Zoning Laws Should Be Local Laws

Affordable housing is one of the most important issues facing our towns. Having a diversity of housing stock makes our community stronger, allows seniors to downsize and continue to live here, allows those just starting out in the labor market to move in, and it allows some of our most dedicated residents like teachers and police officers serving our towns …

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Fiscal Stability and Economic Vibrancy

When I was elected in 2018, it was clear Connecticut had work to do to get its fiscal house in order. Throughout my four years in office, I have worked on and supported the tough legislation that got us to where we are today, including two biennial budgets, balanced and passed on time, and a Rainy-Day Fund that has exceeded …

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Tolls

I kept my promise and successfully opposed tolls, forcing proponents to find a better solution for our transportation needs rather than putting their hands into the pockets of our working families. Alternatives I have proposed: A forensic line by line audit of the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Reduce the administrative costs for Connecticut’s transportation projects. Limit transportation projects to those …

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Leadership During the Pandemic

During the pandemic I worked hard to help connect residents and local businesses to resources. I sent out daily COVID-19 updates. I helped organize food drives for area food banks. I delivered 250 KN95 masks directly to the Candlewood Lake Authority Marine Patrol for the 2020 boating season. I joined some of my colleagues and visited area nursing and group …

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Gun Violence Prevention

One of my fondest memories with my grandfather was spending time together at the shooting range. I do not, however, believe that protecting the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms is at odds with us making our schools, streets and communities safe. We can do both. In Hartford, I helped pass Ethan’s Law which closes loopholes on safe storage …

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Veterans

Connecticut is home to almost 400,000 Connecticut veterans. Many of our friends and family members have dedicated their lives to serving our country as members of the military. I have incredible respect for anyone who is currently serving, has served in the past, or is planning to serve in the future. I will continue to work for our veterans to …

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LGBTQ+ Rights

As one of only two openly gay members of the General Assembly I have been instrumental in advancing proactive LGBTQ policy. In 2019, I successfully led floor debate on legislation to establish a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Health and Human Services Network to make recommendations to the State about how to work toward a safer and healthier …

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Opioid Crisis

I will continue my efforts to raise awareness about this deadly epidemic, so we can make our communities safer and help people suffering from addiction. Comprehensive drug education in schools, sterile needle exchanges, and increasing access to life-saving medications like Naloxone, better known as Narcan, will help to prevent overdoses from turning into fatalities. We need to prioritize diversion programs, …

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Elections

Connecticut has some of the most restrictive voting laws in the country. It limits voting to a single day and restricts access to absentee ballots to those with a qualified “excuse.” Moreover, we have enshrined these restrictions in our state constitution, making them cumbersome to change. But that process of amending our constitution is now well under way.    In 2019 …

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Seniors

I have been a fierce advocate for our senior citizens. My work includes funding programs to prevent elder abuse & protecting seniors from scams, and exempting pensions and annuities from income taxes.

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