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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 12:00 AM

Bolinsky Humbled to be Newtown's Voice in Hartford for Another Term


Saturday, November 3, 2018 10:59 PM

Rep. Bolinsky Endorsed for Re-Election by our Hometown Newspaper, The Newtown Bee!


Wednesday, October 31, 2018 10:03 AM

Pat Llodra Endorses State Rep Mitch Bolinsky

https://www.newtownbee.com/re-elect-mitch-bolinsky/10152018


Wednesday, October 31, 2018 12:00 AM

An Open Letter to Newtown Voters from State Representative Mitch Bolinsky


Thursday, October 25, 2018 11:14 AM

Bolinsky Endorsed by Police Officers Association of Connecticut for Strong Record of Support on Issues Important to Law Enforcement!


Saturday, October 20, 2018 10:25 AM

Serving The People, Not Politics - A Personal Letter from Newtown's John Godin


Friday, October 19, 2018 3:58 PM

Bolinsky Endorsed By CBIA - State's Leading Voice for Business

The Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) endorses incumbent Mitch Bolinsky for Newtown's State Representative.

In a statement, CBIA President, Joe Brennan endorsed Mitch among an elite group of Republican and Democrat lawmakers who "understand CT needs an environment where companies can compete, attract much-needed investment to our state, and drive economic growth and job creation."

CBIA is the leading voice for business in the state, representing thousands of member companies, small and large, across a diverse range of industries and business sectors. — at Connecticut State Capitol.

 


Tuesday, October 9, 2018 12:00 AM

A Wholehearted Endorsement from a Newtown Icon, retired Middle School Teacher, Don Ramsey

I want to wholeheartedly endorse Mitch Bolinsky for re-reelection to the Connecticut State Legislature.

           

As a devoted family man, Mitch feels deep concern for the future of Connecticut. His own children are the best testimony of his love for Connecticut...because he continually inspires a deep patriotism to the fiber of their character. I know that to be true because I met Mitch in my capacity as a teacher to his son and daughter in middle school, years ago. Both are deeply committed to making this state a better place in the example of their dad.

Of course, Mitch is competent way beyond the bell curve of lawmaking, leadership and mastery of issues facing local and state constituencies. He is incredibly approachable to the average person like me and will take generous time to engage in controversial issues. He is actively empathetic to individual concerns close to home. His is literally a “backyard” neighbor with a gifted way of solving complex problems.

Meet him for yourself, and my opinion letter may be totally confirmed in an instant.

 

 


Monday, October 8, 2018 12:00 AM

Mitch Bolinsky Understands Seniors & Has Clout - A Letter from Jane & Don Sharpe

We have a voice in Newtown and Hartford. Mitch Bolinsky is our means. He understands the state budget and is a sensible decision-maker and careful spender. He’s a recognized leader in the Connecticut General Assembly and has been Newtown’s voice for six years.

He finds sensible solutions in concert with others, regardless of party. Whether in the House or the Committees for Education, Appropriations, and Aging, he works for Newtown. He and First Selectman Dan Rosenthal speak regularly and work well together.

Mitch has clout. As seniors, we have clout, too. We make up one third of Newtown’s population. Yet our voting record is abysmal.

In this next election, we need to vote and support the right person: Mitch Bolinsky. He gets it — and has already proven his ability to deliver.

                      


Sunday, October 7, 2018 10:10 AM

A Representative for Tough Fights & Making Things Right - A Letter from Peggy Jepson

"We need a representative who will take on the tough fights, never give up, and work to move Newtown and the state of Connecticut forward at the Capitol."

"...Mitch and I started to discuss the importance of introducing a An Act Concerning Newly Discovered Evidence in 2015...his support gave me courage to continue on my journey to make this bill a reality for the wrongly accused in our great state."

                                         

[Despite resistance in the state's Judiciary Committee, Mitch persisted for three years] "in our quest to make this a statute in Connecticut and help right some mistaken wrongs by shining technology’s new light on them."

[We persisted. Mitch persisted and, in 2018], SB-509 passed the Senate and the House and was signed by the Governor, amending Connecticut General Statute 52-582, Section one to allow the introduction of new evidence. We won!"



Friday, October 5, 2018 9:57 AM

Representing Newtown & Our State with Caring and Honor; A Testimonial from Platform to Employment Founder, Joe Carbone

"Mitch has been a champion for job seekers and families pursuing a better life, employers that endeavor to grow their enterprises, and a compassionate advocate for vulnerable populations."

       

"As the leader of southwestern Connecticut’s workforce development board, I am grateful for his extraordinary support for the state’s long-term unemployed and holistic approaches to help people regain a financial foothold. Mitch is a frequent visitor to our job training classrooms to share his personal story of perseverance, which instills optimism and confidence in others. I have thought about his remarks and leadership on many occasions and appreciate his candor.

