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HWANG STATEMENT ON THE 6TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SANDY HOOK SCHOOL TRAGEDY

HARTFORD – Senator Tony Hwang (R-Newtown) issued the following statement on Friday on the sixth anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Today we mourn and memorialize the 26 lives we lost six years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary and we reflect on how our world has changed.

On December 14th, 2012 an unthinkable tragedy happened to our town and our nation.  Our community was rocked by an evil we still do not fully understand, but out of that darkness has come light. We have drawn strength from the families who lost loved ones, and we have lifted our community up to better channel the sense of loss and grief that we all still feel toward creating a better environment for all.

Today, as encouraged by Newtown leaders, we show our remembrance by committing to personal acts of service and kindness rather than at a formal ceremony. I will donate toys and games to the “Toys for Tots” program that will be delivered to children during the holiday season. The goal is to bring a joyous spirit of caring and sharing to children and families.

I am humbled to represent the resilient and proud communities of Newtown, Sandy Hook and all the towns in the 28th District. I am grateful to our community for showing our country, state and neighbors that we must continue to find the strength and resolve to make a conscious effort to Be Kind.

 

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Tony Hwang on WICC – Sandy Hook Memorial

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Today I had the opportunity to speak with Mike Bellamy on WICC to talk about the 6th Anniversary of Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, recent threatening events, and recently increased penalties for making a threat against a school.

Today we mourn and remember the 26 lives we lost on December 14th, 2012 and reflect on how that day changed our world. I am humbled to represent the proud and resilient communities of Newtown and Sandy Hook, and I am thankful for the community leaders who help me to lead the way forward.

I also unfortunately had the responsibility to talk about the threats made yesterday across the country and today in Sandy Hook, on the anniversary of this tragedy. I was shocked and disgusted to hear that Sandy Hook Elementary was targeted again this morning as part of this widespread hoax. Threatening a school, whether it be credible or not, is never acceptable and will always be investigated thoroughly and completely. I am proud, however, that the General Assembly was able to increase the legal penalty for threatening a school from a Misdemeanor to a Class C Felony punishable up to 10 years in prison and/or $10,000. I regret that this was a necessary step to take, but I believe it to be a helpful deterrent for anyone who may consider such a threat. It is my hope that along with our strict firearms laws, increased penalties, and a strong focus on mental health we can help make ensure our schools are safe for our children and educators.

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Sen. Hwang Serves up a Thanksgiving Meal in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, CT. The WorkPlace, Inc., Career Resources, Inc., and the Connecticut Department of Labor, hosted their 13th annual Thanksgiving Lunch today at the American Jobs Center. State Senator Tony Hwang along with CRI employees and other officials helped to serve the Thanksgiving feast which was prepared by Trumbull High School culinary students and included traditional favorites such as roast turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, salad, pumpkin pie and apple pie.The holiday meal was free to American Job Center clients, and anyone looking for a hot meal. November 20, 2018. Photos Joseph Lemieux Jr. CT Senate Republicans.

State Sen. Tony Hwang (second from left) serves up Thanksgiving dinner at the American Job Center  in Bridgeport on Tuesday November 20t

BRIDGEPORT, CT. The WorkPlace, Inc., Career Resources, Inc., and the Connecticut Department of Labor, hosted their 13th annual Thanksgiving Lunch today at the American Jobs Center. State Senator Tony Hwang along with CRI employees and other officials helped to serve the Thanksgiving feast which was prepared by Trumbull High School culinary students and included traditional favorites such as roast turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, salad, pumpkin pie and apple pie.The holiday meal was free to American Job Center clients, and anyone looking for a hot meal. November 20, 2018. Photos Joseph Lemieux Jr. CT Senate Republicans.

State Sen. Tony Hwang (left) serves up Thanksgiving dinner at the American Job Center in Bridgeport on Tuesday November 20th.

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What Tolls in CT Would Look Like

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The state Department of Transportation has released a study on what highway tolls in Connecticut would look like. I have attached a copy of the study for anyone interested in reading it. The plan calls for tolls on all limited access highways in Connecticut. In brief, the idea is to toll motorists for the length of their commute, essentially a mileage tax. The tolls would be congestion priced, that is, the price would be higher during rush hour. The cost to residents will vary. Tolls along this model will cost CT residents who drive to work every day hundreds to thousands of dollars every year depending on the length of their commutes. The plan released by DOT estimates tolls would raise nearly a billion dollars in revenue yearly for the state.

Given the new make-up of the legislature, it seems tolls will be coming in some form to Connecticut. During the campaign, Governor-elect Lamont pledged to toll only out-of-state trucks, based on the model enacted in Rhode Island.  However, this may not be legal, and the American Trucking Associations has filed a federal lawsuit against Rhode Island to stop it.

As the session approaches and progresses I will continue to update you on the progress of this and other issues.

