Serving the 127th Assembly District
Legislative Office Building, Room 5002
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
The 2014 legislative session ended recently and I want to update you on what I have been up to in Hartford. This year was a short three-month session, but I am proud of the work that we got done in such a short period of time.
Meeting our priorities while also adopting a balanced budget with no new taxes took a lot of hard work, but I am happy to report to you that my colleagues and I were able to achieve our goals. We kept funding for municipal aid intact to keep Bridgeport taxes in check.
In an effort to continue to help Connecticut’s struggling economy, I was pleased to support a minimum wage increase, which will rise to $10.10 by January 1, 2017. Working parents deserve a livable wage and simply cannot afford to support their families at the current minimum wage, which is $8.70 per hour.
I also fought for an extra $3.5 million in funding for education to Bridgeport, plus an extra $1.5 million for school construction. I will also continue the fight to begin the much-delayed Ox Brook Flood Control Project in our district. The Ox Brook is a small stream, a tributary to the Rooster River, which flows throughout the North end of Bridgeport. Due to overdevelopment in the area, unregulated construction and encroachment on the wetlands, the Ox Brook now floods whenever there is a sustained torrential downpour.
It is my honor to serve as House Chair of the Veteran’s Committee – our work is to make sure government listens to the need of veterans. This session, we were able to pass critical laws that help address the plight of homeless veterans, the creation of jobs and increased educational opportunities for our veterans.
Finally, I will continue my commitment and fight for the “Conflict of Interest Bill” and will reintroduce it next session. It is high time we address this blatant departure from ethical standards the city administration supports.
I hope you find the information helpful – please feel free to call or email me with any questions or concerns.