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Rep. Green Discusses Tolls, Unfunded Pensions, and Legislation with Hebron Seniors

Posted on August 17, 2018 by jpheasant


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State Representative Robin Green (R-Marlborough) sits down alongside Seniors from Hebron to discuss various topics brought forth during the 2018 legislative session. Those in attendance voiced concerns with the prospect of Connecticut adding tolls, the state’s responsibility when it comes to unfunded pensions, and the types of bills the legislature took up during this years shortened session.

Staying Cool and Safe During Warmer Weather

Posted on August 6, 2018 by jpheasant


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The National Weather Service has issuing a heat advisory for all towns throughout the state. During Extreme Heat, the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) and Department of Public Health (DPH) have offered several ways to stay cool and safe during these warmer temperatures.

Those most at risk:
1. Infants and young children are especially sensitive to the effects of high temperatures.
2. People 65 or older may not compensate for heat stress efficiently and are less likely to sense and respond to change in temperature.
3. People who overexert themselves during work or exercise may become dehydrated and susceptible to heat sickness.
4. People who are physically ill, especially those with heart disease, high blood pressure or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation.

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Two Crumbling Foundations Amendments Receive Passage at Federal Level

Posted on August 3, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – On Tuesday, more than a dozen of my Republican colleagues in the House and Senate sent letters to the President of the United States, Senate Majority Leader, and House Speaker urging them to support three amendments from U.S. Senators Chris Murphy, Richard Blumenthal, and representatives John Larson and Joe Courtney that would provide assistance to those homeowners who have been affected by a crumbling foundation.

Wednesday we received word that two of the amendments we asked for passage received support.

House Amendment 292 to H.R. 3354 seeks to provide funding in the Community Development Block Grant program to examine the application of grant funds to mitigate and remediate the effects of pyrrhotite-related damage.

House Amendment 881 to H.R. 6147 seeks to provide funding for the U.S. Geological Survey to develop a map showing pyrrhotite occurrences across the United States. This would help to ensure residents of other states never have to grapple with this crisis in the future.

I want to thank Ben Carson, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, for visiting Connecticut in late May and getting a firsthand look at the issue that has affect many of our residents. This meeting has now opened the door on the federal level to help foster ongoing discussions and it is of vital importance that we continue to work alongside the current Republican administration in Washington D.C. in order to do all that we can to ensure this issue is resolved.

To view the letters click the links below:

State Rep. Robin Green to Host a Legislative Recap For Seniors

Posted on July 30, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Representative Robin Green (R-55) will be holding a Legislative Recap for Hebron seniors in August at the Senior Center.

Rep. Green will use this forum to discuss the 2018 Legislative Session along with any other state-wide issues that are important to the seniors of Hebron.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 15th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Hebron Senior Center, 14 Stonecroft Dr., Hebron

This event is free of charge and open to the public. If you have any questions, or are unable to attend but would still like to connect with Representative Green, please call 1-800-842-1423 or email her at Robin.Green@housegop.ct.gov for more information.

Please check your representative’s website for any cancellations prior to the scheduled meeting date.

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Rep. Green represents the 55th district, including the towns of Andover, Bolton, Hebron, and Marlborough.

Rep. Green Discusses Preservation and Environmental Topics on Tour of Bolton Lake

Posted on July 26, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – In conjunction with Connecticut Lake Awareness Week, State Representative Robin Green (R-55) spent an evening on a guided pontoon boat tour of Bolton Lake.

The Bolton Lake system is made up of three freshwater lakes; Upper Bolton Lake, Middle Bolton Lake, and Lower Bolton Lake. In total, the lake system encompasses approximately 2,000 acres between the towns of Bolton, Vernon, Tolland, and Coventry.

“I want to thank the Friends of Bolton Lake for the tour and for sharing your beautiful lake with me,” Rep. Green said. “About six years ago, it was plagued with a green pea like fungus which covered most of the lake, but thanks to the help from the Friends of Bolton Lake and a state grant they were able to clear the lake of this invasive species.”

Rep. Green sits alongside Shelly Jewell, President of the Friends of Bolton Lake Association, during her tour of Bolton Lake.

Rep. Green met up with Peter VanDine, Science Committee Director, Shelly Jewell, President of the Friends of Bolton Lake Association, Secretary, Leona Crosskey her husband Bill.

According to The Friends of Bolton Lakes (FBL), a 150 member non-profit organization, their goal is to protect and enhance the ecological health of the watershed and its surround areas. Since inception in 2013, the group has helped provide remediation of the lower lake, collaborated with state and local towns to monitor winter drawdowns, hosted community forums, and created a science committee to gather water quality and chemistry data.

