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Rep. Zawistowski on Talk of Connecticut

Posted on May 22, 2020 by admin


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Earlier this week, Rep. Zawistowski was a guest on WDRC radio The Talk of Connecticut with Gary Byron. They discussed the timeline of re-opening the state’s economy and the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses and families. Listen Here

Capitol Update 5.22.2020

Posted on May 22, 2020 by admin


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Next Steps for Reopening

May 20th marked the start of Phase One of the state’s efforts to re-open with restaurants, retailers, small businesses, museums and zoos reopening in the safest ways possible. During this phase businesses will have to comply with sector rules and undergo a self-certification process. Detailed guidelines for businesses and customers are available online at the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Governor Lamont announced that hair salons and barbershops, initially

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Reopening Guidance for May 20th

Posted on May 15, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

As the May 20th date for “Phase One” re-opening approaches, the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has published industry-specific guidelines for eligible businesses. These guides outline best practices for keeping workers and customers safe. The ultimate decision to open will rest with the owners and/or management of these businesses and organizations.

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Department of Labor Update on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Posted on May 8, 2020 by admin


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On April 30th, the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) announced that the self-employed could apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. At that time, only the first step of the process was available for claimants and the system for the second step was not fully set up to handle those claims.

The site has been updated and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation “red button” is posted and active on their site.

Self-employed individuals must follow a two-step application

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Capitol Update 5.6.2020

Posted on May 7, 2020 by admin


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School Closures Continued for Remainder of the Academic Year

Yesterday, Governor Lamont announced an executive order that in-person classes at K-12 public schools will remain cancelled for the 2019-2020 academic year. Distance learning and school meals programs will continue. The administration is currently consulting with state and local education officials regarding whether summer school programming should commence as scheduled. Guidance is anticipated toward the end of this month.

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Capitol Update 4.30.2020

Posted on April 30, 2020 by admin


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Update from the Department of Labor (DOL)

Today DOL announced that they will begin accepting applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which will provide assistance for self-employed applicants. Earlier this week, the department announced that they have begun processing the extra $600 payments as part of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) program. The payments will be made retroactive to March 29th.

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Masks for Heroes and other ways to Help

Posted on April 27, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

The coronavirus outbreak has upended daily life in our communities and across the globe. These difficult times have demanded sacrifice to slow the spread of this virus. But even during this public health emergency – when lives have been disrupted in so many different ways – Connecticut residents have readily stepped forward to help.

One example is Masks for Heroes, which began as a grassroots effort and is now coordinated by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. The group has purchased and delivered more than 650,000 surgical type masks throughout the state. During recent weeks I’ve had the opportunity to help Masks for Heroes distribute much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline workers across North Central Connecticut. To date, I have personally delivered more than 5,000 masks to area nursing homes, assisted living facilities, first responders and frontline workers – and the work continues.  For more information about the effort visit jewishnewhaven.org/masksforheroes.

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Capitol Update 4.23.2020

Posted on April 23, 2020 by admin


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Update from the Department of Labor

The Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) continues to work through record numbers of unemployment insurance claims, so far 293,000 claims have been processed by the agency. Below is an update from the agency on their efforts and helpful information for those with claims and information about federal stimulus unemployment programs.

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Relief for Impacted Student Loan Borrowers

Under a new initiative through the Department of Banking (DOB), Connecticut residents

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Required Use of Masks/Face Coverings

Posted on April 20, 2020 by admin


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Friends and Neighbors,

As part of the effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, Governor Lamont issued Executive Order 7BB requiring the use of cloth face coverings or higher level protection in public in situations where close contact is unavoidable. The order takes effect at 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 20th.

The use of masks has been encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after recent studies indicated that the virus can be spread by asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals

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Hilltop Farm Receives Community Investment Grant

Posted on April 16, 2020 by admin


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SUFFIELD – Hilltop Farm recently received a grant of $85,000 for the completion of a fire suppression system for the iconic dairy barn. The property, managed and partially restored by the Friends of the Farm at Hilltop (FOFAH), has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2005.

Originally constructed in 1914, the 20,000 square foot dairy barn was built as part of a 500 acre estate by Indian Motorcycle entrepreneur George Hendee. FOFAH owns 7.9 acres of the property which includes

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