A man wanted for an armed robbery has been arrested by the Putnam County Sheriff's Department. 47-year old John Caputo was charged with robbery for allegedly holding up the Subway sandwich shop in the Patterson Commons Shopping Center earlier this week.
The Wingdale man allegedly displayed a knife, demanded money and then used a pickup truck that he had left parked nearby as a getaway vehicle to flee with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured in the incident Tuesday night. Caputo was arrested yesterday morning when an investigator in an unmarked car spotted him driving the pickup truck in Kent, New York.
The felony robbery charge carries a possible prison sentence of up to 25 years.
4th Congressional District incumbent Democrat Jim Himes and Republican challenger John Shaban will square off in a debate on Sunday. The event is being sponsored by the League of Women Voters representing 12 Fairfield County communities.
Himes is seeking a 5th term in office. Shaban is a state Representative from Redding.
The debate on Sunday is from 5 to 6:30pm, at the Clune Performing Arts Center at Wilton High School.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Metro North is encouraging riders to use their new mobile app, and in order to push that along the MTA is ending online ticket sales. Monthly Metro North tickets will no longer be for sale online as of Tuesday. Riders will be unable to buy any other ticket online after November 30th.
Commuter Action Group founder Jim Cameron says it's unfortunate, because there was a 2-percent discount.
MTA eTix allows riders to purchase tickets directly on their mobile device. The ticket must be activated just before boarding the train. The conductor will then look at the ticket to confirm it's active, and scan the barcode on the screen. Tickets remain active for the duration of your trip.
Resident complaints about drug sales in a Danbury neighborhood have led to police taking $31,000 worth of drugs off the streets. After a weeks long investigation, search warrants were carried out yesterday at a Ken Oaks Drive home.
Police say 30-year old Claudio Matrinez-Abreu was stopped near his house last night. Danbury Police say Matrinez-Abreu was in possession of more than 25 ounces of cocaine, a lesser amount of heroin, brass knuckles and a loaded pistol. The estimated street value of the seized drugs totals more than $31,000.
Matrinez-Abreu was charged with possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, having a weapon in a motor vehicle, and negligent storage of a firearm.
He was held on $200,000 bond for arraignment.
A 26-year incumbent is being challenged for the state House seat representing the 110th District in Danbury. Democrat Bob Godfrey is seeking a 14th term. Republican Emanuela Palmeras is looking to unseat the Deputy House Speaker.
Palmeras says the district has change a lot in the last two and a half decades. She says there are different needs and challenges facing the constituents of the district. She believes a government should be reflective of the people it's serving.
Godfrey touted Connecticut as being one of the safest states in the country, in part because of the gun laws passed in 2013. He praised the deal to keep Sikorsky in the state, because there are several suppliers in Danbury that Sikorsky uses. As a Navy veteran, Godfrey says he's proud of Connecticut's role in the defense industry. He acknowledged that there is some dissatisfaction with government. He said he's tried his best to help people in the district. He said another accomplishment he's proud of is bringing back money to the district for school building projects. He's pleased to see the rehabilitation of the Glen Apartments in the Roger's Park area.
As a mother of a child with special needs, Palmeras says she would like her son to attend public school, but notes that there isn't enough funding in Danbury for special needs programs. As an immigrant who came to Danbury from Brazil without speaking English, saw her parents go from a construction worker and a house cleaner to being small business owners. Her family founded The Tribuna, a bilingual newspaper. Palmeras says they are feeling the burden of the state's tax and regulatory climate. She is also a member of the Danbury Aging in Place Council.
The court ruling ordering the legislature to overhaul the state's education system is being appealed to the State Supreme Court. But Godfrey says he hopes portions of the judge's ruling will be taken up. He wants to change the Education Cost Sharing formula. Godfrey says it's going to be a difficult discussion because towns receiving a lot of funding, will not want to vote for a decrease.
Education funding will be a priority for Palmeras if elected. She says the legislature needs to remember that there is a difference between equity and equality. Palmeras believes that's how education funding should be reworked. She wants equity, giving people what they need, as opposed to equality and giving everyone the same thing. She says the judge's ruling is an opportunity for a fresh start and to be able to affect generations to come. Palmeras noted that up to 50% of students in the district are English Language Learners.
