The following is a press release from Connecticut Council of Small Towns.
State Senator Len Fasano (R-East Haven, North Haven, Durham and Wallingford) received a Town Crier Award from the Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST) for his leadership on issues affecting Connecticut’s smaller communities.
COST’s Town Crier Award was established to recognize and honor state legislators and other public officials who have distinguished themselves as outstanding advocates on issues affecting Connecticut’s small towns.
“Senator Fasano has been awarded COST’s Town Crier Award for his leadership role in winning passage of legislation to assist towns in complying with the state’s phosphorus reduction standards and creating a process to ensure that towns can work with the state to develop more workable, cost effective approaches to improving water quality,” said Dick Smith, COST’s President and First Selectman of Deep River.
“In addition, Senator Fasano has been instrumental in supporting several proposals over the years to provide towns with relief from unfunded state mandates, including calling for a moratorium on any new unfunded mandates,” Smith added.
“Senator Fasano’s commitment to developing thoughtful solutions to complex issues is deeply appreciated,” said Betsy Gara, COST’s Executive Director. “We applaud his efforts to help address the needs of Connecticut’s smaller communities.”
The award was presented at COST’s 2013 Connecticut Town Meeting held in Cromwell, which was attended by more than 350 municipal leaders, public officials and state lawmakers.
This year’s other recipients are Sen. Steve Cassano, Rep. Linda Gentile and Rep. Craig Miner.
The Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST) is an advocacy organization committed to giving small towns a strong voice in the legislative process. Its members are Connecticut towns with populations of less than 30,000.