“Connecticut will continue to struggle to meet its financial obligations in the two years ahead. Today’s consensus figures underscore the very issues highlighted by the ratings agencies that have taken a dim view of Connecticut’s fiscal outlook: the volatile nature of our revenue streams. This will continue to hamstring our ability to erase perpetual deficits absent meaningful structural changes on the spending side.
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.
“The state’s finances, of course, will continue to decay because we have failed to institute any significant changes to stabilize our finances. These new deficit numbers were foreshadowed by last month’s job loss report,” she said. “But we do not have to accept the ‘permanent deficits’ as the OPM [Office of Policy and Management] chief has described the situation.”
She added, “Republicans offered reasonable alternatives to address the immediate deficit and added a five-year plan that would have resulted in actual surpluses.”
The legislation would add Tomosynthesis screenings, essentially a 3-D profile, to the mix of options that would be covered by insurance policies. The procedure would make it easier to detect early signs of breast cancer. The measure does not require medical provider to use Tomosynthesis screening, but affords providers with the option knowing that a patient’s insurance will cover it.
“Connecticut has consistently been a leader when it comes to providing excellent coverage for breast cancer screenings,’’ Klarides said. “This bill adds to that legacy.’’
Tomosynthesis is an FDA approved method of mammography that produces three dimensional images of the breast. Klarides urged support for the bill and asked that residents contact their respective lawmakers and the Governor to make it law.
“Short of a cure, early detection of breast cancer is the best step we can take against cancer and help save lives,’’ Klarides said. “IU appreciate so greatly the support that this legislation has received in both the House and Senate and from Democrats and Republicans.’’
Join them at St. Barbara’s Church Social Hall, 480 Racebrook Road on Saturday, April 16, 11:30 a.m.
House Republican Minority Leader Themis Klarides is the Key Note Speaker.
The luncheon will be catered by Chefs a l’Orange and feature a choice of Chicken Tarragon Crepe, Seafood Newberg Crepe or a Mushroom, Spinach and Cheese crepe with hors d’oeuvres, salad, vegetable, rice pilaf, Sangria punch, dessert and coffee. The cost is $40.00 per person.
They will be hosting their traditional door prize event and invite you to bring along a prize to donate.
RSVP by Wednesday, April 6 and make checks payable to: WRCO and mail to Beth Michael, 386 Drummond Road, Orange, CT 06477.
“Three out of four of the state’s ratings agencies have assigned a ‘negative outlook’ to Connecticut’s credit. This is not ‘bittersweet’ as the Treasurer suggests, but simply bitter news.” Klarides said. “Our state’s finances remain on shaky ground and Connecticut’s ability to meet its obligations is being called into question.”
She concluded, “This is just more evidence that significant changes in our budget process are warranted.”
Saying 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.
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.
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.”
House 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.