Palmeras says if municipalities can bring grades up for ESL students, they won't get funding because they're a failing school district they'll get funding because they're doing well. She says better education will lead to more families looking to move into the district. Palmeras also says better education will lead to better jobs.
Godfrey is proposing to deduct the interest paid on student loans from the state income tax from adjusted gross income. He wants to make things easier for people going into their first job and for people changing careers. He says good jobs, with good wages, is the both the short and long-term answer to what Connecticut needs to do to turn things around.
The number one thing to fix transportation problems, Palmeras says is to create an enforceable lockbox for infrastructure funds. She also called for a better working mass transit system. Palmeras says it's hard to move around the state without a car, and that affects quality of life.
An area he would like to work on if reelected is to figure out how to make the Transportation Fund inaccessible for expenditures that aren't transportation projects. Godfrey says the problem with a lockbox is that someone has a key. He wants to figure out who would hold the key. He proposed an oversight board, but getting consensus on that has been an issue. He says the Governor's 30-year, $100 billion plan is a good plan on how to move forward. But the big question is how to pay for all of the proposals. Godfrey says the mileage tax is not a viable option for Connecticut. He is also opposed to tolls. Godfrey says something that has to get resolve is electric cars not using as much gasoline, but wearing out the roads.
Godfrey says Connecticut lost 27% of the state's revenue in a three-week span during the crash of 2008. He says by creating jobs, the state will continue to turn the economy around. The Connecticut Next Program provides funding to groups around the state to become business incubators. Godfrey says the Hackerspace at Danbury Library has applied for funding. He says a man looking to do an agricultural start up by doing high-rise farming could apply as well.
Palmeras says the Connecticut Next Program works will for innovative businesses, but small businesses that aren't tech-related have a hard time being viable in Connecticut. As for the Small Business Express Program, she would like to see changes. She says in order to get a loan a business has to be in near-excellent condition, but business need loans when they need help. Palmeras would like to see a climate that encourages people to stay rather than paying people to stay. She encouraged bipartisanship to look at how to make Connecticut a sustainable place to live and work.
Work to improve mental health services and early intervention is another area Godfrey would like to address. He acknowledged the challenges to that; it's expensive and the outcomes vary from person to person.
Palmeras says a lot of people are on fixed incomes so she would like to focus on social services. She related a story about seniors struggling to budget when the senior center got rid of the Wednesday lunch. She also noted that 60% to 70% of families in the school system in the district are part of the free or reduced price lunch program.
Seniors and millennials can be served in a similar way, according to Palmeras. She says both age groups want a vibrant downtown and a walkable community. She is concerned that her son won't be able to afford to live in Connecticut when he is older.
Godfrey addressed GE leaving Fairfield for Boston. He says GE also pulled jobs out of Wisconsin for Canada. Godfrey says that's because Gov. Scott Walker's austerity budget killed the business climate in that state. For a while, corporations wanted suburban campuses, but now they're moving back to big cities. He says for too long Connecticut has neglected its cities. He would like to see Connecticut cities better develop their cultural, arts and dining districts to attract the creative class. He says there also has to be affordable housing, not luxury housing, and an atmosphere in a downtown where people can meet up and live without a car.
A replica of the Vietnam Wall memorial is making its first stop in Litchfield County with a limited engagement in New Milford. The Wall That Heals is a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The Mobile Education Center spreads a healing legacy of The Wall and educates about the impact of the Vietnam War.
The Roger Sherman Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution is hosting The Wall That Heals in New Milford.
The Wall will arrive at Young's Field next Wednesday at about 11:30am, escorted by the CT Patriots Guard. There will be daily Opening Ceremonies with a Closing Ceremony scheduled for Sunday October, 30 at 3pm.
The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces during the Vietnam War and its walls bear the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the most visited memorial in the Nation’s Capital, but many Americans have not been able to visit. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund built the wall to give veterans and their family members across America an opportunity to see the Memorial.
The bulk of the cost to host The Wall, $7,500, is being paid for by the DAR. In order to raise the approximate $4,000 balance , a unique fundraiser is being held. Two-inch, 24K gold medallions are made in the U.S. and adorned on both sides can be purchased for $30. There are only 500 of these medallions in existence.
The Roger Sherman Chapter, DAR has the support of the Town of New Milford, POW/MIA CT Forget-Me-Not Organization, Ezra Woods Post 31 American Legion and Andrew B. Mygatt VFW Post 1672.
