Month: April 2022

NEW EMISSIONS STANDARDS FOR MEDIUM AND HEAVY-DUTY VEHICLES

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont is applauding the Connecticut House of Representatives for giving final approval to legislation (Senate Bill 4) that includes his proposal to adopt California’s emissions standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles, which will contribute to improved air quality and health outcomes for Connecticut residents.

Several of Connecticut’s neighboring states have already adopted similar emissions standards, including Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey. These standards will ensure that manufacturers are producing cleaner vehicles and offering them for sale in Connecticut, giving prospective consumers more options while reducing a major source of in-state air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

The legislation also makes various statutory changes under the Connecticut Clean Air Act, and establishes several new programs and initiatives concerning electric vehicle use and improving air quality by reducing transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.

“The choice is clear, adopting the California framework and the other great initiatives in this bill will be another important step toward cleaner air and better health outcomes for all residents, particularly those who live in our cities and along our transportation corridors, and also gets us headed back in the right direction on our greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals,” Governor Lamont said. “I commend the Senate chairs of the Environment Committee and Transportation Committee, Senator Cohen and Senator Haskell, respectively, for their efforts shepherding this bill, as well as their counterparts in the House, Representative Gresko and Representative Lemar. I look forward to signing this important bill.”

“Today’s vote was a win for the residents of Connecticut – all of us,” Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Katie Dykes said. “This legislation will mean cleaner air, better health outcomes, and reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions; providing residents and businesses with more clean options for vehicles; making it easier for residents to purchase and charge an electric vehicle, particularly those in environmental justice communities who bear the worst air pollution burdens; and so much more. This has been one of the most important legislative sessions for clean air and climate action in Connecticut history – Senate Bill 4 will ensure Connecticut residents and businesses can access clean, affordable electric bikes, passenger vehicles, trucks, school buses, and transit buses, and the passage of Senate Bill 10 and Senate Bill 176 ensures those vehicles will be powered by clean and reliable electricity. I applaud all of our legislative partners and advocates for their efforts to champion this impactful legislation.”

The transportation sector is responsible for 67% of the emissions of nitrogen oxides, a key component of smog. Medium and heavy-duty vehicles – which include trucks, buses, and smaller delivery vehicles – account for as much as 53% of nitrogen oxide emissions, despite being only 6% of the on-road vehicle fleet. The transportation sector is also the largest source of statewide greenhouse gas emissions at 37%, and as the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s most recent Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory found, emissions from that sector are increasing, when they must decline by roughly one-third in this decade if the state is to meet its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for 2030. Medium and heavy-duty vehicles are responsible for 25% of the greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.

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Bridgeport Police Retirements

Congratulations to Officer Heriberto Rodriguez and Sergeant Gilbert Valentin on your retirement from the Bridgeport Police. Thank you for your service.


This brings the police force down to 309 active out of a force of 425 officers. There are only 12 expected from the academy with no other replacements.

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HEATING AND WATER ASSISTANCE, DEADLINE EXTENDED

Connecticut Residents Encouraged to Apply for Assistance Before June 30, 2022

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced the launch of a new online application for heating and water assistance programs that help income-eligible families from Connecticut pay their utility bills. Eligible residents can now apply for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) through a joint online application that is available at ct.gov/heatinghelp/apply.

The online application is part of the Lamont administration’s ongoing efforts to make more state government services available to be conducted over the internet to ensure that outdated bureaucratic processes are not a hindrance to accessing critical goods and services in times of need.

Governor Lamont also announced that the state has extended by one month the deadline by which households can apply for benefits for the 2021-2022 season from the original deadline of May 31, 2022, to the new deadline of June 30, 2022. Additionally, for qualifying households that use oil or propane, the state will pay for fuel deliveries through May 31, 2022.

“For years, we have offered assistance for these programs through only paper-based and in-person applications. Today marks a major step towards making it simpler and easier for residents to apply for heating and water assistance,” Governor Lamont said. “I know that rising energy prices are hitting low-income families especially hard. This program is designed to provide relief.”

“At the Connecticut Department of Social Services, we are on a journey to make it as simple and easy as possible for residents to apply for and renew their benefits,” Department of Social Services Commissioner Deidre Gifford said. “We are proud to launch this online application. I want to thank our teams within the Department of Social Services, the Department of Administrative Services, and our partners, the Community Action Agencies, for all their work in launching this online application.”

