Economy, COVID dominate state House debate in Greenwich

GREENWICH — With a crowded slate of six candidates — who all practiced social distancing — the three races for the state House of Representatives in Greenwich were all combined into one debate Thursday night.

The League of Women Voters of Greenwich hosted the debate at Town Hall and streamed it via Zoom.

The match-ups saw Republican Kimberly Fiorello and Democrat Kathleen Stowe face off in the 149th District, which includes part of Stamford; incumbent Democrat Stephen Meskers and Republican challenger Joe Kelly in the 150th District; and incumbent Republican Harry Arora and Democratic challenger Hector Arzeno in the 151st District.

Under the format, the six candidates were part of the same debate. Issues like the economy, transportation and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic dominated as they were asked the same questions.

All had time for reply but the format did not allow for much back and forth dialogue between the opponents. But on the topic of small business in the state, the candidates were in big agreement.

Stowe, vice chair of the Greenwich Board of Education, said she could speak personally about the opportunity for Connecticut as New Yorkers relocate here during the pandemic. She said the goal should be to persuade the new residents to stay — and to get businesses to move to Connecticut, too. Stowe, who has a background in investment banking and private equity, runs a financial technology company with her father. She said they were planning on leaving New York and possibly relocating their business to Connecticut.

“Once people see how wonderful Connecticut is they’ll want to stay here,” she said. “Businesses always come and they stay where they’re welcomed. … As a state, we should be recruiting companies just like mine. We have the key ingredients, but we need to enhance it with

Crews make quick work of 1st-alarm house fire in Greenwich Township

In less than 30 minutes Wednesday evening crews had a Greenwich Township house fire under control, officials said.

Fire crews were called a little before 5 p.m. for a smoke investigation at 101 Washington St. The house sits off of the intersection of Main Street and Washington and Greenwich streets.

The Stewartsville Volunteer Fire Company chief found light smoke at the home, called for the first alarm and a three-man crew forced their way inside.

Crews make quick work of 1st-alarm house fire in Greenwich Township

Fire crews called Sept. 30, 2020, for a house fire at 101 Washington St. in Greenwich Township, had the blaze under control in less than 30 minutes.Rich Maxwell | contributor

The fire was located on the second floor, and was under control in about 25 minutes, the fire company said in a Facebook post.

Stewartsville was assisted by Harmony, Franklin and Phillipsburg fire departments, and the Warren County Prosecutors Office, Warren County fire marshal and Greenwich Township police were also at the scene.

The fire’s cause and origin is being investigated by the county fire marshal.

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