Connecticut Senate Republicans

  1. Sen. Fasano Statement on Gov. Malloy’s Political Priorities

    Sen. Fasano Statement on Gov. Malloy’s Political Priorities

    While CT Bridges Decay, “Pork Has Been Flying Out The Door”

    Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement in reaction to a Washington-based transportation group’s report that Connecticut has 308 “structurally deficient” bridges.

    “Good governing is about setting priorities. Gov. Malloy’s political priorities have been on full public display in the items he has been placing on the State Bond Commission’s agenda.  While our bridges and infrastructure decay, Gov. Malloy has been maxing out the state’s credit card to pay for a splash pad, little league fields, handball courts, a grocery store and a $10 million tolls study.  The pork has been flying out the door.  Gov. Malloy’s poor choices show why we need to take our state in a new direction. Those misguided decisions show why Connecticut is in trouble.  Gov. Malloy complains about infrastructure.  He says we need to implement tolls throughout the state because we need critical infrastructure improvements. Then he shows his true priorities by championing irresponsible bonding for his political favorites. The good news for state taxpayers is that Gov. Malloy will only preside over one more bond commission meeting before he leaves office.”

     

  2. A Major Management Shake-Up Is Necessary!

    Have you heard about the traveling UConn professor who used taxpayer money to bring his administrative assistant with him on business trips so she could go sightseeing? Listen to my interview with WDRC’s Brad Davis where we talk about how this was discovered only after a whistleblower reportedit to the university.

    Brad rightly asks “It make you wonder: How often does this go on?

    That’s why I sent a letter to the state’s Auditors of Public Accounts requesting an audit of UConn. Read the attached letter and share it with others.Students and taxpayers deserve to know exactly what UConn is doing with our money.

  3. Sen. Hwang and Rep. Devlin Call for Information and Timing of Implementation from Metro-North re: PTC

    Train SationFairfield—Standing on the platform today at the Fairfield Train Station, state Senator Tony Hwang (R-28th Senate) provided an update on Metro-North’s latest information on the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) for train safety.

    “The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), in which Metro-North is an affiliated subagency, has received over a billion dollars in loans and grants and an extension to implement PTC technology that was mandated in 2008,” said Sen. Hwang. “I have for the past two years and will continue to demand more information and updates from Metro-North on this important train safety issue. The commuters in southwestern Connecticut who rely on Metro-North deserve a real timeline for when the life-saving PTC technology will be operational.  Safety is my priority.  I will continue to monitor this situation and if I feel Metro-North is lacking or unresponsive to keeping the commuter public and the CT General Assembly informed, I will be your voice to make sure you are heard.”

    Fairfield’s state Representative on the Transportation committee Laura Devlin also lamented a lack of information for state legislators as well as members of the public.

    “As a former Metro-North commuter myself, I fully understand what it means to place your safety in the hands of the railroad every day,” said Rep. Devlin. “When you commute, tragedies like the 2013 Spuyten Duyvil derailment are always in the back or your mind. That incident could have been prevented by PTC. There have been enough delays on PTC. Metro-North needs to get this done, and it needs to tell us the plan.”

    Legislators from New York have also been critical of Metro-North’s delayed implementation of PTC.  In July, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said:

    “The MTA has had ample time and ample money to get this job done so there is simply no excuse for Metro-North and LIRR not to fully implement Positive Train Control by the end of this year. Enough excuses: the technology is available and the money is in place, including a billion dollar federal loan that I supported.”

    Background: After a series of accidents a few years ago, Metro-North committed to installing PTC to improve safety on the railroad. Metro-North has stated that PTC will be installed by the Decwmber 31, 2018 deadline. However, the railroad says the system will not be “fully operational.” Metro-North has also stated it has the right to submit “an alternative schedule for up to two additional years to have PTC fully activated across all parts of the railroad upon filing the paperwork with Federal regulators.”

    Dismayed at this potential for a two-year delay, Sen. Hwang sent a letter to the president of Metro-North and copied southwestern Connecticut’s federal delegation and Connecticut DOT Commissioner James Redeker. The letter was sent on August 29th and resent September 12th. After nearly three weeks, Sen. Hwang finally received a response from Metro-North president Catherine Rinaldi and CT Transportation Commissioner James Redeker at 8:33 a.m. on the morning of his press avail. Sen. Hwang believes that public pressure is the only way to keep Metro-North accountable and responsive on this vital public safety project.