Mitch’s advocacy for education, economic development, and setting partisanship aside for the betterment of our state has made the difference for hundreds of households."


Friday, September 28, 2018 4:05 PM

NFIB Endorses Bolinsky for Re-Election - Lawmaker Recognized for Pro-Business Efforts

The NFIB Connecticut PAC just announced that it is endorsing Rep Bolinsky's candidacy for the Connecticut General Assembly in this November's election. NFIB is the leading small-business association in the nation with thousands of members in Connecticut. In a letter to Mitch, the group wrote: "The NFIB CT PAC believes that you will be committed to the needs of thousands of Main Street small businesses and their employees in Connecticut when you are elected to serve in Hartford." #StandByMitch#MitchForNewtown


Thursday, September 27, 2018 12:00 AM

Bolinsky is a Consensus-Builder - John Boccuzzi, Sr.'s Letter to the Newtown Bee


Wednesday, September 19, 2018 12:00 AM

House Republican Leader, Themis Klarides Attests - Newtown is Well-Served by Rep Bolinsky


Wednesday, September 12, 2018 12:00 AM

A Representative Who Recognizes Our Means - Attorney Robert Hall's Letter

"I want a representative in Hartford who recognizes that before we can live within our means, we have to know what those means are. That person is Mitch... a representative who, for example, pushes a bill to prohibit cutting the educational cost sharing grant for Newtown, as Mitch did or do you want a representative whose views on the subject are unknown and whose party voted to sustain the governor’s veto of this critical action." - Robert H. Hall

"I point to a very small example of pure common sense on Mitch’s part from the CGA web page. In 2017, Mitch was a co-sponsor of House Bill 05465. That bill would have required the legislature to determine what the state’s revenue for the next year would be before beginning to make appropriations. What could be more sensible?" - Robert H. Hall


Wednesday, September 12, 2018 12:00 AM

A Concerned Citizen Likes ‘Mitch For Newtown’ - Armel Kouassi's Letter to Neighbors

                                               

"You cannot go wrong with Mitch Bolinsky. Vote for the best person, regardless of party. Mitch is the right candidate; you only need review his record. The list of his accomplishments is too long to list in this letter.

I’m inspired by his hard work to get Newtown its fair share... Last year, he led the fight and restored $11 million of public school, special education, and town money taken by the governor.

Mitch offers genuine, pragmatic, and honest insight into our lovely community’s problems and needs. He listens closely to concerns and rises above the unproductive political discourse we see in Washington. That sets him apart from the other candidate’s predictable partisan chatter." - Armel Romeo Kouassi's Letter to The Newtown Bee


Tuesday, September 11, 2018 12:00 AM

Support Mitch Bolinsky’s Re-Election - Matt Mihalcik's Letter to the Editor

"As a millennial Newtown resident who recently moved into my first home with my wife, we are focused on the long game. What will Connecticut be in 10, 20, or 30 years? What will Newtown be? What will that mean for her business, my career, or cost of living?

We need elected officials in Hartford like Representative Mitch Bolinsky, people grounded in common sense who have a long term vision of growth, taking the responsible approach... [He's] stood strong on fiscal reforms to make sure our state lives within its means, just as we Newtown families do.

Mitch understands there are families in our community who are struggling to just tread water, let alone get ahead. He is a tireless worker and strong advocate for the residents of Newtown, and we are fortunate to have him in Hartford." - Matt Mihalcik


Thursday, September 6, 2018 12:00 AM

Bolinsky Endorsed By 17,000 Connecticut Realtors

State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), was again endorsed for re-election by Connecticut Realtors, the state’s leading voice for residential and commercial real estate, representing more than 17,000 members statewide.

                                    

“We are pleased to relay our Association has voted to endorse your candidacy for Connecticut’s 106th State House District… The Association carefully evaluates candidates in determining who may best ensure there is a positive environment for living in or transferring property in Connecticut. Real estate is essential to economic recovery and stability in the state and nation and helps to build communities.” - Michael Barbaro, President of Connecticut Realtors


Thursday, September 6, 2018 12:00 AM

Representing ‘With All My Soul’, an open letter from Mitch

                       

"There’re so many things to love about Newtown. Monday, our special town celebrated its 57th annual Labor Day Parade and everything nicer about Newtown became an awesome community group hug... Thank you, Newtown!

You, the people of our community, are the force that drives me to represent you with all my soul in the State House of Representatives. I LOVE this town!” - Rep Mitch Bolinsky

                   


Wednesday, September 5, 2018 12:00 AM

An Important Decision To Make - Robert Morey's Letter to the Editor

"Voters in Newtown’s 106th district have an important decision to make. We are blessed that two candidates are running... As an unaffiliated voter, I don’t vote along party lines. That said, I feel that the incumbent, Mitch Bolinsky, is the better choice, and I strongly endorse his re-election.

