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Joe DeLong

  • Cities and towns encourage legal opinion on ‘unclaimed’ bodies

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut cities and towns want Attorney General George Jepsen to weigh in with a formal legal opinion about the Chief Medical Examiner’s decision to make any “unclaimed” dead person the municipalities responsibility. In late May, Dr. James Gill, sent an email to municipal officials saying that as of July 1 the bodies…

  • Opinion: Building a brighter future through Connecticut urban center investment

    Joe DeLong is the executive director of CCM, Connecticut’s largest nonpartisan, statewide association of towns and cities, representing 158 member municipalities. CCM advocates at the state level for issues affecting local taxpayers, and pools its buying power to negotiate more cost-effective services for communities. In 2008 while working in the private sector I was guiding…

  • Bipartisan budget deal sails through both chambers

    HARTFORD, Conn. – For the fourth time under Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle were able to strike a bipartisan deal. This time it would close this year’s $220 million deficit. The deal maintains funding for state hospitals, community nonprofits, and municipal funding. It also sweeps about $62.1…

  • Legislators renew call for cancer coverage for firefighters

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Last year, firefighters lined the halls of the state Capitol trying to urge lawmakers to pass legislation that would give them an opportunity to file a workers’ compensation claim for certain types of cancer.

  • Opinion: What CCM means by ‘collaborating for the common good’

    Joe DeLong is the executive director of CCM, which is Connecticut’s largest nonpartisan, statewide association of towns and cities, representing 158 member municipalities From various populations and geography, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities — CCM — brings together municipal officials to collectively discuss the issues that face Connecticut towns and cities. Our 158 member towns…

  • Municipal leaders want a seat at the budget negotiating table

    HARTFORD, Conn. – A former mayor, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, likes to remind his former municipal colleagues that he’s maintained municipal aid to cities and towns during his tenure. Malloy told hundreds of municipal leaders Tuesday at the annual Connecticut Conference of Municipalities meeting that he doesn’t intend to “shift the state’s burdens to local…

  • Business, labor, municipal groups announce collaboration amid divisive political climate

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Three statewide advocacy groups with a history of disagreement on many issues have agreed to sit down for an economic summit with the goal of finding common ground, and maybe, just maybe, doing something about it.