Connecticut General Assembly

2005 Legislative Guide

 

Miscellaneous Agencies and Functions

AUDITORS OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

Auditor, Kevin P. Johnston (Dem.)
860-240-8651
Room 116, Capitol

Auditor, Robert G. Jaekle (Rep.)
860-860-8653
Room 114, Capitol

The Auditors of Public Accounts are appointed by the General Assembly and are responsible to that body.  The bipartisan nature of the office, including a Democratic and Republican auditor, make it possible for this office to function independently of partisan or special interest considerations.

The Auditors of Public Accounts are required by statute to audit, biennially, the accounts of each agency of state government, all institutions supported by the state, and annually all quasi-public bodies created by the General Assembly.  The auditors not only provide this fiscal audit function, but also are authorized to examine the operations and performance of state agencies to determine their effectiveness in achieving legislative purposes.

In accordance with law, they must report any unauthorized, illegal, irregular or unsafe handling or expenditure of state funds to the Governor, the State Comptroller, the Clerk of each House of the General Assembly, the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee, and the Attorney General.  Under the provisions of Section 4-61dd, known as the Whistle Blower Act, the auditors  investigate all whistle blower complaints and matters of corruption, unethical practices, and violations of State laws or regulations and report their findings and recommendations to the Attorney General.  At the request of the Attorney General or on their own initiative, they assist in any continuing investigation.

Copies of audit reports as well as other pertinent information regarding the Auditors of Public Accounts can be found on their website (http://www.state.ct.us/apa).

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PERMANENT COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

18-20 Trinity Street
860-240-8300
pcsw@cga.ct.gov
http://www.cga.ct.gov/pcsw

The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women was created in 1973 by an act of the Connecticut General Assembly.  Under Title 46 (a), Chapter 812 of the State Statutes, a seventeen-member Commission, staff and volunteers work to eliminate sex discrimination in Connecticut.

The Commission’s mandate is to:

Commission Members

Susan O. Storey, Chairperson
Cindy R. Slane, Vice Chairperson
Robin L. Sheppard, Secretary
Jean L. Rexford, Treasurer
Marcia A. Cavanaugh
Anne Dailey
Barbara DeBaptiste
Sandra Hassan
Patricia T. Hendel
Adrienne Farrar Houel
Tanya Meck
Carrie Gallagher Sussman
Patricia E. M. Whitcombe

Legislative Members

Senator Andrew J. McDonald
Senator John A. Kissel
Representative Michael P. Lawlor
Representative Robert Farr

Staff Members

Leslie J. Gabel-Brett, Executive Director
Susan H. Hoover, Special Projects Coordinator
Natasha M. Pierre, Associate Legislative Analyst
Barbara Potopowitz, Public Information Officer
Rosemary Lopez, Senior Administrative Assistant
Lillie Wright, Senior Administrative Assistant
Pamela M. Dove, Nontraditional Employment for Women Program Administrator
Doreen Fredette, Nontraditional Employment for Women Training Coordinator

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COMMISSION ON CHILDREN

18-20 Trinity Street
860-240-0290
coc@cga.ct.gov

The Commission on Children was created in 1985 by an act of the Connecticut Legislature.  Under Public Act 85-584 this 25-member bipartisan commission, staff and volunteers work together to generally oversee matters concerning children and youth

By law, the Commission is charged to: assess and coordinate state programs affecting children; annually review the statutes concerning children and report findings to the Governor and Legislature; meet with representatives of the executive and judicial branches to review their respective responsibilities and to receive recommendations for study; meet with private providers of service to children, foster parents and support groups to understand their concerns and to receive recommendations for study; receive legislative requests for study; enlist the support of the leaders of the business and education communities, state and local governments and the media to improve the daily delivery system, state budget process and state policies concerning children; serve as a liaison between government and private groups concerned with children; and coordinate activities with the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.

The general purpose of these activities is to identify and promote public policy and coordinate efforts that support and improve the development of children and strengthen the capability of families to provide for children's basic needs.

Commission Members

Judith A. Busch, Esq., Chair
John Yrchik, Secretary
James P. Cordier, Vice-Chair
Josh Piteo, Treasurer

Legislative Members

Senator Mary Ann Handley
Senator Christopher S. Murphy
Representative Demetrios S. Giannaros
Representative Michael P. Lawlor

Members

Maryann Campbell
Joseph P. Clary, Esq.
Mary K. Fox
Alex Geertsma, M.D.

Alison Hilding
Carl Hooper
Josh Piteo
Mary Grace Reed
Laura Lee Simon
Commissioner Darlene Dunbar, DCF
Commissioner Patricia Wilson-Coker, DSS
Commissioner Peter H. O'Meara, DMR
Commissioner J. Robert Galvin, DPH
Commissioner Betty J. Sternberg, SDE
Commissioner Theresa Lantz, DOC
Secretary Marc Ryan, OPM
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal
Chief Court Administrator Judge Joseph H. Pellegrino

Staff

Elaine Zimmerman, Executive Director
Elizabeth C. Brown, Legislative Director
Thomas Brooks, Esq., Counsel
Patricia H. Estill, Special Projects Director
Dawn Homer-Bouthiette, Family Strength and Parent Leadership Director
Rachel Levy, Executive Secretary
Edelmira Luciano, Legislative Secretary

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LATINO AND PUERTO RICAN AFFAIRS COMMISSION

18-20 Trinity Street
860-240-8330
laprac@cga.ct.gov

The Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission was created in 1994 by an act of the Connecticut Legislature.  Under Public Act 94-152, this 13-member nonpartisan commission and staff work to ensure proper representation and recognition of the Latino and Puerto Rican communities.

