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Rep. Will Duff Finishes Diaper Drive with Hopeline of Danbury

Posted on October 22, 2018 by jdooley


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DANBURY – In cooperation with Hopeline of Danbury, State Representatives Will Duff (R-2), along with his legislative colleagues hailed the 2nd Annual Diaper Drive as a big success for the greater Danbury community. 

“I am never surprised by the generosity of our residents, thank you to all who gave to the drive. We live in a great and giving community, you always come through when there is a need,” said Rep. Will Duff. “Diapers an essential baby item. Approximately, 250-300 diapers a month are needed for the first year of a baby’s life.”

The Diaper Drive’ collected thousands diapers for in-need families in the greater Danbury region. 

According to state statistics, a month’s supply of diapers can cost over $100. Unfortunately, the vast majorities of licensed day care centers do not accept cloth diapers, and require parents and caregivers to provide a steady supply of disposable diapers. 

Most people living in poverty do not have affordable access to washing facilities. Furthermore, most coin-operated laundromats do not allow customers to wash cloth diapers for health and sanitary reasons. Additionally, most low income parents can’t afford a membership to a discount club like BJ’s or Costco where diapers are less expensive. 

For anyone who missed the diaper drive but still wishes to donate, please contact Hopeline of Danbury at www.hopelineprc.org or call 203.207.4673.

 

 

Rep. Will Duff Co-sponsoring Danbury, Bethel Redding Diaper Drive

Posted on September 12, 2018 by jdooley


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I have teamed up with my Danbury, Bethel Redding colleagues and Hopeline of Danbury to host a month-long diaper drive to help in-need families in our area. Residents can donate opened or unopened packages at one of five locations.

Donate any time from Sept. 13th to Oct. 11th.

Bethel Municipal Center at 1 School Street, Bethel
Bethel Library at 189 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel
Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury
Redding Town Hall, 100 Hill Road, Redding
Mark Twain Library, 439 Redding Rd, West Redding

Rep. Will Duff Signs Special Session Petition to Stop $10 Million Toll Study

Posted on July 26, 2018 by jdooley


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HARTFORD – The Special State Bonding Commission met Wednesday and approved a funding request submitted by Governor Malloy via executive order for a $10 million dollar feasibility study for the purpose of implementing tolls, state Rep. Will Duff joined his fellow Republican House members in signing a petition to request the General Assembly meet for a “special session for the purpose of prohibiting the expenditure of taxpayer funds to study and evaluate the establishment of tolls in Connecticut.

The only two Republican Bond Commission members voted against the $10 million expenditure. State Comptroller, Kevin P. Lembo, was the only other member to vote against this request.

“It is very discouraged that the will of the people has been undermined by Gov. Malloy. During the 2018 regular session, the General Assembly decided against moving forward with a toll study due to a lack of votes. The bill never received a debate or vote in the House of Representatives,” said Rep. Duff. “Spending $10 million on a toll study no one wants is a complete waste of taxpayer dollars.”

The petitions will be delivered to Secretary of the State for certification today.

Per the Governor’s executive order for a toll study request, DOT would conduct the following:

  • Prepare a comprehensive assessment for possible electronic tolling on I-95, I-91, I-84, Route 8, the Wilbur Cross Parkway, the Merritt Parkway, and any other limited access highways as determined by the DOT Commissioner, which includes potential toll monitoring and specifies proposed toll charges;
  • Explore potential ways to provide discounts, tax credits, or other value-pricing options to Connecticut residents while ensuring out-of-state drivers contribute their fair share;
  • Explore plans that could reduce motor vehicle fuel taxes; and
  • Study the environmental impacts of electronic tolling systems.

As chairman of the commission, Gov. Malloy has the discretion to determine which items are included in any boding meeting. It was a forgone conclusion that this study would be one of the items included in today’s agenda.