A Danbury man who fled police has been charged with driving while intoxicated. New York State Police Troopers saw a car speed more than 100 miles an hour on Interstate 684 Saturday and tried to stop the driver. 22-year old Christopher Espinal didn't stop and continued to travel at a high rate of speed.
He eventually pulled over for police on I-84. His Blood Alcohol Content was .11percent. Espinal was charged with DWI and unlawful fleeing a police officer. He was arraigned and released for an appearance in Southeast Court on the 27th.
18 other intoxicated drivers were taken off the road this past weekend by New York State Police in the Putnam County area.
Among those arrested was a Brewster man involved in a single car accident. 22-year old Bryan Guerra Ramirez crashed on Tonetta Lake Road Saturday and was determined to be intoxicated.
A Carmel woman who crossed the double yellow line on Route 22 Sunday was also charged with DWI. Ramirez and 55-year old Ana Chavez will be in court on the 27th.
Also on Sunday, 39-year old Miguel Munoz-Lopez of Danbury was stopped on I-84 for speeding. Troopers determined that he was intoxicated issued a ticket to appear in court November 3rd.
A $300,000 shortfall in the Brookfield pension fund will be repaid over three years. The Newstimes reports that the town will continued equal payments over the next three years to erase the shortfall. $1.2 million was contributed to the pension fund last budget year, but it should have been $1.5 million.
The discrepancy was discovered in 2013 by then-First Selectman Bill Tinsley. The $300,000 covered retirement benefits to volunteer firefighters over several years, but that money shouldn't have been paid from the pension fund.
The published report says repaying the money over three years will constrain future budgets because state law caps spending growth at 2.5-percent of the annual operating budget.
A home invasion in Woodbury is under investigation. State Police Troopers responded to Good Hill Road around 1:30 yesterday afternoon. A 13-year old girl said that a white man entered her house through a back door while she was home. The man then left after asking the girl who lived there. Investigators searched the house to make sure the suspect was not still inside. The man was last seen running away from the home along Route 371. The white male was described as having dark hair and facial hair. The juvenile believed the suspect to be 20 to 40 years old. Anyone with information is asked to call the Woodbury Resident State Trooper's Office at 203-263-3400.
The Connecticut State Library Board has approved a grant of more than 24-thousand dollars to the Easton Public Library for a high-speed fiber connection to the Connecticut Education Network. The Connecticut Education Network was established in 2000 with a mission to deliver reliable, high-speed Internet access, data transport and value added services throughout Connecticut at equitable rates. The Easton Public Library is one of the first libraries in the state to receive such a grant. Bethel also was recently awarded such a grant. The connection is expected to be completed just after the New Year.
A political newcomer is looking to unseat a two term incumbent in Danbury's 109th State House District.
Democrat David Arconti Jr. says there are a lot of things that he's been able to accomplish for Danbury. One was a project he took on at the request of Mayor Mark Boughton. That was increasing the reimbursement for the Danbury High School expansion project. Usually schools construction projects are guaranteed a 62% reimbursement rate. Arconti says Danbury schools are underfunded in the Education Cost Sharing formula and a growing district, so he was able to make the case for 80% reimbursement.
Arconti says he's been able to increase municipal aid funding to the City in his two terms. He wants to continue that work in a third term. He says education funding will be one of the top three issues the legislature needs to work on in the coming session. He says parents, teachers and other want change to how Danbury is funded by the state. He says the problem has been that legislators don't want funding decreases and that has led to a lot of other towns being overfunded, even though their enrollment is decreasing.
Republican Veasna Roeun has spent most of his life in Danbury. His family came to America in 1983 as a war refugee from Cambodia. He served in the United States Army National Guard and was deployed to conduct peace-keeping missions in the Balkans and then for combat operations in Afghanistan. He went on to earn a degree in Justice and Law Administration from Western Connecticut State University.
Roeun then worked for the state Department of Labor. He promoted the Governor's Advanced Manufacturing Initiative by helping to create the Southwest Manufacturing Consortium and Greater Danbury Manufacturing Working Group. Roeun also served on the Military Occupation and Licensing Legislative Task Force. The group worked to pass a bill making it easier for returning veterans to obtain licenses and certificates needed to advance their careers.