By law, the Commission is charged to: 

(1)   Review and comment on any proposed state legislation and regulations that would affect the Latino and Puerto Rican populations in the state and provide to members of the General Assembly copies of any such comments;

(2)   Advise and provide information to the Governor and the General Assembly on the state's policies concerning the Latino and Puerto Rican communities; 

(3)   Advise the Governor and the General Assembly concerning the coordination and administration of state programs serving the Latino and Puerto Rican populations; 

(4)   Maintain a liaison between the Latino and Puerto Rican communities and governmental entities including, but not limited to, the General Assembly;

(5)   Encourage Latino and Puerto Rican representation at all levels of state government, including state boards and commissions, and maintain an accessible list of prospective appointees who are members of the Latino or Puerto Rican community; 

(6)   Secure appropriate recognition of the accomplishments and contributions of the Latino and Puerto Rican populations of the state;

(7)   Work in consultation with the joint committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to legislative management for the purpose of establishing a plan of short-term and long-term initiatives based on the needs of the Latino and Puerto Rican community; and

(8)    Prepare and submit to the Governor an annual report concerning its activities with any appropriate recommendations concerning the Latino and Puerto Rican populations of the state and submit a copy of the report to the joint committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to legislative management, which committee shall distribute a copy of the report to each member of the General Assembly.

Commission Members

Ramón L. Arroyo, Chairperson
Alcides Ortiz, Vice Chairperson
Ivette Servera, Past Chairperson
Patricia Zuluaga, Secretary
Sonia Ayala, Treasurer
Abner Burgos-Rodríguez
Manuel Garcia
Eva Maldonado
Angel Reyes
Awilda S. Reasco
Maritza Tirú
Norma Rodríguez-Reyes
Luis A. Menėndez
Ann E. Negron
Raul Rodríguez

Staff

Fernando Betancourt, Executive Director
Clarisa Cardone, Sr. Legislative Secretary
Tersee Flores, Legislative Secretary
Moraima Gutierrez, Public Information Officer
Lucy Goicoechea Hernández, Special Projects & Grants Coordinator
Werner Oyanadel, Associate Legislative Analyst

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AFRICAN-AMERICAN AFFAIRS COMMISSION

State Capitol Room 509
860-240-8555
Fax 860-240-8444
aac@cga.ct.gov

The African-American Affairs Commission was created in 1997 by an act of the Connecticut Legislature.  Under Public Act 97-11, Section 24, a (13) thirteen- member Commission, a staff and volunteers work to ensure adequate representation and recognition of the African-American population in Connecticut.

By law, the Commission is charged to: review and comment on proposed state legislation and regulations that would affect the African-American population in the state; advise and provide information to the Governor on the state's policies concerning the African-American communities; advise the Governor concerning the coordination and administration of state programs serving the African-American population; maintain a liaison between the African-American communities and governmental entities; encourage African-American representation at all levels of state government, including state boards and commissions; secure appropriate recognition of the accomplishments and contributions of the African-American population of the state; and prepare and submit to the Governor an annual report concerning its activities with any appropriate recommendations concerning the African-American population of the state.

Commission Members

George S. Logan, Chairperson
Michael Jefferson, Vice Chairperson
Lillie B. Crosby, Secretary
Toni Bosley, Treasurer

Charles Kenneth Botts, III
Deloris Franks
Kurt Harrison
Rosetta Jones
Derrick McBride
Victoria O. Odesina

Staff

Vanessa Burns, Executive Director
Cheryl Harris Forbes, Public Affairs/Special Projects Coordinator
Denise R. Crosby, Executive Assistant
Frank Sykes, Legislative Analyst II

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CAPITOL CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

860-240-0330
450 Broad Street

In 1987, the Connecticut General Assembly passed Special Act No. 87-78 allowing for the Joint Committee on Legislative Management to establish an on-site daycare facility.  In 1988, the Capitol Child Development Center, Inc., was created to provide quality developmental childcare for legislators and employees of the Legislative, Judicial and Executive branches of the state government.

Board of Directors of
The Capitol Child Development Center

Ray Gilkes, President, Treasurer
Barbara Hennessy, Secretary
Pat Asher
State Representative William R. Dyson
Jeff Beckham
Jacqueline Gilligan (ex-officio)
Robert Poudrier
Carol Sinicrope (ex-officio)

Management Staff

Jacqueline Gilligan, Director
Carol Sinicrope, Program Director

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LEGISLATIVE REPORTERS

Rooms 409, 409A, Capitol

Associated Press Susan Haigh
Noreen Gillespie
860-524-7857
860-524-7858
Connecticut Post Ken Dixon 860-549-4670
Connecticut Public Radio Av Harris 860-246-4184
Conn. Radio Network Steve Kotchko
Mark Sims
860-527-1901
Danbury News-Times Fred Lucas 860-548-9888
Eagle View Press John T. Brown Jr.
Kara Ingraham Prawl  
203-323-0892
Hartford Courant  Christopher Keating
Bill Leukhardt
Mark Pazniokas
860-241-6656
860-241-3850
860-241-6657
Journal Inquirer  Keith M. Phaneuf 860-547-1066
Metro Networks Ted Lorson 860-616-1993
New Haven Register Gregory B. Hladky 860-524-0719
New London Day Ted Mann 860-278-5869
New York Times Bill Yardley 860-247-2991
Stamford Advocate Tobin Coleman 860-727-9547
Waterbury Republican-American Trip Jennings 860-727-0460
News 12 TV Jim Murphy 203-849-1321
WFSB TV Channel 3  Dave Ward 860-244-1700
WSHU-FM Radio Ebong Udoma 860-527-0070
WTNH TV Channel 8 Mark Davis 860-296-8882
800-922-4814
WVIT TV Channel 30 Tom Monahan 860-521-3030
WTIC 1080 AM Chris Francis 860-677-6700
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