Sen. Tony Hwang to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of A&S Italian Fine Food on Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield

Carmine, Doreen, Giovanni and Donny Battimelli, family owners of A&S deli in Fairfield

Carmine, Doreen, Giovanni and Donny Battimelli, family owners of A&S deli in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD, January 14th— A&S Italian Fine Foods, 2079 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT celebrates 25 years of serving delicious food to greater Fairfield this Saturday, January 19th, with a special anniversary recognition celebration and presentation at 11am.  

State Senator Tony Hwang will present a 25th Anniversary Connecticut General Assembly proclamation to Carmine and Doreen Battimelli and their sons, Giovanni and Donny, owners of A&S Italian Fine Foods for their culinary expertise, outstanding customer service and invaluable contribution to the community for a quarter century.

A&S Italian Fine Food will then host a Customer Appreciation Open House the entire weekend to thank people who visit their store. Customers will enjoy tasting a variety of A&S specialty sausages made by hand from a favorite family recipe, delicious antipasto, other hors d’oeuvres and specialty grocery products only found at A&S, plus Italian refreshments of illy espresso and S. Pellegrino water.  There will also be fun, food-based contests and Italian specialty item giveaways for customers during this celebration day.

“A&S has been a staple of this community as long as I can remember,” said Senator Hwang. “A&S Italian Fine Foods has a long history in Fairfield that’s rooted in Italian heritage, family values, commitment to quality, and treating customers like family.  It was important to me to show my support for A&S as an example of what locally connected small businesses can be – not just a successful business selling delicious food, but as established, caring neighbors that contribute so much to the unique fabric in our community.”

For more information, visit the store at 2079 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT or call 203.576.1600. Visit A&S online at to view the full menu and to place lunch or catering orders.

Hwang and family at Opening Day 2019

State Senator Tony Hwang with his mother and son on Opening Day of 2019 Legislative Session

State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) released the following statement today in regards to the opening of the 2019 Legislative Session.

“I am very optimistic about the commencement of the year’s legislative session and it was made more special by the attendance of my mother. I am honor represent the 28th district and we have many hurdles to jump in order to get the State of Connecticut back on track, but I am eager to get started,” said Senator Hwang. “Our new Governor has indicated his willingness to listen to all viewpoints and adopt any good ideas geared towards helping our state out of the fiscal mess we find ourselves in, and I look forward to seeing how we are able to work together on a bipartisan and bicameral basis — Democrats and Republicans, House and Senate, Legislature and Executive.”

“In the last two years we have made historic strides in the way of bipartisanship. We have passed two budgets, overridden ex Governor Malloy’s  vetoes, and passed common sense legislation and I hope for no less from this upcoming session. I look forward to helping as minority leader in three key committees including Housing, Higher Education & Employment and Public Safety & Security, as well as being a member of the Transportation Committee where I am excited to work with my colleagues to solve the problems we face in terms of our infrastructure and public transit. I wish the best of luck to my colleagues in the House and Senate, and to our newly Inaugurated Governor Ned Lamont.”

Senator Tony Hwang represents Connecticut’s 28th Senatorial District including the towns of Fairfield, Newtown, Sandy Hook, Easton, Weston and Westport. You can contact Senator Hwang’s office at or (860) 240-8805.

You can find Senator Hwang online at his website and on social media @SenatorHwang on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Say Goodbye to the Winter Blahs!

Fairfield Magazine’s Taste of Fairfield WinterFest Returns

January 2019—Fairfield is filled with foodies, and is a hot destination for terrific restaurants, talented chefs, and great food and drink. Fairfield Magazine, part of multi-magazine media company TownVibe, and creator of the successful Taste of Fairfield events, is thrilled to announce the second annual Taste of Fairfield WinterFest event to celebrate food, friends, and an ideal escape from the winter blahs. On Sunday, January 27 from noon to 4 PM, the magazine is hosting over two dozen restaurants and businesses at the sprawling three floor Brooklawn Country Club at 500 Algonquin Road in Fairfield from noon to 4 PM.

In addition to ample samples of both fine and comfort cuisine, Diageo specialty craft cocktails, wine, craft beer, and sweets, there will be comedians from the Fairfield Comedy Club, DJ Christian from Star 99 FM, a performance by award-winning acapella group Aria from Fairfield Ludlowe High School, classic cars from Redline Restorations, cigars, and more. In addition, the four-lane bowling alley at Brooklawn will be open and its game room, there is A VIP lounge sponsored by Maplewood Senior Living, and a special kids’ area with cool crafts from AR Workshop and candy galore. A fabulous all-expenses-paid Canyon Ranch weekend getaway will be raffled, with all proceeds benefitting Operation Hope. “This is great fun for foodies as well as the whole family,” says organizer Robin Phillips.

For a complete list of restaurants, sponsors, and participating businesses go to To buy tickets now online, visit General Admission tickets cost $50: including food, drink, and all entertainment. VIP Admission—with access to the Maplewood VIP lounge with unlimited food and drink costs $100. For more information contact TownVibe at 203-431-1708 or Robin Phillips at

State Senator Tony Hwang speaks with John Voket on For The People discussing his new legislative committee roles, priorities for the upcoming session starting January 9th.

