Month: June 2022

Bridgeport News: Man Shot

2022-06-08@10:49pm–#Bridgeport CT– A man was shot in the mouth with an exit wound to the neck and he was walking and talking to police at Jane and Park Street. There is a second crime scene at Hallet and Jane Street. Police were seen looking for shell casings. It is not know if the two scenes are connected at this time.

Park Avenue Rollover

2022-06-08@1:33pm–#Bridgeport CT– #Fairfield CT– A person on Park Avenue was attempting to turn left when witnesses told me she was struck from behind by a landscaping truck causing the vehicle to rollover. Police said the injuries were not serious. The crash was on the Fairfield side of Park Avenue but the car landed in Bridgeport.

GOVERNOR LAMONT ANNOUNCES OFFICE OF HEALTH STRATEGY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR VICTORIA VELTRI TO LEAVE STATE SERVICE

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that Connecticut Office of Health Strategy Executive Director Victoria Veltri will be stepping down from her role in state government at the end of this month to pursue a new professional opportunity. Veltri has accepted a position as executive director of the Malta House of Care, a private, nonprofit medical clinic that provides high-quality, free primary healthcare to uninsured adults in Greater Hartford.

Veltri has served as the head of the Office of Health Strategy since its creation in February 2018 and was reappointed to the role in January 2019 when Governor Lamont took office. The Office of Health Strategy is responsible for implementing data-driven strategies that promote equal access to healthcare, improve the value of healthcare, contain costs, and ensure better healthcare systems for Connecticut residents. It was established as part of a consolidation effort to bring several existing resources from various state agencies into one centralized location so that these efforts could function more cohesively and efficiently.

Under her leadership, the office:

  • Launched the first successful statewide health information exchange;
  • Modified the certificate of need process with a focus on equity, access, affordability, and community benefits;
  • Launched a community health worker advisory board;
  • Drove investments into community-led prevention activities;
  • Ensured more comprehensive community benefits reporting and actions;
  • Partnered with the Office of the State Comptroller and others to launch the Connecticut Healthcare Affordability Index;
  • Developed the bipartisan Covered Connecticut program; and
  • Recently became the first state in the country to codify a bipartisan executive order establishing Connecticut’s first cost growth benchmarks, primary care targets, and quality benchmarks.

“Vicki is one of the most passionate and most energetic people I have had the pleasure of working with during my tenure as governor, and each time we speak I am always taken by her enthusiasm for her work and her deep commitment to addressing the healthcare needs of Connecticut’s residents, especially when it comes to issues such as cost equity, access, affordability, and closing race and gender gaps in care,” Governor Lamont said. “I am very sad to see her go, but I wish her well in her new opportunities. I am thankful for the work and expertise that she has provided to our state for these many years.”

Prior to her current role, Veltri served as chief health policy advisor for former Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman. She also served as Connecticut’s healthcare advocate in the Office of the Healthcare Advocate.

“I am very grateful to Governor Lamont for the opportunity to have served in his administration,” Veltri said. “I am proud of the outstanding team at the Office of Health Strategy and its daily dedicated work across the entire healthcare industry. Working for the state has been an extraordinary privilege. During my sixteen years in state government, I have had the great fortune to serve in several leadership roles, including as the chief health policy advisor under former Lt. Governor Wyman and as the state healthcare advocate, appointed by former Governor Malloy. I have many friends in the executive branch and the legislative branch, including leaders of other state agencies with whom I will miss working with regularly and with whom I have always worked in partnership. No agency functions without the deep dedication of our employees, and I will miss them most of all. Our work has always been focused on the people of Connecticut, and I will take that commitment with me.”

Veltri’s final day with the state will be on July 1, 2022. Governor Lamont is launching a search for a successor to fill the position.

