Orange Lawmakers Host Legislative Updates

Posted on June 21, 2019 by jdooley

ORANGE – State Reps. Themis Klarides, Charles Ferraro, and Kathy Kennedy met with constituents over coffee on Friday, June 14th and at the Orange Senior Center on Monday, June 17th to provide a 2019 legislative update and to answer questions.

Rep. Kennedy said, “My hope in the future is Connecticut lawmakers stop punishing businesses that want to stay and do business here. Continuing to raise their taxes and overburden the businesses they run with more state regulations, will only lead to less

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Kennedy: Nighttime Resurfacing on Interstate 95 in Milford

Posted on June 19, 2019 by jdooley

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a nighttime milling and resurfacing project will be performed on Interstate 95 northbound and southbound in Milford, beginning Sunday, June 16, 2019.

The project consists of milling and resurfacing a .52 mile section of Interstate 95 Northbound and Southbound in Milford.  The milling and resurfacing segment of this project is scheduled to occur on Sunday, June 23, 2019 through Friday, June 28, 2019.


Motorists can expect

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Kennedy Honors Foran Teacher

Posted on June 13, 2019 by jdooley

MILFORD- State Rep. Kathy Kennedy (R-119) visited Foran High School this week to recognize one of their teacher’s Walton “Wally” Rollins on his retirement after 35 years of employment with the Milford Public Schools and 42 years in the educational field. 

Rep. Kennedy presented Wally with an official state citation for his many years of service to the students of Foran High School.  

Rep. Kennedy said, “Mr. Rollins will be sorely missed for his incredible dedication and personal commitment to kids

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Milford Legislators to have Office Hour with Constituents

Posted on June 10, 2019 by jdooley

MILFORD- Milford State Reps. Kathy Kennedy (R-119) and Charles Ferraro (R-117) will be holding a legislative office hour in Milford for constituents next month.

  • WHAT: Milford Office Hour
  • WHEN: Wednesday, July 10, 6:00 – 7:00pm
  • WHERE: Milford Public Library on 57 New Haven Ave., Milford


The legislators invite the public to hear an update on the just completed 2019 Legislative Session, and residents are encouraged to ask questions about any issue.  The hours will run from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Rep. Kennedy Slams State Budget & $2 Billion Tax Hikes on Middle Class

Posted on June 4, 2019 by jdooley

HARTFORD – State Rep. Kathy Kennedy (R-119) along with her House Republican colleagues Monday after hours of debate unanimously rejected the budget plan that raises hundreds of millions in sales taxes, raids the transportation fund to pay for ongoing services and hikes income taxes on thousands of small business owners.

Parking garages, the Internet, dry cleaners, restaurants, plastic bags and scores of other goods and services will all cost Connecticut consumers more beginning July 1 due to sales tax hikes. Thousands of business owners operating as LLCs will pay an estimated $50 million more in income taxes under the Pass through Entity tax because of the scheme hatched by the majority in order to close an estimated $3 billion deficit over the next two years that is of their making.

Overall, taxes were raised by $752 million over two years, not including the tax on hospitals.

Instead, Republicans offered a series of amendments to reduce government spending, shrink the bloated bureaucracy, privatize certain state agencies, preserve funding for the Special Transportation Fund and keep intact pension exemptions for seniors, as well as send more money for towns and cities. Municipalities would get an additional 5 percent in funding in the second year of the budget.

“This budget document is heartbreaking to me. Many of my constituents are struggling to make ends meet. I hear daily stories that families are forced to choose between paying one monthly bill over another and now the General Assembly and Gov. Lamont will make living in Connecticut even more expensive with the new taxes the working class,” said Rep. Kennedy.

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Orange Legislators to have Office Hours with Constituents

Posted on June 4, 2019 by jdooley

ORANGE- State Reps. Themis Klarides (R-114), Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Kathy Kennedy (R-119) will be holding a post-session office hours in Orange for constituents in June.

WHAT: Orange Post-Session Office Hour
WHEN: Monday, June 17
TIME: 6:30 – 7:30pm
WHERE: High Plains Community Center Cafeteria, 525 Orange Center Rd., Orange

With the session ending June 5 at midnight, the legislators will go over the major issues debated in the 2019 legislative session, like the two-year state budget, tolls,

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Kennedy, State Lawmakers Host Fire Service Day at the State Capitol

Posted on May 29, 2019 by jdooley

HARTFORD- In celebration of Fire Service Day at the State Capitol, State Rep. Kathy Kennedy (R-Milford) met with area firefighters and discussed pending state legislation important to their profession as firefighters.

“I would like to send a huge thank you to all firefighters and emergency response personnel in Connecticut who play such a critical role in keeping our community safe,” said Rep. Kennedy who was the first civilian female Fire Marshal in the State of Connecticut.


Kennedy: Nighttime Bridge Maintenance, I-95 NB & SB in Milford

Posted on May 23, 2019 by jdooley

Nighttime Bridge Maintenance, I-95 Northbound and Southbound in Milford

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a nighttime bridge maintenance project will be performed on I-95 NB & SB in Milford, beginning Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

The project consists of structural steel repairs to the I-95 NB & SB Bridge #00144 (West River St. underpass) in Milford. This project is scheduled to occur the evening of Tuesday, May 28, 2019 to the morning of Friday, May 31, 2019.


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Kennedy Hails Passage of Ban on Single-Use Styrofoam

Posted on May 23, 2019 by jdooley

HARTFORD- State Rep. Kathy Kennedy (R-119) supported a bipartisan proposal that prohibits a restaurant or caterer from providing or distributing to consumers single use containers made of expanded polystyrene beginning July 1, 2021.

“This bill seeks to address environmental and health concerns by prohibiting the use of polystyrene containers by restaurants and other food establishments, said Rep. Kennedy, who represents the some of the Milford coast. Right now polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam, has a negative impact on the environment and the Long Island Sound coastline.”

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State Rep. Kathy Kennedy: Bill to Increase Penalties For Dealing And Manufacturing Fentanyl Passes In The House

Posted on May 16, 2019 by jdooley

Bill calls for fentanyl to be defined as a “narcotic substance” increasing sentencing to no less than 15 years and/or a $50,000 fine

HARTFORD, CT – State Representatives Kathy Kennedy, Themis Klarides, and Charles Ferraro, praised the passage of legislation on Tuesday, May 14th to increase penalties for the dealing and manufacturing of fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives.

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, submitted this bill in an effort to legislatively address the opioid crisis and curtail the growing use and distribution of fentanyl and fentanyl laced drugs throughout Connecticut.

“Connecticut needs to severely punish these street dealers and fentanyl manufacturers for selling this deadly drug. Changing the definition of fentanyl to a narcotic permits state prosecutors and judges to level tougher prison sentences,” said Rep. Kennedy, who has personally seen the devastation of the opioid epidemic. “Let’s stop the proliferation of fentanyl on our streets now.

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