Listen to Senator Hwang on AM 1360 Talk of Connecticut with Brad Davis and Paul Pacelli.

Sen. Tony Hwang said he would not support a redistribution of teacher pensions to the communities, would fight to ensure the stability of the Education Cost Share funding, and he would operate on the premise that education is a paramount priority and every child in every town should have the resources for a quality education.

Referring to a comment he heard from the governor-elect, in which Mr. Lamont said he would no longer subsidize more affluent communities regarding education, Mr. Hwang advised caution as towns in his district develop their budget. Sen. Hwang advocates for proactive communication and hoped municipalities would be loud and clear when expressing the idea that towns and cities should not be burdened with extra expenses.

State Senator Tony Hwang, R-28

State Senator Tony Hwang, R-28

Hartford – State Senator Tony Hwang (R-Fairfield) today announced that he was chosen by Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano to be the Minority Leader of the Public Safety and Security, Higher Education and Employment Advancement, and Housing Committees. Hwang will also serve as a Senate member of the Transportation Committee.

“Senator Hwang has the skills, experience and perspective to expertly lead these committees and develop policies that move Connecticut forward,” said Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven). “He is a thoughtful and talented lawmaker who has always dedicated himself to bettering our state and creating an environment where opportunity can thrive. I know he will be an integral member on all these committees.”

“I want to thank Senator Fasano and I greatly appreciate his confidence in appointing me to be minority leader in such critical legislative committees,” said Sen. Hwang. “Their areas of cognizance will be integral to efforts to enhance and impact our state in economic development, higher education, public safety and transportation. I am excited to begin work in this upcoming General Assembly session to help move Connecticut positively forward.”

The Public Safety and Security Committee produces legislation to keep Connecticut residents safe by working closely with first responders. The Committee will cognizance on all matters relating to legalized gambling including casino expansion, lottery and sports wagering. Sen. Hwang will look to balance the needs of the public economic interests with important considerations of individual rights.

The Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee has oversight over all Connecticut’s state colleges and community colleges. It will also have cognizance on job training institutions and programs, apprenticeship training programs and adult job training programs offered to the public by any state agency or funded in whole or in part by the state. Sen. Hwang will focus on creating legislation to develop a diverse, dynamic and talented workforce to help Connecticut residents to better compete for jobs and businesses.

Hwang will continue his leadership work on the Housing Committee, which writes housing policy for the state. One area of interest is addressing the devastating impact of mortgage foreclosure crisis impacting families in every community. Hwang is devoted to developing creative and collaborative solutions for the need for workforce and affordable housing for all ages and economic.

The Transportation Committee has cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Transportation, including highways and bridges, navigation, aeronautics, mass transit and railroads and the Department of Motor Vehicles. Hwang’s legislative priorities in transportation are rail efficiency and safety, distracted driving education and maintaining a viable transportation funding mechanism that is sustainable and fully address the challenges of improving our transportation infrastructure.

The 2019 Legislative Session begins on January 9th. Please contact his office if you have concerns or legislation proposals at or call 860-240-8805. And find Senator Hwang on social media @SenatorHwang on Facebook and Instagram

HARTFORD –  Senator Tony Hwang (R-Fairfield/Westport), as vice-Chairman of the Aging committee, is a committed advocate for senior issues across the state and in the 28th district. In the last few years, Senator Hwang has helped raise the tax-exemption threshold for Social Security income (100% tax free up to $75,000 for single filers, $100,000 for joint filers), save the Medicare Savings Program, increase protections for seniors applying for a reverse mortgage, and bring the Estate Tax to parity with the federal threshold.
Senator Hwang met with the Y’s Men of Westport Club during their capitol tour on December 4th. The vibrant and engaged group of seniors, and their equally quick-witted spouses, enjoyed a full tour of the Capitol and Legislative Office Building, stopping in the House Chamber with Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Westport) before meeting for lunch in the Capitol’s North Lobby.

“The Y’s Men of Westport/Weston embark on several trips and tours each year, but few have engendered more enthusiasm and favorable report than our recent visit to the State Capitol.  There is no question that the gracious reception given to us by Senator Hwang and Representative Lavielle, both of whom are well known to us, made the day extra special.  Thanks for all the hospitality and the insights into the workings of our public servants at the State level,” said Bob Mitchell, Assistant Secretary for the Y’s Men.
Senator Hwang, ever the student of history, spoke not only on critical current events and policies but also about many of the hidden quirks and stories of the building and the State at large. From talking tolls to the Capitol’s intricate hand-painted stenciling, budget deficits to civil war stories, Senator Hwang and the Y visitors enjoyed a great afternoon of historical storytelling and serious policy debate before their tour continued across the street at the Supreme Court and the State History Museum.
“The Y’s Men are always such a fun group to have at the capitol. They are an incredibly engaging group who know the issues we are dealing with and ask the tough questions, and I always appreciate the time we get to spend with them,” said Senator Hwang.

Hwang - Y's Men (1) Hwang - Y's Men (3)

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.



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.