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Tuesday, September 27, 2022 2:08 PM

From the Record Journal Newspaper: "Vote Fishbein"

From the Record Journal Newspaper - 9/27/2022

Friday, September 23, 2022 8:50 AM

From the Record Journal Newspaper: "Support Fishbein"

From the Record Journal Newspaper - 9/23/2022

Thursday, September 22, 2022 8:56 AM

ENDORSED by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)!

The NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS (NFIB) is the LEADING small-business association in the country, with thousands of members in Connecticut, representing a cross-section of the state's economy. For more than 75 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners.
I am PROUD to announce that the NFIB has endorsed my re-election campaign for State Representative.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 9:41 AM

From the Record Journal Newspaper: "Re-Elect Craig Fishbein"

From the Record Journal Newspaper - 9/21/2022

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 9:07 AM

ENDORSED by the Independent Party of CT!

Now in addition to the Republican Party, the INDEPENDENT PARTY OF CONNECTICUT has endorsed the re-election campaign too! #TwoBallotPositions #GoodStuff #NovemberElection

Monday, September 19, 2022 9:33 AM

ENDORSED by the CT Realtors Association!

The Connecticut Realtors Association, Connecticut's largest trade organization with 20,000 members, has selected me as the BEST CANDIDATE for the district to "ensure a positive environment for living in or transferring property in Connecticut." Agreed.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 9:32 AM


As many know, I am a strong supporter of our State and Federal Constitutions, and the inalienable right to defend oneself recognized therein. My staunch and continued support of the foundations of our country have earned my campaign the endorsement, and an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 3:36 PM

CT Sees Uptick in Fraudulent Benefit Claims (How to Protect Against It)

It has been recently reported that an uptick in fraudulent claims benefits have been processed through the Department of Labor (DOL). I want to make you aware of this increasing threat, and provide resources so you can protect yourself, or your business, against criminals looking to steal your personal information.
Please click HERE for more information.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 11:36 PM

A petition to help families struggling to pay their energy costs

Today, I joined many of my colleagues in signing a petition asking for a special legislative session to consider using unassigned federal ARPA funds to bolster the Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) program.
As the economy enters recession, with inflation and energy prices climbing, many more Connecticut families are struggling to pay high energy bills this year.
Currently, the state's plan calls for a 40% decrease from last year's appropriation of $129 million (down to $79 million). This amount is even lower than pre-pandemic LIHEAP levels. Given the present economic times, there will most likely be more need for this funding, and I think that this would be a good use of the unallocated federal ARPA dollars our state has received.
Others may believe to the contrary, but that is the role of good-natured debate. The first step though, is a special session to begin those discussions. Here is a copy of the petition:

Saturday, September 3, 2022 12:05 AM


Always a fun-filled community event, this year the 2022 FISHBEIN/YMCA COMMUNITY ROAD RACE will take place on Sunday, October 2, the morning of the second day of Celebrate Wallingford.

Events include a 5K, 1M Walk, and a Youth Race. All proceeds go towards the Wallingford YMCA’s Community Support Campaign, which funds LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA (their cancer survivor program), as well as providing financial assistance for all of the Wallingford YMCA’s programs and services.

More info here:


Tuesday, August 30, 2022 3:30 PM

NEW Wallingford Police Department website unveiled!

Please be advised that the Wallingford Police Department has announced the launch of its new Department Website. This website will allow community members greater access to the agency and provide a platform to showcase agency events and officer achievements. It is my understanding that they will continue to grow the website as they move forward, and welcome feedback from the community.

Here is the link to the site:

Thursday, August 25, 2022 9:44 AM

From the Record Journal Newspaper: "Best Interests"

From the Record Journal Newspaper - 8/25/2022

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 11:18 AM

Public Hearing Regarding Escalating Costs for Home Heating

In early June, my Republican colleagues and I raised concerns about the financial pressure residents would experience this fall as they faced the skyrocketing expense of heating their homes. We proposed a plan to use some of the state's significant surplus funds to provide additional home heating assistance to those who would need it. Unfortunately, our plan fell on deaf ears.

However, Our concern on this subject continues as the legislature grapples with the reality that one-time federal funding for people who rely on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program has evaporated. I want you to know that there’s a public hearing Monday that provides you an opportunity to share your concerns about this topic either in person (via Zoom) or by submitting written testimony. I hope you’ll consider participating by telling state lawmakers about how rising home heating costs will impact you and your family members. Here’s how to participate:

Public Hearing: Committees on Appropriations, Energy, and Human Services

Monday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m. – Zoom

FFY 23 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Allocation Plan Proposed Amendment to the FFY 23 Low Income Household Water Assistance Program Grant Allocation Plan

The Appropriations, Energy and Technology and Human Services Committees will hold a joint public hearing, followed by committee meetings, on Monday, August 29, 2022, at 10:00 AM via Zoom. The public hearing can be viewed via YouTube Live.

Individuals who wish to testify via Zoom must register using the On-line Testimony Registration Form. Registration will close on Friday, August 26, 2022, at 3:00 PM. If you do not have internet access, you may provide testimony via telephone. To register to testify by phone, call the Phone Registrant Line at 860-240-0033 to leave your contact information.

Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to each committee at the following email addresses:

You can watch the hearing via CT-N or YouTube Live.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 9:00 AM

From the Record Journal Newspaper: "Living the American Dream"

From the Record Journal Newspaper - 8/24/2022

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 4:19 PM

Back to School Safety Tips!

With school starting and thousands of children soon waiting at the end of their driveways or on the side of a road for the bus, I wanted to remind everyone to be careful on our public roadways.

When school is in session, drivers should use extra caution, especially near bus stops, schools, playgrounds, and athletic fields.

Click below for safety tips!

Friday, August 12, 2022 9:19 AM

"Tax Free Week" is coming up!

With inflation causing prices to rise, we are paying more for everything we purchase, including food, clothing and fuel, and saving money is more important than ever.

And with school less than two weeks away for some students, I want to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 21 through Saturday, August 27.

Click HERE for more information and a general list of included items.


Thursday, July 28, 2022 4:02 PM

ENDORSED!!! by the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL)

I have an actual record of supporting law enforcement, victims of crimes, and our inalienable right to defend ourselves. THANK YOU to the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) for their recognition of my record, and their endorsement of my re-election campaign! #Fishbein4CT #NovemberElection #MiddlefieldCT #WallingfordCT #90CT

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 6:04 PM

FREE Museum Passes (For Children) This Summer!

I just wanted you to know that the popular “Connecticut Summer at the Museum” program has returned for the 2022 summer season, which enables Connecticut children to receive FREE ADMISSION at more than 130 museums across the state during the summer months.

Originally established in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is a way of providing children with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences. It is funded by money Connecticut received from the federal government under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Under the program, from July 1, 2022, to September 5, 2022, Connecticut children aged 18 and under – plus one accompanying Connecticut adult – can receive FREE ADMISSION to any of the participating museums, which include historic house museums, historic sites, historical societies, art museums, children’s museums, science centers, special-interest museums, natural history museums, university museums, arboretums/botanical gardens, and zoos.
Some of the notable attractions include:
• Connecticut Science Center, Hartford
• Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
• Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington
• Institute for American Indian Studies Museum, Washington
• Kidcity Children’s Museum, Middletown
• Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Norwalk
• Mystic Aquarium, Mystic
• Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic
• Prudence Crandall Museum, Canterbury

The full list of participating museums is available at


Friday, July 22, 2022 12:19 PM

New 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Unveiled

An important priority this past session was to address mental and behavioral needs of our residents. One important measure we passed included funding for the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

As of July 16th, that number is active. If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to either the 988 line, medical or emergency service professionals or trusted family and friends.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Help is available.

For more information, please click HERE.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 4:03 PM

Please Protect Your Pets - It is HOT Outside!

With hot temperatures here for the summer it’s important to be prepared, and that includes making sure your pets are safe, too.

Click below for tips from the American Red Cross, but essentially treat your pets like you treat yourself to stay cool.

Monday, July 18, 2022 9:01 AM

ENDORSED!!! (by the Connecticut State Fraternal Order of Police)

I am proud to receive the endorsement of the Connecticut Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. The Fraternal Order of Police is our country's largest law enforcement organization, and is known as “the voice of our nation’s law enforcement officers.” I thank the membership, and especially President Krupinsky for recognizing the many efforts I have undertaken to make Connecticut a safer place to operate a business and raise a family. #Fishbein4ct #90CT #BlackTheBlue

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 11:33 PM

Comment Period Open for Proposed Insurance Rate Increases

The Connecticut Insurance Department is considering substantial proposed rate increases for individual and small group (for employers with 50 or fewer workers) insurance markets. The average of the proposed rate increases is 20% which is well above what I consider reasonable, especially with inflation and high prices already taking too much money out of your wallet.
To learn more about the proposals, and for a link to send your comment to the Insurance Department, please click here:

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 2:52 PM

Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Our Adolescents

 Passed during the 2022 Legislative Session, HB5001 comprehensively addressed many concerns regarding mental health issues of adolescents. I am proud to have supported its passage. Below please find a synopsis of some of its content. Here is a link to the legislation's page:

Monday, July 11, 2022 9:11 AM

Recap of 2022 State Budget Discussions

A main purpose of the even year legislative session is to make adjustments to the state's biennial budget passed in the prior odd year session. The 2022 session's budget discussions were buoyed by hundreds of millions of one-time federal COVID relief dollars. Here is my synopsis of those budget discussions:

Saturday, July 9, 2022 9:09 PM

Some Brief Highlights of the 2022 Session

Friday, July 8, 2022 4:00 PM

Some of my priority bills during the 2022 session

In the 2022 legislative session, we handled well over 500 bills. Not all of them passed. I am proud to have worked with my colleagues to get many of my priority initiatives passed, some of which are highlighted here.

Thursday, July 7, 2022 8:55 AM

A Brief Recap of Juvenile Justice / Public Safety Reforms in the 2002 Session

In the 2022 session, we were able to get some juvenile justice reforms passed, although not all of our public safety bills were met with favor. Here is a brief recap.


