From the Office of the Senate Majority Leader


New Haven: Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney (D-New Haven) is pleased to announce that he has appointed East Haven Mayor April Capone Almon to be a volunteer member of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW).

The position, which is unpaid, begins immediately and ends on June 30, 2012. In a letter to Mayor Almon, Senator Looney wrote, “I am confident that your experience and knowledge will be of great value to the Commission. I greatly appreciate your willingness to make this significant commitment.”

Senator Looney says the mayor will be an effective advocate for the advancement of women in government and business, “Mayor April Capone Almon understands that issues such as domestic violence, access to affordable daycare, and pay-equity aren’t just women’s issues—they affect us all. I thank her for accepting this position and pledging to work hard on behalf of families in Connecticut.”

“I am very grateful to Senator Looney for providing me the opportunity to volunteer for this prestigious commission,” said Mayor Almon. “I have long believed that equality increases the quality of life for all of us; women, children and men. I look forward to serving the people of Connecticut as a member of the PCSW and ensuring that the issues that are so vital to our society continue to be addressed.”

In its list of goals for the 2011 legislative session, the PCSW ranks helping small businesses, reducing workplace discrimination, and increasing access to health care as some of its top priorities.

The PCSW is a non-partisan arm of the General Assembly that monitors, critiques and recommends changes to legislation to inform public policy, and assesses programs and practices in State agencies for their effect on the state’s women.

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