The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) on Monday announced that it had named State Senator Gayle Slossberg of Milford State Legislator of the Year.

Slossberg will be presented with the award at CCM’s Annual Dinner Meeting on Nov. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Foxwoods Resort.

The dinner meeting is part of CCM’s two-day Annual Statewide Convention on Nov. 28 and 29 at Foxwoods.

Slossberg represents the 14th Senatorial District which includes Milford, Orange and parts of West Haven and Woodbridge.

"Connecticut would not be the great state it is without healthy cities and towns,” Slossberg said. “CCM has been a great partner and advocate for communities throughout Connecticut. I am grateful for this award, and for their commitment to our state. There's still much to be done, and I look forward to working alongside CCM in the coming legislative session.”

In announcing the award, CCM said that an early 2017 decision by Connecticut’s Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) on siting small cell antennas in municipalities across Connecticut now mandates — thanks to Slossberg’s efforts — that companies in this emerging field engage local governments in more advanced consultations and notification as they consider and propose sites in a community.

“Senator Gayle Slossberg is a dynamic leader who exemplifies a lifetime of community involvement,” said Joe DeLong, CCM executive director. “And Senator Slossberg was a major actor in bringing this pro-municipal decision on the critical small cell-tower issue to the finish line. She addressed CCM’s Legislative Committee on the issue early in the session, and as promised, remained a steadfast supporter of cities and towns throughout these proceedings. It should not go unnoticed that Senator Slossberg took up the fight on behalf of towns and cities during a time when other issues before the General Assembly were of much higher visibility.”

First elected in 2004, Slossberg was reelected in 2016 for her seventh term as State senator. She is Senate Co-Chair of the General Assembly’s Education and Housing committees and Vice Chair of the Government Administration & Elections Committee. She is also a member of the Appropriations and Regulation Review committees.

She was responsible for developing the first tax incentive program in the state aimed at increasing job growth and enticing new businesses to move to Connecticut.

“Senator Slossberg’s program became an essential part of landmark jobs legislation passed in 2011 and expanded upon in 2012,” the CCM announcement states. “As part of this legislation, Connecticut created the highly successful Small Business Express Program. This program provides loans and grants to small business to spur business growth and promote job creation.”