Pennacchio removes himself as sponsor of landfill bill; calls on a Democrat to take over

Sen. Joe Pennacchio, (R–26), of Montville, said a few hours after the completion of the Senate Environment Committee hearing in which testimony on the controversial Fenimore Landfill was taken that he was removing himself as a sponsor of Bill S2617, which called on the Department of Environmental Protection to take over the landfill and shut it down.

The reason: Pennachio said Democrats made it clear to him that only a Democrat- sponsored bill on the issue would pass.

“Today the Senate Environment and Energy Committee heard heart-wrenching stories from residents whose children’s lives and health are at risk because of Fenimore Landfill. Although Democrats on the committee heard the testimony they were not listening to the people,” Pennachio said in a statement.

“Instead of listening to the people, instead of doing the will of the people, instead of helping – Democrats chose to put politics over policy. Prior to adjourning the committee meeting Democrats made it perfectly clear that it would be a Democrat and only a Democrat bill that would pass.

“Therefore, today I am removing myself as a prime sponsor of this important legislation so that a Democrat can join as prime sponsor and immediately move this legislation (S2617) to close the dangerous landfill. I hope this small step on my part somehow gives hope to the people that are being affected by this very important issue. I look forward to continuing to help push this bill across the finish line in any way I can.

“Congratulations to Democrats on your political victory.”

Comment from Senate Democrats was not immediately available.

Pennacchio removes himself as sponsor of landfill bill; calls on a Democrat to take over