Kokoruda to Hold Office Hours in Madison

Posted on September 21, 2018 by admin


State Rep. Noreen Kokoruda will hold office hours at the Madison Town Hall, located at 8 Campus Drive, on Tuesday, October 2, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

This meeting will serve as an opportunity for constituents to ask questions or share their ideas and concerns about state government. Anyone with questions can also contact Kokoruda’s office at 860-842-1423.

Kokoruda represents the 101st General Assembly District, which includes Madison and Durham.

Area Legislators Announce Durham Coffee Hours

Posted on September 21, 2018 by admin


The public is invited to Coffee Hours with State Representatives Vincent Candelora and Noreen Kokoruda on Wednesday, October 3, at Dunkin Donuts, located at 38 Main St., in Durham from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

This meeting is an opportunity for residents to express any concerns they may have and to ask questions pertaining to state government.

This event is free and open to the public.

CT DOT Announces Steps to Help CTrail Shore Line East Customers

Posted on September 21, 2018 by admin


The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that it is taking several steps to improve communication with CTrail Shore Line East (SLE) rail customers and the reliability of the aging SLE rail fleet. As a result of an Amtrak construction project and the ongoing rehabilitation of locomotives, the service has not been operating at levels customers have come to expect.

Several steps are being taken in response to specific feedback received from customers at public forums and train rides by CTDOT management.

Amtrak, which operates SLE under contract to CTDOT, will expand the hours at the maintenance shop to three shifts, seven days a week in early October, and immediately  increase over time allowances to repair out-of-service locomotives and rail cars.  In order to reduce the impact to customers when trains are unexpectedly canceled, buses will be on standby at stations until more reliable service can be maintained.

To improve communications, CTDOT management staff will be riding SLE trains for the next 30 days to monitor the situation and talk to customers.  SLE customer service hours will be extended until the end of evening peak through the end of October.  Customers are encouraged to call or email CTrides with any continuing concerns, so appropriate action can be taken. Also, by the end of October, customers will be able to sign up to receive customized alerts by text and email to stay informed of the status of their train, instead of having to monitor @SLEalerts on Twitter for information.


CT Veterans Stand Down 2018

Posted on September 17, 2018 by admin

The Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs is hosting their annual “Stand Down” event for veterans on September 21, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs main campus located at 287 West Street in Rocky Hill.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the veterans in our community to receive free employment and job training guidance. More than 30 government agencies and social services organizations will be offering education and recovery based services, as well as information about state and Veterans’ Administration benefits, and legal, motor vehicle and housing matters.

Medical, dental, eye care, hearing and mental health screenings – as well as free clothing – will also be provided. Pre-registration is not required, but the DOL asks that attendees arrive no later than 12:00 p.m. and encourage that you bring documentation verifying your military service/veteran status.

If you are in need of transportation to the event, please know that the Department of Transportation is providing free bus services from a number of locations around the state.

For more information, please call 860-616-3803Click here for a state-wide transportation schedule.

Please share this information with those who may benefit!

Best Regards,

Rep. Noreen Kokoruda

As always, if you are unable to attend but would still like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Noreen.Kokoruda@housegop.ct.gov for more information.

Free Dental Clinic for Veterans, 9/11

Posted on September 5, 2018 by admin


A free dental care event for veterans is coming to Connecticut! 

Aspen Dental’s MouthMobile – a 42-foot-long dentist office on wheels – is coming to Hartford on September 11th to provide free care to local veterans as part of this year’s 30-stop cross-country tour. Dentists and their teams from area Aspen Dental practices are volunteering their services for the event.

·Date: Tuesday, September 11th

·Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

·Place: Connecticut Capital State Park, 210 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106 

If you or someone you know is interested and would like to set up an appointment, please reach out to Mary Harris at (860) 436-9986 to schedule your visit.     

Aspen Dental is working with American Legion Department of Connecticut to identify interested veterans and schedule their appointments. The MouthMobile, which will be parked at the State Capital Park, is handicap accessible and fully equipped with two operatories, digital X-rays and a denture lab.

The Healthy Mouth Movement, sponsored by Aspen Dental, is a community giving initiative that works to provide millions of veterans living throughout the United States who either live where there is little or no access to care or who face other barriers like expensive costs, lack of insurance, or fear, with an opportunity to receive free dental care.

For more information about the Healthy Mouth Movement visit www.aspendental.com/about/healthy-mouth-movement.

As always, if you are unable to attend but would still like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Noreen.Kokoruda@housegop.ct.gov for more information.

Long Awaited Bus Service from Madison to Middletown Begins

Posted on August 28, 2018 by admin


Below you will find a press release from 9 Town Transit regarding the exciting launch of a new bus route from Madison to Middletown. Please read on for details concerning route locations, schedule, and fares.


9 Town Transit (9TT), operated by the Estuary Transit District (EDT) has announced that, as of August 27th, is launching a new bus route from Madison to Middletown along Rts. 1, 81, and 154.  This route represents a partnership among the EDT, the towns, businesses, and educational institutions.


The route begins in the center of Madison and travels along Routes 1 in Madison and Clinton, 81 in Clinton, Killingworth and Haddam and 154 to Middlesex Community college and downtown Middletown.  Free connections are available to CT Transit New Haven, CT Transit Hartford and Middletown Area Transit bus services, as well as connections to the other 9 Town Transit routes.


Although this route has specific time points along the way through the towns of Madison, Clinton, Killingworth and Haddam, riders may flag the bus down from any safe location along the route.  All buses are handicapped accessible.


“This route will offer Killingworth regularly scheduled public transportation for the first time. Killingworth seniors, students, and businesses will all benefit greatly from such a route.  It will also help make our town attractive to a new generation that is eager to be less dependent on private cars,” says Killingworth First Selectwoman Cathy Iino, a longtime advocate of the bus route.


The route has been in the works for about six years.  Over that period, there has been a significant amount of interest expressed by residents and businesses, and much anticipation of a start date.  The service received federal funding in early 2017, but the state matching funds were withheld as the state faced a transportation funding crisis.  With the legislature fixing the Special Transportation Fund this spring, the state funding could now be released to 9TT.


“I am grateful this route is in place for our residents, having transportation on the 81 corridor is vital for our region and the community,” says Haddam First Selectwoman Lizz Millardo.


9TT officials and state legislators have promoted the economic benefits public transportation could bring to the corridor.  Clinton First Selectwoman Christine Goupil supports this position, saying “This expansion of transportation and the upgrades to the Clinton Train Station provide connectivity and a diversity of options for all users. It is a stimulus to our local and regional economy while reducing emissions and congestion along Route 1, 81 and I-95.


Madison First Selectman, Tom Banisch adds “Downtown Madison is a main connecting point for transit linking New Haven and Old Saybrook.  This added service opens up many opportunities for people from all over the region to now be able connect to Middletown and its hospitals, schools, jobs and attractions.  We look forward to the convenience this will create for those looking for work on the shoreline and the opportunities it will create for Madison residents.”


Schedules for the new bus route can be found at www.9towntransit.com or by calling 860-510-0429.