Posted on January 10, 2019 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative Jason Perillo was named as one of four legislators to sit on the Committee on Contested Elections, a committee that has not met since 1985, but now will meet to review the contested election in the 120th District in Stratford.
A race between Democrat Phil Young and Republican Jim Feehan is now under review by the Committee on Contested Elections. The race for State Representative in the 120th district was decided by only 13 votes with Young winning the plurality. According to the Stratford Registrar of Voters, though, 76 voters in Stratford’s ninth voting district were issued the wrong ballots. Instead of receiving ballots permitting a vote for Feehan or Young in the 120th district, these voters were issued ballots with the names of the candidates running for State Representative in the 122nd district, Ben McGorty and Jose Goncalves.
Due to the slim margin and the fact that 76 voters were denied the right to cast their ballot in the race, Feehan brought the issue to the Superior Court last month. The case made its way to the Supreme Court where the Justices determined that they did not have jurisdiction in the matter. Instead, the Supreme Court referred the contested election to the House of Representatives. House Rules allow for the creation of a Committee on Contested Elections to handle such cases. The Committee was last convened in 1985 when an election for State Representative in Waterbury was contested.
Rep. Perillo said, “I’m proud that the legislature has confidence in my judgement and expertise on the matter.
“It’s an honor to be on this committee and review the contested election before us. Our goal should be to make sure everyone who voted had their vote counted. If voters didn’t have their vote counted for their State Representative, a new election would be appropriate.”
The committee, which consists of two Republicans and two Democrats, will have to review and make a recommendation to the General Assembly by February 4th.
Posted on January 3, 2019 by admin
Posted on December 26, 2018 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative Jason Perillo will take on a new role in the upcoming legislative session, which begins on January 9th. Perillo will serve as the Ranking Member (Leading Republican) of the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee.
The Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee oversees the nominations of Commissioners, the Governor’s Budget Director, Workers’ Compensation Commissioners and hundreds of appointed positions in state government. Every Commissioner from the Department of Motor Vehicles to the Department of Transportation will have to come before Perillo’s Committee to interview for their position.
Rep. Perillo said that with a new Governor taking office next year, the stakes are very high. “We have a new Governor with new priorities. Those priorities and the bureaucrats he’s appointing to make them happen must be vetted aggressively. This is not a time for softball questions and mutual pats on the back.”
“We need to make sure we have qualified individuals running State Departments,” explained Rep. Perillo. “I will work with my colleagues on the committee to ask tough questions on behalf of the taxpayers to ensure that the Commissioners that will fill very important roles will be equipped to handle the job.”
In addition, Rep. Perillo will serve on the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee and the Government Administration and Elections Committee. Rep. Perillo can be reached at 860-240-8700 or Jason.Perillo@housegop.ct.gov.