Those of us who live near Long Island Sound are concerned about its future health and the effect that our environmental actions may have on it and its coastline. One who has consistently addressed these concerns is our State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-12). As co-chair of the Environment Committee, he’s worked to reduce the amount of pesticides that flow into the Sound and decrease plastics that can pollute the Sound and threaten the fish and birds that call it home. With Save the Sound and other environmental groups, he celebrated the release of the second report card on the health of the Sound. This kind of report tells us where we are now and what we need to do to protect this wonderful resource.
Senator Kennedy is also concerned about sustaining our agricultural industry, and sponsored the “Farm to School Law,” which provides incentives to food purchasers for school cafeterias to buy Connecticut-grown produce. Currently, only about five percent of school cafeteria food comes from local farms. The new law should result in farmers selling a lot more of their produce to our schools.
Bipartisanship and transparency are high on most people’s wish lists for their politicians, and Senator Kennedy shines in both of these areas. All of the 38 environmental bills that went through his committee and were signed into law in 2015 and 2016 were passed in the Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support.
As for transparency, Senator Kennedy holds regular open office hours across his district to listen to his constituents, so he can reflect their concerns and priorities in the state legislature.
We need to keep our advocate for the environment and for bipartisanship in the legislature. I’ll be voting to return Senator Kennedy to the State Senate, and I encourage others to do the same.
Susan S. Addiss