State Senator Clark Chapin (R-New Milford) was awarded the Connecticut Council of Small Towns Town Crier Award this week.

Chapin represents the largest geographical Senate district in Connecticut, the 30th District, which covers 14 towns in the northwestern part of the state. Small towns have unique needs that are often overlooked as state municipal policy is often geared for large cities and medium size towns, according to COST.

“As part of our efforts to represent small towns at the state Capital, COST recognizes and honors state legislators and other public officials who have distinguished themselves as outstanding advocates on issues affecting Connecticut’s smaller communities,” said COST President John Elsesser, town manager of Coventry.

Elsesser said this award for Chapin is “long overdue.”

“Clark has been a longtime champion of Connecticut’s small towns,” Elsesser said.

Chapin said he was “honored” to receive the award, adding “I have made it a focus of my legislative career to reduce mandates, craft smart environmental policy and bring attention to rural issues.”

Chapin is not running for a third term in the state Senate. He previsouly served for 12 year as State Representative of the 67th House District.