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Steinberg Hits Ground Running

Just because the elections are over doesn't mean State Rep.-elect Jonathan Steinberg is taking an extended vacation until January, when he is sworn in. Wanting to be prepared to serve the 136th District from day one, he plans to hit the books over the next few months.

"The goal is to learn the ropes quickly so I can be effective on behalf of Westport quickly," he said. "I want to hit the ground running."

And he already has. Wednesday morning, mere hours after Election Day results were released, Steinberg accompanied State Rep. Joe Mioli, his predecessor, to Hartford, where he received a tour of the Capitol.

"Joe was very kind to share some basic administrative things with me," he said. "Seeing the Assembly chamber in the state house, seeing the offices, meeting aides: It's all starting to sink in now. Running for office is much different than being there. For the first time, it seemed very real."

Aside from prepping for office, Steinberg said he has a lot of work to do regarding his involvement in the Representative Town Meeting and numerous town and RTM committees.

For the past seven years, Steinberg has served on the RTM, and for the last three he has served as deputy moderator. He serves on six RTM committees, one of which he is the chair and another the vice chair. He also serves on five town committees, including the Downtown Plan Subcommittee, which he chairs, and the Westport Community Cinema Incentive.

"I spoke with Hadley Rose, the RTM moderator, [Tuesday] night and we're getting together next week to talk about transitioning my many committee assignments and chairmanships," he said. "It seems logical to resign from the RTM between now and the December meeting."

Although he won't be able to maintain his RTM leadership roles, he said that doesn't mean he's going to disappear.

"My objective is to stay connected to Westport," Steinberg said. "How can I represent Westport if I'm not up to speed with what's going on? My level of participation will change, but it will continue."

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