  4. Annual CT Veterans Stand Down Provides Free Medical, Legal Services for Vets

    Annual CT Veterans Stand Down Provides Free Medical, Legal Services for Vets

    From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, more than 100 agencies and organizations will be in Rocky Hill to provide free services to Connecticut veterans. More than 230 volunteers will conduct free medical screening and eye and hearing exams. Free assistance with support services including, employment, housing, education and legal services will also be available.

    For those unable to get to the Rocky Hill event on their own, free transportation is available at locations throughout the state.

    Click here for more information, or call the Department of Veterans Affairs at (860) 616-3803.

  5. Informational Public Meeting Sept. 26 about Proposed Granby Roundabout

    The public is invited to a Department of Transportation public meeting about a proposed roundabout on Route 10/202 at East Street and Notch Road in Granby.

    The event will take place Wednesday, September 26, 2018, in the Granby Senior Center, 15C North Granby Road, Granby, Connecticut, 06035.

    The meeting will begin with a design presentation at 7:00 PM with a question and answer period immediately following.

    The project will address safety issues at the intersection of Route 10/202 at East Street and Notch Road and includes removing the existing flashing beacon and constructing a modern roundabout.

    For those who cannot be at the meeting, plans are can be viewed at town hall.

    Click here for more information.

  6. Annual CT Veterans Stand Down Provides Free Medical, Legal Services for Vets

    From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, more than 100 agencies and organizations will be in Rocky Hill to provide free services to Connecticut veterans. More than 230 volunteers will conduct free medical screening and eye and hearing exams. Free assistance with support services including employment, housing, education and legal services will also be available.

    For those unable to get to the Rocky Hill event on their own, free transportation is available at locations throughout the state.

    Click here for more information, or call the Department of Veterans Affairs at (860) 616-3803.

     

  7. Annual CT Veterans Stand Down Provides Free Medical, Legal Services for Vets

    Annual CT Veterans Stand Down Provides Free Medical, Legal Services for Vets

    From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, more than 100 agencies and organizations will be in Rocky Hill to provide free services to Connecticut veterans. More than 230 volunteers will conduct free medical screening and eye and hearing exams. Free assistance with support services including, employment, housing, education and legal services will also be available.

    For those unable to get to the Rocky Hill event on their own, free transportation is available at locations throughout the state.

    Click here for more information, or call the Department of Veterans Affairs at (860) 616-3803.

  8. Annual CT Veterans Stand Down Provides Free Medical, Legal Services for Vets

    Annual CT Veterans Stand Down Provides Free Medical, Legal Services for Vets

    From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, more than 100 agencies and organizations will be in Rocky Hill to provide free services to Connecticut veterans. More than 230 volunteers will conduct free medical screening and eye and hearing exams. Free assistance with support services including, employment, housing, education and legal services will also be available.

    For those unable to get to the Rocky Hill event on their own, free transportation is available at locations throughout the state.

    Click here for more information, or call the Department of Veterans Affairs at (860) 616-3803.

  9. Annual CT Veterans Stand Down Provides Free Medical, Legal Services for Vets

    From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, more than 100 agencies and organizations will be in Rocky Hill to provide free services to Connecticut veterans. More than 230 volunteers will conduct free medical screening and eye and hearing exams. Free assistance with support services including employment, housing, education and legal services will also be available.

    For those unable to get to the Rocky Hill event on their own, free transportation is available at locations throughout the state.

    Click here for more information, or call the Department of Veterans Affairs at (860) 616-3803.

  10. Annual CT Veterans Stand Down Provides Free Medical, Legal Services for Vets

    From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, more than 100 agencies and organizations will be in Rocky Hill to provide free services to Connecticut veterans. More than 230 volunteers will conduct free medical screening and eye and hearing exams. Free assistance with support services including employment, housing, education and legal services will also be available.

    For those unable to get to the Rocky Hill event on their own, free transportation is available at locations throughout the state.

    Click here for more information, or call the Department of Veterans Affairs at (860) 616-3803.

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