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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides Wants DMV Answers to Wrongful Vehicle Suspensions

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Jan 062016
 

CT Arms LogoSaying her office has fielded numerous constituent complaints from angry motorists who have had their vehicle registrations wrongfully suspended, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today called upon Department of Motor Vehicle officials to explain how the problems arose and come up with solutions to fix them.

Klarides said she will formally ask the Transportation Committee to conduct hearings into the matter as soon as the legislative session convenes. She said at the very least greater oversight of the DMV is needed.

“We have heard over and over again from our constituents about how their registrations were suspended for no reason, and how long it took to get them reinstated at great loss of time and money to the motorist. We cannot help DMV fix this problem until we know the root cause, how widespread it is and how it can be prevented in the future,’’ Klarides said. “We need to explain this more fully to the public and if that means timely reporting by the agency, so be it.’’

Klarides said many calls have been received by her office from people all over the state complaining that they received notice of the suspension despite having paid fees and registration costs as well as insurance. DMV has said that it appears the suspensions were caused when motorists changed insurance carriers.

The constituent complaints are varied:

 In one instance a motorist had the car impounded for days for no valid reason and sought to have the DMV pay for the storage.

 One man said he had his registration suspended on a car that is specially equipped to account for his handicapped wife

 An insurance agent claimed his clients were blaming his agency because of the numerous foul ups.

 Insurance verifications were never logged into the DMV computer system.

 Some cases take weeks to resolve.

 A number of people said they called their state legislators as a last resort to intervene.

The Swearing In Ceremony of Orange Elected Officials (with Video)

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Nov 142015
 

12235131_10208117297195012_71258649443185035_nOn Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, the newly elected Orange town officials were sworn in at the High Plains Community Center. A rather large crowd filled the gymnasium.

Republican Town Committee Member Craig Stahl presided over the proceedings.

Senator Leonard Fasano administered the Oath of Office to everyone from the Town Clerk and Tax Collector to groups of constables, Board members and finally First Selectman Jim Zeoli (VIDEO).

(Still photos by Amy Williams and Vin Marino, published on Faceboook)

You will find the full video on OGAT Video on Demand.

 

 

 

 

Klarides Hosts Business Friendly Forum Oct. 7

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Sep 302015
 

State Rep. Themis Klarides

State Rep. Themis Klarides

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides will host a Business Friendly Forum on Oct. 7 in Derby at the Bar-None restaurant at 87 Elizabeth St., from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Klarides said she wants to hear directly from business owners and leaders about what Connecticut can do to make it easier for them to grow and prosper in the state.

She is encouraging anyone who can to take part in this forum.

“This is an opportunity for the business community to be heard. Too often they are left out of the decision making process,’’ she said. “Please bring your thoughts, concerns and ideas on how we can work together to strengthen the relationship between businesses and the State of Connecticut.”

Klarides, Woodbridge Officials Kick Off “Heat Kills” Campaign

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Aug 252015
 

Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 5.33.33 PMHouse Republican Leader Themis Klarides on Monday joined officials from this community and others to kick off an awareness and response campaign that will have business owners help remind people about the dangers of leaving children and pets unattended inside their vehicles when it’s warm outside.

The “Heat Kills” campaign, unveiled at a Town Hall news conference, will see business owners put stickers in their shop windows that remind customers: “if you love’em, don’t leave’em.” The stickers direct residents to contact Woodbridge Animal Control if they see a child or pet unattended in a vehicle.

“We’re here in a unified fight for the defenseless—it takes just a few minutes for the temperature inside a vehicle to skyrocket, sometimes causing tragedies that are entirely preventable,” said Klarides, who serves the 114th House District covering Woodbridge, Derby and a section of Orange. “By partnering with businesses, places where we all go day in and day out, we’ll be able to get this important message to so many more people.”

Ellen Scalettar, first selectman in Woodbridge, hailed the partnership between several communities

“Woodbridge is happy to participate in the ‘Heat Kills’ campaign,” she said. “So many groups—Woodbridge District Animal Control, the  Woodbridge Police Department, the Woodbridge business community and our partners in Bethany and Derby—are working together to spread this message to help keep children and animals safe.”

