New Canaan Branch Line Closures

Posted on March 23, 2023


I want to inform you that Metro-North Railroad and the Connecticut Department of Transportation have announced their intention to close the New Canaan Branch Line of MNR to pursue a construction project. The New Canaan line will be closed from May 30th – August 18th, 2023.

The construction plan intends to replace the tracks and a portion of rail, and replace bridge timbers on 3 bridges, allowing them to lift a current speed restriction. Busing will be provided.

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Rep. O’Dea, State Republicans Join Advocates to Emphasize Local Approach to Transit-Oriented Developments

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 

HARTFORD – 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

Rep. O’Dea Testifies to the Housing Committee: “Let’s Work Together to Improve 8-30g”

Posted on February 28, 2023


HARTFORD — On Tuesday, February 28th, House Republican Deputy Leader Tom O’Dea (R-125) was the leading Republican voice in support of improving Connecticut’s longstanding affordable housing laws, including state statute 8-30g.

Rep. O’Dea stood with his Republican colleagues for a press conference to outline a set of legislative proposals aimed at increasing the state’s actual affordable housing stock with respect for municipal guidelines on zoning and development. Among the proposals was HB 5326,

Register to Testify for a Public Hearing on 8-30g (Feb. 28)

Posted on February 24, 2023


I want to inform you of an upcoming public hearing in the legislature’s Housing Committee on Tuesday, February 28th at 11:00 am. The public hearing will be held in the Legislative Office Building (Room 1A) in Hartford and via Zoom. Those interested can testify in person or via Zoom.

House Republicans have proposed a series of alterations to the state’s 8-30g law regarding affordable housing developments, which currently subjects small, highly developed towns like New Canaan and Darien to legal action

Rep. O’Dea, Sen. Fazio Unveil A Blueprint For Affordable Housing

Posted on February 20, 2023


Will Increase Actual Affordable Housing Stock with Respect for Local Guidelines

NEW CANAAN – Today, Deputy House Republican Leader Tom O’Dea (R-125) and State Senator Ryan Fazio (R-36) stood with local leaders and community advocates to outline a comprehensive package of legislative proposals to increase the actual affordable housing stock in Connecticut over time with guidelines that empower municipalities with unique circumstances.

The policies will address shortcomings in Connecticut state statute

Rep. O’Dea, CT Republicans Unveil A Better Way To Energy Affordability

Posted on January 18, 2023


Will Save Families Over $210 Per Year Immediately, More Over the Long Term

HARTFORD – On Tuesday, Deputy Republican Leader Rep. Tom O’Dea (R-125) joined Senate and House Republican Leaders to detail a comprehensive package of policy proposals to reduce the cost of electric bills and make energy more affordable over the long term.

The policies will reduce energy costs for CT families by over $362 million per year, saving the average household over $210 next year.  In the long run, the plan will drive

Rep. O’Dea Takes Oath of Office to Begin Sixth Term in Connecticut House of Representatives

Posted on January 4, 2023


HARTFORD – On Wednesday, the Connecticut General Assembly convened to begin the 2023 legislative session. State Rep. Tom O’Dea (R-125) was sworn in to begin his sixth legislative term representing the 125th District.

Opening Day ceremonies at the State Capitol in Hartford included swearing in for state senators and representatives, oaths of office for constitutional officers, and the governor’s inauguration.

“To be back in the people’s House, serving residents of New Canaan, Darien, and Stamford,

Rep. O’Dea Named Deputy Republican Leader for 2023-24 Legislative Session

Posted on December 29, 2022


HARTFORD – The House Republican Caucus announced this week that State Representative Tom O’Dea (R-125) will serve as a Deputy Republican Leader for the 2023-24 legislative session.

The House Republican Caucus appoints two Deputy Leaders to oversee the day-to-day operations of the caucus during the legislative session. Rep. O’Dea was first appointed as a Deputy Republican Leader in December 2020 for the 2021-22 legislative session.

“Throughout his tenure serving the residents of the 125th District

Rep. O’Dea: HB 5417 Improves Juvenile Justice Laws But We Must Do More

Posted on April 30, 2022


HARTFORD—In a Republican-driven effort state Rep. Tom O’Dea (R-125) on Thursday supported compromise legislation aimed at curbing Connecticut’s juvenile crime crisis, laying a foundation for more work on improving public safety in communities where residents say they’ve felt threatened by a shocking escalation in the seriousness of crimes committed by young people.

“It is encouraging to see that the legislature decided to take action to curb the increases in juvenile crime affecting cities and towns

Rep. O’Dea Supports Enhancing Data Privacy

Posted on April 30, 2022


HARTFORD – State Representative Tom O’Dea (R-125) celebrated final passage of a data privacy bill which would enhance Connecticut residents’ online privacy.

The legislation, SB 6 “An Act Concerning Personal Data Privacy and Online Monitoring,” establishes a framework for controlling and processing personal data and establishes responsibilities and privacy protection standards for data controllers and processors. It also grants consumers the right to access, correct, delete and obtain a copy of personal