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Support Raised H.B. No. 7143: AN ACT CONCERNING THE LENGTH OF RUNWAY 2-20 AT TWEED-NEW HAVEN AIRPORT. 
To eliminate the restriction on the length of Runway 2-20 at Tweed-New Haven Airport.

On February 25, the Transportation Committee will be hearing testimony regarding HB 7143. We will pass along the time of the hearing as soon as we know via our social media channels. If you will not be available to testify on Monday, please consider submitting written testimony to tratestimony@cga.ct.gov

Why do we need a longer runway?

1.    Tweed's scheduled passenger service is restricted to daily service to Philadelphia and weekly flights to Charlotte, due in part because regional jet aircraft need a longer runway to fly to more distant hub locations like Chicago and Charlotte. Additional destinations are vital to economic growth.  

2.    Nearly half (49%) of air travelers from Southern Connecticut are using New York City area airports rather than Bradley or Tweed. This is a major inconvenience to the business traveler and lost economic opportunity for Connecticut.

3.    For the entire region, new airline service and/or expanded service by American to other hub cities beyond Philadelphia will attract investment to our region; support the growth of existing businesses and make it easier for people to travel to and from New Haven for business and academic reasons as well as for tourism.

To track the bill's progress, click here.

Yale New Haven becomes first in CT to perform pediatric heart transplants
Yale New Haven Children's Hospital (YNHCH) announced that it has become the first hospital in Connecticut and Rhode Island to receive certification from the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) to perform pediatric heart transplants. UNOS serves as the nation's Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network under federal contract.

Last summer, Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, in collaboration with Yale School of Medicine and its clinical practice Yale Medicine, recruited world-renowned leaders in pediatric cardiac surgery to join the team of specialists at the children's hospital. Dr. T-Y Hsia is Yale Medicine's (YM) new chief of pediatric cardiac surgery at YNHCH and professor of surgery at Yale School of Medicine (YSM); and Dr. Peter J. Gruber is YM's associate chief of pediatric cardiac surgery at YNHCH and professor of surgery at YSM. They join Dr. Jeremy Asnes, YM's director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at YNHCH and associate professor cardiology at YSM, and the rest of the new YNHCH Heart Center team.  Read More

Guilford first selectman named Tweed interim executive director
Guilford First Selectman Matthew Hoey has been named to an unpaid, part-time position as interim executive director of the Tweed New Haven Airport Authority.

Hoey, a member of the authority board - which unanimously approved his appointment Wednesday - agreed to take on the role temporarily. He said he expects the job to last "for a couple of months."

The appointment fills the gap created by the departure of Executive Director Tim Larson, who left to begin a new job within Gov. Ned Lamont's The appointment fills the gap created by the departure of Executive Director Tim Larson, who left to begin a new job within Gov. Ned Lamont's administration leading the Office of Higher Education. Read More
 

Gov. Lamont: New Haven should be 1st in New England to reach 5G
Gov. Ned Lamont came to the city Wednesday to praise Google and all entrepreneurs, while also setting a goal that New Haven become the first to reach utltra-fast 5G cellular technology in New England.

"We are working on that every day," Lamont told officials, including Mayor Toni Harp at the Grow with Google workshops and one-on-one counseling held at the New Haven Free Public Library.

More than 150 people from the region attended the free daylong event where they sought advice on using the media behemoth to help them start a business or attract customers. Read More  

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