State Rep. Melissa Ziobron looks back on her first year in office

By State Rep. Melissa Ziobron - 34th District
Colchester, East Haddam, East Hampton - posted Mon., Jan. 13, 2014
State Rep. Melissa Ziobron (R) represents the 34th District, which includes Colchester, East Haddam and East Hampton. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

It is hard to believe I have officially been your state representative for almost 365 days. I am proud of many things that I have done and the promises kept since running for office in 2012.

One of the first things I promised to focus on was Sunrise State Park. While there is still work to be done, it is now a safe place for our residents to visit. Thank you to those 100 citizens who volunteered for the cleanup day and wrote letters of support for the public hearing. We made a difference!

Another promise I made was to communicate without spending tax dollars on legislative mailings. Instead, I have focused heavily on email, letters to the editor, social media, in-district meetings, coffee chats and even an open house at the State Capitol. My efforts have been well received and I am proud of the thousands of dollars I have saved my constituents.

I vowed to support measures that reduce wasteful spending and support small businesses. I spent time volunteering to serve on the MORE Commission, specifically in mandate relief. We studied issues like relaxing the prevailing wage threshold. I  proposed legislation that would require 2/3 vote to enact new municipal unfunded mandates, permit towns to post legal notices on line and reduce the amount of taxpayer money used on public funded campaigns.

I also made a lot of tough decisions of an historic nature for this General Assembly. Before making any decisions on which way to vote on a specific matter, I made sure to touch base with our community and to listen to the people that I was elected to represent – you. I take my job as your representative very seriously, and I will continue to do so in the upcoming legislative session.

I learned a lot about the process, met great people in Hartford and made lasting friendships with legislators from both sides of the aisle. I have become a more knowledgeable and effective legislator and believe in the new year I will put that to work for you.

Happy New Year!

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