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Letter to the Editor: In Support of Sen. Christine Cohen

The views stated here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the editors of this newspaper. We welcome supporting or opposing views on any published item. Received November 4, 2022.

I write to encourage your readers to support our State Senator, Christine Cohen, for re-election.

Christine is a passionate advocate for the protection of the environment. As chair of the Senate Environment Committee, Christine has written and championed new laws and regulations, including legislation that reduces litter from bottles and glass; banned single use plastic bags; expanded efforts to eliminate invasive aquatic species; and banned harmful PFAS “forever chemicals” from firefighting foam and food packaging.

As a state senator who represents several shoreline communities, Christine is keenly aware of the significant challenges posed by storm surges and sea level rise. She created coastal resiliency funding mechanisms to mitigate the effects of these changes, and secured funding for coastal resiliency projects in the district, including $770,000 to help replace a seawall in neighboring Madison.

She also approved the Long Island Sound “Blue Plan,” which aims to support both aquatic natural resources and related businesses, and she supported the Connecticut Clean Air Act of 2022, which accelerates state use of electric vehicles and expands EV charging infrastructure.

As a member of Killingworth’s Conservation Commission, I feel confident knowing that I am represented in Hartford by someone who deeply cares about the environment and finds creative ways to protect our precious natural resources. Christine was an outspoken advocate for the preservation of the 250-acre Deer Lake property in Killingworth, working closely with town and state leaders and a nonprofit organization to help protect it for generations to come.

We are fortunate to have such a hard-working and knowledgeable senator represent us. I hope your readers will join me casting a vote to send Christine Cohen back to Hartford!

Maureen Farrell Charney, Killingworth

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