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Rep. Frey Arranges for Trooper 1 to Land at Boy & Girls Club of Ridgefield

Posted on August 24, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative John Frey (R-111) arranged to have Trooper 1, the Connecticut State Police’s helicopter, land at the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield on Friday, August 17th, 2018.

“The aviation unit of the Connecticut State police generously volunteered their time to make this day extra special for the members of the Boys and Girls Club of Ridgefield,” Rep. Frey said. “Everyone had a great time and I’m glad we were able to make this happen. I’d like to thank the State Police, especially pilot Adam McCumber, as well as Boys and Girls Club director Mike Flynn. The club does great things for the children in our community, and that was evident today.”

The Aviation Unit of the Connecticut State Police provides aerial support for law enforcement including surveillance, highway patrol and criminal investigations. “Trooper 1” is a Bell 407 helicopter, N1903A and is currently the only helicopter actively used by the Aviation Unit. It can carry up to four occupants, and can also serve medical, firefighting and search and rescue purposes, if needed. The helicopter was purchased in 2001 and accumulates roughly 500 flight hours per year.

The Boys and Girls Club of Ridgefield provides learning and extracurricular activities for students after school and during vacations. Their five core areas include the arts, character & leadership, education, health & life skills, and sports, fitness & recreation.

 

Rep. Frey Calls on Bond Commission to Remove Governor’s $10 Million Toll Study from Agenda

Posted on July 19, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – State Representative John Frey (R-111) today urged the State Bond Commission to remove from their agenda an item bonding $10 million to study the impact of electronic tolling on Connecticut highways. The agenda item would borrow money to pay for the study and is a request from Governor Dan Malloy, who chairs the Bond Commission and decides which items are on the agenda.

The study would explore tolls on all major Connecticut highways, including Interstates 95, 91, and 84, along with the Merritt and Wilbur Cross parkways.

Rep. Frey, who also serves as Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Transportation Bonding Sub-Committee and sits as an ex-officio member of the Bond Commission, offered the following statement in response to the announcement.

“To request $10 million in borrowed money to pay for a study exploring the impact of tolling is to completely disregard the interests of Connecticut taxpayers. The legislature has considered various proposals for tolling and several proposals to study tolling over the past 5 years, but they have never received enough support.  That is likely because we in the legislature are aware of several studies that indicate what should be obvious – tolls would make life in Connecticut more unaffordable for commuters and their families.

“Instead of studying how we can ask for more money from Connecticut taxpayers, we ought to study how we can reduce their tax burden. We need to be studying how we can reduce the gas tax while at the same time spend transportation funding more efficiently and with lower administrative costs.

“A $10 million toll study is a textbook example of frivolous spending and it is a particular brazen request from a governor who is out the door in January. I urge the State Bond Commission to refuse the governor’s request and take this item off of their agenda.”

The State Bond Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 25.

Rep. Frey Update: Happy Independence Day!

Posted on July 3, 2018 by rjoslyn


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Dear Friend,

I hope you will take some time today to celebrate the birth of our nation and reflect on the war that was fought for our independence.

The United States is a country founded on the principles of freedom and liberty, which is what makes it the greatest country to ever exist.

It is also a holiday spent enjoying at barbecues and fireworks shows with family and friends.

I ask that you join me in honoring the brave soldiers who made our country’s independence possible, as well as the men and women in uniform currently stationed around the globe who preserve our freedom and liberty every day.

In Ridgefield, a fireworks celebration is again scheduled for today on the grounds of Ridgefield High School.  Rain appears to be a possibility for tonight. If that is the case, then the rain date is tomorrow, July 5.

Gates open at 6pm and fireworks begin after dark.  Parking passes can be purchased at the entrance to RHS.

Although grilling and alcoholic drink are prohibited, a variety of food trucks and vendors will be on site.

I wish you and your family a wonderful Fourth of July holiday!