U.S. senator visits with Shelton community leaders at local vets post

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, left, speaks with Shelton Alderman John P. Papa during a “Pancakes and Politics” breakfast with community leaders at the Sutter-Terlizzi American Legion Post 16 in Shelton on Monday morning.

Papa was one of about 40 people from Shelton and Monroe at the event, at which Murphy discussed his current legislative priorities and answered questions from the audience.

Murphy is a Democrat in his first term in the U.S. Senate. The Cheshire resident previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives, state Senate and state House of Representatives.

Murphy holds similar events around the state to get feedback from local leaders. Look for more coverage of the breakfast in this week’s print edition of the Shelton Herald.

Papa on the mend

Papa, a Republican, recently recovered from a health incident in January.

He has just started attending meetings again on the Board of Aldermen as well as the Parks and Recreation Commission, which he chairs. He also has been an active participant in recent workshops on the proposed 2015-16 city budget.

At the April 9 Board of Aldermen meeting, Papa was warmly welcomed back by his colleagues. “It’s nice to see John Papa back,” said Alderman Anthony F. Simonetti, speaking for his colleagues. “We did miss you very much.”

Papa was first elected as an alderman in 1993 in the Fourth Ward, which includes the city’s Huntington section.