Another Gas Tax?

Posted on April 30, 2021


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Earlier this year, Governor Lamont committed our state to the regional Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI). This initiative, although well-intended, would actually create an additional gas tax to be paid by Connecticut residents and businesses. Not only would TCI increase fuel costs for commuters, but it would also drive up prices for consumer goods. This regressive tax would, in fact, affect our low-income communities, which ironically is the same demographic this bill is intended to help.

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PURA Rules Eversource Response was Insufficient

Posted on April 30, 2021


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Yesterday, the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) ruled that Eversource committed serious violations in its response to, and lack of preparedness for, Tropical Storm Isaias. Poor communication with customers and other stakeholders was also a major issue as residents throughout New Canaan and Wilton awaited updates from their power company.

The storm left nearly one million Connecticut residents and businesses without power for several days last August amid the global pandemic and

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National Drug Take Back Day: Saturday, April 24, 2021

Posted on April 23, 2021


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National Drug Take Back Day is tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you have unused prescription medications you may bring them to the following locations for safe disposal:
– New Canaan Police Department, 174 South Avenue (medication drop box located in the police lobby 24/7)
– Wilton Police Department, 240 Danbury Road (medication drop box located in the police lobby 24/7)

State Parks & Boat Launches Will Provide Full Services for 2021

Posted on April 14, 2021


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The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced that Connecticut’s State Parks system and boat launches will return to providing full services to visitors during the 2021 season, with some state campgrounds already accepting reservations.

There is still a 200-person limit for outdoor group activities in Connecticut, which may be further adjusted throughout the recreation season. Most park buildings, museums, nature centers, and other enclosed structures, including restrooms,

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Reminder: Residents Ages 16+ Eligible to Register for COVID Vaccine Tomorrow!

Posted on March 31, 2021


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This is a reminder that Connecticut residents between the ages of 16 and 44 who wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccination will be eligible beginning tomorrow, April 1!

Visit the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Portal to view scheduling options.

Those currently eligible to receive a vaccination will continue to be eligible. This includes:

  • All individuals over the age of 45;
  • Healthcare personnel;
  • Medical first responders;
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities;
  • Residents and staff of select congregate

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Committee to Vote on Local Zoning Legislation Tomorrow!

Posted on March 30, 2021


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The legislature’s Planning and Development Committee will be voting tomorrow on multiple bills that would threatened “home rule” of local zoning matters. If these bills are approved by the committee, they would be sent to the full Connecticut House and Senate for a vote.

As I’ve said before, providing more affordable housing should be a top priority for all Connecticut municipalities, but these issues are best dealt with at the local level where land use experts understand the needs of their towns.

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IMPORTANT: Second Public Hearing on Property Tax Proposal/Zoning TOMORROW!

Posted on March 21, 2021


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PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT PUBLIC HEARING

TOMORROW, MONDAY, March 22 beginning at 10:00 a.m., the Planning and Development Committee will be hold a SECOND PUBLIC HEARING on two bills that require our immediate attention.

This is yet another attempt by majority Democratic legislators to take control away from towns like New Canaan and Wilton that are well-managed and that actively seek to provide affordable housing on their own.

Again, there is no doubt that creating more affordable housing is a major

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Rep. Tom O’Dea, New Canaan Housing Authority Chair Scott Hobbs Respond to New Haven Mayor’s Baseless Claims

Posted on March 18, 2021


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NEW CANAAN – Deputy House Republican Leader Tom O’Dea, who represents parts of New Canaan and Wilton in the Connecticut General Assembly, and New Canaan Housing Authority Chair Scott Hobbs responded to New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker’s comments during a public hearing this week on local zoning issues. In his remarks, the mayor asserted that certain Connecticut towns, including New Canaan, actively seek to deny housing to people of color and low-income individuals through discriminatory zoning practices.

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MAJOR PUBLIC HEARING on Two STATEWIDE PROPERTY TAX Proposals

Posted on March 13, 2021


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There will be another major public hearing on Monday, March 15 at 9:00 a.m. on two bills that are proposing STATEWIDE PROPERTY TAXES! Both proposals have been introduced by Senate Democratic leadership.

 

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED BILLS

S.B 171 – An Act Establishing a State-wide Tax on Real Property

Summary: This bill would create a one-mill state-wide property tax on all residential and commercial property. The language does exempt the first $300,000 from taxation, meaning only the value above this amount

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MAJOR PUBLIC HEARING on Control of Local Zoning: Monday, March 15!

Posted on March 11, 2021


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PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT PUBLIC HEARING

On Monday, March 15 beginning at 10:00 a.m., the Planning and Development Committee will hear testimony on several bills that could change how our communities make major decisions on local zoning and land use.

Below is a summary of the proposals and instructions on how to testify.

 

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED BILLS

There are five bills that I would like to highlight.

S.B. 1024An Act Concerning (AAC) Zoning Authority, Certain Design Guidelines, Qualifications of Certain

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