Posted on October 15, 2020 by cthomas
The Connecticut Department of Social Services has announced that it will provide $16.2 million in Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits to nearly half of Connecticut’s SNAP participants on Friday, October 16, 2020. These benefits come in addition to the $119.6 million in emergency benefits disbursed in April, May, June, July, August and September.
Authorized by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, the extra food benefits will go to approximately 105,000…
Posted on October 7, 2020 by cthomas
HARTFORD – September 30, State Rep. Noreen Kokoruda joined her colleagues at the House of Representatives in a Special Session called by Governor Ned Lamont. Representatives met to discuss various legislation, either in their offices and voting remotely or social distancing in the House Chamber.
Among this legislation was a bill colloquially called “the Energy Bill,” or HB 7006. This bill increases the accountability of our electric, gas and other utilities by creating a performance-based rate setting…
Posted on October 7, 2020 by cthomas
In August, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) initiated a docket 20-08-03 to review the electric distribution companies’ responses to Storm Isaias. Three public hearings have been scheduled through online Zoom calls. Any legislator or member of the public wishing to speak may do so by registering through the web links:
Posted on September 25, 2020 by cthomas
Governor Ned Lamont has announced details for his plans to move Connecticut into Phase 3 of the state’s reopening amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The plan, which is targeted to take effect on Thursday, October 8, 2020, will ease some of the restrictions that were put into place on businesses and gatherings, while ensuring that the state continues taking a safe approach to limit spread of the virus.
Business changes in Phase 3 will include:
• Increase from 50 percent to 75 percent capacity indoors…
Posted on September 14, 2020 by cthomas
I had the privilege to meet with Austin Hall, Director of Senior Services for the Town of Madison, via Zoom to discuss services available to the seniors of Madison. I encourage you tor reach out to the Senior Center at 203-245-5627 or stop by for a visit at 29 Bradley Road in Madison if any of these services could benefit you.
Posted on September 4, 2020 by admin
NORTH BRANFORD—A handful of state representatives from around the region worked together recently to deliver 1,200 boxes of fresh produce to residents of their communities.
State Rep. Vincent Candelora worked with Cecarelli’s Harrison Hill Farm in Northford to supply the produce, and Candelora then pulled in House of Representatives colleagues Noreen Kokoruda, Joe Zullo, Craig Fishbein, and Dave Yaccarino to help distribute the fruits and veggies.
“The public health crisis has hit our state’s economy…
Posted on August 26, 2020 by cthomas
At noon on August 26, I joined State Representatives Christie Carpino, Leslee Hill, Michelle Cook and Maria Horn as we raised the Women’s Suffrage Flag over the State Capitol in honor of Women’s Equality Day. On this day we mark the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees a woman’s right to vote. We celebrate all of the women who fought tirelessly to get us here and the women in our lives that continue to fight for equality every day.
Posted on August 21, 2020 by cthomas
Covid-19 has certainly changed our lives but many of us are unaware of the alarming rise in cases of domestic abuse and sexual violence in our communities. On August 13, I had the opportunity to speak with two local experts on this important topic. Paola Serrecchia of the Hope Family Justice Center in New Haven and Jennifer Wenderoth Holster of the Woman and Family Center in Meriden are both leaders in providing help to victims. There is a lot of good information here and contact information for…
Posted on August 13, 2020 by cthomas
On August 12, I was fortunate to meet with Fran Rabinowitz, Executive Director of the CT Association of Public Schools, via Zoom. I recorded our conversation about school reopening this fall in the hopes that it may serve as a resource to the parents, teachers and students in my district. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have additional questions: Noreen.Kokoruda@housegop.ct.gov
Posted on August 11, 2020 by cthomas
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.
Last year, I was part of a contingent of legislators who successfully fought back against attempts by the governor to end the yearly tax break event which benefits so many families.
Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000 and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use.
Goods not covered…