First Selectman Candidate Peggy Lyons and Democratic members of the Board of Selectmen Al Goldberg and Scott Murphy met with Governor Ned Lamont on Thursday, August 29 during a visit to downtown Madison. The Governor was visiting Madison as part of an informal tour of Connecticut shoreline towns in an effort to learn about the issues of concern to Madison residents and what steps might be taken by State or regional agencies to help our Town deal with those issues.
Ned Lamont’s visit was a follow-up to a similar conversation that he had last year as a candidate for Governor in 2018. He had found last summer’s meeting productive in developing a good understanding of this area, and appreciated the candid, honest assessments he received on policy issues in Madison. Topics included:
- Coastal resiliency planning
- Contingency planning for natural disasters
- Electrical distribution network hardening
- Spillover traffic and emergency service issues from Hammonasset State Park
- Potential impacts and benefits of highway tolls
- Difficulties caused by erratic state funding to Connecticut’s towns.
The Governor responded enthusiastically with ideas regarding State resource assistance in coastal resiliency planning, the development of an apparatus to foster regional resiliency planning, and new messaging regarding the benefits that could be derived from highway toll revenues including specific projects to reduce highway traffic congestion. Governor Lamont is also working on initiatives to increase air travel capacity and to enhance rail travel in an effort to reduce travel time in our part of the state.
Business stops during the Governor’s tour of downtown Madison included RJ Julia, Creations, Bella Perlina, JHortons, Tony’s Barbershop, and Madison Hose Company #1. Here is the group visiting The Madison Coffee Shop with owner Joe Harvey.