Education Highlight – James Maroney on the “New SAT Test”

James-Maroney2In the June 18th edition of the “Orange Times” former State Representative James Maroney (119th – Milford, Orange) wrote a piece for the newspaper highlighting changes coming to the SAT test in high schools.

“The SAT test is being dramatically redesigned,” wrote Maroney, “…The new SAT actually more closely resembles the ACT test ( i.e. SAT’s chief competitor) than it does the current SAT”

“The new test will have 5 sections, with the fifth section being an optional essay. There will be an emphasis on finding evidence to support answers and, in fact, there is a new question type where students will need to select the line numbers that support their answer”

Maroney went onto explain what each of the five sections will comprise of. For example he explained that two sections will be devoted to math. There will be a 25 minute/20 question calculator free section and a 55 minute/38 question section where you can use the calculator.

The full article in PDF form can be viewed on the Orange Times website here. James’ piece can be found on page 11.

Recently James was appointed to the state Planning Commission for Higher Education. In a press release State Senator Gayle Slossberg and State Representative Kim Rose praised his appointment to the Commission.

“I am pleased that Sen. Duff has recognized the good work that James did while representing his district by appointing him to serve in this important role,” Rep. Kim Rose (D-Milford) said. “James has a lot of experience in the education field as the owner of his own college placement and prep business in Milford. That experience will be a valuable asset to the commission.”

In addition to serving on the state Planning Commission for Higher Education, James is a small business owner (he also volunteers a lot of his time to local activities) and is a former member of the Milford Board of Education.  Keep up the great work, James!

Featured Letter to the Editor: Maroney Praises Grants for Downtown Milford

JamesMaroneyNot lacking a spring in his step, former State Representative James Maroney (D-119th) has put out a letter to the editor that was recently published at the Milford Mirror praising Mayor Ben Blake, Governor Dan Malloy and the Milford state delegation for securing a $150,000 grant for the downtown Milford area.

James knows that investing and planning for a vibrant downtown Milford will greatly benefit the community as a whole. Downtown is home not only to numerous amounts of small businesses but also to Milford’s Legacy Arboretum, City Hall and others. James, when serving as a State Representative, helped secure a $300,000 grant to pay for the significant and historic “Founders’ Walk” memorial in downtown Milford.

With our local elected officials like Mayor Blake, fellow neighbors, advocates and the Founders’ Walk Committee, he is working towards building a stronger downtown Milford and I thank him for that.

An excerpt from the letter;

While we have a beautiful 17 miles of shoreline, downtown is the heart of our community. The increased parking in a thoughtful way, as well as projects like Founders’ Walk, the beautification of the railroad trestle, and the MilfordViews project will ensure that our downtown is enjoyed by our community and visitors for years to come.

To view the entire letter to the editor on the Milford Mirror please click on this link.

Candidate Profile: James Maroney

Maroney119thTo view the full candidate profile on State Representative James Maroney of the 119th House District please click on this link to be redirected to the Milford Mirror.

James Maroney has been serving as the 119th’s State Representative since 2012. Prior to his election James served on the Milford Board of Education from Milford’s 1st District. I came to know James during his first run for the BOE and I’m proud to have him as a member of the Milford delegation. He is one of the most sincere and friendliest people I know. While I can’t personally cast my vote for James during the November 4th election I hope that the constituents inthe 119th will honor their vote for James Maroney in this upcoming election.

I am privileged to represent Milford and Orange, and I’ve worked hard to justify the trust that was placed in me. Over the last several months I have reintroduced myself to constituents and listened to their concerns. Jobs, the economy, quality education, and support for our seniors are concerns that everyone seems to share. Being a small business owner, spending my lifetime here, and graduating from Yale have prepared me to address these issues…

We need to stop over regulating businesses. Connecticut must be more business freindly. We started on that path last session. Over 1,000 pages of regulations were eliminated and more services are being provided online.

We need to do more, but there are few clear or easy answers. We know we can’t continue to deliver programs in the same way and expect different results. Last session I introduced legislation called “Pay For Success.” It will require more rigorous data tracking of preventative social programs, and only pay for the programs that are successful. These programs are funded by foundations and other private sources. The state only pays if they generate a savings for Connecticut. This is an innovative new way of delivering services that will help put our state back on top.

The full version of the candidate profile is on the Milford Mirror. To keep up with James and his re-election campaign make sure to throw a “Like” to his Facebook page and follow all the campaign updates during this last push towards Election Day.

 

A Big Thank You to Our Volunteers

The Milford Democrats would like to extend their sincerest thanks to all the volunteers who came out to walk door to door with the candidates on October 5th last Sunday. People came as early as 10am to Headquarters to knock on doors and distribute campaign literature across several different neighborhoods around Milford. State Senator Gayle Slossberg, State Representatives Kim Rose, James Maroney, Paul Davis and Judge of Probate Beverly Streit-Kefalas all werre in attendance to meet and greet the volunteers as they went out the door to walk neighborhoods.

We also had a solid turnout from students who came by to Headquarters, sparing their Sunday evening helping out with the campaign. It is great to see how interested they are in the campaigns and we greatly value their participation! We know we will be seeing them again throughout the remainder of the election year.

A big thanks to State Representative’s James Maroney’s father who after everyone came back from their canvassing shifts hosted a cookout for the volunteers and candidates, serving delicious hot dogs and hamburgers to everyone. For the first campaign event of October, it was a great kick-off for the last weeks of campaigning here in Milford. Getting out the vote for our candidates will be very important and it will require a lot of work going forward but it can be accomplished.

We hope to see everyone soon and thanks again to everyone who came out to support their candidates.

Milford Democrats – Headquarters Grand Opening

The grand opening of the Milford Democrats Headquarters will be tonight at 7:00pm at 211 Cherry Street. The message was distributed over the weekend but I will posting an excerpt of the grand opening notification here on the website. Vice-Chair Charlie Montalbano sent out the message;

Please join fellow Democrats at the grand opening of our campaign Headquarters. Food and refreshments will be served.

Please bring your family, neighbors and friends. Let’s kick off this campaign season with a large turnout of support for our candidates. Its always a good time. See you all there.

September 22nd at 7:00PM, 211 Cherry Street (Bob’s and Shoprite Plaza) . Our HQ is in the row of shops on left side.

Our State legislative candidates as well as our Judge of Probate and Registrar are expected to join us in the grand opening of Headquarters.

This will be an excellent opportunity for those to meet the candidates and check out our new campaign office. Volunteer sign up sheets will be available for anyone interested in helping out at Headquarters for the rest of the election season.