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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Esty Recovers 10,000,000th Dollar in Savings and Benefits for Connecticut Families

November 1, 2016
Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) yesterday recovered the 10,000,000th dollar in federal and state refunds for residents of Connecticut’s Fifth District.

As of today, Esty has throughout her four years in office helped individuals and families in central and northwest Connecticut collect $10,007,142 in overdue government payments. That figure includes approximately $6.1 million in Social Security benefits, $2 million in veterans’ benefits, $750,000 in Medicare payments, and $425,000 in payments from the Internal Revenue Service.

“It may not make headlines when a senior citizen doesn’t receive their Social Security payment or a family’s tax refund gets delayed, but the financial burden can be devastating all the same,” Esty said. “Helping my neighbors here in Connecticut resolve problems like these is one of the most important parts of my job, and I take it very seriously.

“Sometimes resolving these problems is as simple as calling the Social Security Administration or the VA and asking what the hold-up is. Other times it takes a lot of persistence and cutting through a lot of red tape. I’m proud to have helped the families I represent in Congress understand the federal programs that are out there and reclaim the benefits they’ve earned through service and hard work.”

Esty encourages residents of Connecticut’s Fifth District who are having trouble with a federal agency – or whose loved ones are having trouble – to contact her office for assistance at (860) 223-8412.

Examples of families whom Esty has assisted are available on the Constituent Corner page of her website. Recent constituents highlighted include a Cheshire senior for whom Esty helped restore Social Security payments, a Bronze Star recipient in Newtown whose overdue veteran’s benefits Esty helped secure, and a Litchfield resident who, after Esty’s intervention, finally received spousal benefits following the death of his husband eight years earlier.

Roughly $7.5 million of the $10 million in benefits was reclaimed during the latter two years of Esty’s time in office. A town-by-town breakdown of reclaimed benefits from 2013 through 2016 follows.


•    Avon                             $336,455
•    Bantam                        $42,129
•    Bethel                           $448,402
•    Bridgewater               $19,927
•    Brookfield                   $201,208
•    Burlington                   $404,071
•    Canaan                         $46,300
•    Canton                         $346,775
•    Cheshire                      $244,890
•    Cornwall                      $3,822
•    Danbury                       $534,380
•    Farmington                 $155,999
•    Goshen                        $6,771
•    Harwinton                   $211,044
•    Kent                              $219,256
•    Litchfield                      $61,568
•    Meriden                      $1,000,218
•    Middlebury                $62,292
•    New Britain                $517,266
•    New Fairfield             $1,560
•    New Milford              $256,949
•    Newtown                    $580,401
•    Plainville                      $445,481
•    Plymouth                    $464,874
•    Roxbury                       $5,228
•    Salisbury                      $8,720
•    Sharon                          $22,911
•    Sherman                      $7,712
•    Simsbury                     $114,462
•    Southbury                   $340,723
•    Thomaston                 $271,670
•    Torrington                   $851,674
•    Washington                $17,920
•    Waterbury                  $1,158,645
•    Watertown                 $247,234
•    Wolcott                        $303,088
•    Woodbury                  $45,117