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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Happy Independence Day!

Posted on July 3, 2019 by admin


Today we celebrate Independence Day.

Today, we are reminded of the focus, determination and courage of our patriots who passionately believed that our nascent country deserved better governance. They believed that having leaders and a government, for the people, and by the people was  not only practical, but possible.

Two hundred and forty-three years ago, on July 4, 1776, these patriots put forth The Declaration of Independence. This document has not only remained relevant over centuries, but it

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Rep. Noreen Kokoruda Praises Memorial Day Essay Contest Finalists

Posted on July 2, 2019 by admin


State Rep. Noreen Kokoruda (R-101) acknowledged the efforts of all essay contest finalists at a Board of Selectmen meeting in Madison on Monday, June 24.

This essay contest was designed to encourage student involvement with Memorial Day and reinforce creative writing; students were encouraged to submit essays regarding the importance of recognizing Gold Star Families. The contest also provided students with an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and public speaking skills.

The essay contest

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Candelora, Kokoruda Statement Regarding the Importance of Corporate Transparency during the 2019 Legislation Session

Posted on June 19, 2019 by admin


House Republican Deputy Leader Vincent Candelora (R-86) and Deputy Republican Leader At-Large Noreen Kokoruda (R-101) released the following statement regarding the 2019 legislative session and events that transpired in the House of Representatives.

“Many changes came to Connecticut as a result of a new administration and newly-elected legislature.  A new progressive caucus of approximately 45 legislators emerged hailing reforms, such as an increase to minimum wage, paid family medical leave, free

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Rep. Kokoruda Comments on Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin


There were two proposals put before the legislature this session that pertained to Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The option that I supported was not a mandated payroll tax and did not require additional state employees. I believe that Paid FMLA is a worthy program, but I also believe that it should be a private choice and not a mandate instated by government.

Over the course of my nine years serving as a legislator, I have introduced at least four bills that proposed Paid FMLA programs

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Rep. Kokoruda Recognizes Top Memorial Day Essay Finalist

Posted on May 30, 2019 by admin


On Monday, May 27, 2019 during Madison’s Memorial Day parade and ceremony, State Representative Noreen Kokoruda recognized Lillian Miller as the Memorial Day top essay finalist. To reflect on the importance of Memorial Day  and the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom, middle school students from Brown Middle School, Our Lady of Mercy School, and Country School in Madison were asked to submit essays on the topic: ‘Why Is It Important That We Recognize Gold Star

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Area Lawmakers Support Bill to Increase Penalties for the Sale of Fentanyl

Posted on May 24, 2019 by admin


On Tuesday, May 14th, State Representatives Vincent Candelora (R-86), Noreen Kokoruda (R-101) and Sean Scanlon (D-98) joined their fellow colleagues in the House of Representative in unanimously voting in favor of H.B. 5524, An Act Increasing the Penalties for the Sale of Fentanyl.

H.B. 5524 would change the definition of narcotic substance to include fentanyl in the same category as heroin. As the law is currently written, fentanyl is listed as a synthetic drug, which is a lesser penalty.


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Memorial Day 2019

Posted on May 20, 2019 by admin


Memorial Day arrives this weekend, and it is a time to reflect on the service of those who answered our nation’s call in times of armed conflict, and made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure future generations of Americans would remain free.

Below is a list of some important events happening in our district this weekend to commemorate this national holiday.



Monday, May 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. – Parade from downtown Madison to West Cemetery.


Monday, May 27, 2019

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Rep. Kokoruda Hears Constituents Concerns Regarding Paid Family Medical Leave

Posted on May 15, 2019 by admin


Paid Family Medical Leave (FMLA) has been a hotly debated topic again this legislative session. During my experience as a legislator, there are many instances where the legislature takes up issues that look good at face value, but after scratching the surface, many issues arise proving these ideas to be impractical. Although proposals like statewide paid FMLA are well-intended, the effects of implementing such a program would be detrimental.

Paid FMLA allows employees to take paid time off in order

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Rep. Kokoruda Hosts Annual Memorial Day Essay Contest

Posted on May 3, 2019 by admin