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Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff: Your Voice

November 22, 2016

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Another Corporate HQ Coming to Norwalk

Senator Duff at OMEGA
This week, I was delighted to help cut the ribbon on Omega Engineering's new Norwalk headquarters located at the RiverPark office building on Connecticut Avenue.

The company is bringing 120 jobs to the city and is just the latest corporation to choose Norwalk as its base of operations. Omega had choices as to where it was going to locate--it might have been out of state. When the news came out about Omega moving to Norwalk, there were a lot of folks out there who clapped and who had a big thumbs up, because they knew that this was really important for us.

Good News for Rail Riders

M8 railcarThis week, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board approved an order for at least 60, and up to a total of 94, additional new M8 rail cars that provide train service on Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line. The cars, the first of which are expected to enter service in three years, will allow the railroad to lengthen rush-hour trains, retire its last 36 older M2 cars, increase safety, and have flexibility to increase train service in the years ahead to meet ridership increases. The cars will supplement the 405 M8 cars already in use on the New Haven Line and New Canaan Branch.

The order consists of a base order of 60 cars and an option for an additional 34 cars. The base order is expected to include the retrofit of 10 existing M8 cars into café cars.

Promoting Local History in Our Schools

ATT check ceremony
Thanks to AT&T for agreeing, once again, with my request to fund the Little Red Schoolhouse program at Mill Hill Historic Park in Norwalk.

The program is designed for 3rd-graders to learn about our rich local history. For the third year in a row, every Norwalk public school has participated.

Helping Your Neighbors

Thanksgiving table
Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. You may recall the history of this national holiday began in 1621 when the Plymouth colonists--who were on the brink of starvation and decimated by disease--were befriended by Native Americans who taught them how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish and avoid poisonous plants. After the Pilgrims' first successful harvest, a three-day feast was held between the colonists and the Wampanoag Indians. But it wasn't until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that a national Thanksgiving Day should be held each November.

Food is a central part of Thanksgiving Day, and is a central part of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year's Day. But not everyone can afford to enjoy a meal with friends and family during the holidays, or any day. In Connecticut, it is estimated that about one in eight households--12 percent of our population--are 'food insecure,' meaning they have a reduced quality, variety, or desirability of food in their diet. Children are affected, too.

Please take a moment to think of your neighbors and of those less fortunate than you. You can visit the Person to Person website that is accepting food or cash donations, or is in need of volunteers.


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