I was born on July 16, 1965 in Queens, New York to Norman F. and Vivian B. Fishbein (now known as Vivian Bitel). At age 2, following my father's graduation from Columbia Law School, we moved to Wallingford, the town where my father was raised. My family has been in Wallingford for generations and I am the eldest grandchild of the late Uria and Johanna Fishbein and Vincent and Emelia Bitel, all originally of Wallingford.
I graduated from Mark T. Sheehan High School in 1983, and briefly thereafter attended Southern Connecticut State University. In 1986 I left college to pursue a career in retail management. In 1994, prompted by a lack of growth potential from not having obtained a college degree, I returned to school and enrolled at (then) Quinnipiac College. Working full-time and attending school full-time, in 1998 I graduated cum laude from Quinnipiac, attaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, and a scholarship to attend its law school, which I humbly accepted. In December of 2001, I graduated from the Quinnipiac University School of Law, and shortly thereafter passed the Connecticut Bar. In July of 2002, I joined my father in the practice of law at Fishbein Law Firm, LLC, where I continue to this day. My practice is primarily devoted to civil litigation in state court; representing those that bring cases (plaintiffs / applicants), as well as those against whom cases are filed (defendants / respondents). In addition to Connecticut's state courts, I am also licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for Connecticut, as well as before the United States Supreme Court.
For the term of July 2009 through June 2010, I was the President of the Wallingford Rotary Club. My involvement with the Wallingford Rotary Club has been very rewarding in that it has given me the opportunity to directly do things for others who are less fortunate. I have been a major proponent of the Rotary Club’s Dictionary and Thesaurus Projects – wherein each year every third grader in Wallingford is given a free dictionary, and every fifth grader is given a free thesaurus).
I have been on the Wallingford Town Council since January of 2010. During my five terms on the Council, I have taken my elected role very seriously, reviewing everything that has been forwarded to me, and conducting endless research on my own in an attempt to reach the best decisions for the benefit of the town. During meetings, I ask questions (some say alot of questions) in a further attempt to reach a sound decision. As such, there are hardly any decisions that I have made in the Council Chambers that, looking back, I would have handled differently. In November of 2016, I was elected to serve in the General Assembly as a State Representative for Wallingford and Cheshire. In that term, I sat on the Commerce, Public Safety and Energy & Technology Committees. I was re-elected as a State Representative in 2018 and in this term, I sit on the Judiciary, Labor & Public Sector Employees, and the Public Safety Committees. My dual role serving both locally as well as at the Capitol has been quite helpful to both towns as I have been able to inform the other local leaders as to the doings in Hartford and how certain matters effect them.
I am a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and New York Rangers. Most people will tell you that I bleed "Ranger Blue". My wife, Rhonda, and I have been married for 25 years. I have two brothers and one sister and eight nieces and nephews. Many of my family members reside and work in Wallingford. I believe that it is not the government’s responsibility to give us handouts or to tell us what to do. It is not the government's place to regulate, or tax us to death. Taxes are to be collected for essential government services and it is high time that government be able to parse out between "wants" and "needs" if our economic system is ultimately to survive. As a member of the Wallingford Town Council, I have, and will continue to strive for smaller government, lower taxes, and less interference in the day-to-day affairs of our law-abiding citizens.
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