On Sunday, former State Senator for the 13th district Len Suzio who was defeated this past fall for reelection was honored by a special Thank You Brunch given by Leah and Eleanor Tomazewski of Middletown and his campaign chair Anna Neumon of Meriden and Kathleen Horsky at First and Last Tavern. Friends and supporters of Suzio as well as legislative colleagues offered words of encouragement to Suzio in front of a packed room. Upon departure from the state senate, Suzio was appointed to the state Victim Advocate Advisory Committee where he will still fight to end early release of violent criminals in CT, a campaign he started as a senator. State Senator Joe Markley, who has know Suzio since 1990, said Suzio was "the best senator Connecticut has." He told of his admiration for Suzio to take the bull by the horns even as a freshmen senator and tackle important budget issues like spear heading the campaign to cap the gas tax.
Conecticut's only femle Republican state senator and Deputy Minority Leader State Senator Toni Boucher was on hand to praise Suzio and wish him well. She also stressed to the citizens gathered that CT is now in a downward financial spiral because of spending millions of dollars over the amount of money the state has gathered in revenue under Governor Malloy. Boucher said" We need more Len Suzio's, Connecticut needs Len back. We need his banking expertise to make things right. This next election cycle is our chance to get the state back on track financially,before it is too late."
Boucher commended Suzio's tenacity for his inquiries into the appropriations and bonding that is done at the state level and expressed her concern for this type of questioning to continue. Boucher asked everyone present to write to or call their current local Democratic legislators and Senators and tell them their concerns about the increase in taxes being forshadowed if Malloy's budget passes.
Chairman of the Meriden Republican Town Committee and Councilman Dan Brunet spoke on behalf of Suzio whom he knew during Suzio's 16 years on Meriden's Board of Education. During this time Suzio advocated for full day kindergarten and a breakfast program. Brunet presented Suzio with a placard and a shirt from Meriden Public Schools. Suzio thanked his wife Kate, assistant Kathleen Horsky, and campaign Chair Anna Neumon and assured that crowd that although many Democrats would like to see him gone, he was saying "See you late, but not goodbye."