The program launched in Woodbridge is modeled after one started earlier this year in Fairfield by state Rep. Brenda Kupchick and supported by that community’s police department.

“I’m thrilled to see another town pick this up and, really, the goal would be to see every town pick this up,” said Kupchick, whose effort in Fairfield was inspired by the heat-related death of a baby in Ridgefield last year.

Beth Heller, deputy first selectman in Woodbridge, was at the news conference and recounted the case of a dog two years ago that died after being left in a car here for two hours. 

Also looking to prevent that type of tragedy is Seymour, which is considering launching a program and was represented Monday by Deputy First Selectman Nicole Klarides-Ditria. Derby’s Chief of Police, Gerald Narowski, was at the “Heat Kills” kick-off as well as Woodbridge police officer Joseph Kubik. Bethany’s State Representative, Lezlye Zupkus, was at the event too.

“The only way we make this better is by doing it together,” Rep. Themis Klarides said.

Any business owner who wants a sticker should call Woodbridge Animal Control at 203-389-5991.

NOTE: This program is important and should extend to all communities including Orange, Milford and beyond. 

Klarides Releases Statement On The Passing Of Former State Rep. Julia Wasserman

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Aug 182015
 

8596938_GFollowing is a Statement From House Republican Leader Themis Klarides on the Passing of Former State Rep. Julia Wasserman of Newtown who passed away at the age of 91. 

“Julia Wasserman had a remarkable life and career and was the consummate public servant. She served her town, state and country in elected life with distinction and defended this nation in war. Julia was so highly respected among all her colleagues in both the House and Senate and on both sides of the aisle for her intellect, hard work and humor.

“Julia was a true friend and a role model for so many of us in public life. Though she lived a life full, she is truly missed. She enriched all our lives and now our own lives are a little less bright  with her passing.’’    

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Her biography on the state’s website said she served the 106th District in 1990 and was most recently re-elected in 2000.

 

Republicans Hope Budget Hearing Will Rally Public Against Tax Increases

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May 072015
 

Republican leaders Themis Klarides and Len Fasano. (CHRISTINE STUART)

Republican leaders Themis Klarides and Len Fasano.
(CHRISTINE STUART)

The legislature’s Republican leadership has unleashed a “No New Connecticut Taxes” rallying cry in opposition to a Democratic proposal to raise tax revenue by roughly $1.8 billion.

See full story by Elizabeth Regan HERE at our affiliate CT News Junkie

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 [email protected]gov, [email protected]gov or [email protected].

MADD Honors State Rep. Themis Klarides

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Nov 082014
 

madd-logo-colorMothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) next week will recognize State Representative Themis Klarides (R-114) as a “Community Champion” with its Public Policy Award for her work both in the legislature and in her community to curb intoxicated driving.

During the 2014 legislative session, Rep. Klarides co-sponsored new legislation that expanded mandatory use for Ignition Interlock Devices for those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Rep. Klarides, along with a host of fellow legislators, attorneys, law enforcement officials, journalists and community activists, will be given the award during a ceremony in New Haven on Wednesday, Nov. 12. This is the second consecutive year Rep. Klarides has been named a “Community Champion” by Connecticut’s MADD chapter; she was recognized nationally, too.

“It is a great honor to receive this award,” Klarides said. “I am proud to support the initiatives of the MADD organization, who has worked tirelessly to keep our motorists educated on safe driving practices. I am pleased this new legislation will serve to further their cause and safeguard for future generations to come.”

 

UPDATED: 100% of the Results Are In: Davis, Maroney Unseated; Ferraro, Staneski Are New Reps

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Nov 062014
 

James Maroney and Paul Davis

James Maroney and Paul Davis

Voters across the country seemed to be sending a message to President Obama by voting in a majority of Republicans in this election. This reflected in our local (Orange) results as well.

