Norm Needleman


Norm Needleman



November 8, 2019

Senator Needleman Attends Annual CBIA Meeting and Reception With Fellow Democratic Senators to Discuss Improving Business Climate Statewide

State Senator Norm Needleman (D-Essex) joined several of his fellow Democratic State Senators at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association Annual Meeting Thursday evening in Hartford to meet with and talk to CBIA leaders and business leaders about moving Connecticut’s economy forward and how legislators can assist the business climate throughout the state. In addition to attending as a state legislator, Sen. Needleman also attended as a sponsor through his status as owner and CEO of Centerbrook-based Tower Laboratories.

“It is vitally important for the strength and well-being of Connecticut’s business community that legislators are willing and ready to hear their concerns and listen to their stories, and that’s exactly why I was pleased to attend this CBIA event,” said Sen. Needleman. “In addition to my work in the legislature, I own and operate Tower Laboratories, which employs hundreds of people in the state. That positions me as someone with a vested interest in bolstering our state economic climate, and I wanted to be available to discuss issues and determine where business and legislators can come together on important issues. I would also like to thank my fellow Senators for attending with me – we are open and willing to listen to any concerns from business professionals.”

“There are so many good things happening in Conecticut,” said CBIA President and CEO Joe Brennan in a statement Thursday. “We need to seize those opportunities and address our challenges in a bipartisan way – that’s how you find the best solutions.”

State Senators Mary Daugherty Abrams (D-Meriden, Middlefield, Rockfall, Middletown, Cheshire), Christine Cohen (D-Guilford), John Fonfara (D-Hartford), Joan Hartley (D-Waterbury) and Matt Lesser (D-Middletown) joined Sen. Needleman Thursday night, ensuring Democratic State Senators were represented and available to speak with business and industry leaders. With the importance of state business climate on their minds, the legislators were ready to discuss how to best move the state forward.

Thursday’s Annual Meeting featured special guests A.B. Stoddard, associate editor and columnist at RealClearPolitics, and David Wasserman, U.S. House Editor and Senior Election Analyst for The Cook Political Report, in a discussion regarding the state of the political world.