I want to take a moment and sincerely thank Trumbull's citizens for the honor of allowing me to represent them in the legislature these past 14 years. As I conclude my service as State Representative on January 9, and look forward to being sworn in this February as Probate Judge for Trumbull, Easton & Monroe, I have been reflecting on my time in office. The job was both challenging and rewarding, and there certainly was no shortage of issues and problems to tackle throughout those years. I am proud to have consistently opposed dozens and dozens of tax increases, and fought to curb our state's healthy appetite to spend. Not all of my efforts were successful, but knowing that I had the support of a great community like Trumbull behind me made the job easier, and gave me confidence.
When I first took office, perhaps the biggest local issue was how the state's so-called affordable housing law was impacting our community. High density developments that provided little to no affordable housing and which were out of character for Trumbull's plan of development were seriously changing our town. We were able to build on the work of my predecessor, Elaine Hammers, and through the help of then-First Selectman Ken Halaby, and dozens of Trumbullites who traveled to Hartford to testify about the law, we were able to both amend the law to improve it, while also getting Trumbull a broad moratorium (the only moratorium in the state, and still in effect) on most developments built under the law thereafter.