Dannell P. Malloy
- Governor of Connecticut
Dannell P. Malloy
- Governor of Connecticut
Keep Camp Harkness Alive
In the State of Connecticut, a grievous fault has occurred. Governor Dannel Malloy has been making extreme budget cuts in all of the wrong places and our special needs community is feeling the brunt. It has been brought to my attention that my son's Birth to Three agency is being forced to close its doors due to funding not being provided by our crumbling state. Birth to Three’s mission is to “strengthen the capacity of families to meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers who have delays or disabilities.” Some of the remaining agencies will be merging together, leaving fewer resources to appropriately serve the population. My son has received therapy services from this same agency since he was six months old due to torticollis and his premature size. Thanks to his amazing therapists, they have helped him crawl, walk, make leaps and bounds with his speech and provided us with additional supports that we will forever be grateful for. It is mind boggling to think that not only will his therapists be out of their jobs, but what the future holds for so many families who rely heavily on these services. How could the state of Connecticut possibly cut services to babies with developmental delays and disabilities when early intervention is so crucial? There is more devastating news and this affects not just infants, but ALL people living with disabilities. Governor Dannel Malloy has a “proposed” bill to shut down Camp Harkness, our state park serving people with disabilities. Camp Harkness is unique among all state parks, bequeathed to our state veterans and children and adults of all ages living with disabilities. This special state park offers access and opportunities not available in other state parks and is the only beachfront camp in the entire country for people with disabilities. Through the vast use of cabins, cottages, participants of special events, tent campers, and day visitors numbering in excess of over 35,000 per year, as well as usage by 106 other groups and agencies, it is evident Camp Harkness is a “jewel” like our governor went on record to say. Governor Dannel Malloy visited Camp Harkness in the summer of 2013 to give praise to the camp and the services that they provide. He visited due to the restorations that occurred after Hurricane Sandy devastated the grounds in the fall of 2012. “Camp Harkness is a jewel of Connecticut,” said Governor Malloy. “This is the only beachfront camp for individuals with disabilities in the country and with FEMA’s help like so many other communities in Connecticut, it has been restored to its original beauty.” http://www.ct.gov/dds/cwp/view.asp?Q=527392 Our state has invested significantly over the past number of years to improve the facilities and the user experience. The federal government allocated FEMA funds as well as to preserve this jewel of Connecticut. They too saw the importance and significance of Camp Harkness to those who need it. How can Governor Malloy so easily negate the needs of his citizens and the feelings of the federal government? So much has been invested in Camp Harkness and Malloy seeks to undo it with one swift swipe of his pen. I strongly urge you to please sign this petition and stand behind the 35,000 families of the special needs community who benefit so greatly from this state facility and keep this one of a kind state park open to the people who deserve this wonderful park the most. Be the voice of this community that doesn’t have the reach to share their feelings and experiences directly with those who have the power to decide the future of such a beautiful and meaningful place!
Tell blue states to form an interstate single-payer healthcare system for their residents
We call on Governors Jerry Brown of California, Andrew Cuomo of New York, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Dannel Malloy of Connecticut, and governors of other Democratic states to explore the possibility of forming an interstate, single-payer healthcare system for their residents. Ideally, this system would provide ALL residents of these states equal, quality health coverage which would be accepted in any of these states. It would be funded by the collective healthcare budgets of these states, as well as reallocated federal funding for programs such as Medicaid. According to a Gallup poll published on May 16, 2016, 58% of Americans say that they would prefer to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a federally funded healthcare system that provides insurance for all Americans. However, Congress has been in a deadlock on this issue for decades. Switching from the current system -- a hodgepodge of employer-based and subsidized care for the most needy -- to single-payer has for many seemed too drastic a change for Congress to successfully implement nationally. A few states, including CA, MA, VT, and CO have discussed or tried to establish single-payer systems confined to their own states. But such systems have been bombarded with budget concerns and do not create a clear path to single-payer on the national level. In light of this, we propose that by first forming an interstate single-payer system among a few powerful blue states, the country can gradually and steadily replace the current system with an efficient, potentially national, single-payer system as more and more states, including red states, will want to join in years to come if they see it is working well. Call it AmeriCare? Furthermore, we believe it would be in the interest of our states to be part of initiating this project. If acted upon, it would uniquely provide all the benefits of single-payer to residents and businesses, and show that our states are leading the way in reform on this important issue. FAQ: Why CA, NY, MA, and CT? I want my state in too. The author of this petition has lived in the four states mentioned, hence why they were selected, but governors of other states are on this petition's list of recipients. And residents of all states are welcome to sign and encourage their states to join too! Is this constitutional? It appears so. This would likely be an interstate compact, which Congress has the power to allow. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_compact
Save Our Trains...Save Our Town...New Canaan, CT!