Tuesday, June 28, 2022 9:10 AM

Wallingford 350th (+2): Three Cheers for Gaylord Gauntlet 2022!

Another FANTASTIC Wallingford350 Event was held over the weekend, the Annual Gaylord Gauntlet! One of my very favorite events of the year, which benefits the various programs for patients and the community as well as the Gaylord Sports Association which provides adaptive sports for people with physical disabilities.

(I must admit that inevitably I ask myself somewhere half-way through WHY I am putting myself through this. The self-doubt is quick though as I see the adaptive athletes who have had to overcome much more challenging obstacles than I have.) Their intestinal fortitude is both inspiring and motivational. THREE CHEERS! Hip, Hip, Hurray! Hip, Hip, Hurray! Hip, Hip ...


Wednesday, June 22, 2022 8:58 PM

Wallingford 350th (+2): Jubilee (Sip & Savor Event)

Another FANTASTIC TURNOUT at the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce's Sip & Savor event held this evening at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare as part of the Wallingford 350th (+2) Jubilee.

Congrats to Wallingford's own Tim Ryan on receiving the Chamber's Special Recognition Award, as well as the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club for receiving the Non-Profit of the Year Award!

A spectacular night for all! #WallingfordCT #350+2Jubilee

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 7:52 PM

Wallingford 350th (+2): Jubilee (Women's Day Tea)

A FANTASTIC turnout at this afternoon's Women's Day Tea, sponsored by the Wallingford Community Women as part of the Wallingford 350th (+2) Jubilee. Great food, great conversation, great friends and, of course GREAT TEA! #WallingfordCT #350+2Jubilee

Monday, June 20, 2022 9:11 PM

Wallingford 350th (+2): Jubilee (Essay Contest Winner Selected!)

Wallingford’s 350th +2 Jubilee has been the talk of the town for more than two years and despite the delay, I   was going to make sure Wallingford’s youth received the recognition they deserved for researching and writing about their favorite local historical figure.

Two years ago, before the pandemic suspended the town’s 350th Jubilee festivities, I sponsored a voluntary 400-500 word essay contest for Middle school students from both Dag Hammarskjold and James H. Moran Sr. Middle School on their “Favorite pre-1960 Wallingford Historical Figure, and Why?”

The winner – Luke Bobarsky, who wrote about Moses Yale Beach – was announced during the History Day Continental Breakfast at the Wallingford Historical Society on Monday, June 20th.  I read his winning essay to a crowd of more than 50 people gathered in front of the historical society building on Main Street.

In order to truly engage students with town history, I narrowed the theme to focus on Wallingford figures deceased prior to 1960. Essays were judged by each school’s administration based on form, style, research, grammar, and insight. From four finalists, I chose the top essay.

I’m proud of the work all of the students put into their entries.

The four finalists:

  • Luke Bobarsky, whose winning essay is addressed above.
  • Emilia R. Farrell, who wrote about John Brockett and Alfred L. Pierce.
  • Maritza Hernandez, who wrote about Lyman Hall.
  • Carter Lagasse, who wrote about Dr. Mark T. Sheehan.

The Wallingford Historical Society is located at 180 South Main Street, Wallingford.

Sunday, June 19, 2022 7:45 PM

Wallingford 350th (+2): Jubilee (All-Faith Service)

A very moving and inspirational Juneteenth All-Faith Service at Choate's St. John Chapel. Another GREAT EVENT in celebration of the Wallingford 350th (+2) Jubilee. Thank you very much to Lorraine Connelly and Jerry Farrell, Jr. for all their work in putting this program together. #WallingfordCT #350+2Jubilee

Sunday, June 19, 2022 9:17 AM

Happy CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM! Happy Juneteenth!

Earlier this year, I proudly joined my colleagues in the legislature as we passed important legislation in the recognition of FREEDOM, and Governor Lamont signed into law, Public Act 22-128, which makes June 19th an official state holiday known as Juneteenth Independence Day.
Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) is a commemoration of the end of slavery and marks the date Federal troops freed slaves in Texas following the Emancipation Proclamation which took effect on January 1, 1863. Juneteenth is also referred to as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day.
This new Connecticut law takes effect on October 1st of this year, which means Juneteenth will be officially recognized and first-celebrated as a state holiday next year on June 19, 2023.
I hope you’ll join me this, next, and every year to pause and reflect on how important our freedoms are, and the work that still needs to be done to ensure we are all equal.

Sunday, June 12, 2022 10:02 AM

GREAT TIME at the Most Holy Trinity Church Bazaar!

I met a lot of GREAT PEOPLE, and had a GREAT TIME this weekend cooking fried dough at the Most Holy Trinity Church Annual Bazaar. I hope that everyone else enjoyed the rides, the food and the general sharing of community spirit. #WallingfordCT #MHT


Thursday, June 9, 2022 6:48 PM

From Record Journal Media: "Rep. Fishbein Organizes Essay Contest"

"As a way to get the town’s youth involved in the upcoming Wallingford 350+2 Jubilee celebration, State Rep. Craig Fishbein created an essay contest for middle school students. Four finalists have been selected and the winner will be announced during the History Day breakfast on June 20, at 7:30 a.m. at the Wallingford Historical Society..."