Mitch has accomplished much in Hartford, ... he has served three terms, his influence, knowledge and relationships are much deeper, as is his ability to deliver for the citizens of Newtown." - Robert Morey


Wednesday, September 5, 2018 12:00 AM

A Balanced Approach To Government - Elda Smith's Letter to the Editor

"I came to know Mitch when I reached out to him several years ago to learn more about our state’s massive billion dollar debt and what could be done to address it. Mitch took the time to explain how the state arrived at this point and outlined solutions to address it. What impressed me the most about our conversation was the fact that he took the time to talk to me and listen to my concerns, despite having numerous demands on his time. I felt my voice did matter." - Elda M. Smith


Tuesday, September 4, 2018 12:00 AM

Repesenting Newtown & Our State with Caring and Honor - A Letter to the Editor from Workplace President, Joe Carbone

"Mitch has been a champion for job seekers and families pursuing a better life, employers that endeavor to grow their enterprises, and a compassionate advocate for vulnerable populations."

                    

"As the leader of southwestern Connecticut’s workforce development board, I am grateful for his extraordinary support for the state’s long-term unemployed and holistic approaches to help people regain a financial foothold. Mitch is a frequent visitor to our job training classrooms to share his personal story of perseverance, which instills optimism and confidence in others. I have thought about his remarks and leadership on many occasions and appreciate his candor.

Mitch’s advocacy for education, economic development, and setting partisanship aside for the betterment of our state has made the difference for hundreds of households.

He has been a leader in workforce training, and you can see his commitment to these important issues as he strives to help make government programs more efficient, with greater capacity, and inclusive of diverse partners."


Saturday, August 11, 2018 12:04 AM

State Rep Mitch Bolinsky Awarded State “Clean Elections” Grant for November 2018 Re-Election Bid

                                  

Rep. Bolinsky tossing a signature “stress ball” at 2016 Labor Day Parade

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NEWTOWN, August 10, 2018 – The re-election campaign of Newtown’s State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky received first review approval of its “Clean Elections” Grant Application at the August 8, 2018 meeting of the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC).

Bolinsky said, “It’s great to qualify right out of the box and max-out our grant. I’m thankful for all our local support and encouragement. With the Citizen’s Election Program
(CIP), I take a pledge to abide by the strict rules and limitations of public financing. Our fundraising is exclusively ‘grass roots’, small contributions from members of our community. No taxpayer money is used for CIP grants and we accepted no contributions from corporations, union, PACs or special interests.

It’s important for the people I serve to know my only interest is the best interests of the people of Newtown. I’m proud my base is 100% local and we, unlike others, didn’t seek out-of-state contributions.” 

“With this hurdle cleared, we’ll focus our energies on meeting more voters and knocking on doors. So far, folks have been happy to see me, welcoming and eager to share their concerns and hopes for a better Connecticut. Every day, people ask for a CT revival...a sustainable comeback. We all want a Connecticut we can again depend on for greater opportunity and freedom from fiscal uncertainty, rising taxes and the turbulence of the Malloy years’ deficit spending. Our state needs to correct 30-years of undisciplined spending and borrowing with no accountability. It’s time to end this insatiable appetite for more and more taxes and now, tolls.

“Newtown residents want to turn our state around, restore its solvency and restore affordability. They know that, by spending more than it can afford, Hartford’s career politicians spin deficits and then, status quo is to raise taxes. For eight-years, this has driven residents, employers and jobs out of state. I say ‘Enough! Connecticut’s worth saving and now is the time!”

“From parents to students to young people entering the job market; from working men and women to seniors facing the cost of aging in place on fixed incomes; the state’s economic problems impact us all. I love speaking to folks about putting Connecticut on a positive path and moving it ahead with structural reforms to make our state a place people want to live, learn, work and play.

Imagine a more efficient Connecticut working for us and investing in an economic turnaround that stabilizes our finances and reduces our cost of living. We can do it - but only if we reject the ‘Hartford tax & spend yes-men & women’ and their rising taxes.”

Bolinsky concluded, “I care deeply about Newtown and every individual I represent. Voters know I thrive on a daily and lifelong dedication to caring and doing good. As Newtown's 3-term State Rep, I am humbled my support crosses party lines and includes so many unaffiliated voters. I have a record of getting things done for our community. Voters seem to notice that.”


Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:00 AM

Rep Bolinsky Respectfully Collects American Flags for Retirement

As a symbol of America, the freedoms we hold dear and those who have sacrificed to defend our great nation’s values, Rep. Mitch Bolinsky organizes an annual flag drive for the respectful retirement of worn American Flags.

                               

 


Friday, June 8, 2018 12:00 AM

St. Rose School Visits Rep. Bolinsky at the Capitol

HARTFORD – Students from Ms. Davenport’s fourth-grade class at St. Rose School visited the State Capitol on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, and were welcomed by State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) in the House Chamber.