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CTDOT Announces First Universal EV Fast Chargers in CT Service Plazas Now Available

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced that level three electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers are now available at the Interstate 95 Southbound service plaza in Madison. This is the first set of universal access fast chargers at a Connecticut service plaza and can fully charge a vehicle in less than 30 minutes. Additional publicly available fast chargers at service plazas in New Canaan, Greenwich, and Fairfield will be online over the next several weeks, with more to come. CTDOT made the announcement at a special event earlier today with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), elected officials and various stakeholders.
“These universal fast chargers make it easier for people to travel to and through Connecticut. With convenient access to Interstates 95 and 395, families and travelers can grab a coffee or snack, charge up, and get back on the road more quickly and enjoy their summer plans,” Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe Giulietti said. “Governor Lamont challenged us to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector and we are doing just that. The future of transportation is green transportation, and by providing these chargers at our clean and convenient service plazas, we are making sure Connecticut is EV ready.”
“Scaling up EV deployment across our state is a major component of our strategy to achieve our Greenhouse Gas Emissions goals and mitigate the climate crisis before it’s too late,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said. “The transportation sector is responsible for the majority of our greenhouse gas emissions—38%–and 66% of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, a significant contributor to harmful air pollution in our state. A key aspect of consumer adoption of EVs will be ease of use, ability to access charging infrastructure conveniently, and ability to charge quickly. Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, historic levels of funding are coming to Connecticut to scale up EV deployment on our highways, but we also need private partners to get where we need to go. I applaud Applegreen for installing this charging infrastructure, and just in time for Memorial Day Weekend! Charge up your vehicle and head over to one of our beautiful shoreline parks!”
Tesla-specific chargers have already been installed at many Connecticut service plazas, which are operated by Project Service LLC, but these new conveniently located level three fast chargers are universal, meaning any electric vehicle can plug in and charge up. The level three fast chargers were privately funded by Applegreen Electric, an organization with over 500 fast EV charging bays across the globe.
“Applegreen Electric looks forward to partnering with the State of Connecticut as they expand EV charging access across the state,” Eugene Moore, CEO of Applegreen Electric said. “We are excited to be working closely with Project Service, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and local utilities to bring the best EV driver charging experience across the full plaza system.”
“Through our partnership with CTDOT, Applegreen Electric and all our stakeholders, we are excited to kick off the summer travel season with the launch of these new DC fast chargers that will provide connectivity and comfort to the travel experience of electric vehicle owners,” Michael Jones, CEO of Project Service said. “The team at Project Service has been committed to the idea of delivering an EV roadmap for Connecticut by providing a convenient, reliable and high-quality experience for electric vehicle drivers at the service plazas across the state.”
The charging stations are first come, first serve, and require a credit card for payment. Additional locations along the I-95 and I-395 corridors will become available throughout the summer months.
The State has been working to scale up EV deployment in a number of ways. The Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR) program offers incentives of up to $9,500 for Connecticut residents who purchase or lease an eligible battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric or fuel cell EVs. The CHEAPR program was updated in 2021 to include rebates for income-qualifying individuals for both new and used EVs. CHEAPR has grown since it began as a pilot back in the spring 2015; as of last month, CHEAPR had provided over $13.5 M dollars to Connecticut drivers and helped fund the purchase of over 8,000 EVs. There are currently 28 EV models eligible for funding covering all drivers’ needs, including sedans, SUVs and even a minivan. Go here to learn more: CHEAPR – Home (ct.gov)
Additionally, The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) opened up a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) docket last year, which includes, where appropriate, the implementation of DEEP EV Roadmap-recommended policies, programs, and strategies to optimize the deployment of ZEVs and the associated distribution system infrastructure. Among these is the EV Charging Program, which provides significant incentives for residential and public Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) and includes incentive adders for EVSE located in Connecticut’s underserved communities.
Through the Federal Infrastructure Law, also referred to as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, funding is being provided to states around the country to strategically deploy EV charging infrastructure. Connecticut’s share of funds from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program is being managed by Connecticut Department of Transportation. CTDOT is working closely with different state agencies and stakeholders to develop a plan on how to build out the state’s fast charging network.
To learn more about Connecticut’s NEVI plan, visit bit.ly/ctdotnevi.

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Fairfield News: Car Crashes At Gas Station

2022-06-08@12:21am–#Fairfield CT– State police said on the radio they were allegedly attempting to pull over a BMW but that the car did not stop and they did not pursue it. The car apparently got off exit 24 and continued off the ramp and crashed between two gas pumps at the Cumberland Farms on Kings Highway East.. The car hit the cement semi-circle that appeared to have guided the car between the pumps. The driver was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.