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 5:06 PM

Republican Plan to Address Soaring Costs for Connecticut Residents

Yesterday, CT Republicans unveiled a detailed tax relief proposal to help save Connecticut residents from increasing costs on everything from gasoline to groceries.

Our plan - which can be achieved without budget cuts - would provide more than $740 million in tax relief, focusing on:
An income tax reduction for working- and middle-class families; Expanding the gas tax holiday to diesel; Eliminating the new highway use tax on trucks; Reducing the sales tax; Eliminating the meals tax; and Relief for energy costs such as heating oil.
The full plan can be accessed by clicking here:

Monday, June 6, 2022 8:37 AM

Presentation of Citation to the retiring Rev. Anne Bracket

Yesterday, Reverend Anne Bracket of the Yalesville United Methodist Church conducted her final Sunday service prior to "retiring" to the sunny state of Florida to teach religion to children.


I am very happy to have been a part of the ceremony and her day, presenting her with a Citation of Recognition from the legislature. Reverend Bracket is a special person that I have known for many years. Her service to the community and her congregation should be (and is) heralded. Good luck in Florida!

Thursday, June 2, 2022 11:47 AM

Great News! (Campaign Approved by the SEEC)

Earlier today we learned that our re-election campaign is one of the very first in the state to have complied with all the requirements of the Citizens' Elections Program (CEP) and have been approved by the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC). YEAH TEAM! #OnToNovember #Fishbein4CT

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 7:52 AM

Letter to the Editor: "Margin of Victory"

Monday, May 30, 2022 6:42 AM

Remembering Those Who Gave the Ultimate Sacrifice for Our Freedom

Saturday, May 28, 2022 11:25 AM

Essay Contest Winner to be Announced June 20!

Two years ago, before the pandemic suspended Wallingford’s 350th Jubilee festivities, I sponsored a voluntary 400-500 word essay contest for students from Dag Hammarskjold and Moran Middle Schools to write about their “Favorite pre-1960 Wallingford Historical Figure, and Why?”

The finalists (and ultimately the winner) will be recognized during the History Day Continental Breakfast at the Wallingford Historical Society, 180 South Main Street on Monday, June 20th. The breakfast begins at 7:30a.m.. See y’all there!

For more information:

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 9:37 AM

Republican Delegates UNANIMOUSLY Endorse My Re-Election!

Last night, the delegates to the Republican Convention for the 90th District unanimously supported my campaign for re-election. I am very proud of my record fighting for smaller government, lower taxes, and less interference in the day-to-day affairs of our law-abiding citizens. A heartfelt THANK YOU to all the delegates, and here's hoping that at least 50% +1 of the voters in Wallingford and Middlefield agree with their selection in November! #NovemberElection #Fishbein4CT

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:42 PM

National Police Week is May 11-17, 2022

THANK YOU to those that Protect and Serve!

Monday, May 2, 2022 10:29 PM

Catalytic Converter Bill Passes

Tonight, we passed SB 256 (a bill that went through both the Public Safety Committee, and the Judiciary Committee) to tackle the incredible increase of catalytic converter theft by prohibiting scrap yards and recyclers from accepting them unless attached to a vehicle or marked with an identifiable stock number. The legislation also requires scrap dealers to keep detailed records.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 7:13 PM

CT Humane Society (and Puppies) Visit the Capitol

The visit was too short, but spending a few minutes with adorable puppies from the CT Humane Society was a nice way to break up a long legislative session day.I want to thank the Society for bringing these wonderful, adoptable animals to the Capitol and highlighting the importance of pet adoption.
If you'd like more information on pet adoption, please go to their website at:

Saturday, April 16, 2022 12:31 PM

"Drug Take Back Day" is April 30th

I just wanted you to know that Saturday, April 30th, is National Drug Take Back Day. This is part of the DEA’s National Take Back Initiative to safely dispose of unwanted medications.
In WALLINGFORD Police Department is holding the event from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the police station parking lot located at 135 N. Main St. Drivers will be able to pull in, hand over the items and exit without having to leave their vehicle.
In MIDDLEFIELD, it will take place at the Middlefield Resident Troopers Office, located at 405 Main St, and you can also call their non-emergency number (860)349-9685 for more information
For even more information, including locations of other drop-offs, please click HERE:

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 9:41 AM

Rep. Fishbein participates in Workforce Development Roundtable Discussion

“Supporting the business community needs to be more than platitudes. We must listen to their needs, and make sure our laws don’t hamper their ability to hire qualified employees,” State Rep. Craig Fishbein said. “The manufacturing and construction industry have distinctly different hiring needs than small retail or healthcare employers. We must do more to support workforce development across all sectors.”

(Please click title of news item for more information.)

