CRN to honor Rep. Kerry Wood with our Legislator of the Year award
Register TODAY for the CRN Big Fall event
News and notes from around the State Capitol
News and notes from around the state

  • This year, CRN is happy to be back in-person with our annual Big Fall event. Because we all know that wasn’t the case during the unprecedented COVID -19 period. 
  • We did our best to continue holding a special event for retailers, but we had to do it virtually and that included honoring a very important legislator – Rep. Kerry Wood – as our Legislator of the Year. 
  • Rep. Wood is one of the very best legislators in Hartford and she is an unwavering supporter of the retail industry. 
  • We were proud to present Rep. Wood with our Legislator of the Year award in 2021 but we had to do it virtually.  
  • This year we invited Rep. Wood to receive her award in-person, and she will be joining us at our 2023 Big Fall event to accept our appreciation of her support of the retail industry. 
  • We can learn more about Rep Wood by going to her website here.  


Register for the Big Fall Event today!

  • We are now 3 weeks from our Big Fall Event at the Bushnell, and registration is beginning to fill up. 
  • Please join us for the event as we celebrate the retail industry in Connecticut.
  • We have a full agenda that includes a detailed look at what we can expect from the consumers as we get closer to the holiday season, with a presentation by the National Retail Federation’s Mark Matthews, and a brief look at what the General Assembly may be considering, with comments from Rep. Wood. 
  • And of course, we will be honoring a retailer with our Retailer of the Year award. 
  • You won’t want to miss this year’s event. Our deluxe Breakfast Buffet on October 11 will be catered by the popular Max Restaurant Group.
  • Please join us!   You can register for the event by going here.  You can also pay for your registration online via PayPal. 


News and notes from around the State Capitol

  • There is a serious fall-out brewing in Bridgeport around alleged ballot stuffing that took place during last week’s primary. 
  • Our friend Ken Dixon at the CT Post has the latest on what is going on, here
  • CTNewsJunkie has a look at why Connecticut’s budget surplus will be smaller than anticipated this year. You can read that story here.  
  • Also this week, Governor Lamont’s nominee to the State Supreme Court, Nora Dannehy, testified before the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee regarding her nomination.  And she made some national news when doing so. 
  • The CT Mirror’s Mark Pazniokas takes a look here at Dannehy’s comments about her reason for resigning during the Trump Administration and specifically her work with former AG Bill Barr and her colleague John Durham. 
  • The legislature is expected to go into special session next week to take up Dannehy’s nomination, along with some small changes to election law.
  • There is still a chance that changes to CT’s paid sick leave and Association Health Plans will be debated, but the word we are hearing is that the Senate Democrats are reluctant to take up those issues. 
  • We will keep you updated.


News and notes from around the state

  • State agency spending on overtime has risen nearly 50% in the past six years, and CBIA is urging Gov. Lamont and the legislature to slam on the brakes.  CT Mirror has the details here
  • The XL Center soon won’t be the only arena in Connecticut to feature a sportsbook and restaurant.  The Connecticut Lottery Corporation announced Wednesday that they will operate a sportsbook at Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport.  CTNewsJunkie reports on the plans here.   
  • The Connecticut Port Authority could merge with the larger Connecticut Airport Authority, the former’s board Chair David Kooris said this week.  CT Examiner reports on the possibility of merging the two quasi-public agencies here.  
  • The spotlight was on small business development in Windsor this week, with the focus on Main Street.  Hartford Courant has the story here