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LETTER: Pam Staneski Works Effectively And Fiercely

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Oct 082018
 

To The Editor:

In light of the toxic political environment in the last two years, I began to question my own political identity. The madness I was hearing in Washington, D.C. compelled me to take a closer look at my personal ideals, and where I stood in the political realm.

This self-examination prompted me to apply for the Connecticut Legislative Internship out of the State Capitol. Although the State Capitol isn’t directly involved in Washington, I thought this was a good start. I was fortunate enough to be assigned to state representative Pam Staneski.

As I mentioned earlier, I was questioning what party I considered myself to be a part of. About a week into the internship, I found clarity. Pam exemplified everything I aspire to be. Her compassion and work ethic as a state representative goes far beyond just the state capitol. She is the co-founder of the Milford Prevention Council, and she is a dedicated volunteer for the Rape Crisis Center of Milford.

It is hard to find someone truly genuine to look up to as a role model, and I am so lucky I got the opportunity to be her intern. As a legislator, Pam has mentored many young women aspiring a career in politics, including myself. She is bringing back the spirit of compromise among her fellow legislators. She works effectively and fiercely with both sides of the aisle. An example of TRUE BIPARTISANSHIP. I have never seen such fierce dedication and loyalty in anyone, especially a legislator. Pam is truly an
inspiration – A genuine soul who has only the best intentions for this beautiful state.

Nicoletta Blevins

How Did Orange Vote In The Primaries? District 3 Results

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Aug 142018
 

Here’s how District 3 voted in the primary at High Plains Community Center:

Republicans

Governor

Mark Boughton               34

Timothy Herbst              37

Steve Obsitnik                35

Bob Stefanowski            81

David Stemerman           28

Lt. Governor

Joe Markley                   81

Jayme Stevenson         56

Erin Stewart                  69

US Senator

Matthew Corey           129

Dominic Rapini              68

State Senator

Anthony Giannattasio      57

Pam Staneski                 159

Treasurer

Thad Gray               115

Art Linares               80

Comptroller

Kurt Miller                   97

Mark Greenberg     102

Attorney General

Sue Hatfield             158

John Shaban              47

Democrats

Governor

Ned Lamont                 146

Joe Ganim                     16

Lt. Governor

Susan Bysiewicz          111

Eva Zimmerman             52

Treasurer

Shawn Wooden             98

Dita Bhargava                63

Attorney General

William Tong             82

Paul Doyle                 26

Chris Mattei              53

How Did Orange Vote In The Primaries? District 2 Results

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Aug 142018
 

Here’s how District 2 voted in the primary at High Plains Community Center:

Republicans

Governor

Mark Boughton        30

Timothy Herbst        34

Steve Obsitnik          14

Bob Stefanowski    78

David Stemerman    31

Lt. Governor

Joe Markley                89 

Jayme Stevenson       39

Erin Stewart                49

US Senator

Matthew Corey       120

Dominic Rapini          49

State Senator

Anthony Giannattasio     46

Pam Staneski                144

Treasurer

Thad Gray                 112

Art Linares                 62

Comptroller

Kurt Miller                  123

Mark Greenberg         52

Attorney General

Sue Hatfield      140

John Shaban       34

Democrats

Governor

Ned Lamont          144

Joe Ganim               27

Lt. Governor

Susan Bysiewicz       123

Eva Zimmerman           50

Treasurer

Shawn Wooden           101

Dita Bhargava               63

Attorney General

William Tong         83

Paul Doyle             24

Chris Mattei          62

Klarides Endorses Staneski For State Senate In The 14th District

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Jul 202018
 

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114) today gave her full support to Pam Staneski in her race for the Republican nomination in the 14th State Senate race.

“Serving with Pam Staneski, I quickly learned Pam is a natural leader and someone I could rely on. Pam’s commitment to serving her constituents is second to none, and I have every confidence that Pam will represent the entire 14th District with the same integrity and dedication that has guided her to this point,” said Rep. Themis Klarides.

 Pam Staneski (R-119) currently serves with Rep. Themis Klarides who has lead the House Republican Caucus for the last four years, fighting the destructive economic policies pushed by Gov. Malloy.

Zeoli Backs Staneski for State Senate

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Jul 022018
 

Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli today strongly endorsed State Rep. Pam Staneski (R-119) in her bid to win the Republican nomination for the 14th State Senate seat. The 14th Senate district includes the Orange, Milford, and portions of West Haven and Woodbridge. 
 
Zeoli said, “We have a true leader in Pam Staneski. Pam has worked tirelessly against Governor Malloy’s burdensome taxes on behalf of our residents and businesses alike. Pam led the charge against the Malloy administration’s taking of all the education funding allocated to Orange. Pam has been a strong advocate for Orange and will continue to be as our Senator in the 14th district! I support Pam Staneski for State Senate, and ask that you do also!”
 
Pam Staneski and Jim Zeoli have been working together as local and state colleagues for the last four years on the behalf of Orange residents.  
 
The Republican primary is August 14th.  

Lawmakers Stand With Veterans In Support Of Restoring Funding

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Apr 252018
 

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and State Reps. Charles Ferraro and Pam Staneski joined veterans from across the state on Tuesday at the Capitol to express the need to restore funding to the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs.

Last week, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle presented budget proposals that restored $2 million in funding to the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs. The Republican budget plan does so without increased spending or raising taxes.

Rep. Ferraro, the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said, “I am glad to see Republican and Democrats committed to restoring this critical funding to the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs. We need to make sure that our Veterans are receiving top-notch services and care and restoring this funding will help make sure this happens.”

