Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group Webinar, including CRMA
Legislative Session Won’t Reconvene
House Republican Leader not seeking re-election
Links to Live By
How can we help?
Welcome to our new FF sponsor

Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group Webinar, including CRMA

  • Please join us at 1:00 pm on Thursday, April 30 for a special 60-minute webinar focused on reactivating the state’s pandemic-stricken economy.
  • Lamont’s Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group is now developing guidelines and recommendations for reactivating the state’s pandemic-stricken economy – and CRMA is represented on the Business Advisory Council.
  • Department of Economic and Community Development commissioner David Lehman opens this hour-long interactive webinar with an overview of the administration’s approach and priorities.
  • In addition to Tim Phelan of CRMA, you will also hear from three other members discussing preparations for the state’s initial steps toward reopening and the challenges that lie ahead. Speakers include Joe Brennan, President & CEO, CBIA; Meredith Reuben, CEO, EBP Supply Solutions; and Garrett Sheehan, President & CEO, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
  • There will be extensive time given to questions. It’s critical that you take advantage and share your questions, concerns, and issues.
  • Registration is free, but space is limited—don’t miss this opportunity to learn what’s next for Connecticut’s economy and your business.


 Legislative Session Won’t Reconvene

  • Legislative leaders in Connecticut said this week that the General Assembly would not reconvene before its May 6 constitutional adjournment. The State Capitol has been closed to legislators and the public since early March.
  • The leaders said if legislative action is necessary, such as adjustments to the state budget or public health legislation related to the coronavirus pandemic, it would be dealt with in a special session this summer.  The Hartford Courant has the story.
  • What a special session agenda would consist of is uncertain at this time.


House Republican Leader not seeking re-election

  • After 22 years in the General Assembly, House Republican leader Themis Klarides of Derby, the highest ranking woman in the legislature, announced she will not run again this year.
  • She also indicated “My time in public service isn’t over,” in a media interview. She declined to be specific, but a 2022 campaign for governor appears to be a possibility.  Klarides legislative district includes Derby, Woodbridge and Orange.  CT Mirror has the story here.
  • Now, three of the four caucus leaders at the Capitol have decided not to seek re-election. House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz and Senate Republican leader Len Fasano previously announced they won’t be running again this fall.  Only Senate President Marty Looney plans to seek re-election.
  • In addition, state Rep. Gail Lavielle, a five-term incumbent representing Wilton, Norwalk and Westport, has announced that she will not seek reelection. Rep. John Frey of Ridgefield has also indicated he will not run, after more than two decades at the Capitol. It is expected the number of legislators opting not to seek reelection will continue to grow.
  • And long time Meriden State Rep. Buddy Altobello also announced this week that he will not seek re-election in the fall.


Links to Live By

  • Connecticut’s economy likely will re-emerge from the coronavirus pandemic in many small steps, beginning in June and continuing throughout the year, according to state leaders at Gov. Lamont’s most recent news briefing. CTNews Junkie has the highlights here.
  • The State Labor Department has processed more than 327,000 of the approximately 402,000 applications it has received since mid-March. More than $230 million in benefits have been paid out over that period. CT Mirror has the details here.
  • Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents to sign up for CTAlert, the state’s emergency alert system, which provides text message notifications to users. To subscribe, text the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.
  • In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, many businesses need to understand their obligations under existing contracts. Local attorney David A. Slossberg, who leads the business litigation practice at Hurwitz, Sagarin, Slossberg & Knuff, has a column in Hartford Business Journal that explores the issues. Read it here.



Tell us how we can help!

  • Contact Tim Phelan directly at 860-527-1044 or As the work to Reopen Connecticut continues, your input is especially important.  Please share your suggestions on what needs to happen to help your business succeed.


Welcome Our New Sponsor

CRMA welcomes our new sponsor of Friday Facts, the law firm of Hurwitz, Sagarin, Slossberg & Knuff.  Based in Milford, the firm specializes in Business Litigation, Land Use and Real Estate, Employment Disputes, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Responsive and personalized service has been their hallmark for more than 40 years.  Learn more at 

Welcome, Hurwitz, Sagarin, Slossberg & Knuff – and thank you for supporting CRMA and Connecticut’s retailers.