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Representing Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington & Voluntown

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Contact: Adam Joseph

April 4, 2012

Maynard Chosen as Senate Co-Chair of New Long Island Sound Caucus

Caucus will address environmental issues, economic development

State Senator Andrew Maynard (D-Stonington) joined several other legislators today in standing up for important shoreline environmental and economic development issues by forming the steering committee for the new Long Island Sound Caucus.

Senator Maynard was please to accept an appointment by the group as Senate Co-Chair of the Caucus, alongside State Senator Len Fasano (R-North Haven).

“Long Island Sound is undoubtedly Connecticut's most important natural resource. Through history, it has defined our state and its economy, and it still does so today. The formation of this bipartisan Caucus will facilitate better solutions to the wide variety of environmental and economic issues the Sounds presents. This is good news for the Sound and all the people who live, work and play along the shore. I am honored to have been chosen as Senate Co-Chair, alongside Senator Fasano," said Senator Maynard.

The bipartisan steering committee is comprised of six representatives and six senators. Caucus membership will be open to all legislators as the group works to address environmental, energy and economic issues impacting the Sound.

Goals of the caucus include:

  • Economic development and job growth opportunities
  • Attracting maritime businesses while solving the inevitable dredging conflicts that accompany such ambitions.
  • Environmental issues—reducing run-offs from storm water and other pollutants; protecting the sound's beaches, water quality, the shellfish industry, storm preparation, future shoreline development, zoning, insurance, homeowner rights, seawalls, breakwaters
  • Bi-state cooperation with New York
  • Acquiring important coastal areas for public use
  • Expanding improvement bonding beyond marinas to things like ferries, expand the clean marina program to "clean maritime programs"....other waterfront areas, ferries, docks etc...work on incentives for doing environmentally beneficial projects
  • Supporting federal asks for projects and funding that are critical to CT (NOAA, LIS Restoration Fund, Clean Water State Revolving Fund, etc.)
  • Meeting the 2014 deadline for nitrogen reductions
  • Protecting lobsters (prohibit insecticides from water)

The legislators forming the caucus include Sens. Andrew Maynard (D-Stonington) and Eileen Daily (D-Westbrook) and State Reps. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) and Patricia Widlitz (D-Guilford). Gov. Dannel P. Malloy also has expressed support for the caucus.

“The Long Island Sound caucus will help unify and connect environmental and economic policy in a way we have never done before in Connecticut,” said Gov. Malloy. “The Sound is under constant threat—pollution, sewage, and storm water runoff are damaging the ecosystem and the economy. Connecticut has responded by investing in the Clean Water Fund, but we cannot do this alone. It will take a regional effort to clean up the Sound and protect it for generations to come.”

“As a treasured natural resource and a $10 billion a year economic engine for recreational and navigational commerce, Long Island Sound needs our constant and educated attention. This bipartisan LIS Caucus intends to pursue that goal and I am delighted and encouraged to be a part of it, said Rep. Reed. “One of my key objectives is to reinvigorate our bi-state cooperation with New York on economic, environmental and energy issues that impact the sound we both share and treasure.”


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