Martin M. Looney

Senate President Pro Tempore

Martin M. Looney

An Advocate for Us

August 12, 2022

Senators Looney And Duff Release Statement Following Detection Of Polio In New York City’s Wastewater

Today, Senate President Martin Looney (D-New Haven) and Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) released the following statement after it was announced that polio has been detected in New York City’s wastewater.

“We are concerned and outraged about the detection of polio in New York City’s wastewater. We strengthened Connecticut’s school vaccine requirements when we saw a surge in measles cases both here and in neighboring states. Now we are seeing the possibility of another resurgence of an eradicated virus because of the actions of a vocal and dangerous minority of anti-vaxxers. Their actions and misinformation are undoing generations of advances in public health. Thankfully, Connecticut is prioritizing the safety of our kids. This year, students will be required to receive vaccinations but we must remain vigilant in protecting everyone’s health and well-being.”