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Blondin hosted the event to pay tribute to women making a difference in the lives of others and to mark March being national Women’s History Month.
“We are fortunate to have so many women who have been elected doing a great job for us,” state Democratic Party Chairman Nancy DiNardo said in welcoming remarks.
Greeting the crowd too was Goshen First Selectman Todd Carusillo, a Republican Blondin invited to the affair in a gesture of bipartisanship. Carusillo said he was pleased to attend and mingle with elected officials he works with while doing his job.
“I think this shows that Goshen is welcoming to everyone, no matter what your party is and what you believe in,” Carusillo said.
Carusiullo used the afternoon gathering that filled Blondin’s home at Woodridge Lake to chat up Secretary of the State Stephanie Thomas regarding the early voting law the legislature will be implementing this year. John McKenna Republican-American U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-5th District, attended a women’s leadership celebration at the Goshen home of Democratic State Central Committee Secretary Audrey Blondin on Sunday.Early voting will be held in the 10 days before a municipal or state election and municipalities will be responsible for covering its cost. Carusillo has expressed concern about small towns like Goshen having to fund a staffed polling place for 10 days. Thomas, in remarks to the crowd, said she takes the concerns of Carusillo and other elected officials seriously and will consider them as she works with the legislature to craft the new law. Hayes, meanwhile, touted the $500 million in federal funding she has secured for towns and cities in the 5th District and her effort to cap prescription costs.
Bysiewicz, in her comments, highlighted the work she and Gov. Ned Lamont have done in producing four consecutive balanced budgets, paying off $7 million in pension debt, promoting tax relief, and for working with towns and cities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Priorities of the Lamont administration, she said, include budgeting $600 million to provide 6,400 new homes in the state and to fund training programs to help fill 100,000 vacant jobs in health care, financial services, manufacturing, and construction.
Other elected officials speaking were state Reps. Michelle L. Cook, D-Torrington, and Maria Horn, D-Salisbury, Litchfield First Selectman Denise Raap, and Kent First Selectman Jean Speck.
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