Sunday, June 25, 2017

Area Leaders Announce Long-Awaited Resolution to Tainted Tylerville Wells

State Representative Robert Siegrist, Middlesex Chamber of
Commerce President Larry McHugh, state Senator Art Linares,
Haddam First Selectwoman Lizz Milardo, Haddam Town
Planner Liz Glidden, and Chamber Vice President Jeff Puglies
e at Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam before press conference.
Haddam – Today, June 22nd, State Senator Art Linares, State Representative Robert Siegrist, Haddam First Selectwoman Lizz Milardo, and Middlesex Chamber of Commerce President Larry McHugh stood at Eagle Landing to announce that, after 30 years, clean water is finally coming to Tylerville.

Following legislative efforts  to obtain state funding, extensive testing by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), and the tireless advocacy of First Selectwoman Milardo and Chamber President McHugh, a proposal has been put forward to connect Tylerville residents to a municipal water main connecting to Chester. DEEP will seek funding from the State Bond Commission for the cost of installing an eight-inch water main from Chester to Tylerville and hooking each home into the water main.  Once approved, the funds will be made available to the town to construct the project.

“Nothing is more important for human survival than clean, drinkable water. Scientists tell us we can survive for three weeks without food, but the human body is 60 percent water. After three days without water, a person will die. That brings a whole new perspective to the fact that the people of Tylerville have been living with contaminated wells for more than 30 years,” Sen. Linares said.

“We are here today to set that right. Thanks to the efforts of Selectwoman Milardo, Rep. Siegrist, Chamber President McHugh, and all those who came before us, including the residents who have had to fight time and again for adequate water filters and bottled water – it is because of those people that we are able to announce that the wait for clean tap water is coming to an end.”

While he only joined the General Assembly after the last election, Rep. Siegrist said he has lived in the area since he was 12 and knew when he took office that he would be working on this important issue.

"Today is a good day for the residents of Tylerville. For far too long, they have been burdened with managing the way in which they access clean drinking water, something that most of us take for granted each time we turn on our faucets. In this day and age, it is unacceptable for people to have to continue using alternative methods for decades to filter out harmful contaminants or even drink bottled water because their water source is tainted. Clean, consumable water is a necessary, life-sustaining resource that everyone should have access to, and without disruption. I am very proud to have been part of this concerted effort in working with First Selectwoman Milardo, along with Sen. Linares, DEEP and other state agencies, and our local Chamber of Commerce to bring about a permanent solution for those who have been impacted," said Rep. Siegrist.

Middlesex Chamber of Commerce President McHugh said the water main provides a real, long-term fix for Tylerville.

“A solution to Tylerville’s groundwater problems is long overdue. We are pleased with the work of Haddam First Selectwoman Lizz Milardo and her team along with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), State Senator Art Linares and State Representative Bob Siegrist, the state Department of Public Health (DPH) and Connecticut Water. This is very important for local infrastructure for current residents and businesses in the Tylerville area and for possible future economic development,” said Larry McHugh, President of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce.

First Selectwoman Lizz Milardo said she is happy to see the issue finally come to a successful conclusion.

“This has been a long time coming for the residents of Tylerville.  I am grateful that we were able to reengage with DEEP and DPH, shortly after I was elected and work as a team to come to a resolution on this issue.  I want to publically thank my town planner Liz Glidden for all of her help on this matter in addition to the state agencies, Larry McHugh, Art Linares and Bob Siegrist.  I am confident that Haddam will now be able to provide clean potable water and continue to move Haddam Forward,” Milardo said.

As background, mythel tert-butyl ether, a chemical formerly added to gasoline, and 1,4 dioxane, a solvent stabilizer have been found in the wells of 31 residential and commercial properties in the Tylerville section of Haddam. For several years, the state has provided bottled water to six of the properties, while 25 have carbon filters, which are changed periodically by the state.

A public hearing with DEEP, Department of Public Health, the Connecticut River Area Health District, and Connecticut Water Company was held Wednesday to update residents on the proposal for the water main and take public comment. Residents can view the proposal on the DEEP website and may submit written responses to DEEP by July 10.

Stanley CEO: Connecticut's Fiscal Stability Vital To Keep Business

image002Stanley CEO: Connecticut's Fiscal Stability Vital To Keep Business

The CEO of Stanley, Black & Decker believes in the proposed Senate Republican budget.

