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February 27, 2014 —Senators Leone, Looney and Duff call for legislative measures that would provide greater awareness and better response to sudden cardiac arrest in public schools and at student athletic events.
As Senate chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I am deeply concerned by the high unemployment rate among US Military veterans today.
National labor statistics report an 11.5 percent unemployment rate among all veterans, and that 20 percent of veterans under age 25 are unemployed.
I voted for legislation back in October that will provide employers with a tax credit of $900/month for every veteran they hire.
The federal government is also helping out with a Wounded Warriors Tax Credit of up to $9,600 that will increase existing tax credits for firms that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities who have been unemployed six months or longer.
The federal Returning Heroes Tax Credit also provides up to $5,600 directly to the employers who hire veterans who have been unemployed six months or longer.
Both federal tax credits apply to veterans who began work for their employer after November 21, 2011. For more information on both federal tax credits visait the Office For Veterans Workforce Development Web site.
Carlo Leone has been a resident of the City of Stamford for more than 20 years. Since 2011, he has represented the citizens of Stamford and Darien’s 27th District in the Connecticut Senate. He previously served the residents of Stamford’s148th District in the Connecticut House of Representatives, beginning in 2003.
As a legislator, Carlo works to address the issues and concerns which matter most to the residents of Stamford and Darien. He has championed numerous efforts to promote economic development in Fairfield County and across the state, including the Small Business Express Program, the Job Expansion Tax Credit, the STEP-UP job training and employment program, and the First and Next Five economic development initiatives.
As a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Carlo has also fought to protect the rights and benefits owed to our nation’s military heroes for their service and sacrifice. After many years of advocacy, he succeeded in elevating the General Assembly’s temporary Veterans’ Affairs Committee to permanent standing status. He now serves as the committee’s Senate Chairman.
The Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s recent achievements include the creation of the STEP-UP for Veterans Program, which helps unemployed veterans to find work and receive on-the-job training in new high-value skills. Carlo is currently leading a task force to help veterans receive recognition and applicable licenses for employable skills they learn in the service. Other recent initiatives include a ban on the desecration of war memorials, a crackdown on fraudulent veterans’ “charities”, and legislation to allow for lower property taxes for disabled veterans.
Carlo also serves as Senate Chairman of the General Assembly’s Banks Committee. In 2013 he led an effort to improve the state’s foreclosure mediation process by bringing together homeowners and lenders with an impartial mediator to try and work out mutually beneficial agreements. These reforms have helped to ensure that all parties to a foreclosure deal with one another in good faith, and to keep more families in their homes.
As a member of the House of Representatives, Carlo helped to create film tax credits to grow Connecticut’s entertainment industry. He also worked to pass a $3.5 billion Transportation Improvement Initiative to foster smart growth and economic development through the establishment of special taxing districts for municipalities, and to pass fire sprinkler legislation in response to the disastrous 2003 fires in Rhode Island and Hartford.
Carlo has lived in Stamford for the past 20 years and is an active member of the Stamford community. Prior to being elected to the state legislature, he served on the Zoning Board of Appeals as an alternate member from 2001-2002, and he completed the Stamford Citizen Patrol Program—a course designed to improve community relations between Stamford Citizens and the local Police Force.
Carlo is associated with the Figli di Rose (Sons of Rose) Italian Club in the Springdale section of Stamford, as well as the Minturnese Club and the San Mangese Club, and has also volunteered for New Canaan Horizon—a nationally recognized mentoring program which assists underprivileged children in middle and high school.
A proud veteran of the United States Air Force, Carlo served on active duty from October 1981 to February 1987 in the US and European theaters. He later earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He returned to the same university to earn a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing.
Carlo and his wife were married in 2002 and are the proud parents of a son. In his leisure time he is an avid reader and an outdoorsman who enjoys mountain biking, hiking, skiing, and spending time with his family as much as he possibly can.
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April 29, 2014 — Senator Leone voices his support for a bill to address barriers to employment for military veterans.
January 8, 2014 —Senator Leone toured Eastern Land Management, Inc. in Stamford to learn how the Small Business Express Program has helped the local landscaping business to purchase new equipment and hire additional workers.