Ernsky named to state commission

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Catherine Ernsky

HARTFORD — Naugatuck resident and Burgess Catherine Ernsky has been appointed to the state’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.

State Rep. Rosa Rebimbas (R-70) applauded the appointment.

“Catherine is a dedicated community activist, and offers a valuable perspective on problem solving and consensus building as it relates to discrimination and related issues. With plenty of experience and passion for gender issues and equality, I am confident that she will serve the commission effectively and help further the group’s laudable objectives,” said Rebimbas in a news release.

The commission, established by the General Assembly in 1973, consists of 21 appointed volunteer commissioners who work to eliminate sex discrimination in Connecticut.

The objectives of the commission are to inform leaders about the nature and scope of discrimination, to serve as a liaison between government and private interest groups concerned with services for women, to promote considerations of women for governmental positions and to work with state agencies to access programs and practices as they affect women.

Ernsky has spent much of her professional and personal life dedicated to women’s issues, team building and leadership, the release stated. Ernsky currently is vice president of sales for the Forest Hills Financial Group. Ernsky serves as member of the New York Women’s Agenda, the American Association of University Women, and is former executive board chair of government affairs for the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, former executive chair of the Ways and Means Committee of the Entrepreneurial Women’s Network, and has volunteered for Save the Children, the Red Cross and Amnesty International.

Connecticut residents can contact Ernsky or any of her fellow PCSW commissioners to share their thoughts or experiences related to gender discrimination at (860) 240-8300 or pcsw@cga.ct.gov.