Senator Kissel “Cautiously Optimistic” Regarding Latest BRAC Ruling

September 7, 2005

State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) today reacted to U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello’s granting of a temporary injunction to prevent the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) from including the realignment of Bradley Air Guard Base in Windsor Locks on its list of recommendations to President Bush.

“I am certainly encouraged by today’s ruling by Judge Covello. However, we need to remain cautiously optimistic as the likely appeal is heard,” said Senator Kissel. “This is certainly an excellent sign and I am hopeful that the planes remain right here in Connecticut where they belong.

“Governor Rell has provided strong leadership on this issue and I commend her for her ongoing efforts,” continued Senator Kissel. “Connecticut should not have it homeland security compromised by having these planes moved out of state.”

In June, Senator Kissel, who represents Windsor Locks, joined several area legislators in addressing a letter to BRAC Chairman Anthony J. Principi that outlined several major flaws in the proposal to move the facility out of Bradley.

Senator Kissel is a Deputy Minority Leader and represents the seventh district, which includes the communities of East Granby, Enfield, Granby, Somers, Suffield, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.