Crisco, Joseph J. Jr.

District towns: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck & Woodbridge

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Election history: Crisco won an open seat in 1992, succeeding Democrat Gary A. Hale. In 2008, he was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party.

2008 general election

Tamath K. Rossi (R) 13,659 35 percent
Joe Crisco (D)
23,692 60 percent
Joe Crisco (WF)
1,861 5 percent

Public financing: Crisco was denied public financing after admitting that he had someone forge the signature of his campaign treasurer. Rossi received $85,000 in public financing under the Citizens’ Election Program.

Background: Crisco was a legislative liaison for United Technologies who ran for the office he once lobbied after retiring from UTC. As co-chair of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, Crisco has backed expanding mandated areas of coverage for health insurers.

In a settlement with the State Elections Enforcement Commission, Crisco paid a $4,000 fine in 2009 for inducing someone to forge a signature on a campaign-finance form in 2008. He also forfeited any chance at $85,000 in public financing for his campaign that year.

He is married and the father of six and grandfather of 17.

Committees: Banks, Commerce, Insurance (co-chair), Internship (co-chair), Legislative Management

Education: B.S., University of Connecticut; Trinity College

Occupation: Consultant.

2008 Financial Disclosure: Crisco reported income from Quinnipiac University and a pension from United Technologies. His wife, Patricia Crisco, is employed by the town of Woodbridge. They own their home in Woodbridge.

Crisco reported owning no securities worth more than $5,000.

He filed a confidential addendum listing any debts exceeding $10,000. He declined to release the addendum, as is his choice under the law.

A note on financial disclosure: Every spring, officials are required to disclose the ownership of real estate, the source of any income exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year and securities worth more than $5,000. They also are required to file an addendum in which they report any debt of more than $10,000; this may by law be kept confidential.