                       

“The annual visit by St. Rose’s fourth-grade is one I look forward to all year,” beamed Bolinsky. “At this age, they’re already very civically aware, curious and full of great questions. With the help of wonderful teachers like Paula Davenport, we talked about how laws are made and the role of a State Representative as their voice, their parents’ voice and their community’s advocate in matters of the state. Their enthusiasm always makes this one of my favorite days of the year!”


Monday, June 4, 2018 12:00 AM

Bolinsky Participates in On-Field Opening Ceremony for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

HARTFORD – June, 2018 has been designated as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month (ABAM) and State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown), a leader in Alzheimer’s advocacy in Connecticut was invited to participate in the on-field Opening Ceremony of Friday’s Hartford Yard Goats baseball game held at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. Bolinsky joined Speaker of the House, Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin), Alzheimer’s Association officials and team promotional staff in the presentation of a Governor’s Proclamation to Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter in recognition of their ongoing advocacy efforts to defeat the disease.

                         

“Raising awareness about the life issues and unique caregiver challenges associated with the onset, diagnosis and progression of Alzheimer’s matters a great deal to me”, said Bolinsky. This holds a big place in my heart and I cannot adequately express how blessed I feel every day to be able to advocate for those with this life-altering affliction and the millions of families and caregivers who sacrifice so much to provide their love-ones with dignity, reassurance and the best quality of life possible. Not everyone can fully comprehend the sense of personal loss that comes with Alzheimer’s. Its effects flare out beyond the individual and extend to caregivers, families and communities. It’s a lonely-feeling journey into a quiet, unrecognizable place.”

* Note: Rep. Bolinsky's father has late-stage Alzheimer's.


Friday, May 11, 2018 12:00 AM

Rep. Bolinsky Please with Bi-Partisan Budget Compromise That is Kind to Newtown

HARTFORD – State Rep Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) voted in favor of a state budget compromise that protects Newtown’s essential state Educational Cost Sharing and Municipal Revenue Sharing grants for all of 2019, without raising taxes or implementing the Governor’s unpopular, expensive plan to enact electronic tolling on state highways.

                  

In addition to no new taxes or tolls, the bi-partisan budget  maintains or advances funding for mental health and critical social service programs for our state’s most vulnerable populations, rescinding earlier cuts made by the Governor.

Rep. Bolinsky and the House Republicans were successful in achieving most of their major proposed policy objectives but, like any good compromise, a proposal he favored to apply about $300-Million to pay down part of the state’s Teachers’ Retirement Program debt and another $300-Million toward the State Employees’ Retirement Program debt were eliminated.  Legislative Democrats balked at the debt payments for fiscal 2019.  The objective will be re-introduced next year.

According to Bolinsky, “This compromise budget keeps Newtown whole and allows our town to budget with a sense of confidence, unlike 2017, when the state budget was four-months late and we were at the whim of the Governor’s executive orders and draconian cuts."

"We restored transportation projects frozen by the Governor This will green-light Newtown’s improvements to the corridor around I-84’s Exit 11, lower Wasserman Way, Route 34 and Toddy Hill Road, and other important infrastructure projects. It rescinds earlier service cuts and fare increases to Metro North rail service, HART bus and SweetHART Para-Transit services and more." 

"It's not a perfect budget but, it represents a quality, bi-partisan compromise that moves the state forward and fulfills our commitments to children, seniors and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

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Some House Republican policy wins in this budget include:

  • Fully funding the state’s Medicare Savings Program.
  • Restoring full funding for Retired Teachers Health program.
  • $5-million allocation for emergency placements for Department of Developmental Services patients.
  • Reduce Energy Efficiency Fund sweeps by $10 million.
  • $9.5-million allocation for cost of living increases for private social-service providers.
  • $29-million addition to the Special Transportation Fund by re-directing an existing new car tax to the STF.
  • A hiring freeze on state employees to save $7-million.
  • Maintaining the integrity of CT's constitutional spending & borrowing caps in support of structural reforms that reel-in state spending and bonding. Bolinsky also stressed the need for state government to become more efficient and responsive to its 3.5-million “customers”.

Rep. Bolinsky concluded, “We must turn up the heat on structural reforms and reinvent Connecticut as a more efficient, more disciplined state that spends only what it has. We can’t go back to the taxpayers every year for more taxes, fees, tolls and borrowing to fill budget holes of our own making.

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Our message is:

  • Reform our free-spending ways.
  • Balance our budgets.
  • No new taxes.
  • Take care of our most vulnerable.
  • Prosper and grow.”

 


Friday, May 4, 2018 12:00 AM

Bolinsky Stands Tall, Co-Sponsors Legislation to Prevent Governor from Cutting Local Education Funding

HARTFORD – State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) voted in favor of new legislation that would protect Education Cost Sharing (ECS) dollars allocated to municipalities like Newtown from being cut by the Executive branch. 

