The Special Transportation Fund Truth

Posted on January 23, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


Hartford – There has been a great deal of discussion around the Capitol lately about the necessity of implementing a state-wide tolling system. The Governor and the Democrat leadership have been clamoring for tolls as a solution for funding our transportation needs while simultaneously diverting money earmarked for the Special Transportation Fund (STF). According to State Rep. Richard A. Smith (R-108), who represents the communities of New Fairfield, Sherman, New Milford and Danbury, funding had

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Buckbee, Harding, Smith Call for Danbury-Area Transportation Town Hall

Posted on January 17, 2020 by admin


HARTFORD – Danbury Area legislators have sent a formal request to the governor’s office to call for a “Town Hall” meeting regarding his administration’s CT2030 transportation plan. State Representatives Rich Smith (R-108), Bill Buckbee (R-67), and Stephen Harding (R-107) penned a letter to Governor Lamont on Tuesday, January 8, asking that a local Town Hall meeting be held so that Danbury area residents could have an opportunity to hear details of the plan and express their concerns or ask questions.

According to the representatives, on Sunday, January 12, the governor held a Town Hall meeting in Westport to discuss his state-wide transportation plan. Consequently, there should be similar efforts made by the administration to conduct these meetings in other parts of the state.

“It is critical that residents in my District, and the surrounding towns, have the same opportunities to ask questions about tolls and the impact it will have on them, as those living in the shoreline districts – especially since Rhode Island’s truck only tolls plan is currently being litigated in Federal Court,” said Rep. Smith.

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Bridgework in New Milford

Posted on January 16, 2020 by admin


Please be aware that the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) has begun rehabilitation construction on the bridge that carries Routes 202 and 67 (Bridge Street) over the Housatonic River in New Milford.

This project – which is anticipated to be completed by November 30, 2020 – includes removal of the existing bituminous concrete wearing surface, patching of precast lightweight concrete bridge deck and sidewalk deck components, installation of a spray-applied waterproofing membrane and new

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New Laws Effective January 1, 2020

Posted on December 30, 2019 by admin


I want to wish you and your families a healthy, safe and Happy New Year!

I also wish you prosperity, but unfortunately, with 2019 coming to an end, once again new taxes will be going into effect on January 1, 2020.

These new taxes, which I adamantly opposed when they came up for debate earlier in the year, include:

  • Dry Cleaning & Laundry Services
  • Parking Fees
  • Interior Design Services
  • Safety Apparel (reflective vests, protective gloves, etc.)

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New Milford Legislators and Officials Applaud $1 Million State Grant for New Milford Library

Posted on December 18, 2019 by admin


Hartford—Today, the State Bond Commission approved a $1 million bond sale and appropriation to help New Milford make large scale upgrades to the New Milford Library. The grant was originally approved by the State Library Board in 2018.

“After years of watching the majority of Connecticut’s bonding being funneled into our larger cities, I am happy to see a grant of this size being invested into a suburban community,” said Rep. Smith. “It’s great to see public resources and services being enhanced closer to home for so many people.”

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Rep. Smith to Ring Bell for Salvation Army for yet another Holiday Season

Posted on December 6, 2019 by admin


NEW FAIRFIELDState Representative Richard Smith (R-108) will be volunteering to raise money for local residents in need by collecting for the Salvation Army at the New Fairfield Stop and Shop. All proceeds collected during the one hour of bell ringing will be donated directly to the Salvation Army.

When: Monday, December 23, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where: Stop & Shop, 29 CT-39, New Fairfield, CT

Rep. Smith welcomes all constituents to stop by the store and help make the fundraising event

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Follow-Up Survey: DOT’s Next Generation of Rail Cars

Posted on December 3, 2019 by admin


As a follow up to the survey that I shared back in September, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) is looking for additional input on the state’s next generation of rail cars. They will be purchasing a fleet of new rail cars to replace their exiting push-pull coaches operating on the Hartford Line, Shore Line East, Danbury Line and Waterbury Line and want to know what you consider to be reliable, comfortable, attractive, and sustainable.

Your participation in this survey will provide

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 26, 2019 by admin


I would like to take a moment to wish you and your family a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving. For me, this was always a weekend of family, food and fellowship. It is my hope that you will also be able to celebrate this uniquely American holiday with family and friends by your side/ and give thanks for all the gifts we have been blessed with this year.

Also, if you are planning to start shopping for holiday gifts this weekend, please try to stay local this season and support our small businesses. Saturday, November 30th is the tenth annual nationwide Small Business Saturday. This day is meant to bring attention to the important movement towards small businesses and to support entrepreneurs in our communities. We have a number of great shops and restaurants across Southwestern Connecticut that you can visit.

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DMV Opening Mondays to Address Real ID Demand

Posted on November 25, 2019 by admin


According to the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), beginning on October 1, 2020, the U.S. Federal Government will require anyone boarding an airplane for domestic travel or entering certain federal buildings to have a “verified” driver’s license, state-issued ID card or show additional proof of identification, such as a passport. This verification is indicated on your license or ID card by a gold star in the top right corner and is commonly referred to as a “Real ID.”

With this deadline approaching in just over a year’s time, I wanted to share some information that will hopefully answer some frequently asked questions about how and when to get this ID.

In order to convert as many licenses as possible before next year’s effective date, DMV is opening on Mondays at different locations throughout the state. This effort will be kicking off today, November 25, 2019 at the Danbury DMV, which is opening for nearly 200 Boehringer Ingelheim employees who signed up in advance to get their Real IDs.

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Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event

Posted on October 30, 2019 by admin


It’s time to clean out the garage/basement! Danbury Public Works, in collaboration with the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority, is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event on Saturday, November 2nd for local residents to get rid of unwanted and unused paints and other household chemicals.

When: Saturday, November 2, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Danbury Public Works
53 Newtown Road, Danbury

To participate, you must be a resident of Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield or Sherman.

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