Upcoming Track Improvements on the Metro-North New Canaan Branch Line

Posted on March 17, 2023

CTDOT alerts riders that work will require substitute busing for all New Canaan Branch Line customers this summer

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is alerting riders that due to track improvements on the New Canaan Branch Line this summer, substitute bus service will replace all train service. This necessary work is part of the tie replacement and track upgrades program.

When completed, an existing speed restriction in the Stamford area will be eliminated and train speeds through


Posted on March 15, 2023

CT House and Senate Republicans Stand With Local Leaders In Call For Community-Driven Approach To Transit-Oriented Development Legislation 

Today, State Representative Tom O’Dea (R-125), State Rep. Tracy Marra (R-141), and State Senator Ryan Fazio (R-36) joined leadership from CT169STRONG and local zoning officials from across Connecticut to emphasize their priorities for proposed “Live, Work, Ride” legislation to build transit-oriented developments across Connecticut.

The Republican state lawmakers

Rep. Marra Testifies in Opposition to HB 6890

Posted on March 15, 2023

Earlier today, I testified in opposition to HB6890. I have substantial concerns about this specific legislation and encourage the members of the Planning and Development Committee to consider making changes, including to the density mandates.

Arts Endowment Fund Grants Awarded Locally!

Posted on March 14, 2023

The Connecticut Office of the Arts recently awarded Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund (CAEF) grants totaling $864,233 to 165 organizations across the state.

CAEF grants provide general operating support that organizations may use toward program­ming, administrative or operational costs, capital projects, equipment, or to build their own endowments.

Locally, these incredible grants have been awarded to Norwalk’s Center for Contemporary Printmaking ($2,673), Creative Connections ($2,361), East Coast

Avoiding Tax Scams!

Posted on March 13, 2023

Each year, the IRS produces a list of its “Dirty Dozen” tax scams which tend to spike from December through April, but they can—and do—happen year-round.

Using the tips below can help keep your information and accounts safe.  Remember, if you’re unsure who you’re communicating with, or something just doesn’t feel right, please don’t click Internet links or provide personal, sensitive information online or over the phone.



Be hyper-alert for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal

“Fair Share” legislation moves out of Housing Committee

Posted on March 7, 2023

Last week, the legislature’s Housing Committee passed House Bill 6633 – An Act Concerning a Needs Assessment and Fair Share Plans for Municipalities to Increase Affordable Housing out of committee.

If signed into law by the governor, HB 6633 will be used in “determining the need for affordable housing units in each planning region; and fairly allocating need to the municipalities in each planning region considering the duty of the state and municipalities to affirmatively further fair housing” by

Vision Zero Council Continues Work to Eliminate Roadway Injuries and Fatalities in CT

Posted on March 6, 2023

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is encouraging the public to attend upcoming Vision Zero Council meetings to learn more about ongoing efforts to reduce roadway injuries and fatalities in Connecticut, and how to participate in future subcommittee meetings. Council meetings are also recorded and will be available to those who can’t attend during the scheduled meeting time. The Vision Zero Council will hold its first meeting of 2023 on Tuesday, March

Rep. Marra, Republicans Outline Proposals to Make Connecticut Safer

Posted on March 1, 2023

In advance of a series of Judiciary Committee public hearings next week, House and Senate Republicans on Wednesday outlined proposals aimed at making Connecticut safer while urging Democrats to veer from their lopsided approach to public safety that does little to deter crime.

“Last year, after speaking with police, community leaders, prosecutors, public defenders, and youth advocates, Senate Republicans offered our Better Way to a Safer Connecticut plan,” said Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly.

Construction to remove the former IMAX building on North Water Street, near the Maritime Aquarium, begins

Posted on February 28, 2023

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced construction work associated with removing the former IMAX building at 2 North Water St. in South Norwalk began yesterday, Monday, February 27, 2023.

Work is scheduled for daytime hours, from 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Work should be completed in approximately eight weeks.

The removal of the building is preparation work ahead of the Norwalk River Railroad Bridge replacement, known informally as the Walk Bridge,

Rep. Marra Wants Stronger Cannabis Laws

Posted on February 23, 2023

State Rep. Tracy Marra testified in support of a House Republican Caucus proposal she cosponsored that will strengthen Connecticut cannabis law.   House Bill 5434 – will establish limits on THC levels, better labeling, and restricting where cannabis can be sold.