In a recent Hartford Courant op-ed, he explains what it will take to keep his business in Connecticut and grow jobs. Part of the solution includes our budget proposal (read full article below).

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Op-ed by Jim Loree as it appeared in the Hartford Courant

As if Connecticut needed one more reason to sound the alarm, Aetna's plans to relocate its headquarters and the Florida governor's recent corporate recruiting visit give us two. While it is tempting to rationalize away both events, the reality is that Connecticut is facing a serious crisis. The time has come to take the steps necessary to support the long-term economic sustainability of the state.

Stanley Black & Decker was founded right here in Connecticut in 1843. Our founder, Frederick Stanley, started Stanley Bolt Manufactury in New Britain and we have manufactured in this state ever since. We sell more than 30 million tape measures a year, with many of them manufactured in New Britain. We have thrived here for almost 175 years and hope to be here for the foreseeable future.

Connecticut and the Greater Hartford area offer a quality of life with a highly educated workforce and an abundance of cultural and recreational assets. My family and I, as well as my colleagues, enjoy living and working in Connecticut, and we want to see the state succeed and prosper.

It's no longer enough, however, to highlight the great public schools, health care institutions and culture of the region. And being located half way between New York and Boston is not the advantage it once was given our inadequate transportation infrastructure. Our state's historical economic appeal has diminished over time as repetitive tax increases have taken their toll.

We applaud Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Senate Republican President Pro Tem Len Fasano for their budget plans, both of which are solid steps in the direction of fiscal responsibility. We prefer Sen. Fasano's approach because it goes much further toward eliminating inappropriate practices related to public employee pensions and is less punitive to towns and municipalities. Nonetheless, either of these plans or something in between, if implemented, should begin to ease some of our state's business leaders' concerns regarding state fiscal viability.

Celebrating Meriden Public Schools

 Sen. Len Suzio (at far right) on June 22 presented Meriden Public School officials with an honorary citation on behalf of the entire Meriden state delegation. The citation commended the school system on recently being featured by the George Lucas Educational Foundation's Edutopia for having “Schools that Work.”  Attached photo, left to right:  Superintendent Dr. Mark Benigni, Board Member Marisol Estrada, Board Secretary Robert Kosienski, Jr., Board President Mark Hughes (holding citation), Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Dr. Miguel Cardona, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Administration Michael Grove, and Sen. Suzio.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Oath Keepers - Self-Serving Politicians' Priorities after Scalise Shooting Deserve Strong Gun Owner Response

by David Codrea

How is voting in special benefits for themselves first, while the rest of us are left in legislative limbo, consistent with securing "the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity"?
"U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) today filed legislation to grant properly trained and certified Members of Congress the ability to conceal carry a personal firearm wherever their duties take them," a press release from the congressman's office declared Tuesday:
This bill would:
  • Allow all Members of Congress to have the ability to attempt to qualify for a concealed carry permit - either through their home state or a training program created by the United States Capitol Police (USCP).
  • Give the USCP the discretion in determining the training, licensing and parameters of use.
  • Direct the USCP to grant Members of Congress the ability to concealed carry in nearly every conceivable scenario - including federal parks and buildings, the national mall, to and from their offices, at schools and military bases - with only a few limited restrictions. These would include National Special Security Events, other areas under the direct jurisdiction of the Secret Service and commercial airliners.
  • Permit the training and certification to be paid for out of the Member's Representational Allowance (MRA).
  • Supersede any other federal or state law regarding concealed carry.
"My bill would ensure rank and file Members of Congress have the opportunity to defend themselves by providing them the ability to concealed carry in nearly every scenario with only a few restrictions," Babin elaborated. "With the increase in security threats to Members of Congress and our staffs, this is an important and necessary step that we must take."
As if Congressional disregard for the limitations required by the Constitution and supposedly unalienable rights of the citizenry haven't increased security threats for all.  While politicians no doubt face job-related risks, there is no credible justification for presuming their perils are any greater than - or even equal to - those faced by pizza delivery drivers, fast food workers or gas station mini-mart attendants, let alone the dangers presented to ordinary people living their daily lives.

Babin's offensive and un-American equal protection-eviscerating scheme puts similar Congressional Carry proposals offered since the baseball practice shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise on steroids, as recent news reports show.

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