Upcoming Veterans Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics

Posted on April 9, 2021


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I just wanted you to know that the VA Connecticut Healthcare System is hosting several Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics for veterans at locations throughout the state.

Other clinics and locations are added to the VA’s online calendar as they are scheduled, so please check back often.

Upcoming Clinics:

  • April 10 from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – New London Clinic, 4 Shaw’s Cove (Johnson and Johnson)
  • April 11 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Connecticut Veterans Home, 287 West Street, Rocky Hill (Moderna)
  • April 12 from

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State Government Interference in Local Affairs and Construction in Thomaston

Posted on April 9, 2021


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I’m writing to let you know about important legislation recently discussed in the legislature’s Planning and Development Committee, which includes several bills aimed at upending local control of land use decisions.

Among the bills is S.B. 1024, An Act Concerning Zoning Authority, Certain Design Guidelines, Qualifications of Certain Land Use Officials and Certain Sewage Disposal Systems. This proposal is built on recommendations from Desegregate CT, a special interest group that recently emailed

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Rep. Piscopo Supports Amendment to Limit Lamont’s Emergency Authority

Posted on March 26, 2021


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Governor Lamont’s current emergency authority into May. Among several claims, the governor said one reason to extend his authority is so Connecticut will receive a full share of federal Covid-relief money.

“It is important to recognize that these are certainly unprecedented times, however we cannot remain stagnant like this with no end in sight. We must begin to take steps towards opening the state back up. I have heard from students, parents, businesses, and countless others about the dire need

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State to Loosen COVID-19 Restrictions on 3/19

Posted on March 18, 2021


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I just wanted to remind you that beginning this Friday, March 19, the state is loosening some restrictions on businesses, houses of worship, and athletic activities.

Friday, March 19, 2021:

  • All capacity limits will be lifted on restaurants (8-person table capacity, 11:00 p.m. closing time remain), retail, libraries, personal services, theaters (50 percent capacity), gyms/fitness centers, offices, houses of worship, museums, aquariums, and zoos
  • Private residences may host up to 25 people indoors,

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CT DMV Expands Online Resources; License Replacement Now Included

Posted on March 10, 2021


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I just wanted you to know that the CT Department of Motor Vehicles recently expanded their online web portal to facilitate more virtual actions. The site now includes the options to:

These applications are estimated to take less than 10 minutes to complete, as well as offer a tracking component for replacement card requests, and driving history document retrieval for up to 30 days at no additional

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Public Hearing Alert – Monday, March 8 – SB 977 – AAC Virtual Learning

Posted on March 5, 2021


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I want you to know that on Monday, March 8, the Education Committee is holding a public hearing regarding S.B. 977, An Act Concerning Virtual Learning.

The stated purpose of this committee bill is “to require the Department of Education to develop uniform standards for the provision of virtual learning in public schools, conduct a comprehensive audit of virtual learning programs in the state and develop guidelines for training educators in the provision of virtual learning.”

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Connecticut Vaccine Appointment Assist Line and COVID-19 Update

Posted on February 8, 2021


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Many of you have reached out to me with questions regarding COVID-19 vaccinations once you’re eligible.

The Department of Public Health (DPH) and the United Way of Connecticut announced plans to expand availability and access to vaccine scheduling through the state’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line.

Beginning Monday, February 8, 2021, 125 trained contact specialists will be available to take phone calls to schedule vaccine appointments from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days per week. Contact specialists

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DOL Updates Regarding Unemployment Compensation

Posted on January 20, 2021


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I just wanted you to know that last week the CT Department of Labor announced updates regarding Unemployment Compensation, including early application timelines for the new federal Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation program, and a new Consumer Contact Center tool to assist residents who need unemployment claims assistance.

Established as part of the newest CARES Act iteration, the Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation program is a new federal resource for residents who have both self-employment

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COVID-19 Vaccine Sign-up Now LIVE

Posted on January 15, 2021


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I would like to provide you with an update on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process in Connecticut. The information below is based on the latest details released by the governor’s office and the state’s Department of Public Health (DPH).

Please note that some of this information may change, and should that happen, I will forward the most up-to-date announcements to you as soon as possible.

Phase 1a

Phase 1a included healthcare professionals, medical first responders, and nursing home residents

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COVID-19 Scams and How to Report Suspicious Behavior

Posted on January 13, 2021


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As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to become available to more people, Connecticut residents should be on alert for potential scams related to the vaccine. The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) has advised that residents keep an eye out for certain warning signs that can help them avoid being scammed.

Here are a few important reminders to be mindful of:

  • No one from a legitimate vaccine distribution site will ever ask for your Social Security number of bank information in order to receive a

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