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Rep. Kupchick Update: Drug Takeback Day in Fairfield is Tomorrow

Posted on October 26, 2018 by rjoslyn


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 As your legislator, I have made addressing our state’s opioid epidemic a top priority and have worked on and passed legislation in an effort to reduce abuse by limiting the availability of opioid medication.

Tomorrow, on October 27, the DEA has planned their National Prescription Drug Take Back Day for Fairfield. This event is part of a nationwide initiative to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by encouraging residents to empty their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.

Collection boxes for opioid medication will be present at the Fairfield Police Department, 100 Reef Rd, from 10a until 2p tomorrow.  There are no forms to fill out and no questions will be asked.  it is intended to be anonymous.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends and accessed in home medicine cabinets. I encourage you to take part in this initiative if you have unused prescription drugs to dispose of.

Visit the DEA website at dea.gov and click on “National Prescription Take-Back Day” for more information.

Another way to help to help at-risk members of our community is to participate in the Out of Darkness Walk in Westport, sponosored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which is also tomorrow, October 27th, at Sherwood Park in Westport. This event is aimed at raising awareness for mental health issues and to provide resources for those struggling with thoughts of suicide.

Registration time begins at 11a and the walk will commence at 12p.

Again this year, I will be walking with Team Emma.

For more information, including registration forms, please click on this link.

Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have further questions regarding drug policy, or any additional inquiries you may have relating to state government. I can be reached by e-mail at Brenda.Kupchick@cga.ct.gov or by calling 1-800-842-1423.

I hope to see you this weekend!

Rep. Kupchick Update: Walk with Jake & Friends

Posted on October 12, 2018 by rjoslyn


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Dear Friends,

I’m excited to announce I’m working on the committee for the very first Walk with Jake & Friends Dog Walk in Fairfield on October 21st.

Conceived as a way to both support the Fairfield Police Department’s K9 unit and raise awareness for veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Walk with Jake will be a fun day for people and dogs alike, as K9 Jakes leads a dog walk on Jennings Beach.

K9 Jake is named in honor of USMC Lance Corporal Jake Pettit, a Fairfield native and Combat Veteran who tragically passed away in 2016 after struggling with PTSD.  Since then, the FPD K9 unit has been dedicated to both serving the Fairfield community and bringing awareness to PTSD.

We are planning a costume contest, a police K9 demonstration, giveaways, pizza, music, and there will be food trucks and rescues on site, as well.

 

October 21, 2018

11:00 AM

Jennings Beach (880 South Benson Road, Fairfield)

 

11:00 – Registration

11:45 – Costume Contest

12:00 – Pet Blessing followed by Walk

12:45 – K-9 Demonstration and Pizza

To pre-register for Walk with Jake, you can find a form here.

For updates about this event, you can follow the Walk with Jake & Friends Facebook page.

I hope I will see you at this fun family event that raises money for Fairfield’s K9 Unit, which is funded solely through private donations, while showing our commitment to veterans suffering from PTSD.

Rep. Kupchick Newsletter: Assessing the Governor’s $10 Million Toll Study

Posted on July 23, 2018 by rjoslyn


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Dear Friends,

As you may have heard, Governor Malloy last week announced he is requesting $10 million in borrowed money to pay for a study on the impact of electronic tolling in Connecticut.

Toll legislation has been considered by the General Assembly each of the past five years, but it has never received enough votes to pass either chamber because of significant public opposition to putting another financial burden on cash-strapped Connecticut residents.

In the face of that opposition, the governor issued an Executive Order requiring the DOT to prepare a toll proposal and study how much it would cost commuters.  However, I don’t think we need a study to show the implications of tolls because they are obvious – it will make living in Connecticut even more unaffordable than it already is.

While I believe our infrastructure needs to be improved and modernized, I cannot support an additional scheme to collect even more money from Connecticut residents until the state conducts a serious re-evaluation of how it prioritizes the transportation funding we already collect, how the state can more accurately calculate the costs of transportation projects, and a real transportation funding “lockbox” is instituted.

The state already allocates funding for transportation from two gas taxes, the tax on out-of- state trucks, one half point of the CT sales tax, the sales tax on new cars, all sorts of fees, and borrowed money.  We should be reducing the tax burden on families and businesses, not increasing it.

My caucus has sent a proposal to Governor Malloy to address our transportation needs without imposing tolls – proposals that have been ignored.

To that point, I would like to share with you a letter my colleagues – House Minority Leader Themis Klarides and Finance Committee Ranking Member Chris Davis – wrote to the governor asking him to remove the request from the Bonding Commission’s agenda.

I stand with my colleagues in urging the Bond Commission to refuse the governor’s $10 million request as well.

The Commission is scheduled to meet on July 25.

Click on the image below to read the full letter:

 

Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have questions about items on the State Bond Commission agenda or any other state issue.