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:


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