When it comes to education, Roeun says there's a classroom shortage at Shelter Rock Elementary School that he would like to see remedied. He says the problem is two parts: students who live practically across the street are bused to another school in the City or they have to have classes in "pods", temporary mobile classrooms.
Arconti says it was a local decision not to expand the physical building, but to go with the portable classrooms. He says he did help secure the state funding needed for the City project.
Rouen worked with Henry Abbott Technical High School while he was with the state Department of Labor, and would like to see more funding for that school so more people can take advantage of that resource. He wants to foster a good environment to increase manufacturing jobs.
While there were significant budget cuts last year, but Arconti says Connecticut can't cut its way back to prosperity. He wants to grow the bioscience in the state to bring in good quality, high paying jobs. He says an educated workforce is needed for these high tech manufacturing and STEM jobs. In order to bolster those industries, Arconti touted the Entrepreneurship Learner's Permit. He says that allows new businesses to be reimbursed for fees associated with state filing, permitting and licensing. Arconti says that should help knock down one barrier the business community has told lawmakers about.
Roeun says the state is putting band aids on the economy, and those aren't the solutions needed in this economic climate. He says there's a lot of wasted spending in Hartford. He says cuts to services for people with special needs or mental health problems need to be reversed. Roeun agrees with some of the gun safety measures passed in 2013, but disagrees with other portions. He says the mental health side of gun control needs to be addressed.
Roeun says the state doesn't have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem. He was critical of retroactive tax hikes placed on businesses. He called for a hiring freeze, and to take back some administrative raises that were issued in the last few years.
Arconti opposes border tolls. He called the idea an unfair fee on Danbury area residents. He notes that on a per capita basis, Danbury already contributes among the most tax dollars to the state. He supports a Transportation Funding Lockbox. He says transit orient development is a key policy idea that needs to be explored. Arconti says young people want to live near restaurants, stores and jobs that are easily walked to or easily reached by mass transit. He worked last year to make sure Danbury was included on a list of cities to receive grant money to spur residential and commercial growth near a transit hub. Danbury received a $225,000 grant, which he says that was great for CityCenter.
Transportation is a top priority that Roeun is hearing from people. He was critical of the New Britain to Hartford Busway. He would have preferred to see that money used to expand Interstate 84 from the state line all the way out to Waterbury. He says the Special Transportation Fund shouldn't be used to pay pensions and other bills. He is opposed to a proposed mileage tax and opposed to tolls. He called it a waste of taxpayer money to study a mileage tax if no one intends to implement it.
In 2014, the delegation from the five towns that surround Candlewood Lake were able to work on an invasive species grant program. The Lake is being stocked with sterile carp to eat milfoil. He wants to tackle the blue-green algae issue as well. Over the summer, municipal officials and the Candlewood Lake Authority told state lawmakers that if the blue-green algae bloom was bad this year, it could lead to a month long closure of the whole lake. He says that would be detrimental to the area. A program currently in existence, the Community Investment Act, provides funding for openspace and farmland preservation. He wants to explore if a revenue stream from that program to various lake authorities to help them get more resources to fight invasive species and algae blooms.
Roeun wants to make Connecticut a place where people can live, work and then retire. He called it shameful that the state taxes social security and inheritance.
The Danbury Parking Authority could soon be writing fewer tickets for people who've let their meter expire. Danbury has launched a program that will allow drivers to use their mobile phones to pay for parking at 400 on-street spaces throughout the city. Customers can pay for parking with their cell phone using Parkmobile’s mobile app for the iPhone, Android, and Windows smartphones.
Mayor Mark Boughton says this is an innovative service that will enable residents to experience downtown Danbury in a more convenient and accessible way. He says the partnership with Parkmobile is helping to bring Danbury into the 21st century as a city of the future.
Time limits on meters still apply and the app will not allow users to purchase more time than allotted by the meters.
To use the new Parkmobile system, customers register free at www.parkmobile.com. Once registered, they can use a mobile app, internet, or call toll free to pay for parking. Up to five license plates can be associated with each user profile.
It was free to partner with ParkMobile. Enforcement officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with Parkmobile using a wireless handheld device. The parking authority paid for the handhelds.
Mobile app users may also choose to receive alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to expiration of their parking session. The app charges users 35 cents for every transaction.
