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PURA to Host Eversource Hearing

Posted on August 13, 2020 by cthomas


The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has temporarily suspended Eversource’s recent rate increase while it conducts a full review, the purpose of which is to ensure that Eversource is not over-collecting revenues in the short term at the expense of ratepayers.

PURA has scheduled a formal hearing process for Monday, August 24, at 10:00 a.m., in which Eversource will respond to questions posed by PURA and other formal parties to the PURA process.

It is important for the public to weigh in

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Power Outage/Restoration Update

Posted on August 11, 2020 by cthomas


Since Tropical Storm Isaias made landfall last week, restoration efforts have been underway to restore power across Connecticut. Thousands remain without power making it difficult to escape the extreme heat and to work from home, as many have been doing since the pandemic began.

Yesterday afternoon, the Cheshire State Delegation and I joined Governor Lamont at Cheshire Town Hall for a discussion about the storm, the aftermath and Eversource’s preparation and response. Together with Cheshire Town

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Major Issue with Absentee Ballots

Posted on August 4, 2020 by cthomas


With the primary election only days away, it’s being reported that Secretary of State Denise Merrill’s hand-picked mail vendor has NOT and will NOT fulfill their obligations to process and mail approximately 20,000 absentee ballots to qualified voters.

According to the Connecticut Town Clerks Association, as many as 20,000 absentee ballot requests were not processed on time last week by the vendor Merrill selected, and Merrill’s office admitted as much in conversations with local town officials.

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Special Session July 23

Posted on July 29, 2020 by cthomas


HARTFORD – During a nearly 22-hour Special Legislative Session July 23rd spanning into 24th, State Representative Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) voted on various legislation brought before the House of Representatives.

The first bill raised, An Act Concerning Telehealth, increases insurance coverage for telehealth medicine from December 1, 2020 to March, 15, 2021 and adds audio-only telephone. The second, An Act Concerning Diabetes and High Deductible Healthcare Plans, caps the price of insulin and allows

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State Department of Education – FAQs

Posted on July 21, 2020 by cthomas


I hope you are well and safe. I am would like to share a document distributed by the CT State Department of Education that will hopefully answer some of the questions you have had about schools reopening in the fall.

Click here to access the CT State Department of Education School Reopening FAQs, updated July 17, 2020.

As always, if you have any specific questions or concerns on this topic, please reach out to me at

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information and Resources

Posted on June 2, 2020 by jdooley

FacebooktwittermailCoronavirus (COVID-19) information is being updated rapidly as state and federal health officials work to respond. You can find the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 by clicking on the following links:

Here are direct links for information on:

The following actions have been taken by Governor Lamont in a state-wide effort to mitigate the outbreak and provide Connecticut residents with appropriate

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Rep. Zupkus Op-Ed: A Special Session for the People

Posted on May 28, 2020 by jdooley

FacebooktwittermailA Special Session for the People

By Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-Prospect))

I represent 25,000 people in Bethany, Cheshire and Prospect’s and my constituents feel shut out of the debate regarding the ‘Stay-at-Home’ Order and the subsequent Reopening process and they want to be heard. The legislature needs to come together in a special session to take back some of its constitutional authority that was surrendered to the governor when the Coronavirus first emerged in our state.

The governor’s declaration

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Rep. Lezlye Zupkus Op-ed: Here, ready to engage and help rebuild

Posted on May 26, 2020 by jdooley

FacebooktwittermailWe are living in unprecedented times, facing a global pandemic and doing our best to protect our state residents from this terrible virus. And I believe most of my legislative colleagues would agree having collaborative and unified voice speak on behalf of our state government is the best way to communicate a state-wide message.

As a state representative, my duties don’t end at the State Capitol front door when the legislative session gavels out. We are on call 24 hours, 7 days-a-week, answering

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Rep. Zupkus: (PPP) Small Business Assistance is Here

Posted on April 27, 2020 by jdooley

FacebooktwittermailSecond Round of Small Business Loans

With the passing of a second business relief package, the SBA will resume taking applications for business assistance under the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Monday morning April 27 at 10:30am.

The new package includes:

An additional $320 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) with a greater focus on helping small businesses:

  • Minimum of $30 billion in PPP will be set aside for community development financial

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Zupkus: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Posted on April 2, 2020 by jdooley


The Paycheck Protection Program is a federal initiative providing forgivable loans. This program is aimed specifically at small businesses with 500 or fewer employees, including nonprofit entities (including churches), veterans’ organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships and independent contractors. Businesses with more than 500 employees are eligible in certain industries.

The program has a total funding level of $349 billion and is administered by

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