CRMA annual Awards Luncheon update
Last call for important survey
Legislative news and notes
CRMA Golf Outing getting closer
Other news and notes from around the state


  • We are pleased to report this week, that leadership of the CRMA Board of Directors is happy to announce that we will be moving forward this year with our Annual Luncheon. This year we will gather via Zoom.
  • It goes without saying that this year is a year is like no other that any of us have ever experienced. Despite these challenges, CRMA leadership feels it is important that we move forward to keep with our tradition of honoring retailers and to celebrate the retail industry.
  • So, while we will not be selecting award recipients this year, or be gathering in-person to see each other, we are going to do our best to celebrate retail in Connecticut. And we hope to provide those participating in our virtual event some valuable information and guidance on how we move can best continue to move through these unprecedented times.
  • Some additional details are now being worked out and we will get those to you as soon as they are firmed up, but we would ask that you put a hold on Thursday, Nov 12th, for a special CRMA Zoom annual “awards” meeting.


Last call for important survey information

  • Thank you to all of you who have responded to our request to take part in a special survey that we have put together to gather data regarding the state’s consideration of expanding to 75% capacity.
  • The survey results are an important part of our push to get the state to clarify that moving to Phase 3 will include ALL retailers.
  • If you have not taken the survey yet, PLEASE take 5 minutes and do it TODAY.
  • You can go here to take the survey.
  • Thank you!


Legislative news and notes

  • The Legislature was back in Special Session this week, dealing with a number of issues that were left over from the session that got cut short by COVID, and some additional issues.
  • The CT Mirror and the Courant do a great job of covering the special session and you can go here and here for those stories.
  • On Thursday this week, the Governor and his budget chief made an announcement about how they plan on closing a budget gap so that the Legislature will not have to take any action. Keith Phaneuf from the CT Mirror does a great job explaining, here.
  • Earlier in Friday Facts, we mentioned our annual Awards Luncheon. You may recall we were very proud, just a few years ago, to give Sen. Len Fasano our very first Legislator of the Year.
  • Senator Fasano announced earlier this year that he will not be seeking re-election, and his colleagues in the Senate has some nice words for him during the special session this week. You can go here to read about it.
  • We will miss Sen. Fasano. He was not only a great legislator, he was a great friend to us at the State Capitol. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.


CRMA Golf Outing update

  • We are now just 10 days away from our annual Golf Outing. The event is being held Oct 13th at Wampanoag CC in West Hartford.
  • There is still room for members who are interested in playing or sponsoring this year’s event. You can here to register. We hope to see you there!


Other news and notes from around the state

  • As we go to print the biggest news not only in the state but in the nation is that the President of the United States and his wife, and one of his top aides, former Greenwich resident Hope Hicks, have tested positive for COVID-19. You can go here for the latest, and here for comments by Gov. Lamont.
  • The Attorneys General of NY and CT have announced a settlement with Anthem stemming from a data breach in 2014.  Fairfield County Business Journal has the story here.
  • And Gov. Lamont said this week that Halloween is not canceled for this year, just different. CT News Junkie reports on his comments here.