“For almost 60 years, Community Action Agencies have been on the forefront of ensuring that Connecticut’s residents can access the programs they need to improve their lives, like childcare, home heating help, and job training,” Deb Polun, executive director of the Connecticut Association for Community Action, said. “We are excited that this online application will provide yet another way for residents across Connecticut to receive assistance with paying their bills.”

CEAP is a federally funded program that provides winter heating assistance to more than 75,000 income-eligible households every year. Eligible families can receive between $410 to $1,015 in basic benefits alone. Families may also be eligible for matching payment plans, protection from shutoffs, and replacement or repairs for heating equipment and water heaters. Both homeowners and renters are eligible, and assistance is available for natural gas and electric heat, as well as deliverable fuels like oil and propane.

LIHWAP provides water assistance to the same families who are eligible for CEAP, and eligible families can receive up to $1,000 in household water and wastewater benefits.

The programs are administered through local Community Action Agencies (CAAs) across the state. In addition to applying online at ct.gov/heatinghelp/apply, residents can also contact their local CAA with additional questions or to apply for assistance in-person or over the phone. (Click here to find CAA contact information.)

To apply online for CEAP or LIHWAP, visit ct.gov/heatinghelp/apply.

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Fairfield News: Shoplifters Cause Crash UPDATE

2022-04-20@5:23pm–Fairfield CT– #Fairfield CT– A white female shoplifter took beer and fled in a Hyundai Sonata from Villa Avenue Stop and Shop. A female entered the passenger seat of a vehicle which fled the parking lot at a high rate of speed and subsequently crashed into a vehicle fleeing the lot. The male operator and female passenger fled the vehicle on foot and was subsequently apprehended by police a short distance away.


The driver and passenger were transported to the hospital for minor injuries sustained following a motor vehicle accident. The fleeing vehicle was bearing a misused plate and its vehicle identification showed that it was a Stolen Vehicle out of Bridgeport.


Arrested- Joshua Paul Johnson of New Haven. Charges:Larceny in the 3rd Degree 53a-124 (File 1)
Conspiracy/Larceny in the 6th Degree 53a-48/53a-125b (45)
Interfering 53a-167a (running)
Motor Vehicle Charges:
Evading Responsibility 14-224b
Suspended License 14-215
Stop Sign 14-301
Misuse of Plates 14-147c
PRAWNs:
Norwalk – FTA 2nd $500 Bond
Berlin – FTA 1st $100,000 Bond


Also, Elizabeth Tew of Stratford-
Larceny in the 6th Degree 53a-125b
Conspiracy/Larceny in the 6th Degree 53a-48/53a-125b
Interfering 53a-167a – Bond $500
PRAWN: Stratford – VOP Bond $10,000

Westport News: Assault

#Westport CT–On April 23, 2022, Westport Police officers responded to a construction site on Saugatuck Avenue on a report that a male had fallen from a roof. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim had not fallen, and that the injury was the result of an assault committed by a coworker. The coworker, identified as Michael Gomes-Liandro, allegedly struck the victim in the arm with a metal pipe. Mr. Gomes-Liandro left the scene prior to the officers’ arrival. He was quickly located at the Saugatuck Train Station and was reportedly positively identified as the person who committed the assault.

Mr. Gomes-Liandro was arrested and charged with Assault in the Second Degree. He wasreleased after posting a $75,000.00 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned at Stamford Superior Court on May 2, 2022.

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Risk of Injury to a Child

#Westport CT— On January 27, 2022, the Westport Police Department’s Detective Bureau received areport that a Bedford Middle School teacher possibly touched a student inappropriately. The teacher was identified as Arthur Ellis. The complainant stated that she had Mr. Ellis for a class, and it was alleged that the inappropriate touching occurred this past December during class time.


The detective assigned to this case conducted an extensive investigation and based on the results a warrant for Mr. Ellis’s arrest was completed and signed by a Superior Court Judge.


On the afternoon of April 27, 2022, Mr. Ellis turned himself in at the Westport PoliceDepartment. Per the warrant, he was charged with Sexual Assault in the Fourth Degree and Risk of Injury to a Child. Mr. Ellis was released after posting a $100,000.00 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned at Stamford Superior Court on May 6, 2022.