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Greenwich legislators to take part in YWCA panel

January 22, 2019

GREENWICH — Want to know what’s next in Greenwich? YWCA Greenwich is going to try and make sure you do, at least when it comes to politics and the issues facing the town, Fairfield County and the state as a whole.

The non-profit agency will hold a special event on Sunday, Jan. 27 called Greenwich Next: Moving Forward Together starting at 2 p.m. at its headquarters on 259 East Putnam Avenue. State Sen. Alexandra Bergstein, D-36, will be a part of the panel that also includes State Reps. Livvy Floren, R-149, Stephen Meskers, D-150, and Fred Camilo, R-151.

All four members of the town’s delegation to Hartford will be part of the bipartisan panel that is set to be moderated by Matt DeRienzo, vice president of Hearst Media, which owns Greenwich Time.

According to YWCA Greenwich, the legislators will preview the agenda for the new legislative session, which began two weeks ago when they along with new Gov. Ned Lamont, also a Greenwich resident, were sworn in. The YWCA also said that people attending will “learn how to support our representatives as we bridge the partisan divide.”

The panel will focus on issues like overcoming Connecticut’s fiscal challenges and discussion of the social issues that could well impact the state.

Greenwich has had a shifting landscape in its politics thanks to last year’s elections. While Republicans had dominated elections for all of the town’s seats in the state legislature for a century, Democrats were able to break that hold last year.

Not only was Meskers able to be the first Democrat to win a state representative seat since before World War I after he defeated incumbent Republican Michael Bocchino, but Bergstein became the first Democrat to win the 36th district since 1930. The district contains all of Greenwich as well as portions of Stamford and New Canaan and while it was Stamford that provided the margin of victory for Bergstein over incumbent Republican L. Scott Frantz, Bergstein also did well in the town vote too.

The panel is open to the public and free to attend but space is limited so people should email GreenwichNext@gmail.com before attending to see if there is still room available for them.

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