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Rep. Ferraro Receives Two Big Endorsements

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Sep 272016
 

Owner Jason Moon and State Rep Charles Ferraro at Nuvita.

File Photo: Owner Jason Moon and State Rep Charles Ferraro at Nuvita.

State Representative Charles Ferraro (R-117) garnered endorsements from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)  and the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) this week for his commitment to the business community during his first-term in office.

“I am honored to have received the endorsement from these two great organizations,” said Rep. Ferraro. “Being a small business owner myself, I have worked hard to be a voice for small businesses in Connecticut. Small businesses are the engine of our economy and they are responsible for creating and sustaining the most jobs in our state.”

“We must elect candidates who understand the urgency facing our state, and will make the decisions necessary to grow the economy, create jobs, and help Connecticut reach its full potential,” added CBIA president; CEO Joe Brennan. “Because of that, we’re pleased to endorse Charles Ferraro as he will continue to work on strengthening Connecticut’s economy.”

NFIB recently gave Rep. Ferraro a passing grade this legislative session. Rep. Ferraro voted against placing $1.3 billion in tax and fee increases on businesses and individuals, which was passed by the majority party Democrats.

Rep. Ferraro is the Owner, CEO, and Grandmaster of West Haven Academy of Karate, Inc., the longest running martial arts studio in Southern Connecticut area. He has operated the school as its principal and sole owner since 1976.

Founded in 1943, NFIB has become Connecticut’s and the nation’s leading small business association. CBIA is Connecticut’s largest business organization, with thousands of member companies, small and large, representing a diverse range of industries from every part of the state.

For more information about Rep. Ferraro’s campaign visit, www.ferraroforstaterep.com.

Charles is currently out in the community speaking with voters to discuss the past legislative session and understand their concerns. He can be reached at 203 410-3207 or cferraro04@snet.net.

Residents Learn About Lowering Their Electric Bills

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Sep 122016
 

 

State Reps. Themis Klarides, Pam Staneski and Charles Ferraro

State Reps. Themis Klarides, Pam Staneski and Charles Ferraro

State Representatives Themis Klarides (R-114), Charles Ferraro (R-117) & Pam Staneski (R-119) hosted an informational workshop for Orange residents about lowering your electric bill at the Orange Senior Center, September 8.

The workshop ‘Learn How to Lower Your Electric Bill’ included presentations by electric rate specialists from Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA).

More than 30 Orange interested residents were in attendance for the workshop.

Rep. Klarides said, “It is more important now than ever for consumers to search out ways to cut their monthly utility bills tapping into the competitive markets that exist. These community forums we believe will help them do that.’’

“This was a wonderful event to provide useful information to Orange constituents and electric ratepayers regarding their monthly billing statement,” said Rep. Staneski. “Everyone I talked to were very thankful for holding the workshop.”

Rep. Ferraro said, “The aim of the workshop was to empower electric consumers with the additional information which would help them make an informed decision about their generation supply rates and whether to choose a licensed supplier or remain with their current standard service generation supply, United Illuminating.”

The Orange Legislative Delegation had rate specialists from Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) come down to the Orange Senior Center and guide residents through the process of reading and understanding their electric bill. For those that missed the workshop please click on link for the PURA presentation.

For more information, call the Representatives at 800-842-1423 or you can send an e-mail to Themis.Klarides@housegop.ct.gov,Pam.Staneski@housegop.ct.gov and Charles.Ferraro@housegop.ct.gov.

Staneski, Ferraro Plan Small Business Walk-About

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Jul 092016
 

State Rep. Pam Staneski

State Rep. Pam Staneski

State Representatives Pam Staneski and Charlie Ferraro will be having a “Small Business Walk-About” in Orange and Milford later this month.

The two representatives will be walking Route 1 and Downtown Milford to meet with local business owners and managers to hear what they have to say about state issues and answer any questions.

A schedule will be created based on location so that they can meet with anyone interested in participating on: Monday, July 25, in Orange  and Wednesday, July 27, in Milford for 15-minute time-slots between 1-4 p.m.

Click here to sign up or ask any questions.

State Rep. Ferraro

State Rep. Ferraro

Ferraro Visits Orange Business Before Grand Re-Opening

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Jul 072015
 

Owner Jason Moon and State Rep Charles Ferraro at Nuvita.

Owner Jason Moon and State Rep Charles Ferraro at Nuvita.

State Charles Ferraro (R-117) received a tour and sneak preview of Nuvita Frozen Yogurt & Café, the new Frozen Yogurt Shop in Orange on July 2 to collect their views about the state’s business climate and to offer some support to the new Orange employers.

