Senator Fasano Named Legislator of the Year by Connecticut Police Chiefs Association

October 3, 2008

New Haven, CT – State Senator Len Fasano (R-North Haven, East Haven, Wallingford) was named the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) Legislator of the Year Thursday at a ceremony in New Haven. He was awarded for his leadership role on legislation benefiting the law enforcement community.
Senator Fasano
State Senator Len Fasano was named Legislator of the Year Thursday by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association at a ceremony in New Haven. From Left – Chief James Strillacci (West Hartford), Chief James X. DiCarlo (North Haven), Senator Len Fasano (R-North Haven), Chief Douglas Dortenzio (Wallingford), Chief Anthony Salvatore (Cromwell).

“Every day and in every town and city across Connecticut, members of law enforcement put their lives on the line to make our communities safer,” said Senator Fasano. “It is a privilege to be honored by such an exemplary group of Connecticut’s citizens who have answered the call to serve and protect. As a state senator I am proud to, in turn, serve them in the state legislature.”

The prestigious honor was in recognition of Senator Fasano’s work on legislation tightening laws regulating the purchase and sale of scrap metal (Public Act 08-298).

“Police throughout the state were responding to increased reports of metal theft –
everything from electrical wiring, to statues, to stadium bleachers. That metal was ending up at scrap yards, being sold illegally for cash,” said Senator Fasano.

The new law requires scrap metal processors to keep track of exactly who is bringing in the metal as well as specific descriptions of the load so law enforcement can better monitor these transactions.

The co-chairs of the CPCA’s Legislative Committee, Chief James Strillacci of West Hartford and Chief Anthony Salvatore of Cromwell, released a statement saying, “We are pleased to name Senator Fasano a Legislator of the Year for his significant contributions to public safety, especially in regard to the scrap metal thefts and understanding and imposing penalties on those that sell and purchase such scrap metals.”

In addition to Senator Fasano, four other state legislators were recognized by the CPCA Thursday for their contributions to law enforcement: Representative David Scribner (R-107); and Representative Antonio Guerrera (D-29); Senator Don DeFronzo (D-6); Senator Thomas Colapietro (D-31).

The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association was established in 1934 to improve the quality and effectiveness of law enforcement and educate the public. It is the oldest professional law enforcement association in the state, representing all of the state’s municipalities. Today, there are more than 600 members in the CPCA. For more information, visit

Senator Len Fasano (R- North Haven) is Minority Leader Pro Tempore of the Connecticut State Senate. He is a ranking member on the General Assembly’s Planning and Development and Veterans committees. He also serves on the committees on General Law, Public Health and Executive Nominations. Senator Fasano represents the 34th District towns of East Haven, North Haven and Wallingford.