In Honor of Our Fallen Soldiers – Memorial Day 2020

Posted on May 25, 2020 by admin

Dear Friends,

Heroes come in many forms. Today, we honor those who gave the last full measure of devotion in the name of freedom.

Memorial Day is a uniquely American holiday, and its observance deserves every ounce of pomp and circumstance we can offer.

This year, in the wake of a new challenge before this great nation, our ceremonies, parades, and public gatherings have taken a new form. However, that should not detract from the significance of this national holiday, nor what it means to our men

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Connecticut Begins to Reopen

Posted on May 22, 2020 by admin

Reopening Connecticut

On Wednesday, the state began “Phase One” of Governor Lamont’s reopening plan. This applied to offices, retail and malls, as well as the outdoor sections of restaurants, zoos, and museums. This plan originally called for the reopening of hair salons and barbershops, but at the last minute, the governor changed his mind and pushed this out to June 1 to align with other states.

While I share the governor’s concern for the safe and responsible reopening of Connecticut businesses

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CT DEEP Prvovides Guidance for Boat Launches and Parks

Posted on May 20, 2020 by admin

After two months of social distancing and staying indoors, residents of Griswold, Lisbon, Plainfield, Sterling, and Voluntown are anxious to enjoy the great outdoors. Fortunately, the 45th district has plenty of that.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has provided guidance for boat launches and parks. Click here to read more.

Rep. Lanoue, Area Legislators Help Distribute Masks

Posted on May 20, 2020 by admin

Today, in partnership with Masks for CT, State Reps. Holly Cheeseman, Irene Haines, Doug Dubitsky, Devin Carney, and I handed out protective masks to residents at Mohegan Sun. Thousands stopped by to pick up their masks, which will be put to good use as the state begins Phase One of the reopening process tomorrow.

A huge thank you to Masks for CT and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven for organizing this event, and to Mohegan Sun for sponsoring. I’d also like to recognize the volunteers for

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Food Pantries/Food Collection in the 45th District

Posted on May 15, 2020 by admin










The COVID-19 crisis has created an urgent need for food donations in the 45th District. I have provided the contact information below for local food pantries as well as a drive hosted by St. Mary’s Church. This information is for those in need or those who would like to donate.


Plainfield & Sterling: Project Pin

Where: 23 Village Center Circle, Moosup, CT 06354

When: Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


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Reopen CT Business Roundtable – TODAY, May 14

Posted on May 14, 2020 by admin

Updates from the Governor’s Office

Reopen CT Advisory Group Business Roundtable – TODAY

Members of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group’s business committee will hold a roundtable discussion TODAY, May 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The members will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the state’s business community. Members of the public who have questions for the panel can email their inquiries to The discussion will be broadcast live by the Connecticut Network (CT-N) and available to watch

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Reopening Connecticut: Make Your Voices Heard

Posted on May 12, 2020 by admin

Dear Friend and Neighbors,

Two months ago, our state government began taking steps to mitigate the impending threat of COVID-19. Many businesses were forced to close, schools were shut down, and life came to a halt for most of us. Since then, thousands of Connecticut residents have contracted the virus, many have been hospitalized, and tragically, over 3,000 have died. Countless others, left with no choice but to remain indoors, have grappled with loneliness and isolation in the absence of normal

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COVID-19 Update: Honoring Local Heroes, School to Remain Closed, and More

Posted on May 5, 2020 by admin

COVID-19 Update

Honoring Local Heroes

This week, we celebrate International Firefighters’ Day (yesterday) and the beginning of National Nurses Week (tomorrow). This year, these celebrations carry special significance. While most of us are able to remain safe in our homes, working remotely, our frontline workers, including our firefighters and nurses, do not have that option. Instead, they are putting their health at risk to care for the sick. I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to our local

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COVID-19 Update: Federal Unemployment Assistance and More

Posted on April 30, 2020 by admin

COVID-19 Update

Federal Unemployment Assistance

Connecticut’s unemployment rate has reached 21.5 percent. As a result, many in our state are experiencing financial hardship. The state’s Department of Labor (DOL) and the federal government have made efforts to expand and increase benefits for the unemployed, and to speed up the process so claimants can receive assistance sooner.

Here are the federal unemployment programs created by the CARES Act:

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)


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COVID-19 Update: Latest Executive Order, Unemployment Info., and More

Posted on April 23, 2020 by admin

COVID-19 Update:

Latest Executive Order, Latest from DOL, Appointees to Multi-state Council, Financial Aid for Nursing Homes, Student Loan Assistance, and More

Today’s updates include information released from the governor’s office, including his most recent executive order. Please note that by passing along this information to you, I am not advocating for, nor necessarily condemning, any of these orders or policy changes, but I do believe it is necessary for you to be aware of these announcements.

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