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State Representative David Rutigliano honored by the Connecticut Restaurant Association

By Trumbull Times on November 5th, 2015

The Connecticut Restaurant Association (CRA) will hold their annual Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Mohegan Sun Ballroom. The event honors many of Connecticut’s restaurants, caterers, chefs, and mixologists. Over 400 people are expected to attend.

The Connecticut Restaurant Association’s mission is to serve as the voice of Connecticut’s restaurants in advocacy, education and awareness. It is affiliated with the National Restaurant Association, and is Connecticut’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s restaurant industry.

“It is great that we have the opportunity to bring restaurant leaders from across the state together to celebrate the talent of our local chefs and the achievements of our restaurants,” said CRA Board Chairman, Phil Barnett of the Hartford Restaurant Group.

This year’s Awards Dinner will recognize Dish Restaurant Group as the 2015 Restaurateur of the Year. Dish Restaurant Group owns Dish Restaurant and Sorella in Hartford, and Dish ‘n Dat in Canton.

The CRA will also be honoring Ecolab as their Vendor of the Year, and State Representative David Rutigliano of Trumbull, with their Friend of the Industry award.

The CRA will also induct two new members into their Connecticut Hospitality Hall of Fame. This year’s honorees are Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant of East Lyme and Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning of Stamford.

A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented posthumously to Frederick A. DeLuca, the founder of Subway. Mr. DeLuca opened the first Subway restaurant in Bridgeport.

Awards will be given out in the following categories: Casual Restaurant of the Year, Upscale Restaurant of the Year, Caterer of the Year, Mixologist of the Year, Chef of the Year, and Server of the Year (full list of category finalists can be found below). These awards are the results of open voting and the winners will be announced at the dinner. Votes may be cast online at

“I am thrilled to be honoring these superb restaurants, caterers, chefs, servers and mixologists who have demonstrated a passion for offering outstanding food and beverages,” said CRA Executive Director, Nicole Griffin.

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State Representative David Rutigliano Participates in Democracy Day at Frenchtown School

By Trumbull Times on November 3rd, 2015

On Oct. 20, Frenchtown Elementary School celebrated its eighth annual Democracy Day.

It was attended by First Selectman Timothy Herbst, First Selectman candidate Town Councilperson Vicki Tesoro, State Senator Tony Hwang, Representative Dave Rutigliano, Superintendent Dr. Cialfi, many members of the Trumbull Town Council, Board of Education, Administrators from Long Hill, staff, parents, students and the greater community.

This annual event fosters a renewed awareness and appreciation for an early start in participating in our great democratic system.

Democracy Day is a celebration of what is good about America. For the eighth time, we welcomed Ms. Gloria Francesconi of the Trumbull League of Women Voters, who spoke about the important role it has played in promoting our democracy for the greatest number of people.

Democracy Day fosters a road map of mutual respect and a conduct of dignity on our way to more fully realizing the great political experiment we call democracy. The Frenchtown community came together with pride. Our children must see our yearning for a more active electorate. There is no better way to honor those who serve than to do our civic duty and become an educated voter.


Trumbull Delegation hosts medal ceremony for Trumbull Veterans

By Trumbull Times on October  20th, 2015



State Representatives Dave Rutigliano and Laura Devlin at Wartime Service Medal ceremony award program.



“Our veterans can’t be fully paid back for all of their service and sacrifice to our country, but these medals represent our gratitude for all they’ve done for us,” said Rep. Rutigliano.

Full Article:  Medal Ceremony for Trumbull Veterans


Trumbull legislators call for special session to fix failing state budget

By Trumbull Times on October 15th, 2015

State Reps. David Rutigliano (R-123), Laura Devlin (R-134), and Ben McGorty (R-122) and every Republican state lawmaker signed a petition that was submitted to the Office of the Secretary of the State Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Following calls by hospitals, especially Bridgeport and St. Vincent’s hospitals, advocates for the disabled, and many others for legislative action to address Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s recent devastating budget cuts, Trumbull Republican legislators have signed a petition seeking a special session of the General Assembly to rebuild the state budget.

If a majority of state lawmakers in the House and Senate chambers signs the petition, it will trigger a special session.

To gain a majority, at least four Democrats in the Senate and 12 Democrats in the House will need to join Republicans in signing the petition.

Thus far, the governor and Democrat leaders have denied Republicans’ requests to hold a special session.

“I signed this petition with 78 of my colleagues because having the chambers come together to work together to solve this problem is how our state government is supposed to work,” said Rep. Rutigliano. “This is the hard work that comes with being an elected official, and it’s time for our colleagues across the aisle to step up to the plate—if not, we’ll be hurting the residents of Connecticut.”

The petition calls for a special session that will “make adjustments to the state budget for the biennium beginning July 1, 2015, including adjustments to restore Medicaid funding and other state support for hospitals, health care and other services.”

The General Assembly can be called in to a special session by the governor or by majority party legislative leaders.