With 100% of the precincts in (Orange, Milford and West Haven) the 117th House district, newcomer Charles Ferraro (R) took 51% of the vote with 4,281; Incumbent Paul Davis (D) received 4,138, reflecting 49% of the total votes.

Pam Staneski (R) defeated Incumbent James Maroney (D) by 161 votes for the 119th House Seat. She received 4,423 votes, a 51% share; Maroney stayed strong with 4,262 at 49%.

Both Maroney and Davis WON their races in Orange.

The only one of our State Representatives to retain a seat was Themis Klarides (R) in the 114th District who received a lot of support at 66% throughout her district with 5,822 votes defeating Aldon Hynes (D) for the second consecutive race. Hynes received 34% of the votes at 2,937.

Klarides Proposes Alternative Budget that Offers Path to Economic Stability

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Apr 212014
 

klarides state budgetOn April 17, Deputy House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114) unveiled a balanced budget fix that reduces spending, pads the Rainy Day Fund, does not create deficits and stays within the Constitutional Spending Cap – a plan for fiscal stability that sharply contrasts Legislative Democrats’ shadowy gimmicks.

“This budget reduces long-term liabilities, increases municipal aid by $26 million and responsibly reduces spending by $55 million,” said Rep. Klarides, a veteran member of the budgeting-writing Appropriations Committee. “We’re giving the people of Connecticut an alternative to the Democrats’ insatiable growth of government and dishonest tricks like raiding off-budget accounts to fund ongoing programs – which will unequivocally lead to large-scale deficits and tax increases.”

“Our plan provides modest tax relief to residents and businesses, including elimination of the $60 million surcharge thrust on employers resulting from the defunct unemployment fund, accelerated reinstatement of the tax exemption on clothing and footwear costing less than $50 ($133 million); and accelerated restoration of the sales tax exemption on non-prescription drugs ($16.5 million).”

The non-partisan Office of Fiscal Analysis certified today in writing that the Republican alternative budget is the only proposal that reduces the $1.1 billion deficit projected for the next budget cycle. They state that the plans offered by Gov. Malloy and Legislative Democrats add to that structural shortfall.

“We can’t keep continuing down this unsustainable path of more spending, more gimmicks and bigger deficits, which sets us up for future tax increases. Our budget is honest, and rejects the fiscal sleight-of-hand maneuvers the Democrats use to finance their overly bloated budget, such as raiding accounts intended for road repairs, tobacco and substance abuse prevention, and clean energy investment.

“If the Democratically-controlled legislature continues to spend more than they take in, taxes will continue to escalate, further hampering employers’ ability to create jobs and invest in our state. We continue to see the backward trend of growth in government, without growth in our state economy.”

Other details of the Republican alternative budget include:

Ø  Increased municipal spending by $26 million

Ø  Phased-in exemption of all pensions from the income tax, starting at 5 percent

Ø  Restoration of $18 million in transportation funding intended for road and bridge repairs

Ø  Restoration of $9 million to the retired teachers’ healthcare plan

Ø  Addition of $3.1 million in new mental health services

Legislative Democrats’ budget creates $1.1 billion in deficits for the next budget cycle, delays $346 million in scheduled debt payments, relies on $207 million in raided off-budget funds – including raided gasoline tax revenue intended for road repairs, underfunds retiree healthcare by an additional $51 million and grows government with the creation of 443 brand new government positions.

Rep. Klarides added “Ours is the only honest plan out there – Legislative Democrats’ proposal is padded with sneaky accounting gimmicks, and Gov. Malloy’s plan features an election year tax rebate in a tactless attempt to assuage outrage over his record-setting tax increase two years ago.”

 

Rep. Klarides voted against the Democratic majority’s budget package (HB 5030) that was passed out of the Appropriations Committee on a party line vote on March 27. It now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration. The General Assembly must pass a balanced budget adjustment prior to adjournment of the 2014 Legislative Session onMay 7th.

 

For more information on the Republican budget alternative, click here:http://cthousegop.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Budget_Presentation_FINAL.pdf