Category Archives: Op Ed

State Senator-Elect Tony Hwang: Giving Thanks and Gratitude

State Senator-Elect Tony Hwang: Giving Thanks and Gratitude

Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday, bringing together two of my favorite things: family and food.

Yet with each passing year, this holiday comes to mean so much more to me, as I reflect on all that we have to be thankful for – for the love and health of our families and friends and the opportunity to help make our community a little bit better for everyone.

The traditions of Thanksgiving are particularly poignant for me as a public servant who places tremendous importance on supporting our community and the neediest among us. After all, Thanksgiving ushers in the season of giving — and the time of year when it is needed most.

That message of togetherness and giving back for the greater good is something I will take with me to Hartford in January, when I am sworn in as state Senator of Connecticut’s 28th District, representing the towns of Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport.

We have our work cut out for us when the legislative session starts Jan. 7, as we are confronted with more than a $100 million deficit for the current budget ending June 30, 2015, and billions of dollars of structural deficit for the upcoming biennial 2015-2017 budget cycle. It will be a challenging and daunting task, but as I promised during the campaign, I will work in a bipartisan manner to create solutions and help move our state forward – with the assurance that we will maintain a safety net to support our most vulnerable/at risk residents.

I will actively seek constituent input throughout the process, and I welcome our neighbors to reach out to me anytime through multiple ways and share their thoughts and concerns:


Elections Need Better Representative Candidates, Not More Money and Negative Campaigning

Elections Need Better Representative Candidates, Not More Money and Negative Campaigning

During the last week of the 2013 session of the Connecticut General Assembly, in the dark of night, the Connecticut House of Representatives passed legislation that diminished the level of transparency and escalated the use of campaign dollars in negative campaigning in CT General Assembly elections.  As the ranking leader of the Government Administration and… Continue Reading

State Rep Tony Hwang among Trumbull Business Education Initiative’s (BEI) Award Honorees to promote Education and Business

Trumbull, CT – There are some incredible integrations and collaborations between education, the community, town government and business in Trumbull, and nowhere was the dynamic more clearly summarized than at the Trumbull Business Education Initiative’s (BEI) 16th Annual Recognition Awards Breakfast. Continue Reading

Tony Hwang, Representing a Passionate Commitment to our Community

Fairfield and Trumbull, CT – An immigrant experience and upbringing in urban schools helped shape the person Tony Hwang has become and drives his unwavering dedication to serving the community as a Connecticut State Representative for the 134th District for Fairfield and Trumbull. The 47-year-old Fairfield resident and married father of two was born in… Continue Reading

Rep. Tony Hwang: Adoption, Welcoming Children into the American Family

As families gather to celebrate the holiday season, I was reminded about a recent ceremony that recognized the heroic efforts of adoptive parents and their love in supporting their children. The Connecticut State Capitol’s Hall of the Flags looked even more resplendent than usual, lined with American and State flags to proclaim a momentous occasion.… Continue Reading

Domestic Violence, Survivors are the real heroes

The first sign that Jane* (names are withheld to protect identity of abuse victims) was in a relationship that would feature domestic abuse came unexpectedly on the night of her honeymoon, when her husband began a tirade of emotional abuse. The situation worsened and continued for over ten years. The abuse she suffered was physical,… Continue Reading

Tax Increases: Unfair Sacrifice by Connecticut Taxpayers

We’re writing to provide a snapshot of the new taxes and tax increases imposed by Gov. Dannel Malloy and majority lawmakers. These taxes, totaling a staggering $1.6 billion, take effect July 1. Some are retroactive. We strongly opposed this budget, which—believe it or not—increases government spending by more than $1 billion while creating a $560… Continue Reading

Budget Deficit Solutions Require Leadership

While the State of Connecticut continues to face a budget deficit north of $515 million, the majority in the legislature have repeatedly failed to do the job that they were elected to do. Instead of making the kinds of cuts needed to restructure state government at a time when taxpayers can least support its massive… Continue Reading