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National Drug Take Back Day – October 24th

Posted on October 21, 2020 by admin


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Saturday, October 24th is National Drug Take Back Day. There are many collection sites and medication drop boxes available across the state to properly dispose of unwanted medications.

National Take Back Day Collection Sites

Local Drug Collection Boxes

Help prevent over-the-counter (cough medicine, pain relievers, etc.) and prescription drug abuse by dropping off any unwanted, expired, or unused medicines, vitamins, or nutritional supplements. All medications must be in original containers, with

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Rep. Haines Votes for Electric Utility Reforms

Posted on October 1, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) voted in favor of legislation to reform Connecticut’s public utility regulations to address the failed tropical storm response and steep rate hikes from Eversource earlier this year.

The bill, “An Act Concerning Emergency Response by Electric Distribution Companies, the Regulation of Other Public Utilities and Nexus Provisions for Certain Disaster-Related or Emergency-Related Work Performed in the State” was passed by the House of Representatives during a special session on September 30th.

“Ratepayers were rightly furious with Eversource’s failed response to Tropical Storm Isaias,” said Rep. Haines. “Customers in East Haddam, East Hampton and Colchester went without power for days, and inadequate communication between Eversource and town governments prolonged road closures and slowed down storm recovery efforts.”

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Phase 3 Reopening October 8th

Posted on September 28, 2020 by admin


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Late last week, Gov. Lamont announced plans to move Connecticut into Phase 3. The plan is targeted to take effect on Thursday, October 8th.

Business changes in Phase 3 will include:

  • Increase from 50 percent to 75 percent capacity indoors – subject to COVID-19 safety requirements – for restaurants, personal services, hair salons, barber shops, and libraries;
  • Outdoor event venues (e.g. amphitheaters, race tracks, etc.) will increase from 25 percent to 50 percent capacity with masks and social distancing

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Veterans Stand Down September 24-25

Posted on September 15, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Department of Veterans Affairs will be holding the 2020 Veterans Stand Down virtually on Thursday, September 24th and Friday, September 25th.

This two-day event provides Connecticut’s Veterans with a wide variety of programs and services offered by State and Federal agencies, Veterans Organizations and Community Based Non-profits.

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Capitol Update 8.24.2020

Posted on August 24, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This Thursday, the Energy & Technology Committee will hold a public informational forum to address recent issues with our electric utility providers. Please read the bulletin announcement below for more information and instructions on how to submit public testimony. I am also sharing recent announcements from DOT regarding new signage on limited access highways in our region, and extended service for the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry.

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Sales Tax Free Week – August 16-22

Posted on August 14, 2020 by admin


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Dear Neighbors,

With our normal routines disrupted by the virus, I want to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 16th through Saturday, August 22nd.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item. Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price per item is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear

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PURA Announces Eversource Hearing

Posted on August 12, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Recently, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) temporarily suspended Eversource’s recent rate increase while it conducts a full review, the purpose of which is to ensure that Eversource is not over-collecting revenues in the short term at the expense of ratepayers.

PURA has scheduled a formal hearing process for Monday, August 24, at 10:00 a.m. (see official hearing notice below) in which Eversource will respond to questions posed by PURA and other formal parties

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Electric Rate Increases: PURA accepting public comment

Posted on July 31, 2020 by admin


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Friends and Neighbors,

Many of you have reached out to my office about Eversource’s recent unfair and debilitating electric rate hikes. As we face a global pandemic and high unemployment, now is no time to be drastically raising rates on residents and businesses.

I support a bipartisan effort calling for the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to suspend the increase to components of the Eversource delivery rate that increased July 1st. This letter was signed by all caucus leaders and the

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Judiciary Committee Listening Session on Police Accountability

Posted on July 16, 2020 by admin


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The Judiciary Committee will hold a virtual Listening Session regarding proposed legislation LCO #3471 “An Act Concerning Police Accountability” on Friday, July 17th at 10:00 a.m. This session is being held for the public to submit testimony and provide comment to committee members.

To access the rules of the Listening Session and for instructions on how to submit written testimony, please click the button below.

Testimony Instructions & Committee Rules

If you wish to speak at the Listening Session,

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RT 66 Culvert Replacement & Detour

Posted on July 9, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) has recently issued an announcement regarding culvert replacement on Route 66 that will require a detour beginning on July 23rd. Please read the press release below for more details:

Scheduled Two-Week Closure and Detour of Route 66 (East High Street) in East Hampton

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing the scheduled closure and detour of Route 66 (East High Street) for the planned replacement of

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