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Governor Presses For Greater Long Island Sound Protection

by marcia chambers | Feb 11, 2015 12:40 pm

With Permission Long Island Sound contributes more than $5.5 million for the local economy.  It is home to more than 120 species of finfish and countless varieties of birds and other animals.  Between New York and Connecticut, the Sound’s coastline stretches more than 600 miles, according to a state report. 

But this great natural resource has also been the scene of major environmental battles over the last decade, especially in Branford.

So it was it was fitting that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy came to Branford Monday morning to emphasize his support of legislation called a “Blue Plan,” which is designed to protect the future use of Long Island Sound waters and submerged lands in a number of different ways.

The Blue Plan directs the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and UConn to convene relevant state agencies, academic institutions, and stakeholders to compile an inventory of the natural resources and the human resources of the Long Island Sound, and to use that information to develop a plan to guide future uses of the Sound’s waters and submerged lands.

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Reed Targets Energy Rates, Taxes

by marcia chambers | Jan 12, 2015 9:44 am

Mary Johnson Photo State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-102), who was sworn in last week to her fourth term in office, wants the state to create innovative laws to reduce skyrocketing electricity rates. She also wants towns to work together on joint projects in order to reduce budgets and the high cost of property taxes, she said. She has other items on her to-do list as well. 

“When it comes to energy policy, skyrocketing electricity rates are bad for consumers, bad for business and bad for economic development of all kinds. We are tackling some huge energy issues this session,” she said in reviewing the reasons why companies often decide not to re-locate in the state of Connecticut.

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Taking Office, Kennedy Vows To Help Seniors, The Disabled

by marcia chambers | Jan 7, 2015 10:54 am

With Permission As he begins his first term as a state legislator, Ted Kennedy Jr. vowed to help more seniors and disabled people live at home instead of in institutions—and to support changes in campaign-finance laws that helped him get into office.

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“Punishment Fees” Targeted

by marcia chambers | Dec 24, 2014 9:00 am | Comments (3)

Saying innovative conservation policy and electric bill hikes are “on a collision course,” State Rep. Lonnie Reed (pictured) announced this week she will introduce legislation to cap fixed-rate charges on electric bills residents receive each month.

“I support legislation to cap the fixed rate because public policy and electric utility management are on a collision course and in dire need of a course correction. That process needs to start now.” The session begins Jan. 7.

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Kennedy: Connecticut’s Not D.C.

by marcia chambers | May 7, 2014 11:32 am

Marcia Chambers Photo One month ago Ted Kennedy, Jr., officially announced it was time for him to become the next Kennedy to seek public office, specifically the Democratic candidate for state senator from Connecticut’s 12th District. Since then he has explored the six towns that make up the district, towns “with their own history, their own culture, their own philosophies,” he said.

He described his hectic plunge into the unique and very different worlds of Branford, Guilford, North Branford, Madison, Durham and Killingworth, when he made an appearance before the Branford Democratic Town Committee, (DTC) last week.

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Pat Widlitz Says Farewell to the Legislature

by marcia chambers | Apr 3, 2014 1:52 pm | Comments (3)

With Permission Longtime state Rep. Pat Widlitz, the co-chair of the powerful House Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, will be on the campaign trail this summer, she said yesterday—“but not for myself.”

Widlitz, a Democrat who represents the 98th Assembly District (Guilford and two sections of Branford), told the Eagle in an exclusive interview that she will not seek reelection this November. She will retire at the end of her current term on Dec. 31.

She has served 20 years as a state legislator. Before that she held local office as a Guilford selectwoman and as a member of the Board of Education.  She turns 69 in July.

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Senate Leader Stands Up For Freedom Of Information

by Mark Pazniokas | Mar 11, 2014 11:13 am

In testimony delivered in quick succession Monday to two legislative committees, Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, strongly condemned post-Newtown legislation that would restrict public access to 9-1-1 recordings, police photographs and names of witnesses in drug or violent crimes.

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“Non-Candidate” Malloy Previews Stump Speech

by marcia chambers | Mar 10, 2014 3:47 pm | Comments (5)

Bob Rattner Photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the coy candidate-in waiting, left no doubt Sunday evening that he is running for election this year and offered a preview stump speech on issues on which he is considered vulnerable: the economy and handling of state finances. 

Malloy gave the preview at the New Haven home of U.S. Rosa DeLauro at what was billed as “the kick-off campaign” for Congressional and state office holders.  After DeLauro introduced him as a person “who has been making a difference in the lives of the people,” Malloy dived into the campaign pitch.

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Puppy Mill Fight Comes To Hartford

by marcia chambers | Dec 5, 2013 2:09 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo In the end, the core issue facing the pet industry is the care, quality and health of thousands of puppies shipped into the state and then sold to residents from one of the 16 commercial pet stores now operating in Connecticut. 

It is a big business. Leaders, lobbyists and employees in the commercial pet industry and animal advocates seeking a new business model for pet stores (sell dogs and cats from shelters and private breeders) came to Hartford yesterday to testify before a special legislative task force that will report its findings to the legislature next year. 

Possible legislation could restrict or ban the sale of commercially bred puppies and kittens in the state’s 16 pet stores. Branford’s All Pets Club is one of them. It has been the site of a number of protests over the sale of sick puppies. Click here for story.

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Panel Eyes Ban On Commercially-Bred Puppy Sales

by Grace Merritt/ CT Mirror | Sep 26, 2013 8:56 am

A new legislative task force on puppy mills decided Wednesday it will research and hold public hearings around the state on whether to ban the sale of commercially bred puppies in Connecticut pet shops.

During an organizational hearing at the state Capitol, the task force announced it would send a report by January in time for a legislative hearing on a bill in the coming session.

If the bill passes, Connecticut would be the first state to ban the sale of these dogs and cats in pet stores, though some cities, including Los Angeles, have passed similar bans.

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