CRMA Fall Event to include both major candidates for Governor
Register today for this important event
News and notes from around the State Capitol
News and notes from around the state
Welcome back! 

  • We are very pleased to announce today that CRMA’s annual membership event will this year have both major party candidates running for the highest office in CT joining us. 
  • Both Governor Lamont’s campaign and that of his challenger, Bob Stefanowski, have confirmed that the candidates will be with us -in-person – to talk retail issues with us. 
  • We are proud that CRMA will be one of only a small number of business groups in the state that will have both Lamont and Stefanowski in person and responding to questions. 
  • And with the event taking place Wednesday, October 12, 2022, we will get a chance to see the candidates with just weeks remaining in the campaign.
  • They’ll be in the homestretch, and it will be your chance to see the candidates up close and to ask them questions about your business and what plans the next Governor has to improve the business climate in the State.
  • So, please take just a minute and register today for this important event. 
  • We have shifted our format slightly this year, beginning with registration and buffet breakfast at 9:00am and concluding the morning by 11:30 am. 
  • You can go to our website, to register. Seating is limited so please do not delay. You will not want to miss this event.


News and notes from around the State Capitol 

  • Last time we connected, the primaries were right around the corner and as we go to print today who is running again and for what office has been settled. 
  • The biggest surprise of the primary season might have been Laura Levy upsetting former House Minority Leader Themis Klarides for the Republican nomination to run against incumbent U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal. 
  • There were other primaries for offices on the Democratic side as well, including for the office of Secretary of the State. But rather than go thru each office, it might just be easier to have you take a look on your own. 
  • You can see the Democratic ticket here and go here for the Republican ticket, and more info about this year’s election process here. 
  • Meanwhile, on the campaign trail, Mr. Stefanowski attempted to get the Independent Party’s endorsement and failed in that attempt at the Party’s convention late last month.
  • Now his campaign is in court to see if they can prevent the Independent Party from appearing on the ballot at all. A decision is due next week. 
  • The CT Mirror’s Mark Pazniokas has more on that effort here. 
  • Meanwhile, Governor Lamont secured a third party ballot line that will appear on all the ballots, when Griebel-Frank for CT Party gave him their endorsement this week. 
  • Hugh McQuaid from CTNewsJunkie has more on that here. 
  • Speaking of Court, Gov. Lamont’s COVID mask mandate, while no longer still in place, is getting a hearing before the State Supreme Court. CT Mirror has more on that interesting lawsuit here.


New and notes from around the state

  • An economic development forum at Yale University this week highlighted jobs growth in Connecticut. New Haven BIZ has the details here.
  • The opening of a sports bar and betting lounge under construction on the western side of the XL Center in downtown Hartford has been delayed to next Spring. Hartford Business Journal has the revised timetable here.
  • Breeze Airways has launched a nonstop service connecting Bradley International Airport with Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas. Fairfield County Business Journal has the news here.
  • The state’s paid medical and family leave program has issued $157 million in benefits and received 63,405 claims from Jan. 1 through Sept. 2. The details are reported here by Hartford Business Journal.
  • A force of about 800 M&T Bank customer service employees struggled to keep pace with the demand for their services this week as the Buffalo-based bank absorbed former People’s United Bank customers this past weekend. Stamford Advocate has the update here.


Welcome back!

  • Welcome back to our weekly FF after our summer break. 
  • If this is your first time reading the CRMA Friday Facts, we hope you enjoy it – and we would welcome your input. 
  • To our loyal readers, thank you again for all your support and for taking the time to read our humble e-newsletter again this week. 
  • We look forward to continuing to inform you of all things happening around the state that impact the retail world.