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Petition to Senator Leone

Let New Haven’s Tweed Airport Have More Flights

People across the New Haven region are coming together to demand that the Connecticut State Legislature allow New Haven's Tweed Airport to lengthen its runway.  This move would create 7 more flights per day at the airport, giving New Haven nonstop access to destinations like Chicago, D.C., and Florida.  Expanding the runway at New Haven's Tweed Airport would make it cheaper and easier for people in the New Haven area to fly, and would add 300 jobs and $32 million to the region’s economy. Join us in demanding State Senator Carlo Leone - Chair of the Connecticut Legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee - to introduce legislation this January that allows New Haven’s Tweed Airport to expand its runway. *Scroll down for more background information on the issue.* Co-Authors: Anthony Allen Harriet Friedman Sarah Fritchey Andrew Giering Margaret Kellogg Ivan Lima-Bravo Dan McLeggon Lauren Pittman Michael Rady Michelle Lee Rodriguez Ethan Rodriguez-Torrent Thomasive Shaw David Valentino Devon White   Further Background on the Issue: There are only 2 commercial flights that depart from New Haven’s Tweed Airport each day, and both go to Philadelphia. There’s demand for many more flights than this, reaching places like Chicago, D.C., and Florida. Four million travelers live closer to Tweed than any other airport, but have to drive to Hartford, New York, or New Jersey to catch a flight. Expanding Tweed’s runway by 1,000 feet would allow more types of planes to take off from Tweed, and would bring more destinations within our reach. State law needs to be changed to allow Tweed Airport to lengthen its runway. Join us in demanding State Senator Carlo Leone - Chair of the Connecticut Legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee - to introduce legislation this January that allows New Haven’s Tweed Airport to expand its runway. Lengthening Tweed’s runway would be a huge stimulus and job-creator for the city. At its current size, the airport supports 500 jobs and $55 million in the Greater New Haven area. The expansion would likely add another 300 jobs and $32 million to the region’s economy. This is no small change. If New Haven had those millions at the start of this year, the widely-abhorred property tax increase it levied would likely have been lower, and less burdensome for homeowners. Moreover, many of the jobs created by a Tweed runway expansion - plane machinists, pilots, baggage carriers - would be airport jobs, which pay decent, middle-class salaries. New York’s area airports have the highest minimum wage in the country: $19 per hour. The base rate for airport workers in a smaller city, Seatac, Washington, is $15 an hour. The airport expansion would spur growth in other New Haven industries as well, such as healthcare, technology, education, and the arts. A New Haven that’s just 90 minutes from Chicago and D.C., and only a few hours from Orlando, would be able to better compete for top talent and investments. A runway expansion would occur entirely within the airport’s current footprint, so the project would not eliminate any New Haven green space. Of the 100+ environmental groups in Connecticut, not one opposes the proposal. An expanded Tweed would make air travel more accessible to New Haveners who don’t have the money or time to reach faraway airports. Those without the funds to pay for a ride to Bradley or LaGuardia, or who can’t leave work early enough to catch a 7pm flight out of JFK, are often stymied from visiting family, attending a funeral, or competing in a weekend sports event. A local airport - with routes to multiple hubs - would make air travel less expensive and time-consuming for many New Haven area residents. Given the many benefits a more active Tweed would have for New Haven, it makes sense that the plan to lengthen the runway has widespread support. New Haven Mayor Harp, Hamden Mayor Leng, West Haven Mayor Heller, and leaders of 8 other neighboring towns voted for a regional council of governments resolution in support of expanding the Tweed runway. The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce endorsed the plan. Dwight neighborhood Alder Frank Douglass delivered an impassioned plea advocating for the runway expansion earlier this year, and soon afterward a majority of the New Haven Board of Alders voted in favor of a resolution advancing the initiative. Governor-Elect Lamont approves the proposal. And according to New Haven State Representative Roland Lemar, 80 percent of residents within the airport’s vicinity support the expansion of the runway.   Moreover, a quick look at the history of flights at Tweed Airport reveals that we have the capacity to host more flights.  In the mid-90s, before most commercial planes started to require slightly longer runways, New Haven's Tweed Airport served 130,000 passengers annually.  That's over 3 times the number of passengers that currently use the airport. Regardless of the fact that an expanded runway would only be bringing Tweed Airport back to its earlier usage levels, the city has taken steps to ameliorate potential impacts that a runway expansion could have for nearby residents.  As part of “The Good Neighbor Program,” the city is in the process of spending $5 million on installing central air conditioning, heating, and soundproofed doors and windows in over 180 East Shore homes. These upgrades cost $35,000 to $40,000 per house and cut back on noise from incoming and outgoing planes. One East Shore resident was stunned by how silent the upgrades made her home. Kim Makres told Fox 61, "I wasn't able to hear the 6 AM flight, which I usually hear every morning over coffee." Expanding Tweed holds enormous promise for New Haven’s future. A longer runway would mean more flights to places like Chicago, D.C., and Florida, and would bring good-paying jobs to the Elm City. A strong, experienced educator from out-of-state would more likely apply for a teaching position in a city with a reliable airport than one without. Greater access to flights would break down barriers for New Haven public school students to participate in science fairs, athletic tournaments, and Model Congress simulations in cities across the country. Senator Leone: it is time to let New Haven have the 21st-century airport it deserves. Residents support it. Businesses support it. City leaders support it. Now, we ask you to support it. Sign now to demand that State Senator Leone introduce legislation in the State Transportation Committee this January to let Tweed expand its runway.  

New Haveners for More Flights at Tweed
64 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Dannell P. Malloy

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.” 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!

Heather Dierberger
20,771 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Julia Trigila

Are you SAFE in CONNECTICUT spas?

***CONNECTICUT*** THE ONLY STATE THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE HEALTH REGULATIONS IN OUR SPAS. WHY ARE WE THE ONLY ONE? Did you know that when you get your nails, facials, body treatments or waxing done, your technician may have not been professionally trained? Every state in the country is required by their health department to complete so many hours in a professional school and take a health state board exam. NOT CONNECTICUT! Not only is this putting YOU, the consumer at risk, for disease, infection, allergic reactions and more, some of you are paying top dollar for treatments by people who were not educated.  As a professional or business owner in the spa industry we have spent thousands of dollars on training, hundreds of hours of studying to be in a professional environment. It is unfair to allow people to open up a treatment room in their basement and perform skin treatments and eyelash extensions at a lower cost. It is inhibiting our Connecticut schools from reaching potential enrollment as well as preventing spa owners from hiring qualified professionals.  By signing this petition, you are letting Connecticut's Health Department know the severity of health risks in our industry. We need to make them understand ALL of our health is at risk, as a consumer and as a  technician, without health regulations in place. Thank you and we are looking forward to providing everyone with better skin care and spa treatments and for 2019.  Julia Trigila

CT Coalition of Esthetics
806 supporters