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 10:33 PM

The CT Renters’ Rebate Program is accepting applications

The CT Renters’ Rebate Program is accepting applications from now through October 1 for elderly and disabled renters. For additional questions, please contact the Renters’ Rebate Hotline at 860-418-6377 or online at Renters Rebate For Elderly/Disabled Renters Tax Relief Program ( can be accessed HERE.

Monday, April 4, 2022 8:17 PM

Rep. Fishbein and the Judiciary Committee Favorably Vote for Bill Strengthening Juvenile Justice Laws


“Over the last year, House Republicans have traversed the state calling for changes to the policies and procedures in our Juvenile Justice system. I’m pleased to announce that through negotiation and compromise many of the important provisions we’ve advocated for will be realized,” Rep. Craig Fishbein, Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee said. More information is available HERE.

Friday, April 1, 2022 9:12 PM

Kickball for a CAUSE! (Connecticut Foodshare)

Please join us on Monday, April 11th at 4:30 p.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts Park for the Inaugural CGA Kickball Classic.

This fun charity event will probably make you laugh and is GUARANTEED to make you feel good with ALL of the proceeds being donated to Connecticut Foodshare. Connecticut Foodshare, according to the website, “supports individuals and families – from one end of the state to the other – by addressing root causes, creating long-term solutions, and distributing nutritious food through local partner programs in an effort to alleviate hunger.”

The ONLY thing better than spending a Monday evening at the park watching your favorite legislators run around the bases like they’re at fifth grade recess is knowing you helped a great cause!

If you want to witness the sporting spectacle of the session, GET YOUR TICKETS here!

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 6:27 PM

CCDL Legislator of the Year Award!

A heartfelt THANK YOU to the CCDL (Connecticut Citizens Defense League), Connecticut's main gun rights group, comprised of 42,000 members strong, for voting me their 2021 LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR!

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 5:55 PM

Celebrating Read Across America Day!

Keeping with tradition and in celebration of Read Across America Day, today I was honored to join Ms. Porto’s 4th grade class at Pond Hill Elementary School to encourage reading and promote literacy.
The kids were able to enjoy a brief break from their normal class routine while I read “If I Ran Your School” and “Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth.”


Thanks again for hosting me!

Thursday, February 17, 2022 10:09 PM

Rep. Fishbein and Fellow House Republicans Unveil Full Legislative Proposals

Yesterday, the House Republican Caucus outlined our full legislative proposals for the 2022 Legislative Session to focus on restoring public safety, establishing good government practices, making Connecticut more affordable, ensuring educational resources are available to all students and addressing the needs of Connecticut's businesses. Our plan focuses on five key initiatives to tackle the most important issues facing Connecticut residents. To read our detailed proposals, please click HERE

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 10:19 PM

Rep. Fishbein and Fellow House Republicans Present Plan to Address Connecticut's Crime Crisis

Today, I joined my House Republican colleagues for a news conference outlining our legislative proposals addressing Connecticut’s crime crisis. We were also joined by victims and advocates to explain how the crisis has impacted them.

Our proposals are the result of months of discussions between law enforcement, crime victims, advocates, concerned citizens, government agencies and other stakeholders.

You can view our proposals here, and watch the news conference here:

Monday, January 31, 2022 4:45 PM

Meeting with members of the CT Apartment Association (CTAA)

Great meeting with members of the Connecticut Apartment Association (CTAA) discussing the difficulties of providing Connecticut residents with a vital service - that being clean, safe and adequate housing stock. Unfortunately, some denigrate the efforts of landlords to provide this service. I for one appreciate the efforts of these business people.

Friday, January 28, 2022 5:00 PM

Please Protect Your Animals from Cold Temperatures

With the potential for major snow this weekend, and with temperatures expected to stay low and wind chills making it feel even colder, it’s important to think about the care of your pets, too!

Some animals, like our state’s beloved Husky, enjoy being outside in the cold and snow, but even they have their limits. Leaving animals exposed to extreme weather is cruel, can be deadly for them, and could be against the law.

If you suspect abuse locally, please contact: Cheshire Animal Control, Wallingford Animal Control or your local police department.

The ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States offer good information and tips to keep animals safe and healthy.

To make sure your pets are properly protected and cared for, the Humane Society offers the following five tips to protect pets in winter, and guidelines on what to do if you suspect animals are being mistreated.

  • Keep pets sheltered
  • Bundle up, wipe down
  • Remove common poisons
  • Protect outdoor animals
  • Speak out

If you suspect an animal is being abused, including being left outside in extreme heat or cold, please:

