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  1. Benefit for SWAT Officers Injured in North Haven Explosion
  2. Danbury Ceremony Pays Tribute to Our Veterans

    On this Memorial Day weekend, I hope you can find time to attend one of the many community events to honor the fallen members of our military. It is because of the sacrifice of generations of men and women that we are able to enjoy the incredible freedoms we have in this country.

    One event in particular that I am looking forward to is a ceremony to rename Route 53 in Danbury as the Danbury Veterans Memorial Highway. The event will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 27 in front of the Danbury War Memorial Building on Main Street.

    I was honored to introduce legislation last year to rename Main Street with the assistance of freshman legislator Representative Michael Ferguson. Danbury has such a rich history with our veterans and is home to the most active veterans’ communities in Connecticut.

    Dedicating Main Street as the Danbury Veterans Memorial Highway continues our city’s legacy of honoring that small portion of our population who dedicate themselves to defending the lives and freedoms of American citizens.

    I hope you can join me on Sunday. Regardless, I wish you and yours a happy Memorial Day weekend.

    God bless America!

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  4. Senator McLachlan Announces Veterans’ Highway Dedication in Danbury

    State Senator Michael McLachlan (R-24) today invited the public to attend a highway dedication on Sunday, May 27 at 3p.m. in front of the Danbury War Memorial Building on Main Street.

    Sen. McLachlan will be joined by local elected leaders and members of Danbury veterans’ organizations that day to officially rename Route 53 as the Danbury Veterans Memorial Highway.

    “We have a very dynamic veterans’ community in Danbury,” Sen. McLachlan said. “I believe it is a fitting tribute to dedicate our Main Street in recognition of our veterans’ many contributions to our country during their time in the military, as well as their continued service to the community when they returned home.

    “The official naming of the Danbury Veterans Memorial Highways during this Memorial Day Weekend also honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom,” he said. “We must never forget that our liberties have been paid for by the blood of mostly young men and women, many who were barely adults when they pledge to protect us.”

    Sen. McLachlan said that by attending the dedication ceremony, in addition to honoring our fallen soldiers, the public has an opportunity to show support and thanks for those veterans who are still with us.

    Sen. McLachlan represents the communities of Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, and Sherman.

  5. Please Join Us for a Post-Session Town Hall in Redding.

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  6. Please Join Us in Easton for a Post-Session Legislative Update

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  7. New Milford celebrated at State Capitol

    (From the greater New Milford Spectrum)

    Thursday marked the inaugural New Milford Day at the State Capitol.

    It was introduced by state Rep. Bill Buckbee, R-New Milford, to coincide with Roger Sherman’s birthday, the only Founding Father to sign the Continental Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution. Sherman lived in New Milford and also represented the town at the state House of Representatives.

    New Milford Day was supported by state Rep. Richard Smith, R-New Fairfield, and state Sen. Craig Miner, R-Litchfield, who also represent New Milford.

    “The genesis of bringing New Milford to Hartford was really to show how great our residents are and why we have such a strong community,” Buckbee said. “One that I am proud to share with the entire state.”

    He praised the town’s businesses, services and greenspaces, encouraging people to visit.

    Event participants included Kimberly Farms, Goatboy Soaps, Kimberly Clark, Full Circle Promotions, The Makery, Girl Scout Troop 40232, New Milford Hospital, Pratt Nature Conservancy, New Milford Youth Agency and the Community Credit Union of New Milford. Mayor Pete Bass and Probate Judge Martin Landgrebe also attended.

    Goatboy Soaps even brought two baby goats, one of which was introduced with Buckbee to the House floor.

    (Photo: State Sen. Craig Miner with a Representative of Kimberly Clark in New Milford)

    https://www.newmilfordspectrum.com/local/article/New-Milford-celebrated-at-State-Capitol-12848708.php

  8. Join me this Saturday, May 26th at 8:30am at Huxley’s Bookmark Café in Meriden.

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  9. CRDA Halts XL Center Eminent Domain Threat in Response to Republicans’ Concerns

    Article as it appeared in the Hartford Business Journal

    The head of the Capital Region Development Authority says he is postponing plans to seek eminent domain authority to take over a key portion of XL Center’s atrium and adjoining retail/office space currently owned by Northland Investment Corp.

    CRDA Executive Director Michael Freimuth said Wednesday he plans to first meet with Senate Republicans and members of Hartford’s state legislative delegation before he asks his board of directors for eminent domain authority.

    Freimith said he was seeking that legal avenue this week after several failed attempts to purchase the space, known as the “Trumbull Block,” from Northland.

    However, a group of Republican state senators has raised concerns about the potential move and wants more information on the steps the quasi-public agency has taken to purchase the property, including copies of any appraisals.

    “As you are aware, eminent domain is a powerful tool and needs to be used sparingly,” the GOP’s letter said. “We would like to know why eminent domain, a seemingly drastic approach, is being considered as an option in this situation.”

