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From State Representative Gail Lavielle:

Many of you may be aware, or not, that various legislative proposals are currently circulating that would shift responsibility for local zoning from towns to the state. In my constituent email today (below), I provide a list of the sources for these policies (with links), a list of many of the specific proposals themselves, and a discussion of background and several of the concerns that have been raised by the public. Zoning and land use are, of course, very complex subjects, and significant changes in this area would affect everyone all over the state, in both cities and towns. While advocates are pressing for a September session to consider these proposals, I think that is possible but unlikely. But I would bet a lot that they will be at the forefront of the legislative agenda in January next year. Everyone should be informed -- certainly before the November elections. I am not running, but I know a key issue when I see one.

By Gail Lavielle
July 27, 2020
– For longer than anyone can remember, Connecticut towns have had the ability, granted by the state, to control their own zoning locally. That may, however, be about to change, if certain proposals now circulating in Hartford and around the state become law. This is a subject that affects everyone, and I think it’s important that you be informed. Read More

WESTPORT, June, 30 2020 – The Westport Republican Town Committee (RTC) is now accepting applications for those interested in filling the current vacancy on the Westport Board of Education. The Westport RTC’s Board Education Vacancy Committee will interview qualified candidates and make a recommendation to the Board of Education on a replacement for member Vik Muktavaram. Mr. Muktavaram, who has served on the board since 2016, has recently resigned his seat on the Board due to a professional position that requires extensive travel. 


Registered Westport Republicans who are interested in being considered for the Board of Education vacancy should contact James Foster, Chairman of the Westport RTC’s Board of Education Vacancy Committee at and provide a letter of interest and a professional resume no later than 5 p.m. on July 10, 2020. 


Candidates for the Board of Education vacancy will be given a detailed questionnaire and should be prepared to discuss their skills and qualifications with the RTC’s Board of Education Vacancy Committee in an interview. Interviews will be scheduled the week of July 13, 2020. The candidate selected and approved by the Board of Education will serve out Mr. Muktavaram’s term, ending in November 2023. The successful candidate will begin serving immediately after approval by the Board of Education expected in early August.

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Once again, I am very happy to be with you today to report on the state of our town; a community that the New York Times, in a highly flattering article in September, referred to as “a historic town with a global mindset.” That comment is clearly reflected in the focus of today’s sponsors, the Rotary Clubs of Westport, which combine local and international service. Thank you to our two Rotary Clubs, their presidents Jonathan Baron and Karen Kleine, and to past-presidents Eileen Flug and Jeff Wieser who led the organization of today’s events...

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WESTPORT, July 18, 2019 – The members of the Westport Republican Town Committee met Wednesday night to officially endorse Republican candidates for this November's municipal elections.  Read More May 15, 2019 – Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe said today that he has asked the town’s legislative delegation to oppose the proposed shift of a portion of the cost of funding the teachers’ retirement system (TRS) from the state to municipalities.  Read More

WESTPORT, January 29, 2019 – The Westport RTC’s Executive Committee and prominent Westport Republican officials announced today their strong opposition to the CT State Senate’s bill 454, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney, Democrat from New Haven, which proposes the forced regionalization of school districts for towns with a population of less than 40,000.  Westport currently has a population of approximately 28,000, and would therefore fall under the bill’s mandate...     

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HARTFORD, December 19, 2018 – On Tuesday, State Representative Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton, Norwalk, Westport) was appointed by House Republican Leader Rep. Themis Klarides as Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s joint Appropriations Committee, a role she will assume when the 2019 session opens on January 9. Rep. Lavielle will maintain her memberships on the Education and Transportation Committees...

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Connecticut Senate Republicans announced their legislative committee assignments for the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions. 

Senator Tony Hwang was appointed as Ranking Member of the Senate's Higher Education & Employment, Housing , and Public Safety & Security Committees, as well as a member of the Transportation Committee.

Senator Tony Hwang represents Connecticut’s 28th Senatorial District, which includes the towns of Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport.

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