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides said, “I look forward to having bipartisan budget talks and will be fighting to get this funding restored. Our veterans and individuals who need it the most will always be our top priority during budget negotiations.”

 Rep. Pam Staneski, who is supporting a budget proposal this session that restores these proposed cuts to the Department of Veterans Affairs said, “These brave heroes put their lives on the line for us, and it is our duty to provide them with the vital services and treatment they need and require.”

More information about the Republican budget proposal can be found by visiting cthousegop.com/budgetfy19.

Staneski To Run For State Senate

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Apr 032018
 

State Rep. Pam Staneski has announced she is throwing her hat in the ring to run for State Senate representing the 14th District, which comprises the communities of Milford and Orange and includes portions of West Haven and Woodbridge.

Staneski said it has been an honor to serve the 119th District for the last two terms. She has worked to be a ‘Real Voice’ for the people of the district.  “I believe in representative government and when I was first elected in 2014 I made a promise to keep the people of the 119th district informed on state matters, seek their input, and be a voice for them in Hartford. I make that same promise to the people of the 14th State Senate district.”

Currently serving her second term in the state House of Representatives, Staneski is a member of the legislature’s budget-writing Appropriations Committee and the Public Health Committee. Pam is also the lead House Republican on the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee.

Additionally, she is a member of four bi-partisan coalitions, the Manufacturing caucus, Fire/EMS caucus, Tourism caucus, and the Individuals with Developmental Disability group, which is focused on issues affecting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

During her legislative tenure, Staneski worked with the Milford delegation to push for the first real reform to the (8-30g) affordable housing statutes in over twenty years.  Most recently, she stood with Senator Slossberg and the delegation to fight the unnecessary expansion at Silver Sands Park.

“Although we are from different political parties and don’t always agreed on every issue, Sen. Gayle Slossberg is someone who is always meticulously prepared and puts her district and its people first. I have tried to emulate those essential qualities as a State Representative and hope to continue that fighting spirit as your next Senator,” said Rep. Staneski.

Pam has also advocated for changes in the inequitable Medicaid reimbursement rate for local assisted living facilities, sponsored legislation to help students with dyslexia, spoke out against legislation that would have hurt the Boys & Girls Club of Milford’s after-school program and encouraged policies to promote manufacturing and our state’s technical high schools.

Staneski has testified in support of our shellfish industry and stood strong for the developmentally disabled.  She has been an outspoken supporter on Veterans issues, which she is intimately familiar with as the daughter of a Navy Veteran, and was named the 2016 American Legion Legislator of the Year.

“Constituent service is important to me—that is my job, to work for and on behalf of the people of the 119th—and that includes continuing to fight for structural changes in the way state finances are run. In 2016, I voted against the 2nd highest tax increase in the state’s history because I believe Connecticut needs to live, as you and I do, within its means. We cannot continue this roller-coaster budgeting practice—the lack of stability at the state level hurts our cities and towns. I believe long-term structural changes need to be part of any current and future budget. THIS MUST BE DONE.  In 2017, I supported six budget proposals that would make structural changes in the way we run state government, ultimately some of those changes were incorporated in the bi-partisan budget. I want to continue to be a VOICE for the people of Orange, Milford, West Haven and Woodbridge. Connecticut is a beautiful state worth fighting for and I humbly ask to continue that fight as your senator,” said Rep. Staneski.

Bill to Simplify Grant Applications Passes Committee Stage

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Mar 272017
 

 

Rep. Pam Staneski in Hartford

State Rep. Pam Staneski (Milford & Orange) hailed passage of her proposal which would create open-access portal in order to streamline the process of applying for these grants.

The legislation, HB 6941, An Act Concerning Streamlining the Grant Application Process for Municipalities would establish and maintain a single electronic portal available on the Internet and located on the state Office of Policy and Management’s Internet website for the purpose of posting all state funded municipal grant applications, to be called the Municipal Grant Portal.

The Municipal Grant Portal shall include, but not be limited to: (1) All state-funded municipal grant applications and municipal reimbursement request forms, (2) a searchable database for locating information regarding state-funded municipal grants, and (3) features to encourage the active recruitment and participation of municipalities in the state-funded municipal grant application process.

Rep. Staneski proposed this legislation after meeting with the Milford Economic and Community Development Director Julie Nash.

The City of Milford Grant Committee submitted testimony at the legislative public hearing in support of the proposal. The Grant Committee testified that a single electronic portal would be helpful to streamline each agency’s rules of compliance, access to grant information and common data requests.

“The current grant application process for municipalities in our state leads to a large amount of confusion among applicants and makes most of the process overly-complicated and hard to navigate. The best solution to this predicament, in my opinion, is the introduction of an open-access portal in order to streamline the process of applying for these grants and make them more accessible to municipalities,” Rep. Staneski said. “Many of the grants that municipalities are applying for actually require the same or similar data and streamlining the process of applying by consolidating all information into one location – an open-access portal would be tremendously helpful for those asking for grants. Ideally, this open-access portal would have a comprehensive list of all grants available to municipalities as well a well-outlined, uniformed process for compliance with each agency.

Staneski added that the portal would also help reduce any confusion or complexity by providing a delineation of all terms and conditions which would be crucial to municipalities understanding the plethora of grants they have available to them amongst sixty-eight different state agencies, as the current system provides no easy way to tell which agencies offer grants and what the grants consist of.

The legislature’s Planning and Development committee voted for unanimously and now moves to the House of Representatives for a full floor debate.

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