Martin M. Looney

Senate President Pro Tempore

Martin M. Looney

An Advocate for Us

March 14, 2019

Proposed Wildlife Refuge Gains Momentum

State Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney (D-New Haven, Hamden, North Haven) and State Representative Alphonse Paolillo (D-New Haven), co-sponsors of Senate Bill 245, An Act Prohibiting Hunting Along the Quinnipiac River in New Haven, are pleased the legislation has received a favorable vote in the Environment Committee. The bill identifies property as a state wildlife refuge to preserve the environment and to protect the public.

“The ability to hunt so close to densely populated urban neighborhoods threatens the quality of life and public safety for New Haven residents,” said Senator Looney. “I want to thank the local advocates who continue to work with Rep. Paolillo and me on this important issue. Today is a critical step in the process and together we will solve this problem, protect our environment, and keep our neighbors safe.”

“The concerns of residents along the river have been heard and I am pleased we are moving closer to enhancing safety and protecting the environment,” said Rep. Paolillo. “I will continue advocating for this legislation so people no longer fear the risk of injury – or worse – from errant gunfire. I want to thank the elected officials, law enforcement, environmental advocates, residents – and especially Sen. Looney – for getting us this far.”

In addition to wildlife, the proposed refuge area is alongside densely populated neighborhoods with marinas, a boat launch, park and playground. Residents have expressed concern for their safety when hunters have been active.

Last year, DEEP instituted a one year moratorium on hunting in the designated area.