Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sen. Looney honored by Connecticut Voices for Children

State Sen. Martin Looney, D-New Haven, Hamden, was recognized this week by Connecticut Voices for Children at its 11th “First for Kids Awards” ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 17.  

Looney received the Legislative Leadership Award for his work on behalf of Connecticut families, particularly his efforts on behalf a state Earned Income Tax Credit and reform of the juvenile justice system.

“The Earned Income Tax Credit is one of the most effective anti-poverty measures available, putting cash back into the hands of working families who need it to meet their basic needs,” Sharon Langer, interim executive director of Connecticut Voices for Children, said in a release. “Connecticut families owe a debt of gratitude to Senator Looney for promoting the federal version of the tax credit and creating a new state version that will expand support for low-income families.”

Other recipients of Connecticut Voices for Children’s First for Kids Awards were Merva Jackson (Hartford) who was recognized posthumously, and African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities (AFCAMP), who jointly received the Citizen Advocacy Award; Peter Arakas (Farmington), who received Connecticut Voices for Children Founders’ Award; Barbara Edinberg (Bridgeport), who received the Community Advocacy Award; and The Connecticut Mirror, which received the Media Award.

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