On Monday, March 14, the Waterbury Regional Chamber will host its 2016 Legislative Dinner from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., with dinner and program at 6:30 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 1284 Strongtown Road in Southbury. Held annually, this event provides businesspeople from throughout the Chamber’s 14-town region an exclusive opportunity to directly hear keynote speaker, State of Connecticut State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, discuss priorities for the state’s business community. Comptroller Lembo will offer his thoughts on how Connecticut can eliminate the peaks and valleys in state finances, and discuss his solution to the state’s unfunded pension issue.

   In addition, Paul S. Timpanelli, Bridgeport Regional Business Council President and CEO, will discuss the Metro Chamber/CBIA Statewide Initiative, of which the Waterbury Regional Chamber is a member.  The group sent a letter to Governor Malloy asking him to change the way the state operates in order to create more certainty and sustainability in state finances.  Mr. Timpanelli will discuss the letter and the ongoing lobbying efforts on behalf of the business community.

   During the dinner, attendees will also be able to interact with the region’s state legislative delegation. Legislators invited to attend include Senators Danté Bartolomeo, Joseph Crisco, Joan Hartley, Robert Kane, and Joe Markley. State Representatives invited include Al Adinolfi, Jeffrey Berger, Eric Berthel, Larry Butler, Theresa Conroy, Victor Cuevas, Anthony D’Amelio, Mary Fritz, David Labriola, Craig Miner, Selim Noujaim, Arthur O’Neill, John Piscopo, Rosa Rebimbas, Robert Sampson and Lezlye Zupkus.

   Municipal officials invited to attend from the Waterbury Regional Chambers’ 14 town district includes: Christopher J. Bielik, First Selectman, Beacon Falls; Leoard Assard, First Selectman, Bethlehem; Michael A. Milone, Town Manager, Cheshire; Edward B. St. John, First Selectman, Middlebury; N. Warren “Pete” Hess III, Mayor, Naugatuck; George R. Temple, First Selectman, Oxford; Robert J. Chatfield, Mayor, Prospect; Jeff Manville, First Selectman, Southbury; Edward V. Mone, First Selectman, Thomaston; Neil O’Leary, Mayor, Waterbury; Robert M. Scannell, Town Manager, Watertown; Thomas G. Dunn, Mayor, Wolcott; and William J. Butterly, First Selectman, Woodbury.

   Silver sponsors of the 2016 Legislative Dinner are the law firm of Pullman & Comley LLC, and Saint Mary’s Health System. Reserved seating for this Chamber-members-only dinner is $85/member and $1,100 for reserved table with priority seating for nine and program recognition. To learn more and to register, visit www.waterburychamber.com, or contact Courtney Ligi at cligi@waterburychamber.com or 203-757-0701.