Ferraro said, “As a small business owner myself, I am in full support of our local small businesses. It  is critical to the continued vibrancy of our community and we need to recognize the hard work and efforts of local entrepreneurs and help toward their long term success.”

Ferraro met with Nuvita owner Jimin “Jason” Moon who gave him a tour of the “new” store.

Nuvita Frozen Yogurt & Cafe is located in the Firelite Shopping Center, on 35 Old Tavern Rd, in Orange. They will be celebrating their ‘Grand Re-Opening & 4th year Anniversary’ on July 11 at 6 p.m.

Nuvita features selection of self-serve frozen yogurts, toppings and an extensive selection of coffee. Visit their Facebook page to learn more about the business.

Ferraro Supports Internship Workplace Protections

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May 262015
 

unnamedTo protect unpaid interns in our state, State Rep. Charles Ferraro (R-117) supported a measure to unpaid interns in Connecticut would receive workplace protections against sexual harassment and discrimination under legislation approved unanimously by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

“We are trying to address the lack of any workplace protections for people who take an internship with this legislation. The current absence of workplace protections against sexual harassment and discrimination meant unpaid interns had no grounds to file a civil complaint. The hope is this legislation will protect Connecticut’s unpaid interns,” said Rep. Ferraro.

The legislation SB-428, An Act Protecting Interns from Workplace Harassment and Discrimination prohibits discrimination based on an intern’s race, color, religious creed, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, present or past history of mental disability, intellectual disability, learning disability or physical disability, including, but not limited to, blindness. The bill also bans an employer from firing or taking other discriminatory steps against an intern for filing a complaint or testifying in a proceeding about a discrimination complaint.

Rep. Ferraro said, “We must remember that a four-year degree is not always the most important factor in hiring decisions, today more and more employers have begun to place a higher level of importance on years of workplace experience. Students who take on internships for school credit do not usually get paid or receive benefits but they should be protected from sexual harassment and discrimination.”

The bill bans sexual harassment of interns and anyone seeking an internship. Harassment is any unwanted sexual advances or any other conduct of a sexual nature when submission to the conduct is made a condition of the internship, the basis for workplace decisions affecting the intern or substantially interferes with an intern’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment. The bill’s prohibition covers hiring, firing, and advertising internships.

The bill is supported by the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, the Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

 

Ferraro Supports Animal Assisted Therapy Services

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May 062015
 

Ferraro_Dog_01 supported a bill to establish a state protocol for animal therapy programs that could help other children living with trauma and loss.

The legislation, HB-6725, An Act Concerning Animal-Assisted Therapy Services, makes several changes to the law concerning animal-assisted therapy services, including requiring the Department of Children and Families (DCF) commissioner, in consultation with the Agriculture Commissioner to develop a protocol to identify and mobilize animal-assisted critical incident response teams statewide.

Ferraro said, “More and more child therapists are using dog and other animal therapy for children’s programs where children learn to control their emotions and learn boundaries of behavior, including dogs or other animals that build confidence, help children with broken families or other tragedies.”

The bill changes the definition of “animal-assisted activity” as any activity that involves a team consisting of a registered handler and therapy animal interacting with people in Connecticut. An “animal-assisted critical incident response team” would now be defined as a team of registered handlers and therapy animals that (a) has been identified by DCF and (b) can provide animal-assisted activities to individuals during and after traumatic events.

The legislation would require the animal-assisted critical incident response teams to be available to provide animal-assisted activities. As under current law, the teams must operate on a volunteer basis and be available on 24 hours’ notice.

The bill requires the state to work with the animal-assisted activity community to develop by July 1, 2016. The protocol would identify and credential animal-assisted activity organizations and animal-assisted therapy providers in the state. This protocol must provide animal-assisted activities and therapy, not just animal-assisted therapy as under current law, for children and youths living with trauma and loss.

 

Rep. Ferraro stated that this bill just fine tunes an existing law passed in 2013, in the wake of the Newtown school shootings, which required training for any therapy animals.

Ferraro Votes for Tougher Penalties for Assaults on Off-Duty Cops

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Mar 142015
 

Sized_Ferraro_DeskState Rep. Charles Ferraro supported stricter criminal penalties for an off-duty police officer.

The legislation, H.B. 5379 – An Act Concerning the Penalty for Assault of an Off-Duty Police Officer received unanimous approval in the Public Safety and Security committee.

The proposal would increase the penalty for assaulting an off-duty police officer to what the current law is for an on-duty police officer. An assault on an on-duty police officer is currently a Class C Felony with a minimum of one year in prison and a maximum of ten years in prison and up to $10,000 fine.

This bill was initially proposed by two Greenwich legislators after an off-duty Greenwich Police Officer Brian Tornga was a victim of a violent assault where the assailant had had been made aware that Mr. Tornga was a police officer.

