Political Notes: State pols hit the bricks as election season heats up

NORWALK, Conn. – The state legislative session is over, but the pols continue to make news.


Malloy in Norwalk Saturday for Dem headquarters opening

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

The Norwalk Democratic Town Committee will play host to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the official opening of the Dem campaign headquarters.

The Dem nerve center is on the second floor at 25 Van Zant St.

The event will include light refreshments and is open to all “especially volunteers,” the flyer says.


Lavielle: More visibility needed for Safe Havens law

State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) issued a statement Tuesday in the wake of last week’s news about the body of a newborn found in East Hartford.

Gail Lavielle
Gail Lavielle

“After last week’s tragic news … I lent my support this afternoon to a renewed effort by lawmakers and other key stakeholders to raise awareness of Connecticut’s Safe Havens law. The law, passed in 2000, allows distressed mothers to surrender their newborns safely and anonymously to a hospital emergency room within 30 days of birth without fear of prosecution for abandonment.

“Today in the Capitol, I joined a bipartisan group of legislators along with officials from the state Department of Children and Families (DCF) and East Hartford’s Health and Social Services Department to announce the formation of a public-private working group that will identify ways to help spread the word about the law.

“… It is essential that we spread the word to a new generation of people who were too young to be aware of the law when it was first passed. It is important that these often vulnerable young women, who must be experiencing terrible distress, know they have an option to surrender a baby safely that they otherwise cannot care for. This law truly creates a safe haven – both for the baby, and for the mother.

“According to statistics from DCF, 23 infants have been surrendered under the law’s protections since its implementation in October of 2000. Unfortunately, since that time, four babies have been found abandoned and were rescued, and a further two died after being abandoned. It’s our hope that wider awareness of the law could shrink these numbers to zero.

“Under the law, when a mother surrenders her infant to the hospital, mother and baby are given matching bracelets so that if she changes her mind, she may come retrieve the infant within 30 days. After the 30-day period ends, DCF terminates the biological parent’s parental rights and places the baby with a family who intends to adopt the child.”

For more information, visit the DCF’s Safe Haven website


Wood helps head up Special Ed working group

Terrie WoodThe MORE Commission’s Special Education Select Working Group, with State Rep. Terrie Wood (R-141) as one of three leaders, has been holding several meetings around the state to hear from parents and local officials about special education services.

A meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 in the Hamden Middle School Auditorium. The first half of the meeting will feature testimony from local officials, while the second half will be reserved for parental testimony. People are encouraged to provide oral and written testimony on challenges they see for special education in Connecticut and any possible solutions to these problems.


Fed grant intended boost NPD’s enforcement, visibility

Jim Himes
Jim Himes

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (Conn.-4) and Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling joined Norwalk Police Department Chief Thomas E. Kulhawik recently to announce a new federal law enforcement grant for Norwalk. The $41,249 grant was awarded through the Justice Department’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program, and will be used to enhance police visibility in high-crime areas and improve street and motor vehicle safety.


Duff: Metro-North should not seek fare increases

Last week’s news that Metro-North will seek a fare increase brought this response from State Sen. Bob Duff (D-27):

Bob Duff
Bob Duff

“Between power outages, service disruptions and delays, Metro-North commuters have dealt with a lot over the past year. Now is not the time for the MTA to be talking about a rate increase for passengers. Their focus must be on improving reliability of the New Haven Line, first and foremost.

“The MTA’s own financial plan from just last week cites significant expense savings. Those savings should be passed along to consumers, or reinvested in the railroad’s infrastructure. There is no need for a fare hike, and the MTA should reconsider their proposal.”


Dem state rep candidate urges ‘shop local’

Neighborhood District Economic Development Corporation (NDEDC), a Wilton-based neighborhood business assistance organization, has picked three Fairfield County businesses as Walmart alternatives (“Walternatives”) for Connecticut tax-free week. NDEDC encourages Connecticut residents to take advantage of tax-free week through shopping at locally owned, independent retail stores through Aug. 23.

Keith Rodgerson
Keith Rodgerson

“We want to let parents in Fairfield County know that the books and tools necessary to have students ready for their first day back to school can be found locally,” said Keith Rodgerson, the NDEDC executive director and Democratic challenger to state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143).

“Staff have chosen vibrant, long-standing CT businesses with strong records of customer and community service,” Rodgerson said in the press release statement.

This is the first year that the NDEDC has selected Connecticut businesses as alternatives to Walmart.

“Locally owned businesses return more money to the local economy and recirculate much more of their revenue than chain-owned stores,” Rodgerson said. “Connecticut is first in salaries in the nation. Its locally-owned retailers are an important component of that statistic.”

The chosen stores are Wilton Outdoor Sports Center, 80 Danbury Road, Wilton; Max’s Art Supply, 68 Post Road East, Westport; and Heroes Comics and Cards, 197 Westport Ave., Westport.


One response to “Political Notes: State pols hit the bricks as election season heats up”

  1. Ms Ruby McPherson

    Its a shame we have no businesses of that type in South Norwalk(SONO) all about drinking and entertainment, expensive restaurants. Unfortunate if Walmart and other loose business where would the community that do have even low income jobs work?

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