Highlights from the release:
- Build a Connecticut Information Sharing and Analysis Center that rapidly disseminates information to first responders, businesses, medical professionals, and the federal government in the event of a crisis, and that is a 24/7 nerve center for homeland security.
- Lobby Congress Â in person and by assembling experts Â for an increase in federal homeland security funding.
- Develop a comprehensive strategy for cyber security to protect the critical electronic infrastructure in Connecticut.
- Pass stricter and enforceable standards for chemical plant security and oversight of hazardous chemical facilities
- Ensure that all funds appropriated for use by local municipalities are received by those municipalities within the fiscal year Â not years later.
He also charged that Rell hasn't done nearly enough for Connecticut in terms of homeland security, including that she hadn't done enough lobbying in DC.
Connecticut needs homeland security protection that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Governor Rell has been "missing in action" on homeland security, and Connecticut is more vulnerable as a result. Over the past two years, federal funding for Connecticut's homeland security has dropped nearly 60% by some accounts and by as much as Jodi Rell has not once testified before Congress on Connecticut's homeland security needs Â in fact, there is no evidence that she has ever visited Washington D.C. to lobby for Connecticut's homeland security needs. Her absence has facilitated President Bush's and the Republican Congress' efforts to undermine Connecticut's Homeland Security apparatus.
Meanwhile, Governor Rell has been absent and uninvolved in getting money to first preventers and first responders. In August 2006, the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management Services and Homeland Security was still attempting to distribute money from FY2004 for municipalities. Major cities, like Stamford, with substantial economic infrastructure and other security risks no longer expect support from the state to address high risk homeland security needs because distribution of funding has been years behind schedule.
I'm not sure how I feel about DeStefano's plan, but at least he has one. Voters need a genuine debate about issues related to security. Will Rell actually engage with her opponent this time?
Gauthier, John. "John DeStefano's Plan for Protecting Connecticut". Official Campaign Press Release. 9/12/06