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Opinion: The Fairfield Five – “Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.”

Posted on February 14, 2019 by admin


Fairfield County has long been recognized as an economic driver for Connecticut. This month, five municipalities in the County have proposed legislation to rev up that reputation.

Fairfield, Greenwich, Norwalk, Stamford, and Westport have formed a consortium (The Fairfield Five) whose goal is to jump start business, transportation, education, and tourism.  The genesis of the symbiotic endeavor was the full throttle quest in 2018 to entice Amazon to locate its HQ2 in Stamford, with compelling support of quality of life attributes from the other four municipalities.

HB 6185  — An Act Concerning a Pilot Program for Regional Marketing and Economic Development in Fairfield County — proposes to codify and provide matching funds for another collective effort.  The bipartisan legislation has received a public hearing in the Commerce Committee and is co-sponsored by the General Assembly delegations in the five municipalities.

The regional paradigm produced could be adapted and expanded state-wide.  Basic structural considerations to be addressed are:  lower and predictable taxes; streamlined permitting processes; an available and educated workforce; and an environment that encourages startups and small businesses.  The Fairfield Five are positioned well as a cluster in the economic development areas of technology, cyber security, medicine, entertainment, finance, education, and hospitality.

Existing ancillary amenities are:  diverse natural beauty; restaurants, vibrant venues for socializing, arts and culture; proximity to urban centers, including New York City; a robust education system and strong network of public and private institutions of higher learning; recreation and sports; and a variety of housing options – both type and price.

The economic engine potential of The Fairfield Five is exponential, and the pilot program (HB 6185) certainly merits a test drive.

Reusable Bag Press Event

Posted on February 6, 2019 by admin


WHO: Members of the Reusable Bag Alliance (including BYOCT, CCE, the CT Food Association, Surfrider Foundation, among others) will stand alongside legislators to talk about the impacts plastic bags have on our oceans, our marine life and our state recycling system, in addition to discussing legislative efforts to eliminate all bag pollution and promote reusable bags use in CT.

WHAT: CT Reusable Bag Alliance Press Event – declaration to eliminate plastic checkout bag pollution in Connecticut.

WHERE: Compo Beach, 60 Comp Beach Road, Westport, CT 06880

WHEN: This Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 1 p.m. (Rain/Snow date: this Sunday, February 10)


Letter to the Editor: Rep. Floren Thanks Greenwich First Selectman Tesei for Years of Service

Posted on February 4, 2019 by admin


Yogi Berra said: “You can observe a lot by watching.” As a 30-year member of the Peter J. Tesei  Fan Club, I have watched him always putting service first … service to family, service to community, and service to bipartisan principles.

Our bond spans three generations, has survived countless federal, state and local political campaigns, and shared many memories. We have been through it all – laughter and tears, joys and sorrows, births and deaths – life’s myriad twists and turns.

Honesty and honor are the hallmarks of Peter’s life and his leadership. As First Selectman for a record six terms, chair of the Board of Estimate and Taxation, member of the Representative Town Meeting, community volunteer, and businessman, Peter has charted a steady and sure course; he knew where Greenwich needed to go, and he knew how to get us there in an efficient, inclusive, and cost-effective way.

Peter is very good at what he does, and he has the credentials to accomplish even greater good going forward. Dedicated, trusted, qualified, and hardworking – a genuine leader who will always be remembered and revered.

Thank you and your family, Peter.

Livvy R. Floren, state representative, Greenwich and Stamford