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(photo) Sen. Hwang: “Senate Democrats Caved to Gov. Malloy”; Warns of Property Tax Hikes

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Sen. Hwang: “Senate Democrats Caved to Gov. Malloy.”

Warns of Local Property Tax Hikes and Cuts to Health Care Services

The Democrat-controlled Connecticut State Senate on June 13 refused to pursue an override of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s line item veto and restore $20 million in cuts to municipal aid as well as deep cuts to health centers which provide services in underserved areas.

Sen. Tony Hwang released the following statement regarding the failure to pursue the veto override:

“Democrat Senators have caved to Gov. Malloy. There’s no other way to put it, especially when House Democrats announced that their membership would have overwhelmingly overridden the governor’s veto. Unfortunately, partisan politics in the State Senate has again denied transparency and accountability to Connecticut residents.

“As a result, the governor’s yet-to-be disclosed cuts to town budgets will become reality. Those cuts will ratchet up the pressure for local property tax hikes and jeopardize vital local services. The rug has been pulled out from under Connecticut’s cities and towns at the most inopportune time.

“At the same time, the governor’s cuts to services at health clinics will also take place. These cuts will only serve to limit access to patient care and hurt our most at-risk and vulnerable people. It’s exactly the wrong way to go.

“Why are Democrat Senators capitulating to Gov. Malloy’s cuts? Why did they choose to balance the state’s chronic budget problems on the backs of local property taxpayers, school children, the sick and the disabled? Why the lack of transparency in disclosing the specific cuts and affected communities?

“We have to change course and pass policies which put our state on a sustainable, predictable long-term path. I will continue to work with like-minded lawmakers to make that happen, but this failure on the part of the Senate majority party just adds to the uncertainty that is so prevalent throughout our state. It shows why changes must be made this November if we are to get our state back on track.”

Sen. Hwang represents Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport.

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Sen. Tony Hwang (right) addresses municipal leaders from the Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST) at the State Capitol this spring. Sen. Hwang says the failure on the part of State Senate Democrats to override Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s line item veto on June 13 will hurt towns and property taxpayers and have a damaging impact on health care services to vulnerable state residents.

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(photos) North Stratfield Elementary School Welcomed to Capitol, Teacher Honored

Hwang, Devlin Welcome North Stratfield Students, Educators to Capitol

Sen. Tony Hwang and Rep. Laura Devlin on June 9 welcomed to the historic State Capitol fifth grade students from North Stratfield Elementary School in Fairfield.

Hwang and Devlin took questions from students, explained the legislative process, and discussed how legislative debates are conducted. Hwang and Devlin then presented an official state citation to longtime North Stratfield teacher Adele R. Josovitz, who is retiring this year.

The lawmakers thanked students and educators for touring the State Capitol. Anyone who is considering a visit to the State Capitol may contact Sen. Hwang at 800 842-1421 or at Tony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov and Rep. Devlin at 800 842-1423 or Laura.Devlin@housegop.ct.gov .

On the web: www.senatorhwang.com , www.cthousegop.com/laura-devlin , and www.fairfieldschools.org/schools/ns .


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Sen. Tony Hwang (center) and Rep. Laura Devlin (right) on June 9 welcomed to the State Capitol fifth grade students from North Stratfield Elementary School in Fairfield.

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Sen. Tony Hwang (left, at podium) and Rep. Laura Devlin (right) on June 9 presented an official state citation to longtime North Stratfield teacher Adele R. Josovitz (center), who is retiring this year. The citation honored Josovitz on her years of service. Josovitz plans to begin her retirement with a trip to Antarctica.

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Sen. Hwang: Legislation Cracks Down on Ongoing Threats to Schools

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With school threats taking place this week in Ansonia, Norwich, and South Windsor, Sen. Tony Hwang noted that legislation passed earlier this month by the Connecticut General Assembly aims to make schools safer in Connecticut.

The legislation, which was passed overwhelmingly by the House and Senate, increases the penalties for when a threat involves a preschool, K-12 school or an institution of higher education.

“Clearly, Connecticut needs to get tougher,” said Sen. Hwang, “These threats have a devastating impact on the psyches of parents, educators and students. In a school environment, this is absolutely, positively unacceptable. If someone does commit such a despicable act, they should face severe penalties. Those penalties should bring the punishment more in line with the crime.”

  • By law, 1st degree threatening includes threats to commit a violent crime, or a crime using a hazardous substance, with intent to cause, or with reckless disregard of the risk of causing, (1) evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or public transportation facility; (2) serious public inconvenience for hazardous substance crimes; or (3) terror. The bill increases the penalty for such 1st degree threatening, from a class D felony to a class C felony, if the threat was made with intent to cause the evacuation of a building or the grounds of a public or private preschool, school, or higher education institution during instructional hours or when the facility or the grounds are being used for school- or institution-sponsored activities. By law, a class D felony is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years, a fine of up to $5,000, or both. A class C felony is punishable by imprisonment for one to 10 years, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.
  • By law, a person is guilty of 2nd degree threatening when he or she (1) by physical threat, intentionally places or attempts to cause someone to fear imminent serious physical injury or (2) threatens to commit a violent crime with intent to terrorize someone or in reckless disregard of the risk of doing so. The bill increases the penalty for this crime, from a class A misdemeanor (punishable by imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of up to $2,000, or both) to a class D felony, if the threatened person was in the building or on the grounds of such a school facility during instructional hours or when the facility or the grounds is being used for school- or institution-sponsored activities.
    The new legislation has an effective date of Oct. 1. It awaits the governor’s signature.

Sen. Hwang said local school superintendents, law enforcement officials, and concerned residents from across Connecticut supported the measure.

Sen. Hwang (www.senatorhwang.com) represents Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport.

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Sen. Tony Hwang (right) was joined by the Reidy family of Newtown on Feb. 26 at the State Capitol to raise awareness about the need for safe schools legislation in Connecticut. Safe Schools legislation has been approved by the state legislature now awaits the governor’s signature.

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Hwang on Taxes & Affordability

Despite one of the worst economic conditions in generations, the Legislature’s majority passed the largest increase in taxes & fees in CT’s history, which equaled

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