The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM announced that State Senator Gayle Slossberg has been named State Legislator of the Year by CCM. Senator Slossberg waspresented with the award at CCM’s Annual Dinner Meeting held on November 28,.at the Foxwoods Resort.
Senator Slossberg represents the 14th Senatorial District which includes the communities of Milford, Orange, and parts of West Haven and Woodbridge.
“Connecticut would not be the great state it is without healthy cities and towns. CCM has been a great partner and advocate for communities throughout Connecticut. I am grateful for this award, and for their commitment to our state. There’s still much to be done, and I look forward to working alongside CCM in the coming legislative session,” said Senator Gayle Slossberg.
An early 2017 decision by Connecticut’s Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) on siting small cell antennas in municipalities across Connecticut now mandates—thanks to Senator Slossberg’s efforts—that companies in this emerging field engage local governments in more advanced consultations and notification as they consider and propose sites in a community.
“Senator Gayle Slossberg is a dynamic leader who exemplifies a lifetime of community involvement,” said Joe DeLong, CCM Executive Director. “And Senator Slossberg was a major actor in bringing this pro-municipal decision on the critical small cell-tower issue to the finish line. She addressed CCM’s Legislative Committee on the issue early in the session, and as promised, remained a steadfast supporter of cities and towns throughout these proceedings. It should not go unnoticed that Senator Slossberg took up the fight on behalf of towns and cities during a time when other issues before the General Assembly were of much higher visibility.”
The plan and process for siting small cell antennas and distributed antenna systems in public rights-of-way has been a hot button issue for towns and cities for over a year. The new process calls for greater participation by the municipality where such small cell canister antenna and distributed antenna systems are proposed to be sited.
And given the uncertainty of the 2017 General Assembly session and the incredible lobbying force of the utility industry, this ruling was a big win for residents—because of Senator Slossberg’s efforts.
First elected in 2004, Senator Slossberg was reelected in 2016 for her seventh term as State Senator. She is Senate Co-Chair of the General Assembly’s Education and Housing committees and Vice Chair of the Government Administration & Elections Committee. She is also a member of the Appropriations and Regulation Review committees.
During her time in the legislature, Senator Slossberg has earned a reputation as a tireless advocate for job creation in Connecticut. She was responsible for developing the first tax incentive program in the state aimed at increasing job growth and enticing new businesses to move to Connecticut. Senator Slossberg’s program became an essential part of landmark jobs legislation passed in 2011 and expanded upon in 2012. As part of this legislation, Connecticut created the highly successful Small Business Express Program. This program provides loans and grants to small business to spur business growth and promote job creation.
CCM’s 35th Annual Convention is the largest gathering of municipal leaders in New England. Nearly 1,000 leaders from local and state government as well as the business community will convene at Foxwoods for two-days of intensive education and networking on key state-local-federal issues on November 28 and 29.