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CCM Names State Senator Steve Cassano of Manchester and State Representative Tami Zawistowski of East Granby as State Legislators of the Year

CCM Names State Senator Steve Cassano of Manchester and State Representative Tami Zawistowski of East Granby as State Legislators of the Year

For Immediate Release

Kevin Maloney (203) 710-3486

State Senator Steve Cassano of Manchester and State Representative Tami Zawistowski of East Granby have been named State Legislators of the Year for 2019 by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM).

Senator Cassano and Representative Zawistowski were honored and presented with their awards at CCM’s Annual Convention on December 3 and 4 at Foxwoods Resort.

Senator Cassano

Senator Cassano represents the residents of the 4th State Senate District towns of Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury, and Manchester. He was first elected to the Senate in 2010 and was re-elected in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

"Connecticut would not be the great state it is without healthy cities and towns. CCM has been a great partner and advocate for communities throughout Connecticut for many years,” said Senator Cassano. 

“Senator Cassano has been a dynamic leader over four decades who exemplifies the strongest commitment to community involvement and the needs of Connecticut towns and cities – regionally, statewide and nationally,” said Joe DeLong, CCM Executive Director. “He always plays a major role in promoting proposed legislation that is beneficial to towns and cities and property taxpayers.”   

Steve is Co-Chairman of the Planning & Development Committee, a Vice Chair of the Public Safety & Security and Transportation Committees, and a member of the Insurance & Real Estate, Public Safety & Security, and Transportation Committees. 

Steve was first elected to public office as the deputy mayor of Manchester in 1977, serving as mayor from 1991 to 2005 at a time that included the development of Buckland Hills, the redevelopment of Main Street, and a major expansion of new industrial parks. He taught Sociology at Manchester Community College for 28 years, and he and his wife Holly operate The Children’s Place, an 8,000 square-foot day care center in Manchester.

He is a past president of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and the National Association of Regional Councils, and is the former chairman of the Capitol Region Council of Governments. Steve has served on multiple national and statewide task forces and boards that have addressed critical, everyday issues such as transportation, energy, education, homeland security and the environment.

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East Granby honoree

Representative Zawistowski 

Representative Zawistowski represents the 61st General Assembly District serving Suffield, East Granby, and Windsor. She was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2014, and was re-elected in the 2014, 2016, and 2018 general elections. 

"Representative Zawistowski has a deep commitment to her constituents and shows a significant understanding of local government in her district as well as across the state,” said Joe DeLong, CCM Executive Director. “Her work on key committees is critical to municipal interests and she always assesses the local government impact on all legislation that comes before her.”  

She serves as the Ranking Member of the legislature's Planning and Development Committee, while also serving on the Appropriations and Transportation Committees.

She is a small business owner and a former bank executive vice president who also holds professional experience in real estate finance and property valuation.

Tami first sought a seat in the legislature over concern for Connecticut’s financial future, particularly a state budget that tests the boundaries of the Constitutional Spending Cap and includes levels of borrowing that will burden future generations. Tami is an advocate for efforts to create a more favorable tax and regulatory environment in order to improve our state’s ability to compete with other states, encouraging both entrepreneurship and the expansion of existing companies.