Parkmobile, LLC is the leading provider for on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off- street parking and mobility related services. The Parkmobile network spans across more than 2,000 locations. Parkmobile serves over 20 airports as well as provides reserved parking solutions for private operators, the Super Bowl, the College Football Championship Series, Fenway Park, and Nationwide Arena among others.
An armed robbery in the Patterson Commons shopping center is being investigated. The incident occurred yesterday evening at about 6:30pm at the Subway sandwich shop on Route 22 at the intersection of Route 311 in the Town of Patterson.
Putnam County Sheriff's Deputies and New York State Police responded to a 911 call of a robbery. The suspect displayed a knife and demanded money.
The white male was described as being between 50 and 60 years old, approximately 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds. The man fled in an unknown direction with an undisclosed amount of cash. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department at (845) 225-4300.
Brookfield Police are mourning the death of a longtime member of the Department. Retired officer Kevin Seeley died at Danbury Hospital on Monday. Seeley began his law enforcement career in Newburgh, New York before joining the Brookfield Police Department in 1977.
He served with Brookfield for nearly 36 years, retiring as a full-time officer in 2013. Seeley then served as a Special Police Officer, until the time of his death. During his lengthy career with the Brookfield Police Department, Seeley was a member of the SCUBA Team, served as a Field Training Officer, was a police union official and received numerous awards and commendations for exceptional police work.
The Brookfield Police Department said Facebeook post that they will miss Seeley and bear his passing with heavy hearts as they hold his family uppermost in their thoughts and prayers.
The Seeley Family will receive friends at the Brookfield Funeral Home on Federal Road Thursday, 4pm-7pm. Funeral Services will be held privately at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh, NY.
A Danbury man charged with murdering a motorist in 2000 has been sentenced to prison. 38-year old Alex Garcia was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for shooting and killing a motorist on Interstate-84 in a tragic case of mistaken identity.
On January 17, 2000, shortly after 11pm, Mark Rebong was discovered in the driver’s seat of an idling vehicle in the vicinity of Exit 2 in Danbury. Rebong had been shot once in the head and died as a result of his injuries.
The investigation revealed that Garcia was a member of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation. The month before Rebong's killing, there was an ongoing dispute in Danbury between the Latin Kings and another criminal gang, the Crips. The dispute escalated on December 28, 1999 as a result of the shooting of a high-ranking member of the Crips.
Garcia was a passenger in a vehicle traveling westbound on I-84. The driver, a high-ranking member of the Latin Kings, saw Rebong driving near them on the highway and told Garcia to shoot at Rebong’s vehicle. Garcia then used an assault rifle to fire two rounds at the vehicle. As a result, Rebong was killed.
Mark Rebong was neither a member of a gang nor engaged in any criminal activity.
U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly says in a reckless act of brutal violence, Garcia murdered an innocent young man who was driving to work. She commended the investigators from the Danbury Police, State Police and DEA who never stopped searching for Mark’s killer until he was finally brought to justice.
The 30-year federal sentence will run concurrently with an unrelated 40-year state sentence that Garcia is currently serving.
The state prison sentence stemmed from a 2004 attack on five men in Danbury. Garcia and several other men, including the leader of the Danbury Latin Kings, ambushed the victims. One of the victims was shot by Garcia and survived. Two others who were seriously injured also survived, according to court documents.
The Eureka water tank is now complete and delivering water to Bethel households. First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker previously said the 750,000 gallon tank will provide better water pressure and volume needed for fire suppression. That will in turn allow for further expansion of Clarke Business Park. The tank is located on Long Ridge Road off Reservoir Road in Danbury on property owned by Bethel.
Newtown emergency responders were called to a car versus motorcycle accident on Sunday. Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue officials say a car travelling east on Berkshire Road and a motorcycle headed west came into contact. A firefighter was a few vehicle behind those involved in the accident and therefore was on scene immediately.
The sedan driver pulled into a nearby driveway and the motorcycle went off the road into a ditch.
The car driver and the man and woman on the motorcycle were all examined on the scene and did not require transport to the hospital.
Emergency responders say fire and ambulance crews have responded to multiple accidents in recent years in the section of Berkshire between Sherman Street and Old Mill Road.
The Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission has voted unanimously on a property to recommend to town officials. The group is proposing that Newtown discuss placing a memorial at the SAC Field. Discussions will be transferred from the Permanent Memorial Commission to the Town.
If the trustees and the town agree on the location, the Commission will move into the design stage of the project. If the site is not feasible, a new location will need to be identified.