However, if rank and file legislators demonstrate that a majority in both chambers deem it necessary to meet in special session, they can initiate a session themselves.

The governor’s $103 million in cuts include millions in cuts to mental health and substance abuse services and programs that help those with disabilities – all areas that were already slashed in the Democrats’ budget. It also includes $64 million in Medicaid cuts that directly affect hospitals and translate to a loss of $128 million in federal dollars.

Full Article: Trumbull legislators call for special session to fix failing state budget



Rutigliano Announces New Basketball Court Mural Design

By Trumbull Times on September 25th, 2015

Happy birthday, Tashua! Hundreds of students, family members and local residents packed into Tashua Elementary School’s new playground area to celebrate the school’s 50th birthday Sept. 18. The Trumbull Father’s Club grilled hotdogs and hamburgers, and local cover band, Forget Paris, performed for the crowd.

Rep. Dave Rutigliano, whose children attended Tashua, was on hand to announce the new basketball court mural design. The court and playground fields recently received a significant facelift to correct drainage issues and wear. The former mural, a map of the United States, was a local favorite, but school officials wanted the students to have a say on a new choice.

“The votes were close,” announced Rutigliano. “So we’re going to incorporate the top two choices into the new design. The new mural will be a map of the United States. But the Tashua Tiger will be painted in the center of the court as well,” he said, to the cheers and applause of students.

The Trumbull Father’s Club is helping coordinate fund-raising efforts. Rutigliano said they would like to find a local artist to paint the new mural.

Tashua Elementary School was originally built in 1965. School Principal Jennifer Neumeyer said the school’s decades of success can be attributed to strong parent support groups, and dedicated educators.

The tiger mascot is actually an acronym for the school’s motto: Tolerance, Integrity, Generosity, Empathy, Responsibility, and Self Control.

Rutigliano represents the 123rd District of Trumbull. He serves on the legislature’s Labor, General Law and Finance committees.

Full Article: Tashua Elementary School celebrates 50 years of education



Tashua students get new playground, need new mural

By Trumbull Times on August 31st, 2015

Which design would you like to see painted on the new and improved basketball court?

This is the question Tashua Elementary School students will be asked as they return to school in September for the 2015-2016 school year, the school’s 50th anniversary.

Due to the efforts of Trumbull’s State Rep. Dave Rutigliano and First Selectman Tim Herbst’s administration, the court and playground fields are in the process of receiving a significant upgrade and facelift in order to correct drainage issues and wear from past decades.

“This is the type of project that needed to happen,” said Rutigliano, who visited the school to view construction progress, with Herbst, Town Clerk Suzanne Monaco, and Town Treasurer John Ponzio, Aug. 20.

“The playground area is going to be safer now for our kids and visitors, and should be ready for the start of school,” he said.

Rutigliano, who began advocating for this project when he sat on Trumbull’s Board of Finance, lives near Tashua, and both of his children attended the elementary school.

“The Town of Trumbull, the Herbst administration, school administrators, project engineers all did an excellent job coordinating, securing funding, and seeing this through,” he said. “Now the fun part begins.”

The old basketball court was adorned with a large mural of the United States. Rutigliano said that the painting was iconic to the local area and residents, so it’s fitting that the Tashua students will be able to vote on a new design.

Students will have at least five choices to choose from, and a new map of the U.S. will be one of them. A fund-raiser will also be held to finance the purchase of longer-lasting weatherproof paint, so it can be enjoyed for years to come.

“When it’s complete, the new playground area will be larger, and more enjoyable for everyone. Many a kickball game has been played in this area,” said Rutigliano. “Thank you to everyone who had a hand in making this happen.”

To note, due to the thoughtful planning of town employees, no harm has come to the playground’s butterfly garden, or the pavers with name inscriptions. They will be safely relocated to a new area on the playground property.

Full Article: Tashua students get new playground, need new mural


State reps talk politics over pizza

By Trumbull Times on July 27th, 2015

State Reps. David Rutigliano (R-123), Laura Devlin (R-134) and Ben McGorty (R-122) hosted a pizza and politics constituent event at Old Towne Restaurant in Trumbull to discuss the just concluded legislative session. More than a dozen Trumbull residents attended.

Over a slice of pizza and to promote a Trumbull small business, the three Trumbull state House members entertained questions and concerns from residents in a casual conversation on the major issues that shaped the 2015 legislative session, including the proposed tax hikes by the majority party, the state of transportation in Connecticut, including tolls, and any new laws passed that may affect residents.

Residents also discussed the state’s penchant for spending more than we can afford leaving structural budget deficits in future out-years. They also talked about the so-called property tax relief for Trumbull and whether the state will keep its promise or take the money for future budget shortfalls, as it currently does with the Special Transportation Fund.

“The turnout was great, but it doesn’t surprise me. The people of Trumbull care about their state and they inspire us to work hard for them,” said Rutigliano. “It’s always a pleasure to meet with residents and keep the lines of communication totally open. This is how government is supposed to work.”

Full Article: State reps talk politics over pizza



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