SOUTHINGTON – State Representative Tami Zawistowski (R-61) was recently recognized by the Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST) as a “Town Crier” at their 2020 Town Meeting.
COST was founded in 1975 and is the only association exclusively dedicated to standing up for the state’s smaller towns. Any town with fewer than 35,000 residents is eligible to join the association, which currently represents the interests of 142 of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities.
The prestigious Town Crier award recognizes state legislators for their efforts in promoting the interests of small towns. This year, Rep. Zawistowski was recognized alongside Sen. Paul Formica, Sen. Christine Cohen, Rep. Cristin McCarthy-Vahey, and Rep. Gail Lavielle.
According to the organization, Rep. Zawistowski was selected for the award based on her, “efforts as Ranking Member of the legislature’s Planning & Development Committee to address numerous issues, including efforts to address unfunded mandates, facilitate voluntary regional/shared service programs, and support changes in land use laws to promote economic development, such as Tax Increment Districts, Land Bank Authorities, and Arts & Cultural Districts.”
The Planning and Development Committee has cognizance of all matters concerning local governments and related state programs. The Ranking Member serves as the leader of the minority party in committee meetings.