As Officer Tornga said when he testified at the public hearing, “police officers in this country are truly never “off duty” and continuously put themselves in harm’s way to protect the citizens of their community.”

Rep. Ferraro said, “All the residents of West Haven, Milford and Orange benefit from having law enforcement professionals live amongst us. As we all know and observe everyday, these brave men and women are never truly ‘off duty’. Instead, they provide all of us comfort in knowing they are out in the community, and always willing to protect us, even when they are ‘off the clock’.”

A police officer engages many people during his or her working hours. Often times, that engagement may be upsetting to the citizen and may cause the citizen to seek revenge against the officer. This is the primary reason why our current statutes allow police officers and other vulnerable public safety officials to restrict the release of their home addresses.

“While the assault of any person is tragic, the targeting and subsequent assault of a police officer, particularly when they are off-duty, is particularly heinous,” said Rep. Ferraro.

Additionally, the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) testified in favor of the bill.

In written testimony the CPCA said “A police officer engages many people during his or her working hours. Often times, that engagement may be upsetting to the citizen and may cause the citizen to seek revenge against the officer. This is the primary reason why our current statutes allow police officers and other vulnerable public safety officials to restrict the release of their home addresses.”

The bill now goes to the Judiciary committee for review and debate, if passed, the bill will move to the State House for a full floor debate.

Ferraro Fights for Electric Customers

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Mar 042015
 

State Rep. Ferraro

State Rep. Charles Ferraro

For the financial protection of his constituents, State Rep. Charles Ferraro (R-117) submitted testimony in support of legislation to credit electric customers for prolonged electric service outages.

 

Ferraro has co-sponsored HB-6013, An Act Requiring Electric Distribution Companies to Credit Customers for Prolonged Service Outages which is a proposal that holds electric distribution companies like United Illuminating responsible for failure to provide service to their customers after long prolonged outages.

The proposal received a public hearing in the Energy and Technology committee Tuesday Feb. 24.

In written testimony Ferraro discussed electric ratepayers being inconvenienced when their power was out for a week or longer along the shoreline of West Haven and Milford during the 2011 October storm and Super-storm Sandy in 2012.

“The purpose of this legislation is to develop a consistent policy covering customer outage credit policies and other consumer protection policies as they relate to prolonged electric service outages. In light of the extraordinary impact of Storm Sandy on the utility systems and service to customers in Connecticut, we should direct utilities to take a number of actions to better the impacts of the outages on their customers. It’s just the right and fair thing to do,” said Rep. Ferraro.

Legislators Host Coffee Hour At Chip’s on Jan. 20

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Jan 122015
 

state repsState Reps. Themis Klarides, Charles Ferraro and Pam Staneski will be holding a coffee hour for constituents in Orange on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Chip’s Restaurant321 Boston Post Road, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

All three state representatives have a slice of Orange in their legislative districts.

Constituents are encouraged to join their legislators for coffee and talk about any issues, questions or concerns related to the Town of Orange or state government.

Anyone who is unable to attend but would like to talk to their state representatives you can contact them at 1.800.842.1423 or send an email to Themis.Klarides@housegop.ct.gov, Charles.Ferraro@housegop.ct.gov or Pam.Staneski@housegop.ct.gov.

Staneski, Ferraro Sworn In, Focus on Jobs and Economy

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Jan 072015
 

Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 2.43.09 PMFollowing is a press release from Freshman Republican State Reps Charles Ferraro and Pam Staneski:

Balancing the state budget without hurting struggling families with additional tax increases and promoting pro-job growth proposals in Connecticut are the top priorities for new State Reps. Pam Staneski and Charles Ferraro, who were sworn in today as state representatives in the General Assembly for the for the 119th and 117th respectively.

Staneski and Ferraro were among 19 freshman Republican legislators who vowed to serve their districts over a two-year term. Both legislators were buoyed by the conciliatory nature of Governor Malloy’s Inaugural Address and his words about working together across party lines to pass meaningful legislation.

“People in the towns I represent placed tremendous faith in me on Election Day, and it’s an honor I take seriously,” Staneski said. “Our state faces significant challenges, but in those hurdles I see opportunity—a chance to restructure state government in a way that will create lasting financial stability. Today, I am hopeful we can fix our state.”

“Increasing the tax burden on people and businesses is not wise at a time when helping businesses create jobs is such a high priority,” said Ferraro. “We need to change the perception that Connecticut is unfriendly to businesses large and small. We need to make Connecticut a desirable place to do business because by enabling our state’s businesses to run profitably while unencumbered by excessive taxes and regulations  we will be able to create more jobs and opportunities for our residents. If it is too costly to run a business in one state, it is very easy to move to another one.”