Recent developments have compelled me to run for Legislative Council to represent District 1 in Newtown. Our family moved to town from neighboring Monroe nearly three years ago because of the wonderful schools and community it offered. I want to serve this community and ensure that Newtown remains an exceptional place to live and raise a family.
I am writing to express my support for Mary Ann Jacob who is running for reelection in the Legislative Council. I have known Mary Ann for eight years as a fellow Sandy Hook parent and was lucky enough to get to know her more personally and professionally this past school year where we both worked at Sandy Hook School.
Following discussion and deliberation a week earlier by the Legislative Council’s Ordinance Committee, Chairman Ryan Knapp recommended July 15 that the full council suspend any plans to modify the town’s relatively new Firearms Ordinance.
Despite a brief and unsuccessful attempt to eliminate the school district’s requested 0.34 percent budget increase, the Legislative Council unanimously voted to send a budget plan to referendum representing the first tax rate decrease in memory.
On April 1, the council endorsed a 2015-16 budget proposal of $111,730,513, representing a 0.6 percent spending increase over the current year.
Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob told The Newtown Bee following a March 4 meeting that a public hearing on the proposed 2015-16 budget, originally planned for March 18, is now going to be held a week later on Wednesday, March 25.
Ms Jacob said that based on the anticipated timing of budget actions at the Board of Finance, the council would need the extra week to properly and legally notice the public hearing. The council still plans to hold a regular meeting March 18, Ms Jacob said.
The Legislative Council moved a package of ordinance requests to its Ordinance Committee February 18. Those requests come from the Police Commission and the Board of Selectmen.
First Selectman Pat Llodra told her board the night before about the amendment to the local Firearms Ordinance, and another suggestion designed to prevent the littering of unsolicited mail and materials being left at residential properties.
This report was updated January 23 with details on the Board of Finance budget meeting schedule.
Facing several television crews and reporters from a number of news bureaus, the Legislative Council quickly and unanimously voted January 21 to authorize the Board of Selectmen to move forward with plans to demolish the home of 12/14 shooter Adam Lanza.