Madison ‘Panel Discussion on Youth Vaping’

Posted on November 4, 2019 by hbrooks


On Monday, November 18, from 7:00-8:00pm, I am hosting a ‘Panel Discussion on Youth Vaping’ with State Senator Christine Cohen.

The panel will be comprised of a group of medical experts, representatives from the Madison Police Department, high school principals, and members of our Youth & Family Services community. Together, we will be discussing the dangers associated with youth and teenage vaping and the precautions that parents and students can take in preventing this epidemic from spreading further.

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Happy Halloween!

Posted on October 31, 2019 by hbrooks


Halloween is around the corner, and I wanted to make you aware that, due to impending bad weather tomorrow, the Madison Trunk-or-Treat has been postponed. Please see below for new details.

Madison Trunk-or-Treat

November 1, 2019


Madison Town Green

Also, as we approach this much-anticipated fall celebration, I would like to share some safety and health tips so that you and your family can enjoy it without worry.*

Costume Safety:

  • Be sure your costumes are fire resistant—Jack-o-Lanterns,

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The Gates to the Durham Fair Grounds Are Open!

Posted on September 27, 2019 by krajcik


The gates to the Durham Fair grounds have officially opened! September 26th marks 100 years of putting on this historical event.

From now until Sunday the 29th, please join me in supporting all of our local volunteers that work the booths here. For some of these civic organizations, this is their main fundraiser for the entire year.

Friday night will include a performance from Big Little River and Saturday night will include a performance from Big & Rich.

On Sunday September 29th, the fair will

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Open for Business? Join Me For An Informational Forum

Posted on September 24, 2019 by krajcik


The 2019 legislative session was among the most impactful on the state’s business community in recent memory. The new taxes that were passed in the Democrats’ state budget will undoubtedly have a massive impact on our businesses in Madison and Durham.

With that in mind, I’m co-hosting a forum next week in Madison to provide information on legislative action that affects the state’s business community. I’ll be joined by state Rep. Vincent Candelora, and together we’ll cover topics such as the state’s

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The New Democrat “Meals Tax” Will Put a 7.35% Tax on a Long List of Groceries That Were Never Taxed Before, According to DRS

Posted on September 12, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – Today House Republican and Senate lawmakers held a press conference regarding newly released details on the “meals tax” included in the Democrat state budget set to go into effect October 1, 2019.

According to a Department of Revenue Services policy statement issued this week, the Democrat-approved 7.35% tax will be applied to a long list of food items that have never been taxed when sold in grocery stores before.

The tax will apply to not only prepared meals such as sandwiches, deli salads, pizza and hot buffet items, but also containers of lettuce, small packages of snacks, loose baked goods, wrapped salads, small servings of ice cream, and meal replacement bars. It also applies to fountain drinks including coffee and any beverage sold with a taxable “meal.”

“Any legislator who voted for this budget is responsible for raising food prices on families and seniors of Connecticut. My constituents who are just getting by will feel the increased costs of feeding their families,” said Rep. Noreen Kokoruda.

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Home Energy Efficiency Program

Posted on September 3, 2019 by admin


In preparation for colder months ahead this is a good time of year to check your home energy efficiency.

Windows, doors, and electrical outlets are all common areas for your cool/warm air to escape, causing air conditioner units and heaters to work harder and increase your energy usage. Weatherizing can help keep energy use down without sacrificing comfort.

Please know that both United Illuminating and Eversource offer a low-cost in-home assessment service, called Home Energy Solutions, that includes

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Tax Free Week Coming Soon…

Posted on August 12, 2019 by admin


A main staple in the month of August has always been the annual tax free week right before Connecticut students head back to school. This year legislators fought back attempts by the governor to end the weekly tax break event which benefits so many state families.

Per state statute, the 19th Annual Sales Tax Free Week begins on the third Sunday of August and runs until the following Saturday.

  • 2019 Sales Tax Free Week dates are: Sunday, August 18, through Saturday, August 24, 2019.

Tax Free Week

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Rep. Kokoruda Attends Ceremony to Praise a Major Federal Grant Awarded to Care 4 Kids

Posted on August 6, 2019 by admin


State Representative Noreen Kokoruda (R-101) joined fellow state officials at a ceremony in Hartford on July 17, 2019 to praise a $14 million federal grant that was recently awarded to the state’s Care 4 Kids program. Care 4 Kids helps lower income families who depend on childcare to partner with child care centers in order to help parents pay less for this expense. This reduction will take effect in September.

“This is a big win for so many people,” said Rep. Kokoruda. “This money will help many

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Bridge Maintenance on Interstate 95 North and South in Branford and Madison

Posted on July 31, 2019 by admin


The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a nighttime bridge maintenance project will be performed on Interstate 95 northbound and southbound in Branford and Madison, Monday, August 12, through Friday, September 13, 2019.


Motorists can expect lane closures on Interstate 95 North and South between Exit 53 (Short Beach) and Exit 63 (Rt.81) in Clinton. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The

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Durham Legislators Host Successful Town Hall Legislative Update

Posted on July 5, 2019 by admin


State Reps. Vincent Candelora (R-86) and Noreen Kokoruda (R-101) and State Sen. Len Fasano hosted a Town Hall legislative update on Tuesday, June 25th  at Durham Town Hall.

Constituents met with legislators from 6-8 p.m. to discuss the legislative session which came to a close on June 5th and to address local issues with their legislators. Of great concern to many constituents were the budget and the possibility of implementing tolls. Other topics discussed included forced immunization, state-run

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