For Immediate Release: 9/21/2017

Contact: Marc E. Fitch

Mobile: 203-240-9085



State lawmakers, local leaders, and policy experts to debate  Connecticut town response to state budget crisis


Hartford - The day before October 1st -- when Gov. Dannel Malloy’s executive order will slash education funding for towns across Connecticut -- Yankee Institute is assembling local leaders, state lawmakers, and policy experts to discuss how municipalities can survive Connecticut’s fiscal crisis.

Yankee Institute’s Keep It Local summit will take place next Saturday, September 30th at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center in Wethersfield and will feature 24 speakers and panelists representing a range of political affiliations, levels of government, and areas of expertise.

Speakers include Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin; Stamford Mayor David Martin; Executive Director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Joe DeLong; Stonington First Selectman and former Congressman Rob Simmons; State Senator Paul Formica; and Manhattan Institute scholar Stephen Eide.

Lunch will feature a keynote address by Chuck Reed, the two-term Mayor of San Jose, California, whose labor reforms transformed his once-struggling city into a thriving success story. Kevin O’Connor -- a former Justice Department officer, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut and currently general counsel at Point72  Asset Management -- will open the summit with a talk on “Leadership in a Time of Crisis.”

The summit will focus on Connecticut’s towns as they confront the continuing budget crisis. Yankee Institute welcomes concerned citizens, activists, and potential future leaders to join the conversation.

This day-long event will include panels discussing education funding, municipal aid, regionalism and the future of Connecticut’s cities. The summit will also feature a “candidate track” hosted by the Leadership Institute which will provide training for future political candidates.

“With our state facing an unprecedented budget crisis, and local governments potentially facing massive state aid cuts, it is more important than ever that local leaders and state lawmakers come together and find a way to move forward that is fair for everyone,” said Yankee Institute’s Director of Legislative Outreach Joe Horvath.

“We invite everyone to join us for this timely discussion,” said Yankee Institute President Carol Platt Liebau. “Your views matter -- and they should be heard.”

For more registration information, the summit’s agenda, and a full list of speakers, please see our webpage here.

The Summit is open to all newspaper and television reporters who are interested in covering the event.

For more information, contact Kimberly Shea at Yankee Institute at 860-282-0722 or email


Share This