Legislators meet with residents

Dozens of Trumbull residents joined State Rep. Dave Rutigliano (R-123) and Rep. Laura Devlin (R-134) for coffee last week at Brueggers Bagels in Trumbull.

During the meet and greet, Rutigliano and Devlin answered questions and listened to concerns covering a wide spectrum, including local community topics to state and federal issues.

“This is where new legislation begins,” he said. “Legislation starts with citizens communicating their concerns to their elected officials.”

The group discussed shopping plazas, traffic lights, commercial space utilization, the state’s small business express program, tolls, taxes and business regulations.

“As small business owners, we have a good understanding of the issues that affect many local residents,” Devlin said. “Knowing your concerns, we want to do everything we can to assist at the state level.”

When asked how to navigate Connecticut’s stiff tax increases and business regulations, Rutigliano’s answer was simple.

“Buy local,” he said. It’s better for everybody.”

Rutigliano and Devlin were sworn into office Jan. 7 at the state capitol. Devlin began her first term, representing Trumbull and Fairfield, and Rutigliano started his second.

Both representatives expressed the importance continuing hearing from constituents throughout the legislative session, which adjourns June 3.

“Keep talking to us,” Devlin said. “We represent you.”