|Name||Julia B. Wasserman|
Newtown, Connecticut , United States
|| April 20, 1924
|Died||August 18, 2015
Apr 21, 2021 08:07am
Widowed - Judaism -
|Info||Mrs. Julia Brigitte Weiskopf Wasserman |
State Representative Julia B. Wasserman was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1990 from the 106th District, which includes parts of Newtown and Bethel. She was most recently re-elected in 2000, when she ran unopposed.
During her 1999-2000 term, Representative Wasserman was the House Chairman of the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee, which serves as the General Assembly?s nonpartisan oversight committee. Representative Wasserman was the only member of the minority party in the House of Representatives to chair a standing legislative committee. She currently serves as the House Ranking Member on the committee
During the 2000 session of the Connecticut General Assembly, recommendations made by the Program Review and Investigations Committee to reform Connecticut?s sheriffs? system formed the basis for legislation that took effect after voters approved the constitutional amendment to eliminate the County Sheriff system that appeared on the November 7th election ballot.
Other legislation passed as a result of the committee?s work includes:
Public Act 00-151, which incorporates major provisions of legislation proposed as a result of the second of two major Program Review studies of emergency medical services (EMS). One of the provisions requires the collection of data on all emergency calls to allow for better assessment of ambulance and other emergency medical services.
Public Act 00-150, which improves ?checks and balances? on the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities by requiring that all commissioners nominated after September 2000 be confirmed by the General Assembly. CHRO is also required to develop regulations to ensure consistency in its handling of complaints alleging discrimination.
Representative Wasserman also worked to enact three measures of particular interest to 106th District residents. The laws are:
Public Act 00-168, which conveys ownership of 3.6 acres of state-owned land in Newtown to the Town of Newtown. The land is located behind Newtown High School and will be used for youth sports and recreation, as it is now.
Public Act 00-217, which increases from $100,000 to $200,000 the amount a charitable organization must raise before it is required to have a formal audit conducted of its annual report. Without this change, the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department would have had to pay $13,000 or more for the state-mandated audit, reducing the amount the organization would retain from its fund-raising activities. The law also benefits other charitable organizations around the state in the same way.
Public Act 00-46, which allows victims of ?identity theft? to sue the violator for damages. The legislation was requested by constituents whose Social Security numbers had been stolen.
During the 2000 legislative session, Representative Wasserman, working with state officials, put together an agreement under which the state sold 37.6 acres of land to Newtown to expand Commerce Park at a cost of only $1.
Since 1995, Representative Wasserman?s efforts have resulted in more than 350 acres in Newtown being permanently conveyed to the state Department of Agriculture as open lands.
In addition to her duties as Ranking Member of the Program Review and Investigations Committee, Representative Wasserman serves on the Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for developing the state?s budget.
She is a former House Ranking Member of the Select Committee on Housing and a former member of the Public Health Committee.
Throughout her service in the General Assembly, Representative Wasserman has focused special attention on the needs and concerns of her constituents in the 106th District communities of Newtown and Bethel.
She served as Chairman of the Task Force to Study the Use of the Fairfield Hills State Property from 1993-94. She currently serves on the Fairfield Hills Implementation Oversight Committee and the eight-member Selection Committee responsible for reviewing proposals and making a final recommendation to the Governor and the General Assembly on the future uses of the property. She is Co-Chair of the Water Resources Task Force, which is examining issues related to water supplies, including the impact of development on artesian wells.
Representative Wasserman also has served on the Dialysis Task Force and as Secretary of the Connecticut Order of Women Legislators.
Representative Wasserman served four terms on the Newtown Legislative Council, 13 years as state Department of Environmental Protection appointee to the King?s Mark Resource Conservation and Development Project, ten years on the Newtown Conservation Commission and six years on the Fairfield County Soil and Water Conservation District. She is also a former member of the Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials? 208 Water Quality Management Program.
A former Director of Health for the Town of New Fairfield, Connecticut, Representative Wasserman holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master of Public Health Degree from Columbia University, where she has served as a Guest Lecturer. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
She is a veteran of the United States Army, where she held the rank of Captain (WAC).