    The Hartford Business Journal reported Tuesday that Freimuth planned to ask his board of directors for eminent domain authority on Thursday.

    Freimuth said that portion of the building is crucial to the short-term operations and long-term redevelopment of the arena. The retail space, for example, includes a three-story, 192,000-square-foot parcel that would be needed to expand XL Center’s current footprint.

    CRDA a few years ago recommended a $250 million overhaul of the XL Center, concluding that the building’s functionality and ability to generate revenue are severely limited by its age and obsolete design, among other problems.

    A 2015 study conducted by SCI Architects concluded that at least 100,000 square feet of additional space, including room for a second concourse, would be necessary to bring the XL Center up to modern-venue standards.

    Meantime, Northland Principal Larry Gottesdiener blasted CRDA’s attempts to pursue eminent domain. He said CRDA’s multiple appraisals have led to inadequate valuations of the property and that Northland isn’t interested in selling right now, particularly because there is no funding or plan in place for a long-term renovation of the arena.

    CRDA has been unable to secure the full $250 million allotment from the state legislature.

    “The taking of private property should be a last resort not a first resort,” Gottesdiener said. “The $250 million plan was rejected. What is needed now is a conversation about the future of the XL site among all of the stakeholders.”

    State lawmakers did grant CRDA $40 million last year for renovations. That money, which is in addition to the $35 million in renovations completed in 2014, could be used for buying Northland’s Trumbull Street property, Freimuth said.

    But Senate Republicans are questioning whether or not that is the best use of that money.

    “If obtaining the Northland Investment Corp. property is part of a larger $250 million unapproved renovation vision, and is not part of a plan to best utilize the $40 million in approved funds, we have further concerns about this course of action.”

    Click to view the full letter sent by Republican lawmakers including Senator Len Fasano, Senator Mike McLachlan, Senator L. Scott Frantz, Senator Paul Formica and Senator Joe Markley.

  10. CRDA Halts XL Center Eminent Domain Threat in Response to Republicans’ Concerns

    Article as it appeared in the Hartford Business Journal

    The head of the Capital Region Development Authority says he is postponing plans to seek eminent domain authority to take over a key portion of XL Center’s atrium and adjoining retail/office space currently owned by Northland Investment Corp.

    CRDA Executive Director Michael Freimuth said Wednesday he plans to first meet with Senate Republicans and members of Hartford’s state legislative delegation before he asks his board of directors for eminent domain authority.

    Freimith said he was seeking that legal avenue this week after several failed attempts to purchase the space, known as the “Trumbull Block,” from Northland.

    However, a group of Republican state senators has raised concerns about the potential move and wants more information on the steps the quasi-public agency has taken to purchase the property, including copies of any appraisals.

    “As you are aware, eminent domain is a powerful tool and needs to be used sparingly,” the GOP’s letter said. “We would like to know why eminent domain, a seemingly drastic approach, is being considered as an option in this situation.”

    The Hartford Business Journal reported Tuesday that Freimuth planned to ask his board of directors for eminent domain authority on Thursday.

    Freimuth said that portion of the building is crucial to the short-term operations and long-term redevelopment of the arena. The retail space, for example, includes a three-story, 192,000-square-foot parcel that would be needed to expand XL Center’s current footprint.

    CRDA a few years ago recommended a $250 million overhaul of the XL Center, concluding that the building’s functionality and ability to generate revenue are severely limited by its age and obsolete design, among other problems.

    A 2015 study conducted by SCI Architects concluded that at least 100,000 square feet of additional space, including room for a second concourse, would be necessary to bring the XL Center up to modern-venue standards.

    Meantime, Northland Principal Larry Gottesdiener blasted CRDA’s attempts to pursue eminent domain. He said CRDA’s multiple appraisals have led to inadequate valuations of the property and that Northland isn’t interested in selling right now, particularly because there is no funding or plan in place for a long-term renovation of the arena.

    CRDA has been unable to secure the full $250 million allotment from the state legislature.

    “The taking of private property should be a last resort not a first resort,” Gottesdiener said. “The $250 million plan was rejected. What is needed now is a conversation about the future of the XL site among all of the stakeholders.”

    State lawmakers did grant CRDA $40 million last year for renovations. That money, which is in addition to the $35 million in renovations completed in 2014, could be used for buying Northland’s Trumbull Street property, Freimuth said.

    But Senate Republicans are questioning whether or not that is the best use of that money.

    “If obtaining the Northland Investment Corp. property is part of a larger $250 million unapproved renovation vision, and is not part of a plan to best utilize the $40 million in approved funds, we have further concerns about this course of action.”

     

    Click to view the full letter sent by Republican lawmakers including Senator Len Fasano, Senator Mike McLachlan, Senator L. Scott Frantz, Senator Paul Formica and Senator Joe Markley.

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