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STATE SENATOR

Ted Kennedy, Jr.

Listening to You

Join Me in Celebrating a Local Hero with APK Charities

I will be cheering on the runners at the APK Charities Memorial 5K in Guilford on Saturday and hope to see you there. This annual event is held in memory of Army Captain Andrew Michael Pedersen-Keel, a Madison resident who gave his life in service to our country while serving in Afghanistan in 2013. At the event, I will be presenting Captain Pedersen-Keel’s parents with a replica of the street sign that will mark the “Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel Memorial Highway” in Madison.

This year, I introduced and led passage of legislation that renames a portion of Route 79 in Madison in recognition of the life and service of Captain Pedersen-Keel. Renaming this road is a small token of our immense gratitude to Andrew and his family for their service to our country. I hope that you will join me on Saturday morning at the Guilford Fairgrounds in celebration of the memory of this local hero.

Bipartisan Budget Brings Expansion to Branford School

Now that the bipartisan state budget has been passed, I am happy to announce the approval of funding for an expansion project at Walsh Intermediate School in Branford. As a member of the legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, I was able to successfully advocate for more than $30 million in state bonding to help renovate Branford’s Walsh Intermediate School. While Connecticut is tightening its belt and cutting back on spending, this project is a great investment for our state and I’m glad I was able to share it with my colleagues on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee so that they would see the value and agree.

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Now that the funding has been approved, construction preparation is set to begin in March of 2018. The project is due for completion in April of 2020, and I cannot wait to see the cutting-edge facility that will be used to educate our town’s students.

Building On Connecticut’s Successful Brewing Economy

Craft beer is a national phenomenon whose impact can be seen and felt in our own state. There are currently about 60 craft brewers in Connecticut, generating a $1 billion impact to our state economy. This year I worked with Connecticut’s agriculture community to help build on that success by introducing and passing a bill providing for farm distilleries. This new law, which went into effect on October 1, allows Connecticut farmers to manufacture, bottle, distribute and sell beer and other alcohol that they produce on their own property. When you buy from a farm distillery, you know that at least 25 percent of the fruit or crops used to produce the alcohol were grown on that farm by local, Connecticut farmers. Connecticut has a great agricultural history, and by helping them embrace new industries like crop growing, alcohol brewing, and anaerobic power production, we can make that history an important part of our future.