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Mourning the Synagogue Shooting

Fighting Anit-Semitism

Sen. Hwang’s Statement on the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting:

“I am sickened by the senseless violence yesterday at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Sadly, anti-Semitism is a demon our society has not exorcised. It’s a problem I take very seriously, which is why I fought for enhanced hate-crime legislation and a law to mandate Holocaust education in Connecticut schools. Only light can defeat darkness, only knowledge can banish ignorance, and only love can defeat hate. It is my hope and prayer that the wounds of this tragedy are healed and our nation will come together in the spirit of tolerance and understanding.”

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Applying for Small Business Disaster Relief Funds

Hartford—State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) is letting his constituents know that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved the governor’s request for disaster assistance resulting from the May 15 tornadoes that impacted Connecticut, including Newtown.

Loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair real-estate, and up to $40,000 for private property. For small businesses, farmers, and non-profits, Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available.

Applications can be submitted online at disasterloan.sba.gov, or downloaded at www.sba.gov and mailed to the SBA at the following address: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, Texas, 76155.

Those who have questions about the assistance can either call the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for those who are deaf or hard of hearing), or send an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

In addition, the SBA will also open a Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Southbury Training School (1461 South Britain Road, Southbury) to help people process applications and answer questions in person.  The office will be open from October 11 through the 18th during the following hours of operation:

  • Saturday, October 13: 10AM to 2PM
  • Sunday: October 14: Closed
  • Monday, October 15: 9AM to 6PM
  • Tuesday, October 16: 9AM to 6PM
  • Wednesday, October 17: 9AM to 6PM
  • Thursday, October 18: 9AM to 4PM

The deadline to return applications for physical property damage is December 10, 2018.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 9, 2019.

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From the Hartford Courant: Applying For SBA Disaster Loans: Here’s What You Need To Know

The federal Small Business Administration has agreed to allow homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profits organizations that suffered damage in the May 15 tornados and storms to apply for federal low-interest loans.

What kind of loans are available, and who can apply for them?

Low-interest SBA loans of up to $200,000 will be available to homeowners, businesses and non-profits that suffered real estate storm damage, possibly including removal of debris. Individual homeowners and renters will also be able to apply for up to $40,000 in SBA loans to replace or repair damaged personal property.

Can you apply for the loans online?

Yes. Applications for SBA disaster loans can be filled out and submitted online at www.disasterloan.sba.gov

Is it possible to apply for the loans by mail?

Yes. Application forms can be downloaded and mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, Texas, 76155.

What if I need help applying for the disaster loans?

SBA officials are opening a Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Southbury Training School, 1461 S. Britain Road in Southbury, to help people fill out and submit applications for disaster loans.

When will the loan assistance center be open?

The SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center will be open at the following times between Thursday and Oct. 18.

Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, closed.

Monday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-news-disaster-loan-breakdown-20181010-story.html

 

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Sen. Hwang and Rep. Abercrombie Host Autism Spectrum Awareness Panel Discussion

Hartford—At the Capitol on Thursday October 4th, Sen. Hwang (R-28) and Rep. Abercrombie (D-83) hosted a panel discussion on community, productivity, and independence for people living on the autism spectrum and their loved ones.

“It was an honor to host this important series of panels focusing on community, productivity, and independence for people living on the autism spectrum in Connecticut,” said Sen. Hwang. “We heard a lot of stories from people and parents living on the spectrum. Some of the shared experiences were unbelievably uplifting. Most importantly, we began a dialogue about ways government can help this community. We want to raise awareness of the importance of this issue to everyone, including people who don’t know anyone living with autism. Again, I’d like to thank Steven Hernandez of Connecticut Commission On Women, Children, and Seniors and Shannon Knall of Autism Speaks for getting the panelists together a great and informative event.”

“The Autism spectrum is broad, and in order develop the most inclusive policy, it is critical to get the perspective of many stakeholders, like self-advocates, parents and providers, “ said Shannon Leary Knall, parent to an autistic young adult and Autism Speaks Connecticut Advocacy chair. “It is critical that we work with engaged policy makers to create legislation which represents the whole spectrum, and addresses their needs across a life span, to include employment and independence. I am thankful to Senator Hwang and Representative Abercrombie for their leadership.”

The discussion ran for three hours, divided between three topic panels: community, productivity, and independence.

“Families and self-advocates affected by Autism are no different from all families in the state in their desire for independent, productive and successful lives,” said Steven Hernandez. “Our task is to remove barriers and create opportunities to that end.”

Each topic featured different panelists with different stories, perspectives, and expertise. Government officials, caregivers, and people living on the spectrum will all be participating. The whole discussion ran for three hours and can be seen by clicking here.

Caption: Sen. Hwang chairs the panel discussion on living with the autism spectrum in Connecticut. Pictured from left to right: Judith Ursitti, a parent and advocate, Sen. Hwang, Steven Hernandez, Executive Director of the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors, Rep. Cathy Abercrombie, and Darlene Borree, a parent and advocate.

Video: Sen. Hwang introduces the panel.  https://youtu.be/iet3yHmDof4

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