“Rail fare increases of 21 percent over three years, starting with 10 percent in July and another 10 percent hike next year, cuts in train service on weekends and off peak times on the New Canaan branch, and bus fare increases are coming unless the state finds some funding alternatives.” James Redeker, CT Transportation Commissioner NewCanaanite.com, January 25, 2018 Governor Dannel Malloy and DOT Commissioner James Redeke recently announced that they are looking to significant service cuts and rate hikes on the Metro North branch lines, including New Canaan, as a means to deal with serious budget issues resulting from the depleted state transportation fund. Business owners, political and non-profit leaders and citizens alike agree that these actions would be devastating for our town. There are alternative funding sources for the DOT fund – higher gas taxes and/or reinstituted highway tolls. Many argue that there are ways to increase ridership, and thereby revenues, on the New Canaan line– earlier inbound service and higher train speeds for improved commutes. Please join us in communicating with our elected and appointed officials in Hartford. To CT Governor Dannel Malloy and DOT Commissioner James Redeker: We, the undersigned, strongly oppose the proposed 1) elimination of weekend train service, 2) cuts in off-peak service during the week and 3) substantial hikes in commuter fares on Metro North’s New Canaan spur line. We believe that such service cutbacks and fare increases will severely impact the strength of our local economy. Significantly fewer off-peak trains and overall higher prices will 1) diminish the value of local real estate by making New Canaan less attractive for new homeowners/commuters and their families, 2) damage restaurants and retail establishments by hampering essential transportation for their employees and customers and 3) penalize local non-profit sites through lower visitation. In fact, as CT residents we look for improvements in the service to and from New Canaan - specifically for more timely service and an increased number of morning and evening trains for those commuting on our line. Sign this petition now! Share this petition with friends and associates! Attend the CT DOT Public Hearing at the UConn-Stamford on Tuesday, February 27 from 5-8 pm to make your voice heard. Transportation by bus available from the New Canaan train station at 4:15 pm. RSVP to Tucker Murphy at the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce - https://newcanaanchamber.com
Stopping Roadkill Once and For All
Connecticut experiences around 1,000 crashes involving vehicle and wildlife collisions each year, costing more than 1 billion dollars nationwide. The state witnesses around 1 crash every 7 hours, injuring around 100 drivers every year. With Connecticut's iconic wildlife including Coyotes, Moose, Bobcats, Black Bears, and White Tailed Deer, preserving them should be our utmost priorities. By putting into place preventative methods such as; Deer Whistles, Roadside Reflective Mirrors, Solar Powered Alert Panels and Wildlife Tunnels, we can help to keep our environment and citizens safe.