Tuesday’s tour was scheduled to take place during Lake Awareness Week, but ultimately had to be postponed due to inclement weather.

Rep. Green Signs Petition to Fight Against 10M Toll Study

Posted on July 25, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – The Special State Bonding Commission met today 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.

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 disappointing and concerning how Governor Malloy on his way out has no concerns for the current budget crisis Connecticut is currently facing,” Rep. Green said. “The budget crisis is real and the road we are heading down is not a good one for the taxpayers of Connecticut.”

Representative Green joined her fellow Republican representatives have signed petitions to send to the Secretary of the State in order 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.”

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, 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 a state representative, we have an obligation to stand up for the nearly 22,000 people who live in our communities, and this decision eliminates that right,” Green said.

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.

Rep. Green Listens to Retired Chief During School Safety Meeting

Posted on July 24, 2018 by jpheasant


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State Representative Robin Green (R-55) listens to a presentation by retired Enfield Police Chief, Carl Sferrazza during Tuesday’s School Safety Caucus meeting. Sferrazza was on hand to present a security program Enfield implemented and how those steps have increased school safety throughout the district. The meeting also featured Gary Harrison, Head of Security for Enfield Public Schools. Harrison spoke from a ground level perspective on what he felt works, doesn’t work, and what would be helpful in the future for school security and its funding.

Rep. Green Disappointed Malloy Using Executive Order to Push $10M Toll Study

Posted on July 18, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – Last night, Governor Malloy announced he will be imposing his power of executive order to request the Department of Transportation conduct a $10 million dollar feasibility study for the purpose of implementing electronic tolls.

In his statement, Gov. Malloy said “During this past legislative session, we heard time and again from legislators that they wished for more information regarding electronic tolling, including specific recommendations with respect to its possible implementation.”

“The Democrats had multiple opportunities during the legislative session to bring one of the many toll-related bills to the floor of the House for a vote and/or discussion, the truth is, they not only didn’t have the support within their own caucus but the people that they are elected to represent didn’t want them either,” Rep. Green said. “Governor Malloy using his executive order to bypass the legislature and people of Connecticut just five months before he leaves office is beyond unacceptable and our residents deserve better.”

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Rep. Green Concludes Second Successful U.S. Flag Collection

Posted on July 17, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Representative Robin Green (R-55) has recently wrapped up her second annual collection of worn, tattered, torn, or otherwise unusable U.S. Flags for retirement.

“It was an honor to have been able to take part in the collection of old and weathered U.S. flags in our district,” Rep. Green said. “The U.S. flag deserves the utmost amount of respect and thanks to everyone who participated in the collection especially the Marlborough American Legion Post 197, who will ensure these flags receive the proper retirement ceremony.”

According to United States Flag Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8(k), specifies that “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

Collection boxes were placed at the Andover Town Hall, Bolton Town Hall, Hebron Town Hall, and the Marlborough Town Hall in order to provide residents with an opportunity to drop off any flag whose condition was no longer deemed serviceable. Approximately 100 flags in total were donated between the four collection locations.

As of today, the Marlborough American Legion Post 197 has yet to set a date for the official retirement ceremony.

Rep. Green prepares to transport one of the four boxes of U.S. Flags collected during the flag collection event. All U.S. Flags were donated to the Marlborough American Legion Post 197 who will conduct a proper retirement ceremony.

Rep. Green Tours ‘State-Of-The-Art’ Home for Local Seniors

Posted on July 13, 2018 by jpheasant


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HEBRON – State Representative Robin Green (R-55) spent a few hours earlier this week with members from local chambers of commerce as part of a tour and grand opening ceremony of Colebrook Village, a new senior living facility located in Hebron.

“Having Colebrook Village in Hebron is a win-win for not only the community but for our the many seniors who will utilize their care,” Rep. Green said. “This facility features state-of-the-art amenities while also offering a secure facility, nurturing staff, and a plethora of activities for our local seniors to enjoy.”

Colebrook specializes in independent and assisted living for men and women 55 and older along. They also provide care for those living with memory loss. The three storied facility will contain 113 apartment styled studio, one bedroom, or two bedroom homes. Room sizes range from 833 ft2 for a one bedroom, up to 1189 ft2 for a two bedroom apartment. To date, approximately 30 of the total spaces available are currently filled.

In addition to amenities such as a salon, library, chapel and fitness center, Colebrook Village will also have a theater with daily movies and a pub where residents can watch T.V. while enjoying in their very own happy hours and other social related events.

Colebrook Village is located at 105 Main Street in Hebron and was modeled after its sister community Stonebrook Village, located in Windsor Locks.

State Rep. Robin Green talks with Pamela Krist Atwood, Executive Director for Colebrook Village, during her tour of the newly built senior facility.