Sourced from the original article by Sean Kirst. I first spoke with Tony Hwang six or seven months ago, after I wrote a piece about the Upward Bound Program at Le Moyne College. Tony, now 50, offered appreciation for all the program did for him when he was a teen, for all it did to help him prepare for college. Continue Reading
Senator Hwang hand-delivers new flag to McKinley School for Flag Day
FAIRFIELD – Sen. Tony Hwang recently received a letter from McKinley School third grader Adie Steger, who had noticed that their school flag had become frayed and tattered. Adie had asked her grandfather, Sam Fischer, what she could do to try to get a new flag.
Fischer said, “Call Senator Tony Hwang!”
Touched by Adie’s patriotism and initiative, Sen. Hwang reached out to Fischer to arrange a surprise ceremony at McKinley School during their Flag Day celebration.
On June 14, after the McKinley Singers led the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the National Anthem, Sen. Hwang, accompanied by the McKinley students and faculty, presented Adie and her schoolmates with a brand new flag that had been flown over the Connecticut State Capitol. (photos attached)
Sen. Hwang said, “It was important to have this ceremony to show that a third grader who believes in something can make a positive difference. Adie Steger did just that. Secondly, as an immigrant, the American Flag to me represents the diversity of our great country, reflected in the incredible diversity here at McKinley School. It represents the freedoms we all enjoy and the freedoms that our veterans fought to protect.”
Fairfield veterans Tom Quinn, Peter Vetrosky, Ron Drew and Ron Orszag assisted in the flag retirement ceremony, hoisting the new Star Spangled Banner with the help of the McKinley Singers’ rendition of It’s a Grand Old Flag.
*Sen. Hwang represents Connecticut’s 28th Senatorial District which includes Fairfield, Easton, Weston, Westport, Newtown and Sandy Hook. He can be reached at 800-842-1421 and at Tony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov. On the web: www.SenatorHwang.com.
Sen. Hwang: Malloy’s Veto of Bill to Support Teacher and Student Classroom Safety is “Perplexing”, Sends Wrong Message
Sen. Tony Hwang is urging a legislative override of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s veto of Senate Bill 453: An Act Concerning Classroom Safety and Disruptive Behavior.
The bill includes measures to require boards of education to address daily classroom safety in their safe school climate plans and provide support for training and assistance for teachers.
“We want our schools to be as safe as they can be for our students and teachers,” Sen. Hwang said. “We want to create classroom environments that are free of violence, threats and disruption. There must be zero tolerance. That’s why it is perplexing to see Gov. Malloy veto this bill. What message does such a veto send? This bill passed unanimously in the Connecticut State Senate. It is my hope that as Democrats and Republicans, we come together to override the governor and send the right message to our teachers and students.”
Sen. Hwang recently was successful in pushing for a Connecticut law to increase the penalties for when a threat involves a preschool, K-12 school or an institution of higher education. Sen. Hwang noted that such threats of violence can have a devastating impact on the psyches of parents, educators and children.
Sen. Hwang Slams Malloy’s Veto of Pro-Small Manufacturer Bill;
Pledges Legislative Override
Sen. Tony Hwang has joined the bipartisan call for an override of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s veto of SB 261, legislation providing Connecticut small manufacturers with a tax credit to train new workers.
“The governor’s shortsighted veto hurts CT small manufacturers and reinforces his reputation of being unfriendly to businesses,” Sen. Hwang said. “The bill is about supporting and empowering small businesses to train and develop a talented workforce. We need to be doing all we can to help, not hurt, our small manufacturers. This is a pro-small business bill. It passed unanimously in both the House and Senate. If this veto stands, job creation in Connecticut will suffer, economic growth will suffer, and workforce training will also suffer.”
The legislation would have extended to limited liability companies, partnerships and other smaller businesses a manufacturing apprenticeship tax credit available to large companies.
“We have a glaring shortage of trained workers in our state,” Sen. Hwang said. “Good Connecticut manufacturing jobs are going unfilled by the thousands. We need to seize every opportunity to train up our workforce and get people working. Those served by Connecticut non-profit organizations like the Kennedy Center and Ability Beyond also stand to benefit from that crucial training. In an environment where small businesses face a number of challenges, including high costs and finding skilled workers, this bill sends a message that policymakers understand their needs and are listening to their concerns.”
Sen. Hwang said that in overriding Malloy’s veto, “We will send a message that our state is, in fact, open for business. We will send the message to small manufacturers that we want them to stay here, grow here, and invest here. We as legislators can – and will – stand up to the governor and override his damaging veto.”
Senators Boucher, Hwang Urge Schools, Parents, and Communities to Fight Anti-Semitism, Racism
Say Adults Must Lead by Example to Eliminate Bigotry
State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) and Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) today said they are disturbed and disappointed by the news of anti-Semitic taunts made during a recent high school lacrosse game.
A student group known as the “Bomb Squad” at Fairfield College Preparatory School is accused of using anti-Semitic slurs at a Jewish Staples High School Lacrosse team member. Members also are accused of holding a sign referencing male genitalia and urinating on school grounds and cars in the Staples High School parking lot.
Sen. Boucher represents Westport, where Staples High School is located. Sen. Hwang represents Fairfield.
“I can’t express how disappointed I was to read about something like this happening at what should be a positive event. These actions turned cheering for a high school sports team into a very negative incident that expresses a bigotry that is outrageous and intolerable,” Sen. Boucher said. “The rise in anti-Semitism and racism during the past year is something I never thought I would see again. I would like to see it wiped out of our society. This certainly requires stronger measures on the part of the schools, the community, and parents.”
As Co-Chair of the legislature’s Education Committee, Sen. Boucher spent several legislative sessions trying to get Holocaust education as a required high school curriculum component. This year, with the cooperation of other Education Committee members, the Holocaust education bill became law, Public Act 18-24
Sen. Hwang, who co-sponsored the Holocaust education bill, said, “The behavior at the lacrosse game is unacceptable, hurtful and must be a catalyst for greater respect and tolerance of diversity in our community. Hate Has No Home Here in Connecticut. We must use what happened at the game as a teachable moment, and use it as a tool to combat hateful acts of prejudice and bias. Let us also reflect on the overall tone of vitriol and negativity in our social interactions and respect differences in opinion. We can lead by example and work to heal our communities through dialogue, through tolerance, and through kindness. Clearly, we have a lot work to do. I am ready to lead and work together to build up our community.”
Sen. Boucher has sought to require Holocaust education be included in high school social studies curriculum since she was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives.
“I spent a lot of time on this issue in Hartford in the legislature to bring greater education about this issue. We have to teach our children about why thoughtless, hateful words and actions can never be tolerated. Children need to be sensitized to the ways bigoted words and small actions can grow into something much more harmful,” she said. “This is the time when this must be addressed. We need to take action immediately and strongly. It can’t wait until next school year. It’s time to revisit the past so people can get a sense of how damaging this truly is.”
Sen. Boucher and Sen. Hwang said a number of organizations are willing to provide educational materials about the Holocaust and other genocides as no charge to the schools.
Numerous incidents of anti-Semitic and racist graffiti and actions have taken place throughout the state, Sen. Boucher said, which highlights the need for more education and conversations about these issues. She called on private schools to join public schools in requiring Holocaust and genocide education in their curriculums.
Sen. Boucher represents the communities of Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.
Sen. Hwang represents the communities of Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston, and Westport.