           

The bill, H.B. 5171: An Act Prohibiting the Executive Branch from Making Rescissions or other Reductions to the Education Cost Sharing Grant During the Fiscal Year, was approved by the House by a final vote tally of 117-32. It was also overwhelmingly passed in the State Senate.

Rep Bolinsky said, “In recent years the governor has treated education funding like a bargaining chip. Remember, in 2017, he stripped Newtown of more than $7-Million before we fought to have it restored. This legislation will prohibit the governor from arbitrary cuts to ECS funds. This not only preserves educational excellence in Newtown but, it also prevents surprises in the Board of Education’s budgeting process, ultimately averting the kind of budget anxiety so many people felt in 2017.”

Support for the legislation was bipartisan. Bolinsky concluded, "This bill is the righteous and fair.  Funding for our kids' education is not a politically divisive subject, it is our obligation!" 


Wednesday, May 2, 2018 12:00 AM

Rep. Bolinsky Worked Across the Aisle to Stop Governor's Education Funding Cuts

By: KEITH M. PHANEUF | May 2, 2018

The House of Representatives adopted a measure Wednesday that would prohibit the governor from reducing education grants to school districts after their budget is adopted.

The measure was a reaction to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s decision in mid-November to reduce municipal grants by $91 million — including $58 million from the Education Cost Sharing program — to achieve mandated cost savings.

Bolinsky, a six-year member of the Legislature's Education Committee worked in concert on the bill concept, co-sponsoring the measure with committee leadership, including Rep. Andrew Fleischmann, D-West Hartford, House chair of the Education Committee, who stressed "Those cuts did not reflect the approach or values embodied in the ECS formula, and I’m proud of the overwhelming, bipartisan support this bill received.”  

Bolinsky likewise said, "I'm so happy that we all saw this issue through the same lens and got this done with the leadership of Rep. Fleischmann, Senator Slossberg, Rep. Lavielle and the entire committee's unanimous support. Now, it's on to a floor vote in the House."


Saturday, April 28, 2018 12:00 AM

State Rep Mitch Bolinsky Patrols with Newtown Police

NEWTOWN – State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) had the opportunity to visit with officers of the Newtown Police Department on Saturday, April 28, 2018. During his time at the police station, Bolinsky spoke with officers about local issues and was invited to go on a ride-along with Officer Paula Wickman, a member of the Newtown force for more than seven-years.

            


Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12:00 AM

Rep. Bolinsky Advocates for Autism Awareness and Acceptance

State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky participated in 2018's Autism Awareness & Acceptance Day on April 18, 2018 at the State Capitol. The event was sponsored by the CT Autism Advocacy Coalition (CAAC).

                                   

According to Rep. Bolinsky, "Awareness and education are two primary factors in reversing the stigma associated with those who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The ASD community is full of bright and talented individuals, who, with the right learning strategies, can have very productive, fulfilling lives, with a little extra support. Inclusiveness and understanding are key to building strength in our community and opportunities for employment, volunteering and socializing are great ways to build great lives..."

 


Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12:00 AM

Rep. Bolinsky Joins New School Safety Workgroup; Has Concerns that 2013 State Guidelines Need Update, Funding Stream & Compliance Checks

HARTFORD – A bi-partisan School Safety Working Group convened its first meeting to study issues surrounding school safety at the Legislative Office Building on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) will serve as a member of the working group, which was created earlier in the year.

                                    

Rep. Bolinsky explained, “It’s troubling to realize that some of the protective measures concerning school security that were previously passed by the state legislature in 2013 are not being upheld. School security is a primary function of the state government, which is why I felt compelled to join my legislative colleagues to undertake a statewide inventory of procedures, compliance and needs to have best-in-the-nation standards and disciplines here in Connecticut. Ultimately, we will develop positive recommendations to keep our children safe going forward and encourage periodic updates to meet ever-changing challenges and new technologies.”

The group will conduct a comprehensive review of school safety in Connecticut on an on-going basis and make recommendations for the next legislative session in 2019. In addition to state legislators, the working group will include school superintendents, law enforcement/first-responders, mental health professionals, school security consultants, students and parents. The next meeting will convene in May after the conclusion of the legislative session on the 9th.


Saturday, March 17, 2018 2:30 PM

April 4, 2018 DOT Public Hearing at NHS on Improvements Proposed at I-84 Exit 11; Rt. 34; Wasserman Way & Toddy Hill

                                         

Newtown - I invite all Newtown residents to attend a Department of Transportation (DOT) Public Hearing concerning proposed intersection improvements on Route 34 at SR 490 (Wasserman Way) and Toddy Hill Road and State Route 490 at I-84 Interchange 11 ramps. The hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Newtown High School.

