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House Republicans Propose Plan to Curb Juvenile Crime

Posted on August 10, 2021

In response to rising incidences of juvenile crime House Republicans unveiled a comprehensive approach to much-needed reform within the juvenile justice system on Tuesday morning. The plan identifies crime prevention resources that will be made available to all of Connecticut’s communities and specific adjustments that can strengthen the abilities of judges and law enforcement to address this crisis. Republican legislators are urging their colleagues in the majority party to convene a special session

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Statement on Tweed Airport

Posted on August 3, 2021

In advance of a presentation by Rep. Sean Scanlon to the East Haven Town Council regarding Tweed Airport, Rep. Joe Zullo released the following statement:

“Expansion of Tweed Airport is not a foregone conclusion and decision makers at all levels need to stop treating it as such.  Everyone continues to dance around the issue but it’s very simple – the path to Tweed’s ideal expansion plans runs through the Town of East Haven, which has discretion over key approvals.  It is up to ‘us’ – all of East Haven.

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2021 Major Acts Report

Posted on July 2, 2021

HARTFORD – The nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has compiled its annual report of “Major Public Acts.” This report provides summaries of all the new laws that will result in significant policy changes. These changes could impact you, your family, business, or our community. I encourage you to review the document in its entirety.

Click here to view the report.

The report is broken down into several categories. Below are some excerpts from the report which outline some of the significant

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Sen. Cicarella, Rep. Zullo Applaud $2M in Bond Funding for East Haven Town Pool Project

Posted on June 10, 2021

Funds will get residents back in the water and address serious issues at the town pool, closed since January 2020

HARTFORD – State Sen. Paul Cicarella (R-North Haven) and State Rep. Joe Zullo (R-East Haven) applauded the legislature’s approval of $2 million in state bond funding to the Town of East Haven aimed at funding much needed renovations to the town pool facility. The authorization now goes to the state’s Bond Commission, which will be responsible for allocating the funds.

“This is welcome

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P&D Ranking Leaders: “Home Rule and Local Land Control are hanging by a thread”

Posted on May 21, 2021

HARTFORD – During Thursday’s House session a new bill,  HB 6107, was passed. It was amended to incorporate other concepts that had come forth in the Planning and Development Committee, including sweeping changes from the original HB 6611 and SB 1024. Following the vote, Planning and Development Committee Ranking Members Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) and Representative Joe Zullo (R-99) offer the following statements:

“Issue advocacy groups made a strong push this year to implement a top-down, one-size-fits-all

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Rep. Zullo Statement on Racially Insensitive Comments in Planning & Development Hearing

Posted on March 22, 2021

Rep. Winkler’s comments are repugnant, insensitive, and unacceptable.  Their utterance was either an appalling lapse of judgment or a reflection of Rep. Winkler’s latent bias toward the Asian-American community.  Neither explanation is acceptable.  It’s even more concerning that it took the prodding of colleagues and mounting media pressure to coerce an apology from Rep Winkler.  The arrogance of power, in this context, is horrifying.  Retracting his comments and apologizing was a necessary start and

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Rep. Zullo Supports Legislation Reasserting Legislature as Co-equal Branch of Government

Posted on March 18, 2021

Hartford – The legislature has been in a state of limbo since it halted its business for the pandemic in the spring of 2020. State Rep. Joe Zullo (R-East Haven) voted in favor of a new bill that will require Gov. Lamont to vet his COVID-relief spending plans through the legislature. During a House Session held earlier this week, the chamber took unanimous action on HB 6555 An Act Concerning Legislative Oversight of COVID-19 Relief Funding.

“Last summer I joined fellow legislators to begin dialogue

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COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Posted on February 9, 2021

Residents over the age of 65 can now begin to sign up for vaccination appointments. The following data represents the total number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Connecticut, as reported to the state as of Monday, Feb. 8:

  • First doses administered: 387,174
  • Second doses administered: 129,907
  • Total doses administered: 517,081

So far, the state has vaccinated 56 percent of its population over the age of 75. Connecticut remains in the top four states in the nation for vaccine distribution.

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Rep. Zullo Proposes Re-tooling Affordable Housing, Expanding Outdoor Learning Initiatives in Broad 2021 Legislative Agenda

Posted on January 25, 2021

On Monday, East Haven State Rep. Joe Zullo (R, 99) announced his 2021 legislative agenda, which includes proposals to re-tool the State’s affordable housing regulations and expand outdoor learning initiatives for schools in the wake of the pandemic

Zullo explained, “State statutes impose burdensome planning and zoning standards on towns like East Haven which fail to meet the minimum ten-percent affordable housing stock threshold. Developers often exploit this technicality to gain approval for dense,

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Rep. Zullo Capitol Statement

Posted on January 6, 2021

The violence and the siege that unfolded in our nation’s capitol today, like the violence and looting stemming from protests over the past six months, is unacceptable.  Violence, in stark contrast to peaceful protest, contributes nothing to our discourse and frustrates healthy dialogue.  As I wrote in an op-ed many months ago, it is up to us all to approach each day with minds and hearts open enough to ensure the continued success of our democracy.  We need to be brave enough to depolarize our discourse,

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