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There was a sense of optimism and excitement on the first day of the 2019 Connecticut General Assembly session earlier this week, despite the fiscal challenges facing the state.  During opening remarks, Senate President Martin Looney joked that when he put on his tie in the morning, he realized it was more than three years older than Senator Will Haskell.  Looney has worn the same opening-day tie each year he’s been in office.  The 22-year old Haskell represents the 26th District of Redding, Ridgefield, Wilton and part of Bethel.  In delivering his remarks to the senate, Haskell said he looks forward to learning from the older members of the group, including Looney’s tie.