As you know, there's been a long-planned improvement project for the I-84 Exit 11 interchange area that will significantly reduce existing congestion in the area of Newtown High School, the Wasserman Way access point to I-84 and the intersections around Wasserman Way & Berkshire Road, as well as Berkshire (Rt. 34) around Toddy Hill Road.

                  

The Town of Newtown has begun the improvements around Toddy Hill, but recently there have been questions about the State of Connecticut's commitment to the highway access part of the project. Earlier in the year, Governor Malloy announced that all state transportation projects were to be suspended, due to the state’s budget problems.

Suspension is not cancellation! I have been clear from the day of the Governor's announcement that the announced project suspensions were, in most cases, going to be short-term delays until the legislature does its due diligence in mitigating the state’s budget deficit.

Click the link to find out more:
http://www.cthousegop.com/…/newtown-transportation-project…/


Wednesday, March 14, 2018 12:00 AM

Rep. Bolinsky Shares Personal Story at Alzheimer's Assoc. Event

                         

HARTFORD - The Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter held its annual Awareness Day at the Capitol. I felt compelled to share my personal experience with Alzheimer's disease and its effect on my father and my family.

On Saturday, we celebrated Dad's 85th birthday. He's looking great but, is not winning his fight with Alzheimer’s disease. Around the first of the year, I became a stranger to him and, just a couple weeks ago, he lost his memory of my mom, the person he’s shared life with for 62-years. The effects of Alzheimer’s disease are heartbreaking, especially for those closest to the person afflicted.

It is important that family and friends also support caregivers so the care they provide does not destroy their own physical & mental health. Respite care and time-away to spend a few hours out of the house can be a godsend…a way to breathe and regather the strength to go on. Do you know someone who is a caregiver? Be an angel, visit for coffee and some adult conversation. If you're comfortable, work your way up to letting your friend or family member make a run to the store or hair salon.

Throughout this journey, I remain optimistic that, as we continue to advocate for awareness and, as research progresses, we may soon see Alzheimer’s First Survivor – hopefully in my lifetime!


Tuesday, March 6, 2018 12:00 AM

Bolinsky Hosts DOT Commissioner Redeker for Transportation Forum

         

DANBURY–State Representatives Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown), Will Duff (R-Bethel), Adam Dunsby (R-Easton), Michael Ferguson (R-Danbury), Steve Harding (R-Brookfield), Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton), Fred Wilms (R-Norwalk), David Arconti (D-Danbury), Bob Godfrey (D-Danbury) and Senator Michael McLachlan were joined by area drivers, bus and train commuters, all having a chance to voice their frustrations with Connecticut’s transportation system, proposed fare hikes and service cuts at a forum with the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation (DOT) James Redeker.

The forum was hosted by Rep. Bolinsky and sponsored by a bipartisan group of legislators from the Route 7 corridor who were concerned about Governor's proposed 21.28 percent fare increase, coupled with significantly reduced service in the corridor serving the areas in and around Danbury.

Additionally, the Governor has moved to cancel over $4 billion in transportation projects state-wide, unless his proposal to bring tolls back to the state and raise taxes, including an increase of 7-cents in the gas tax, new ‘tire tax’, plus taxes on over-the counter medicines, restaurant dining and more are adopted.


Monday, March 5, 2018 12:00 AM

Bolinsky Pushes to Save Lives with Updated Seat-Belt Law

*News Alert* This story was covered by NBC 30 CT News!

Rep Mitch Bolinsky testified before legislative colleagues on the Public Health Committee today regarding his life-saving backseat seat belt initiative, HB-5161: An Act Concerning the Department of Public Health’s Recommendations Regarding Seat Belts.

                     

Passage of this bill will immediately correlate to saving lives. It is an understatement to say that it is common sense to wear your seat belt in a motor vehicle. However, under current Connecticut law, only front-seat occupants are required to wear a seat belt in a vehicle operated by an ‘adult’, 18 or over. I am seeking to change that so that all passengers are buckled up and survive serious car crashes!


Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:00 AM

Bolinsky Supports Life-Saving AFE Data Collection Measures

HARTFORD – State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) testified along with Diana Masulli, of Unionville, and her father Frank Bonacci, of Newtown, before the Public Health Committee at the Legislative Office Building on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. The family was among others testifying in support of Senate Bill 166: An Act Adding Amniotic Fluid Embolism To The List Of Adverse Events A Hospital Is Required To Report To The Department Of Public Health.

                        

According to Bolinsky, there is a lack of data surrounding cases of Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE). AFE occurs when a mother gives birth; amniotic fluid gets into the blood stream of the mother, causing severe bleeding and sometimes death of the mother and newborn. AFE’s other adverse effects include heart and lung collapse, leading to the possibility of inaccurate or incomplete reporting of childbirth fatalities.

