Martin M. Looney

Senate President Pro Tempore

Martin M. Looney

An Advocate for Us

July 9, 2019

Looney and Fasano Statements on Tweed Ruling

Today, Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven) and Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statements in response to the ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the case Tweed-New Haven Airport Authority v. Tong.

Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven):
“I am urging Governor Lamont and Attorney General Tong to appeal the ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Tweed New Haven Airport.

“Earlier this year Senator Fasano, Representative Paolillo, and I met with the Governor and his staff on the necessity for a community benefits plan for the neighborhoods around Tweed New Haven Airport if there were to be any expansion in the number of flights. The strong residential neighborhoods around Tweed must be protected from any damaging impact caused by the potential overruling of state law.”

Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven):
“The city of New Haven and Tweed made a promise to the community. They signed off on an agreement that allowed for certain improvements to be made that benefited them. Then, once they got what they wanted, they stabbed the community in the back. They reneged on the very same pledge that they negotiated and approved. How can the community ever trust Tweed and the City of New Haven again?

“While today’s ruling concerns state statute, it does not change the fact that a contract still exists between Tweed, East Haven and New Haven. No federal law can invalidate that contract. I have spoken to the East Haven mayor and it is clear that the contract with Tweed is still enforceable, and therefore restrictions are still in place based on that contract.

“Finally, it remains very concerning that Mayor Harp seems intent on pushing forward with breaking New Haven’s promise to the community, a promise she made as a state senator and a promise she inherited as mayor. She served in the legislature in a high power leadership position at the time the Tweed deal was negotiated and approved. For her to breach the deal she approved as a lawmaker is another blow to public trust. I fear New Haven and Tweed’s decision to go this route has severely damaged their ability to work with the community in all future endeavors.”