Make our Country Safe Again- Ban Assault Weapons
I am writing as an enraged mother, teacher and American citizen. I implore our decision makers of our country to make a change in light of the mass murders made possible by the legal purchase of semi automatic weapons. I am sick at the thought that I cannot send my children to without a fear that they may be sprayed with the rapid fire of bullets from a military grade weapon. Churches, schools, concert venues and airports are not longer safe. Too many parents in our country will never again hear the laughter of their child, see the smile on their face, watch them play sports, graduate from college, fall in love or have children of their own. Similarly children are now faced to grow up without parents and daughters and sons are robbed of the sacred relationship between parent and child due to lives lost in the most violent and heinous way. This should not be the case in the most advance, progressive country in the world. Schools should be a safe place for learning and instruction. Instead far too often children and adults are faced to run or take cover for their life while the relentless furry of a semi automatic rips through their their hallways and classroom. No more bloodshed! Our children deserve better than walking over dead bodies and blood soaked floors to escape the terror caused by legally purchased semi-automatic assault rifles. We can do better and we MUST ACT NOW! This is not a matter of political party affiliation. This is a matter of humanity and are children are counting on the government to protect them. Please do not let us down!! "In July 2012, a gunman walked into a darkened theater in Aurora and shot 12 people to death, injuring 70 more. One of his weapons was an assault rifle. The sudden and utterly random violence was a terrifying sign of what was to come. In December 2012, a young man entered an elementary school in Newtown and murdered six educators and 20 young children. One of his weapons was an assault rifle. Watching the aftermath of these young babies being gunned down was heartrending. In June 2016, a gunman entered a nightclub in Orlando and sprayed revelers with gunfire. The shooter fired hundreds of rounds, many in close proximity, and killed 49. Many of the victims were shot in the head at close range. One of his weapons was an assault rifle. In October 2017, a gunman opened fire on concertgoers in Las Vegas, turning an evening of music into a killing field. All told, the shooter used multiple assault rifles fitted with bump-fire stocks to kill 58 people. The concert venue looked like a warzone. In November 2017 in Sutherland Springs, 26 were killed by a gunman with an assault rifle. The dead ranged from 17 months old to 77 years. No one is spared with these weapons of war. When so many rounds are fired so quickly, no one is spared. Another community devastated and dozens of families left to pick up the pieces." Last Wednesday on Valentine's day, February 14, 2018 instead of heading home after a day of learning and instruction, 17 children and staff were murdered in the affluent suburb of Parkland Florida Source: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2017/11/senators-introduce-assault-weapons-ban
My Grandchild Doesn't Know Me...A serious EPIDEMIC
My Grandchild Doesn't Know Me.. A serious Epidemic Take a moment and think... you have this beautiful gift of a Grandchild but your own child divorces, has a break-up or God forbid passes away and their spouse or significant other decides they no longer like you and just like that you no longer have a relationship with your Grandchild. You may think NOT my child. There is a silent very serious epidemic in our country and across the world, it's called Grandparent Alienation. This is when a grandparent is deleted from the life of their Grandchild for no reason. The Grandparents Advocate of America organization is breaking this silence here in Connecticut and ALL our chapters throughout the country.We proposed a bill in the 2017 session HB7244, this bill is modeled by the 2014 passing of the South Carolina Grandparents Rights Law H4348. Their law is working well and has not been challenged by any court. Our Bill will allow grandparents to petition for visitation and after going through a court mediation process. It will again be presented by Senators Doyle and Kelly and brought to the 2018 session in February, It will be the same as HB7244 just under a different number. I only dream of taking my grandkids on outings as my Nana took me. HB7244 passed the House 143-4 and the CT judicial Committee unanimously last session but was not voted on in the senate. One could ask how does this happen? This serious epidemic needs to be brought front and center and laws need to change for the countless children who are growing up denied of family. Please help us let our Connecticut Government know that the Complete Family comes first. This petition will also be used to help our chapters in other states, Sign the petition and break the silence Thank you Emidio C. Cerasale director Grandparents Advocate of America Find us on Facebook or call 203 217-5133
Restore funding for CT Parent Trust Fund
The Parent Trust Fund in CT, which funds the PLTI and PEP programs in Stamford are to be eliminated by Governor Malloy's and the House Republican's latest budget proposals. PLTI in Stamford is supposed to be celebrating its 20th year in Stamford, but with this cut, we will be unable to hold the program in 2017-2018. We have graduated 497 parent leaders through our PLTI, PEP and Parents SEE programs in Stamford and we want future leaders to have to same opportunity. Our graduates have successfully run for Board of Education and Board of Representatives seats, as well as served on various organizations and civic initiatives ranging from the Stamford Public Education Foundation, the United Way, Reinventing Stamford, Person-to-Person, the Hispanic Advisory Council, the School Readiness Council, the Stamford Junior Women's Club, the Haitian Community Center, the Jewish Historical Society, the Stamford Youth Foundation, Stamford Hospital Task Forces, Stamford Achieves, the NAACP, the Parent Teacher Council, the Housing Commission and more. The PLTI Alumni Association has coordinated several events such as Stone Soup and Community Conversations. The purpose of PLTI is to improve the lifelong health, safety and learning of children by helping parents and others who care about children develop the leadership skills to make real change – in schools, communities and state and local government. PLTI participants become advocates for children through a community-building retreat; a 9 week instructional course on community, personal development, and parent leadership; and a 9 week civics course. Participants practice communication, public speaking, and media advocacy skills; understand budgets, policy, and laws that effect children; learn how to work in political systems; and complete a culminating community project. We help parents who care become parents who lead. Won't you help us by signing this petition?