Diana Masulli, an AFE survivor, expressed the importance of the legislation to the committee, “Greater research is needed to not only determine the root of AFE but why some women are at greater risk of death, but research cannot move forward without accurate reporting...


Monday, February 26, 2018 12:00 AM

Bolinsky Introduces Bill to Protect Local Police

Hartford – State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) testified before the legislature’s Government Administration and Elections (GAE) Committee on Monday, February 26, 2018 at the Legislative Office Building. Bolinsky spoke in support of his proposal, H.B. 5176 – AN ACT PROTECTING MUNICIPAL POLICE OFFICERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:00 AM

Bolinsky Speaks In Support of Animal Welfare Legislation

 

Hartford – State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) joined fellow legislators at the Legislative Office Building on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 as part of Connecticut’s Legislative Animal Welfare Caucus. The bi-partisan group of lawmakers shared several initiatives for the 2018 session.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:00 AM

Newtown High Senior & Rep Bolinsky Team up to Change Blood Donation Law

                                                               

Harrison Eppers, a senior at Newtown High School is on a mission.

His mom, Shelley Eppers is being treated for Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood cancer. Blood transfusions are one of the treatments needed to fight this form of cancer and, one way to assure a regular supply of the life-saving blood needed, some Multiple Myeloma patients hold blood drives.

That’s where Harry comes in. in Late 2017, he & fellow senior Rory Edwards arranged and promoted a Red Cross blood drive at Newtown High School to help his mom. Students, faculty and community members came together to donate blood for Mrs. Eppers and the drive was a success. But, the boys learned it could have been twice as big, if not for a shortcoming in state law. Unlike most other states, Connecticut law did not allow individuals under the age of 17 to be blood donors.

Enter State Representative Mitch Bolinsky. Harry contacted the local lawmaker, who listened to his appeal to change the law and agreed it should be done. Bolinsky promised to research and initiate the change, in honor of Harry’s mom and; and to donate a pint of his own blood to Harry’s drive. 

The result was HB-5160, AN ACT CONCERNING THE DONATION OF BLOOD BY MINORS, already raised by the Public Health Committee and building the support needed to go-all-the-way!



Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:00 AM

Bolinsky and Area Legislators to Host DOT Commish in Danbury, March 5, 2018 to Discuss Rail, Area Transport Issues

Area Legislators and state transportation Commissioner James Redeker will hold a 7:00PM informational session on March 5 at Danbury City Hall to hear concerns about a controversial plan to dramatically cut service along the Danbury Branch rail line.

The Department of Transportation, in an effort to deal with more than $60 million in state budget cuts, has proposed reducing off-peak services, eliminating weekend service and increasing fares on the line.

The meeting, is being held at the request of State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky, a Republican who represents Newtown.

“We’ve made a lot of progress and improvements along the line in recent years and this would a real step backwards,” Bolinsky said. "DOT overlooked the Danbury area in it's schedule of Public Hearings about transit concerns and I felt strongly that area residents needed a forum at which to voice concerns about transportation as a whole and the rail line, in particular.  Commissioner Redeker is a responsive, engaged leader and he jumped on our invitation. He and his team are great listeners.  My fellow area Legislators and I are looking forward to March 5th."

                    

DOT Commissioner Redeker & Rep. Bolinsky meet with Riverside residents 

          


Thursday, February 8, 2018 12:00 AM

Reaction to the Governor's State of the State

Newtown Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), who has bristled and reacted strongly over many of this governor’s previous ideas, was diplomatic in his reactions after hearing this year’s State of the State remarks.

“The governor’s final State of the State address was nicely presented and, in terms of social issues, delivered passionately, especially, as he mentioned several times, the tumult in Washington,” Rep Bolinsky said. “However, it left me feeling strangely empty... I was puzzled by his not making a single mention of Connecticut’s fiscal challenges.”

Rep Bolinsky pointed out the state’s unavoidable and precarious financial position and the “mountain of debt that we must deal with before spending or bonding more at a time when we may not be able to pay our current obligations.”

“In every community, including Newtown, there are people, families, and small businesses living on the edge. I believe we have a solemn obligation to fiscally shore up our state, make it sustainable, more affordable, and a destination for new jobs, skilled residents to fill them, and their families. That will position us to invest more in new promises.”

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018 12:00 AM

Newtown First Selecman & Council Chairman Join Rep. Bolinsky for Opening Day

              

State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) participated in the Opening Day ceremonies as the Connecticut General Assembly gaveled in for business for the 2018 Legislative Session on Wednesday, February 07, 2018.

Despite a winter storm, Bolinsky was grateful his invited guests, First Selectman Dan Rosenthal & Legislative Council Chair, Paul Lundquist could be there to share the day.

