New Fairfield, Sherman, New Milford and Danbury

Route 7 Closure in New Milford

Posted on January 11, 2019 by admin


The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced that there will be “rolling” closures on Route 7 in New Milford from 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15th to 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16th to allow for a permitted oversize/overweight vehicle move.


The vehicle, which will be carrying a transformer weighing 476,700 pounds on a specialized 12-axle trailer, must be escorted by the Connecticut State Police using jumper bridges at several small crossings.


The closures will be located on Route 7 between Pickett District Road and Route 55. Route 55 (in New Milford and Sherman) may also be closed for a short duration on Tuesday, January 15th.


Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Please drive safely through this vicinity and seek alternate routes if necessary.

Rep. Smith Sworn In To Fifth Legislative Term

Posted on January 9, 2019 by admin


Receives Leadership Assignments

HARTFORD — State Representative Richard A. Smith (R-108) joined legislative colleagues today, on Opening Day of the 2019 Legislative Session, and was sworn in to his fifth term at the State Capitol. He will serve for two more years not only as the House Representative for the 108th General Assembly District of New Fairfield, Sherman, New

Milford and Danbury, but as the House Republican Policy Chairman as well.

“I am honored to be back in Hartford, starting my ninth Legislative Session,” said Rep. Smith. “I am particularly privileged to have been named a House Republican Policy Chairman alongside my colleague, Rep. Terrie Wood. I am eager to get to work in this position developing forward-looking and common sense policy solutions that encourage economic growth and a balanced budget in the State of Connecticut.”

To follow Rep. Smith’s proposed and supported legislation, visit his website ( and click on the “Legislation” tab, or sign up for her email updates. To follow committee meetings and House debates as they unfold live on Connecticut’s public affairs television network, CT-N, tune your TV to channel 193 in New Fairfield, Sherman and New Milford, and 20 in Danbury; or stream the proceedings online at

This “long” session allows for bills on a variety of issues to be introduced, debated and voted on in committees and legislative chambers. Most importantly, the General Assembly will be facing significant budget challenges during the 2019 Legislative Session. House and Senate Republican budget priorities for the 2019 session continue to include implementing long-term structural changes to restore sustainability and predictability to the budget, and the “Prioritize Progress” transportation plan to fund and protect transportation dollars without tolls or tax increases.

Rep. Smith has also received his legislative committee assignments for this term. He will serve as a member of the Judiciary, Housing and Labor & Public Employees Committees.

The Judiciary Committee holds jurisdiction over all matters relating to courts, judicial procedures, criminal law, probate courts, probation, parole, wills, estates, adoption, divorce, bankruptcy, escheat, deeds, mortgages, conveyancing, preservation of land records and other public documents, the law of business organizations, authorizations to sue and to appeal, claims against the state, and all judicial nominations, among others.

The Housing Committee has cognizance of all matters relating to housing and housing programs, and the Labor & Public Employees Committee oversees all matters relating to conditions of employment of state and municipal employees. This includes workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, conditions of employment, hours of labor, minimum wages, industrial safety, occupational health and safety, labor unions and labor disputes, and the substantive law of state and municipal employees’ collective bargaining.

Rep. Smith can be reached at or 800-842-1423. Constituents can also reach him on Facebook at

The 2019 Regular Legislative Session will adjourn at midnight on June 5th.

Rep. Smith Receives Committee Assignments and New Leadership Position

Posted on December 19, 2018 by admin


HARTFORD – On Tuesday, December 18th State Representative Richard Smith (R-108) was promoted by Minority Leader Themis Klarides as Co-Chairman of the House Republican Policy initiative, Rep. Smith was elevated from his current role as an Assistant House Republican Leader. In addition, Rep. Smith was appointed to serve on the legislature’s Labor Committee, Housing Committee and Judiciary Committee.

The new assignments will take effect on January 9th at the start of the next legislative term.

“I’m looking forward to the start of the next legislative session,” said Rep. Smith. “I’m excited to begin a new assignment to help create and implement policies that will benefit the residents of Connecticut for the short and long term. I also look forward to my new assignment on the Housing Committee. There will be many issues up for debate in the 2019 legislative session in addition to setting a new biennial budget, these committee and leadership assignments put in me a strong position to advocate for our communities. ”

Rep. Smith will also continue to serve on the legislature’s powerful Judiciary Committee, which has authority over all matters relating to courts, judicial procedures, criminal law, probate courts, civil law, all nominations of members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles and all matters relating to the Judicial Department.

Additionally, Rep. Smith will serve on the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee, which has cognizance of all matters relating to labor laws, occupational health and safety, labor unions and labor disputes; all matters relating to the Department of Labor; and all matters relating to conditions of employment of state and municipal employees.