Perillo tapped for leadership role in 2013 legislative session

As the 2013 state legislature convenes today, Shelton state Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113th District) will assume the role of assistant minority leader in the House Republican Caucus of the General Assembly.

“With Connecticut unemployment one of the highest in the nation, I will be fighting against job-killing tax increases and ever-increasing state spending,” Perillo said to The Herald. “Connecticut has failed to create an environment where businesses can flourish, and reversing that needs to be our top statewide priority.”

Perillo said he will also work with Shelton leaders on city projects.

“Locally, downtown redevelopment continues to be a key focus of mine and I will be working with local leaders to assist that process in any way I can,” he said.

Perillo was tapped for the leadership position by House Republican Leader Lawrence F. Cafero.

“Over the years I have come to rely on Rep. Perillo’s counsel and knowledge,” Rep. Cafero said in a release from the House Republicans. “His talents and expertise within the legislative process make him an indispensable asset in this new role I have appointed him to, and I look forward to his assistance as we address the tough issues facing our state in the coming session.”

Perillo, the former chief of Shelton’s Echo Hose and Ambulance, will return to the legislature’s Public Health Committee, where he had formerly served as ranking member (leading Republican). Additionally, he will serve on the Transportation Committee, and on the powerful budget-writing Appropriations Committee.

“There is a great deal of work to do this session as Connecticut continues to have budget shortfalls while job creation languishes,” said Perillo. “I am honored to serve the people of Shelton in the legislature again, and I look forward to working on meaningful solutions that will get Connecticut back to work.”