April 4, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 1:40 pm

Malloy, lawmakers form Long Island Sound caucus

Gov. Dannel Malloy and state legislators formed a Long Island Sound caucus on Wednesday to improve the environmental and economic viability of the waterway.

The goals of the new caucus include bi-state cooperation with New York, dredging, storm water runoff, harbor commerce and the shellfish industry.

The group of legislators initially banded together to oppose the proposed natural gas Broadwater Pipeline, and they now decided to stick together for the larger purpose of protecting and using Long Island Sound.

State representatives on the caucus include Lonnie Reed (D-Branford), Patricia Widlitz (D-Guilford), Vincent Candelora (R-East Haven), Elissa Wright (D-Groton), Clark Chapin (R-New Milford), and Marilyn Giuliano (R-Lyme)

The state senators are Andrew Maynard (D-Stonington), Edward Meyer (D-Branford), Len Fasano (R-Cheshire), Scott Frantz (R-Greenwich), John McKinney (R-Fairfield), and Eileen Daily (D-Old Saybrook).

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