Increase pet safety in moving vehicles
We are trying to create a new section under the animal cruelty law that will force owners to strap up their animal in movie vehicles. This can impact people and the community by keeping your animals safe in a car accident. We have so many laws enforcing the safety of children in motor vehicles, i.e, car seats and seatbelts. However, the safety of your fur baby is not thought about. This is why we need to enforce this rule.
Change Proposed Amtrak High Speed Line To Avoid Coastal CT Attractions
The proposed new High-Speed Amtrak line wants to take travelers from Washington D.C. to New York City to Boston along the I-95 Corridor as an alternative to the Northeast Corridor rail system, which the Acela Express (155 m.p.h) currently travels on. The proposed line shows new high-speed lines being built in many areas throughout coastal Connecticut that would impede and destroy many beloved locations along the Connecticut shoreline. Such regions include Old Lyme Town Center and, most notably, Mystic's attractions such as Olde Mystick Village and the Mystic Aquarium. The changes were met with outcry from local residents, as it would create long-term and undesirable effects, such as a decrease in property value, or the loss of local attractions. In Old Lyme's instance, the town center would be completely changed to accommodate the new high speed lines. In Mystic's case, the high speed lines would result in the loss and destruction of many beloved tourist attractions, which the town of Mystic relies heavily on for income, and provides enjoyable attractions for residents and visitors alike. Without the construction of high-speed lines, which would only increase the top traveling speed by approximately 20-30 m.p.h, the areas effected by proposed Amtrak line would not have to worry about the negative effects of high speed lines. Without new rail lines, town would not need to worry about lost revenue or the loss of businesses and facilities to accommodate the rail extension. Lastly, the rail line would accommodate passengers which would not have interest in destinations such as Mystic or Old Lyme, making an alternative and more direct route preferable to travelers and local residents alike. The included photo shows the current proposed high speed line released by Amtrak Photo From theday.com
Urge Gov. Malloy to Immediately Demand the Resignation of UCONN President Susan Herbst
UCONN President Susan Herbst just gave substantial raises to 3 top officials. The UCONN General Counsel will go from $220,000 to $275,000 over the next 13 months, plus a bonus of $25,000, for a total increase of $80,000!!! The Chief Architect will go from $225,000 to $283,000, an increase of $58,000!!! Herbst's Deputy Chief of Staff will also receive a substantial increase. Herbst herself received a $29,500 raise in January, a $125,000 bonus!!! in May and is scheduled to receive another $40,000 bonus this summer!!! This comes at a time that Governor Malloy has laid off more than 900 state employees and frozen the salaries of almost all non-union managers. Governor Malloy, you said the lay-offs of more than 900 employees were necessary because of a "new economic reality". It is unconscionable that UCONN President Herbst gave these top officials exorbitant raises when the very livelihood of nearly 1,000 human beings was stripped away. Where is the shared sacrifice? Where is the fundamental fairness? Where is the sense of decency? The judgment of UCONN President Herbst is so egregious and callous that Governor Malloy should demand her resignation, or, at a minimum, demand that she return the $154,500 she received and forfeit the scheduled $40,000 bonus. Governor Malloy, it is within your power to right the wrong committed by President Herbst. If the "new economic reality" is, in fact, real, you should do nothing less.