Riverside Road residents near SAC Field were contacted to get insight and recommendations, and to address any concern with the proposed site. The Commission is looking for a design that will have a minimal impact on the neighborhood while ensuring that the location is secure and safe for everyone.
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Families directly impacted on 12-14 continue to be updated by the Commission to ensure the design guidelines are accurately constructed. Once the town's Land Use Office and legal team update the Commission on the standing of using their recommended location, the group will give an update to the community.
Redding has launched an initiative being called "vonate". The Redding Town Clerk and Registrar of Voters are working with the Redding Food Pantry this election season to restock the shelves. Supplies are low and the town officials are hoping that residents will help out.
As Redding residents go to Town Hall to register to vote or apply for an absentee ballot and those voting at the Community Center on Election Day are being called on to bring an item to donate to the Redding Food Pantry.
They are also collecting gift cards to grocery stores.
The Food Pantry Needs: Ground coffee Tea Cooking Oil (Canola, Vegetable, Olive) Pasta Pasta Sauce Rice Fruit Cups Beets Apple sauce Cereals Box Milk Diapers (baby & adult) Dish Soap (Dawn, etc.) Laundry Detergent Household Cleaners Paper Towels Toilet Paper Shampoo Deodorant Toothbrushes Toothpaste Snacks (individual for student lunches - such as potato chips, goldfish, etc.)
There is also a large freezer at the Community Center so donations will also be collected of: frozen fruit and vegetables and individually packaged pieces of frozen chicken, beef, fish, etc.
A two term Republican incumbent is being challenged by a community organizer to represent the 106th District of Newtown.
Republican incumbent Mitch Bolinsky says he's proud of protecting funding for Newtown schools. He also helped to bring dollars back to the district to help with mental health needs following 12-14. Even though there's been significant help, the healing continues. Bolinsky says the funding has been subjected to budget cuts.
Democrat Eva Zimmerman works with the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group, ConnPIRG. She filled a vacancy on the Legislative Council in Newtown for part of a term. The state deficit is one of her top concerns. Zimmerman says Connecticut is at a crossroads of figuring out a strategic plan. Her other priorities include education reforms and senior tax relief.
A priority for 2017 will be to balance the budget. Bolinsky says the state needs to change the way government spending money. He wants to see more investments in critical infrastructure, education reforms and mental health initiatives, while attracting good jobs back to the state. He called for using the resources Connecticut already has rather than raising taxes to get more resources. If the economy isn't turned around, Bolinsky says there may not be a Connecticut to come home to in a few years. Bolinsky says the alarm needs to be sounded because the recent tax policy has been so incredibly straining for residents and businesses. He says retirees, young people and businesses are all voting with their feet and looking for the exit.
Education funding is going to be a big topic in the new session. A more than decade old legal battle is headed to the Connecticut Supreme Court. Zimmerman wants to bring back education dollars to Newtown, including for social services. She says Newtown lost funding in the Education Cost Sharing formula. Zimmerman called the court ruling a perfect opportunity to make sure the state is doing the best for Connecticut children and those with special needs.
Zimmerman also wants to bring back funding to help seniors. She notes that a lot of seniors are leaving because taxes are too high. She would like to incentivize young people to stay in Connecticut as well.
Bolinsky is the ranking member of the Aging Committee. The Care Act has made Connecticut a leader in providing ongoing care and custodial services for people who are suffering from dementias such as Alzheimers. He says the Committee is also doing positive work for veterans and making Connecticut a leading place for allowing seniors to age in place. Bolinsky say a lot of the issues the Aging Committee are non-partisan. If more committees would work in a bipartisan manner, he says so much more could be done.
Bolinsky says Connecticut has passed the tipping point because each tax increase leads to decreased revenue as more companies and families leave.
While the General Assembly has implemented some school safety measures and gun control laws, mental health reforms have yet to be tackled. Zimmerman says she disagrees with Governor Malloy's decision to privatize group homes. Legislation has been considered to provide worker's compensation coverage for first responders needing mental health assistance for PTSD, but there were cost concerns. Zimmerman says that care should be covered.
When it comes to transportation infrastructure, Bolinsky says Connecticut has a long way to go. He says there are some good projects in progress now, but funding remains a concern. He says Connecticut has plenty of money; it's just not being appropriated correctly.