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 10:23 AM

"An Honor and Pleasure" - From the RJ Newspaper 1/25/2022

It continues to be an honor and pleasure to represent my constituents in the legislature - standing up for smaller government, lower taxes, and less interference in the day-to-day affairs of our law-abiding citizens. I just wanted you to know that I recently filed to run, once again, for another term as State Representative.
During my tenure in the legislature, I have served on various committees, and gained diverse knowledge in many areas. I currently serve as the House Ranking Member (meaning that I am the House Republican Leader) on the Judiciary Committee, and also serve on the Environment Committee, as well as the Government Accountability & Elections Committee.
Through the state’s recent re-districting process, the 90th district has changed. Cheshire is no longer a part, but it has expanded easterly to include more of Wallingford, as well as all of Middlefield.
The possibility of representing Middlefield is especially heartwarming for me. Until their passing, my maternal grandparents lived there for many years, and my family runs a factory in town. I used to work there during summers from college. Through them, I have been a part of Middlefield for decades. I am extremely excited for the opportunity to represent Middlefield, and I just know that my grandparents are looking down proudly.
Connecticut needs to change its direction, fiscally and philosophically. Guided by the above principles, I have sought that change. As we head toward next November, I respectfully request that, should you support my efforts, you consider supporting my re-election. With that in mind, please know that campaign webpage is:, and through there we are presently seeking campaign donations.
A very happy 2022 to you and yours. I thank you in advance for your kind support, and look forward to another successful campaign for state office.
Very truly yours,

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 7:25 AM

Tax Season Information, Tips and Deadlines

With tax season rapidly approaching, I wanted to provide you with some information from the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) that includes deadlines, filing tips and links to programs that are available to assist you.
The filing deadline to submit 2021 tax returns or an extension to file and pay tax owed is Monday, April 18, 2022, for most taxpayers.
Please click HERE for more information, including links for tips or filing assistance.

Monday, January 17, 2022 10:25 AM

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On this day, we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man of compelling words and peaceful action, toward a just cause. Felled in his prime, sadly we will never know the mountaintops he would have reached, had he lived longer. Here, is just one of my favorite quotes:


Tuesday, January 11, 2022 9:47 PM

International Human Trafficking Awareness Day

I just wanted you to know that today is INTERNATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS DAY.

Human trafficking is abhorrent in any form, and strengthening state law to put an end to these abuses was one of my top priorities in the legislature last year, where I was proud to work with my colleagues to help draft and amend House Bill 6657 “An Act Concerning Human Trafficking”

More information and a link to this important legislation can be found here:

Sunday, January 9, 2022 2:46 PM

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Today is NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION DAY. Law enforcement is one of the very few jobs where daily a member leaves their home to work a shift, with those left not knowing if their loved one will ever be returning alive, nor in what condition. Today, if the opportunity arises, please thank a member of law enforcement for being one of the many first responders willing to keep us safe, no matter the threat. #THANKYOU #BackTheBlue #REfundThePolice

Friday, January 7, 2022 10:46 AM

Please Take My Legislative Survey Online

With the 2022 Legislative Session beginning on February 9th, I'd like to know which issues you believe are priorities.
With that in mind, I invite you to complete my brief 2022 Legislative Session Online Survey and provide your perspective on various topics, including: taxes and spending, the state's handling of the pandemic, the governor's emergency powers, government transparency, and many others.
I thank you in advance for your kind attention to this matter.
You can access the survey HERE.

Monday, November 2, 2020 12:13 PM

My "Candidate Profile" from the Cheshire Herald Newspaper

Craig Fishbein

Age: 55

Occupation: Attorney at FishbeinLaw Firm, LLC practicing Civil Rights, Domestic Violence, Family Law and General Civil Litigation.

Reason for Running: In Hartford, I have fought for (and will continue to fight for) smaller government, lower taxes, and less interference in the day-to-day affairs of our law-abiding citizens. I have fought not only the other party, but my own. I vote on matters not based upon the identity of its sponsor, but rather whether the item makes for proper government and sets Connecticut back on the right path. 

I tend to ask a lot of questions — some say too many questions. But, from my perspective, questions are necessary. Those in Hartford are not used to being questioned. I know for a fact that I have compelled change in Hartford, as well as a level of respect, for my knowledge and interpretation of the written word, as well as my skills of persuasion and negotiation. 

There are many times that I look around the room and imagine the many people that filled it prior to my tenure, and I truly get chills. Serving in the legislature has been an absolutely stupendous, fantastic, and exhilarating time, and I would like to continue in that position, fighting for the betterment of our state and the constituents of my district.

Three Critical Issues:

1. Pandemic Response: People are still significantly affected by the pandemic and now there appears to be a second wave mounting. Over the last six months, being a state representative drastically shifted to almost full time constituent services. For me, this meant contacting various departments, most commonly the Department of Labor, for many constituents that were having issues getting through to them about unemployment benefits. Timely dissemination of information also became extremely important. People just wanted to know what was going on, and when will it end (if ever). I am honored that I was able to help so many people (unfortunately) in their newfound time of need. Over the next months, our state will more than likely face even greater unemployment and business closings, and we will need to be prepared for a wave of even poorer economic activity than that of spring and fall.

2. Unfunded State Pension Liabilities: For years, these continuing obligations have gone on with our state government turning a blind eye. There is enough blame to go around to hit just about everyone who has been in power over that time. From my perspective, these are obligations that should be honored. The state pension crisis should be addressed by focusing attention on paying down the liability. The means are necessary, the attention needs to be focused. To that end, in 2018 we created a “budget volatility cap” which mandates that revenues over a certain amount are required to be applied to the unfunded pension debt. Through the imposition of this new procedure, the state recently paid $60 million toward this liability. That is sound fiscal policy, by addressing the shortfall through present revenue streams, instead of raising taxes — as that would unnecessarily hamper the economy.

