In my chat with Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa the other day, one of the tidbits he shared was that it looks like Trumbull Town Treasurer Anthony Musto will be the party endorsed candidate to challenge Republican State Sen. Rob Russo in November.
Musto, an attorney, has been making the rounds to line up support, and after the shellacking that Russo gave the Dems in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Mayor Bill Finch, Mario’s ready to give a Trumbull candidate a try. If Musto doesn’t make it Mario will look for a Bridgeport Dem next time. Endorsements for state legislative offices will take place in May.
Anyone attend the mayor’s open house today? A number of folks that protested Finch’s proposed budget cuts the other day were expected to drop in on his honor.
Nice story today on line at the Connecticut Post about the boat house that Rick Torres, Ed Piquette and Marc Delmonico are readying for the Fairfield University crew team on Knowlton Street to race shells on the Pequonnock River. Their investment is connecting a prestigious university to the city while cleaning up a piece of the riverfront.
Marc, Bridgeport’s Republic town chairman, was one of the guys I jumped into Black Rock Harbor with for the Burroughs Community Center fundraiser a few months ago after Bruce Hubler dared me to take a dip in the freeze. Marc, a Tarzan triathlete, jumped in headfirst while I sorta squatted under. My twins are still in hibernation.
Maybe Marc should challenge his Democratic counterpart Testa to a Bridgeport triathlete special: a marathon run, biking along Saints and Seaside before a swim to Port Jefferson and back. We’ll let Mario ride a moped for the run, a Harley for the bike portion and a speed boat across the Sound.
No absentee ballots.
News release from Chris Shays regarding student loans
Shays Amendment Included in Legislation Ensuring Access to Student Loans
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Christopher Shays (CT-4) voted for H.R. 5721, the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act, when it passed the House by a vote of 383 to 27 yesterday. The bill authorizes the Department of Education to purchase student loans to fulfill the needs of borrowers, allows an additional grace period to defer PLUS loan repayments until after graduation and raises unsubsidized Stafford loan limits. The bill also includes an amendment Shays offered in February to H.R. 4137, the College Opportunity and Affordability Act, which encourages federal financial institutions to exercise their authority to assist lenders in maintaining student loan availability.
In February, Shays wrote to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Education Secretary Margaret Spellings expressing his concern about the availability of student loans in the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). Shays called on Secretaries Paulson and Spellings to use their authority to ensure uninterrupted access to higher education and guarantee students are not denied access to higher education.