Today we are speaking with Connecticut 40th District State Representative Christine Conley. She represents parts of Groton and Ledyard. We’ll be talking about how the Connecticut legislature functions, the integral role of bipartisan cooperation in the structure of the legislature, and the peculiar way that elected representatives can find themselves serving as customer service for state agencies.
As a member of Groton, CT Representative Town Meeting, when I first learned of George Floyd’s murder, my first thought was to check with our own police department and find out if the problems that are endemic in some other departments existed here. In a number of conversation with Chief LJ Fusaro, I found that, while no institution is perfect, the culture of de-escalation and cooperation with community is strong, and the desire to improve is pronounced.
I wanted to give Chief Fusaro the opportunity to share the culture and policies of our local department to share in detail an example of a police department focused on working with rather than over their community.
In the interview, Chief Fusaro mentions Sir Robert Peel, and I believe it would valuable for all of us to become acquainted with the 9 Principles and 3 Core Ideas he laid out for good policing.
Pam Days-Luketich is the community development officer at Liberty Bank. Possibly the best job in the world, her job is to network in the community, connect people to resources, and connect bank programs to those who can benefit from them.
David Haberfeld is a real estate investor and entrepreneur, owning over 50 investment properties, a car dealership Automotive Plus, and a property management company Landlord Solutions. As a teenager, David thought that making $20 an hour as a waiter was the pinnacle of career success, but has ambition and entrepreneurial spirit led him from flipping cars to real estate investing to where he is today. In his youthful enthusiasm, he didn’t understand the need for a mentor, so he learned many lessons the hard way, and shares that learning so that others can learn from his story.