Prior to introducing them to the entire membership of the House of Representatives, Bolinsky stressed the importance for a free exchange of ideas this session in order to create sound public policy that is not stymied by party ideologies.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018 12:00 AM

Bolinsky Says NO WAY & NO MORE to Governors Taxing Toll Plan

The governor has called for the implementation of the nation’s highest per-user electronic tolling network for Connecticut, on top of a 7-cent per-gallon increase in the state gas tax and a brand-new 3-dollar per-tire tax. Talk about crippling our state and forcing people, businesses and jobs out in droves!

We all need to shout “NO WAY and NO MORE!” loud enough to shake the state capitol because, in total, this would become the largest effective tax increase in Connecticut history. By a lot.

In light of our declining state population and revenues, I think CT must reform government to become more efficient and do more with less, like the rest of us do in our own personal finances. This plan is crazy.

Let me demonstrate just how crazy. Click on the link for a financial impact example, using my wife and I as examples...


Monday, February 5, 2018 12:00 AM

NBC-CT's Coverage of Proposed Seat-Belt Law Update


Friday, February 2, 2018 12:00 AM

Bolinsky to Seek 4th Term in Service to Newtown

Wanting to put his energies toward advocating for Newtown and its constituents, while parlaying his statehouse experience to help affect structural changes Connecticut needs to attract new residents and retain the taxpayers and businesses here now, Republican incumbent 106th District State Representative Mitch Bolinsky announced his candidacy for a fourth term this week.

In a January 30 meeting with The Newtown Bee, Rep Bolinsky laid the foundation of his first 2018 campaign pitch saying how much he and his family love being part of the Newtown community.

During his interview, Rep Bolinsky took aim at subjects ranging from his own concerns about the lack of transparency and presumed benefits for at least some state residents in the new federal tax plan, statewide transportation funding challenges, to a desperate need for structural state government reform, overhauling spending controls, using technology to streamline agency services and rolling back unfunded state mandates on communities like ours.

“I’m seeing progress in developing ways to get our state out of a really deep hole,” he said of the most recent efforts toward various reforms.

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Friday, February 2, 2018 12:00 AM

Bolinsky, Sredzinski, Duff Hwang Hold Pre-Session Town Hall

A town hall-style gathering took place at the C.H. Booth Library on Monday, January 29, with Republican State Reps Mitch Bolinsky, Will Duff, and JP Sredzinski, and Senator Tony Hwang.

Rep. Bolinsky welcomed those in attendance, saying “The important thing is that you took the time, energy and initiative to show up and we really want to hear what you want to say.”

The pre-session update then sought to answer questions and solicit the opinions & concerns of residents prior to the start of the CT General Assembly's 2018 session, on February 7th.

Members of the public received a packet provided by the Office of Legislative Research titled “2018 Major Issues”, identifying and describing a brief description of topics that may become issues in the upcoming General Assembly.


Friday, December 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Newtown Troop 270 Recognizes 97th Eagle Scout

Boy Scout Troop 270, sponsored by Newtown Congregational Church, recently honored and recognized Justin Cicarelli its 97th Eagle Scout.

Family, friends, and members of Troop 270 attended the ceremony on November 25, when Justin received scouting’s highest award. The audience included Steve Agnew, Scatacook District chair for CT Yankee Council/Boy Scouts of America, CT State Representative Mitch Bolinsky and First Selectman, Daniel Rosenthal, both of whom presented citations of honor.

Other local and national government leaders forwarded letters of recognition as well.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Newtown Middle School Students Visit the Capitol

Reps. Mitch Bolinsky & JP Sredzinski hosted students from Newtown Middle School’s 7th Grade at the State Capitol where they were staked to an understanding of our state legislature and the workings of state government as a whole.

State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky reflected on the visit... “Nothing better than a visit from Newtown’s future leaders on the floor of the House of Representatives. Thanks to Newtown Middle School’s 7th-Graders for their energy, interest & great questions; to their teachers, Ms. Oliver, Ms. Contra, Ms. Stevens & Ms. Musco; and to the parents & staff chaperones for a wonderful day at the Capitol!”



Tuesday, October 24, 2017 12:00 AM

Bolinsky Reports Bipartisan, Consensus Budget Reached

State Rep Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) reported Tuesday, October 24, that a bipartisan, consensus budget has been reached and it is kind to Newtown, restoring Education and Municipal funding.

“I am at Capitol and will know the details in a few hours,” Mr Bolinsky e-mailed The Newtown Bee at noon, “but, for now, I want you to know how tenaciously Newtown’s state delegation has worked to rectify what were some very unfair cuts."

“Again, final details will follow but, highlights will include:
*Restoration of nearly all of Newtown’s education cost sharing dollars ($4.65M & $4.76M) for FYs 18 and 19, as well as our municipal revenue sharing ($3.5M) . Recall that the Governor & majority’s last proposals had us zeroed or near zeroed out."


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