its course out of the pandemic, I look forward to working with committee members and

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Rep. Cheeseman Joins House Republican Call to Help Struggling Businesses

Posted on December 4, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-37) joined House Republican Leader-elect Vincent Candelora (R-86) on Thursday to call for additional efforts to help struggling businesses and employees.

House Republicans outlined actions that need immediate attention, including: shoring up the state’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, allowing businesses more time to pay the second half of their personal property taxes, and delaying the implementation of the paid family leave payroll tax that

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Small Business Saturday & Niantic Holiday Stroll

Posted on November 27, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Due to the continued impact on local businesses from COVID-19, we know that small businesses need our support now more than ever as they struggle to keep their doors open and employees working. This weekend consider supporting our local businesses during your holiday shopping. Remember, many small businesses offer the ability for you to shop online from your home if you prefer to support them that way.

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