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Coronavirus Resources and Health Tips

Posted on March 3, 2020 by Admin


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The Connecticut Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) virus throughout the country. While there are no reported Connecticut cases at this time, CDC efforts are focused concurrently on containing the spread of this virus and mitigating the impact.

 

CDC has also stated that immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time. Regardless, everyone can do their part to help in the response to this emerging

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Eversource to Conduct Infrared Helicopter Inspections

Posted on February 23, 2020 by Admin


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Eversource will be conducting aerial inspections of high-voltage electrical equipment on rights of way throughout Connecticut this month. This semiannual inspection is an important part of the company’s ongoing commitment to providing reliable electric service. The work involves the use of a helicopter equipped with heat-sensing, infrared scanning technology which can detect potential equipment issues before they occur.

 

Aerial inspections starting tomorrow (Friday, February 14th) and continuing

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The Special Transportation Fund Truth

Posted on January 23, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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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