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News from State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr.

February 19, 2016

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Branford Launches Essay Contest to Rename Local Landmark

BuoyBranford high school students will soon be given the opportunity to rename a buoy and rocks located off the coast of Branford. Students will be asked to produce an original essay. In their essays, students will suggest a new name for the buoy and rocks, currently named "Negro Heads," and argue why their name should be adopted. Suggested names could recognize individuals or items of historical importance, or even something more modern. However, the rock cannot be named after living individuals or someone who has passed away in the last five years.

The winning essay will be chosen by a team of Branford residents. The committee is in the process of being formed, but will include Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez, Branford Town Historian Jane Bouley, and Branford Community Foundation President Stephanie Farber. The winner will be announced by the end of the academic year. In addition, the winner will receive a $500 scholarship from the Branford Community Foundation and have their essay printed in the New Haven Register. Runners-up will have their essays printed in the paper as well. The essay committee and Branford Public Schools plan to announce contest details, including how students can submit their essay, in the coming weeks.

Supporting Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

VIDEO: Senate Bill 2
I want to give you an update on legislation I am working on to help veterans start businesses and grow jobs in Connecticut.

Visit the link below to add your name to our list of supporters and to receive updates on this important legislation. www.senatedems.ct.gov/VetsSmallBiz

Protecting Animals and Other Environmental Priorities

This week, the Environment Committee held its first public hearing of the 2016 legislative session. We heard testimony for and against 14 different pieces of legislation. These proposals included a bill I worked on last year, which will strengthen the penalties against people who abuse animals, as well as a new bill which aims to address concerns about the environmental impact of the proposed dredging of Long Island Sound. We also discussed the need for an amendment to the Connecticut State Constitution guaranteeing every citizen of our state the right to clean air, pure water, freedom from excessive and unnecessary noise, and the right to the enjoyment and preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic qualities of the environment.

Public hearings, like every other part of the legislative process, are open to the public. If you are interested in testifying on any bills being discussed by the Environment Committee, feel free to attend one of our hearings, or contact my office.


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