Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Crisco named to appropriations panel

HARTFORD - As the General Assembly prepares for the start of the 2014 legislative session, state Sen. Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. , D-Woodbridge, will be taking on new responsibilities as a member of the legislature’s powerful Appropriations Committee.

Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr., D-Brooklyn, recently notified Crisco of his appointment to the committee, and wished him well in his new position.

“This is a great honor that comes with enormous responsibilities,” Crisco said. “I’m grateful to Senator Williams for recognizing my expertise on fiscal matters as Chair of the Insurance Committee and Vice Chair of the Banks and Commerce Committees. I look forward to adding my perspective to the vigorous debates we will surely have this session on some of the most salient issues facing our state.”

“Joe is a knowledgeable and dedicated legislator," Williams said. “His experience and understanding of the state budget will be an asset to the Appropriations Committee.”

The Appropriations Committee consists of 11 senators and 45 representatives. It has cognizance over all matters pertaining to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies. Other issues within its purview include state employees’ salaries, benefits and retirement, teachers’ retirement, veterans’ pensions and collective bargaining agreements.

“The legislature’s capacity for spurring job creation and creating a pro-small business environment is inextricably linked with state spending,” Crisco said.
“We need to strike a fine balance by keeping our fiscal house in order, and also making critical investments that lead to long-term growth and prosperity. This is a challenge I am eager to take on in my new role.”

In addition to his appointment on the Appropriations Committee, Crisco is Chair of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee and Chair of the legislature‘s Internship Committee.
He is Vice Chair of the Banks and Commerce Committees, and a member of the Executive and Legislative Nominations and Legislative Management Committees.

This is a press release from Crisco's office. 

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