3. Reducing Spending and Taxes: If we reduce taxes, people spend more in the private sector. If people spend more in the private sector, there will be more private sector jobs. If there are more private sector jobs then there are less people on public assistance programs. If there are less people on public assistance programs, there is a greater level of personal worth, and less need for tax dollars. It is cyclical, and it works. One of the hardest things about being in Hartford is that almost everyone is looking for money. For some legislators, it is easy to say “yes” to everyone. I recognize that, after years of (what some call) extravagant spending, and borrowing to pay for the spending, the time of reckoning is well upon us. In the end, it is hard to say no to the numerous requests, but those in Hartford have to put the future of our state at the forefront.

Saturday, October 31, 2020 5:27 PM

Protecting Our Families - Supporting Our Police - Tackling the Opioid Epidemic

I am proud of my record of supporting rank and file law enforcement personnel, as well as legislation focused on keeping our families and communities safe.

Saturday, October 31, 2020 5:21 PM

Increasing Our Safety - Protecting Our Children - Protecting Our Pets

Saturday, October 31, 2020 5:14 PM

Fiscal Accountability - Limited Government - Experienced Leadership

Saturday, October 31, 2020 5:08 PM

Creating a More Affordable Connecticut and Protecting Our Families

Friday, October 30, 2020 12:23 PM

Letter to the Editor of the Record Journal: "Fishbein Does His Homework"

Friday, October 30, 2020 12:20 PM

State Relaunches Temporary Rental Housing Assistance Program (TRHAP)

I just wanted to let you know that the state and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority have relaunched a rental assistance program for Connecticut residents impacted by COVID-19. The State will be offering assistance to landlords on behalf of renter households in order to prevent eviction actions.
Please click HERE for more information.

Monday, October 26, 2020 2:10 PM


I just wanted to let you know that the state recently allocated $15 million from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, which utilizes federal CARES Act money, to fund innovative workforce programs that will provide job training to more than 1,000 displaced workers in the state and connect them to high-growth, in-demand jobs.

More information can be found by clicking HERE.

Saturday, October 24, 2020 6:00 PM

Record Journal "Voices" asks about the Education MBR (Minimum Budget Requirement) and Local Control

The Record Journal asked:

“Connecticut’s Minimum Budget Requirement (MBR) prohibits a municipality from budgeting less for education than it did the previous year. Philosophically, do you agree with this means of state control over local town budgeting? Do you believe that a town like Wallingford, with declining student enrollment, should have more control over education funding, the same way it does on other vital services like public safety and public works?”

My answer:

“I understand the need for the MBR due to the fact that annually the state contributes millions of dollars for local education expenses. If the MBR went away, then arguably a municipality could artificially decrease their local education budget and seek more from the state, thereby burdening the taxpayers of other towns. On the other hand, I do think that municipalities should have the ability to reduce their budget based upon certain changed conditions. For that reason, in 2019 I co-sponsored HB5087, which would permit a municipality to reduce its education budget due to declining enrollment; HB5180, which would permit a decrease if a special education student was being serviced by a different school district; and HB5243, which would permit a decrease if the state reduced its contribution. Local elected officials should have more control over local budgets, and I am proud to be a part of these discussions in Hartford.”

Click HERE to read the full article.

Saturday, October 24, 2020 10:00 AM

VIDEO: My answer to the energy policy question at the WCW's Candidate Forum, 10/21/2020

Lauren Takores of the Record Journal Newspaper asks: “Eversource was criticized for implementing a rate increase in July, and then for prolonged power outages following tropical storm Isiasas in August, to the point where the legislature stepped in and created regulations around compensation for customers and the long power outages. What more should be done to ensure that the most vulnerable aren’t taken advantage of by utility companies?”

Thursday, October 22, 2020 9:41 AM

Rep. Fishbein Learns More About Electric School Buses

Yesterday afternoon, I joined some state and town officials at Dag Hammarskold Middle School in Wallingford, for a very interesting and informative demonstration and test ride of an fully electric school bus. Discussions are taking place regarding the possibility of state grants being made available to exchange old diesel buses for these new electric ones.

Thank you to Lion Electric Co., and officials from Wallingford Public Schools, Wallingford Electric Division and Durham School Services for providing this opportunity, answering our many questions, and presenting more transportation options to the district.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 1:55 PM


I just wanted to share with you that the state is launching the Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program to assist small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the economic downturn caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will provide businesses and nonprofits in Connecticut that have fewer than twenty employees or a 2019 payroll of less than $1.5 million with a one-time grant of $5,000.

More information can be found HERE:

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 1:24 PM

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, October 1, 2020 2:50 PM

Rep. Fishbein Once Again Stands Up For Electric Rate Payers

"The recent storms that ripped through Connecticut devastated electric infrastructure and forced people to go without electricity and other basic needs for days on end. That situation was more than inconvenient, it was dangerous, and I'm pleased we were able to pass this bipartisan legislation to provide benchmarks that will hold public electricity providers accountable when they fail to meet the basic needs of their customers..."

Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:38 AM

DMV amends extension of deadlines for several credentials

Please be aware that the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is extending deadlines again for several expiring credentials. The change impacts credentials that expired between March 10, 2020 through November 30, 2020. Late fees will be waived for qualifying credentials.

Deadlines have been extended for the following DMV transactions:
-- All licenses, permits, and identification cards, including commercial driver’s licenses
-- Motor vehicle and boat registrations
-- Emissions testing and retesting
-- Permanent disability placard

For more information, please click here: HERE

Saturday, September 26, 2020 7:11 PM


While my opponent is endorsed by groups that want to de-fund the police, and further restrict your ability to lawfully defend yourself in your own home, I have an actual record of supporting law enforcement, victims of crimes, and our right to defend ourselves. THANK YOU to the CCDL (Connecticut Citizens Defense League) for their endorsement of my campaign,

and to the NRA Institute for Legislative Action for my "A" rating based upon my record.

Monday, September 21, 2020 9:24 AM

"An Employer's Guide to CT's new Paid Family Leave Program (PFMLA)"

Recently, Governor Lamont announced the launch of a new website – – the goal of which is helping Connecticut businesses and residents to understand their roles, rights, and responsibilities based on the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA).

The Connecticut Paid Leave program is set to begin on January 1, 2021, making the new website a vital tool for all impacted employees, employers, sole proprietors and self-employed individuals to understand their roles and responsibilities. Paid Leave program benefits become accessible to qualified employees beginning on January 1, 2022.

The new website serves as more than just an informational guide to the new PFMLA legislation, but also provides many of the tools needed by employers, employees, third-party administrators and healthcare professionals to begin preparing for and implementing the changes necessitated by this new program.

Some of these tools include:

· Downloadable fact sheets, video guides and timelines specific to employer, employee and sole proprietor/self-employed individuals' needs.

· An estimator tool to help employees anticipate payroll deductions. (The program is funded through payroll deductions)

· Resources for sole proprietors and self-employed individuals interested in opting in to the program.

· Resources for employers interested in applying for an exemption from the program.

· Resources specific to all business types on how to register with the CT Paid Leave Authority.

· Frequently Asked Questions that are updated periodically to include the most common inquiries as this new program is rolled out.

I hope that you find this website's information to be helpful to you, yours family, and your business.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 10:53 PM

The Recent "Insulin Bill" and Its Collateral Consequences

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 9:31 AM

Wallingford Police Department to Conduct Their Annual School Supplies Drive

On Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Wallingford Police Department, Community Police Division will again sponsor its yearly School Supplies Drive.
COVID-19 has caused a greater need for supplies due to the fact that as a safety precaution, these items may not be shared between students.

As a result, this year, there is a special request for masks and calculators, in addition to standard supplies such as backpacks, pens, pencils and crayons, rulers, glue sticks, paper and notebooks.

Officers will be wearing face masks and stationed in the rear parking lot of the police department located at 135 North Main Street to accept donations. Those who wish to donate will not need to leave their vehicles and can exit our parking lot onto Center Street.

Please stay safe and healthy as we work together through these difficult times.

Monday, August 31, 2020 5:21 PM


Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:35 PM


Monday, June 29, 2020 5:35 PM


Please be advised that the above administrative agencies have determined that re-usable grocery bags "do not serve as a significant source of infection for COVID-19" and are therefore re-imposing the plastic bag tax, effective July 1, 2020. Their joint press release is here: CT says, "Re-Usable Grocery Bags Don't Spread COVID-19 Anymore".

Please stay safe and healthy through these difficult times. #CoronaVirusCT #HopesAndPrayers

Saturday, June 27, 2020 11:25 AM


Please be advised that letters are going out this Monday (6/29/2020) to some Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) filers who are close to exhausting their federal benefits. (That is the federal program which allowed for an extension of 13 weeks to those that had already exhausted their traditional benefits.) The letters will indicate that those filers should wait until end of PEUC federal payments to apply for possible state extended benefits so as to prevent overlap, and facilitate smooth transition. (More info is on the DOL release here:  DOL Release Re: PEUC Filers - 6/25/2020

Please stay safe and healthy through these difficult times. #CoronaVirusCT #HopesAndPrayers

Saturday, May 9, 2020 9:32 AM

Governor Lamont's unilateral May 20 Re-Opening Guidelines

Here are Governor Lamont's unilateral Re-Opening Guidelines as issued yesterday.

Sector Rules for May 20th Reopen

Please stay safe and healthy through these difficult times. #CoronaVirusCT #CoronaVirusUSA #HopesAndPrayers

Thursday, May 7, 2020 11:28 AM


For the self-employed that have been waiting for the Dept. of Labor's red PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance) button to finally appear, it ... is ... HERE! (Finally...) Please stay safe and healthy as we work together through this pandemic. #CoronaVirusCT #CoronaVirusUSA #HopesAndPrayers

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