Welcoming Home Vietnam Veterans in Watertown

Posted on April 1, 2024

WATERTOWN — On Saturday, State Rep. Joe Polletta was among speakers in Watertown to welcome home Vietnam War veterans on the anniversary of the conflict’s end, 51 years ago. Local officials joined veterans for the annual ceremony which recognizes the sacrifice and service of Vietnam War veterans.

Rep. Polletta said, “It was once again an honor to participate in the 2024 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. May we never forget the young men and women that perished and those that continue to suffer

Infrastructure Improvements Begin in Oakville

Posted on March 18, 2024

‼️ More good news for Oakville ‼️
After church parishioners and other constituents reached out regarding the unsightly and unsafe conditions of the state owned wall in front of St. Mary Magdalen Church, the DOT has begun repair work. This wall has stood tall for many years and is immediately noticed when entering town. Today, I am thrilled to announce it will be repaired, resurfaced and made safe.
Together, we are reshaping our Main Street corridor and making Oakville/Watertown more business friendly

Rep. Polletta, Watertown Police Chief & Deputy Chief Testify at State Capitol

Posted on March 8, 2024

It was a great honor to be joined at the Capitol today by Watertown Chief of Police Joshua Bernegger and Deputy Chief Renee Dominguez, who testified on a bill that would increase protections for certain victims of sexual assault under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Their advocacy on this important issue was on full display before the Government Administration and Elections Committee today and on behalf of the great people of Watertown, thank you both for your service!

Standing with Law Enforcement and Supporting Public Safety

Posted on March 6, 2024

Today I joined my Republican colleagues at the State Capitol in a strong show of support for our law enforcement. At a time when our state’s police officers are at record-low levels of ranks & morale and state lawmakers constantly stack the odds against them, it is no surprise that they do not feel supported here in Connecticut. This will not stand — it is up to us to change the narrative and let our finest & bravest know that we have their backs in Hartford when they do in all of our communities.

Read Across America 2024!

Posted on March 4, 2024

I had a wonderful time visiting Judson School and Maloney Magnet School in honor of Read Across America! A special thanks to our faculty and staff for the amazing work they do each day. Additionally, I want to thank both Boards of Education in Watertown and Waterbury for the invite and welcome.

“Bad Bills” and Dangerous Legislation in the Housing Committee

Posted on March 1, 2024

Yesterday, the Housing Committee voted to pass a series of bad bills, including one especially dangerous piece of legislation – HB 5242 – which would restrict a housing provider from accessing the criminal background of a prospective tenant. I am outraged by this proposal, but further I am worried of the ramifications it may have, endangering the public safety of women, children, and tenants across Connecticut.

Read more: https://www.cthousegop.com/house-republicans-react-to-housing-committee-advancing-bad-bills/

2024 Legislative Session Begins

Posted on February 7, 2024

HARTFORD — On Wednesday, February 7th, State Rep. Joe Polletta returned to the State Capitol in Hartford to open the 2024 Legislative Session. Members of the House of Representatives and Senate were welcomed back to renew their commitment to serving the people of Connecticut. Governor Lamont joined a joint legislature in the House Chamber to deliver his annual budget address and outline his vision and priorities for this session.

Rep. Polletta says that it is a great honor to serve the 68th District

Rep. Polletta, Sen. Berthel Host Pre-Session Forum for Seniors

Posted on February 1, 2024

WATERTOWN – On Thursday, February 1st, State Rep. Joe Polletta and State Senator Eric Berthel hosted a public informational forum for seniors in Watertown to discuss the upcoming legislative session, which begins on Wednesday February 7th. Attendees expressed their concerns about public safety issues in Connecticut, a rising cost of living for residents on fixed incomes, and a new law which eases the cliff on taxing retirement benefits.

Rep. Polletta said, “I had a wonderful time speaking with seniors

Pushing Back on Electric Vehicle Mandates in CT

Posted on January 19, 2024

‼️ Just two months ago, Democrats in Hartford pulled the plug on their proposed electric vehicle mandate after strong pushback from community members.

Now, they are pushing for a special session, before the legislative session begins in February, to PUSH the rejected mandate by AVOIDING the public hearing process. This is unacceptable.

Make your voice heard and call Democrats in the majority and tell them to STOP the ban on gas cars!

Read more: https://www.ctpost.com/politics/article/ct-ned-lamont-ev-transition-special-sessio-18615160.php?fbclid=IwAR1v_4k7s533UGynoUXgQfuwlrO6yBJawUdwxYbUI_P7ZsqeyP6tGr06CFk

January is Firefighters Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on January 17, 2024

Today in Waterbury, I joined fellow state lawmakers, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, local officials, and Fire Service leaders to recognize January as Firefighters Cancer Awareness Month. I am proud to have supported a landmark Firefighters Cancer Prevention Bill which finally passed in 2023.
The legislation ensures that firefighters who develop cancer from occupational exposure will not have to fight to receive treatment and their families will not question whether they will receive benefits.