Reps. Ferraro, Staneski Visit New Haven Vet Center In Orange

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Jul 062017

State Rep. Pam Staneski with the New Haven Vet Center Director, Amy Radivoy and State Rep. Charles Ferraro.

State Reps. Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Pam Staneski (R-119) recently visited the New Haven Vet Center, 291 S Lambert Road Suite 5, Orange, to discuss the services the center offers to area veterans and how the state can better assist Veterans.

Rep. Ferraro, the Ranking Member of the legislature’s Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said, “The New Haven Vet Center provides quality care and top notch services for our Veterans. Veterans and their families have a great resource right in their backyard and I encourage them to utilize the services offered by the center from their professional and friendly staff. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Hartford to make sure that our state provides the best possible services for our Veterans.”

Rep. Staneski said, “This Vet Center is an extraordinary facility which offers many critical services for our veterans. I want to thank the Vet Center Director, Amy Radivoy for a great conversation and tour; they are integral to the Connecticut veteran community. As lawmakers, we pledge to do anything we can do to better support this Vet Center on a state level.”

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers with the goal of providing a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life.

Last year, the Vet Center provided services to over 5900 veterans, which included individual counseling, group counseling, benefits assistance, community education and much more. The center is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday by appointment.

For more information about the center, residents can visit www.va.gov or call 203-795-0148.


Two Ferraro Proposals Go To Public Hearing

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Jan 272017

The legislature’s Transportation Committee notified State Representative Charlie Ferraro that two of his legislative proposals will be receiving public hearings on Monday, Jan. 30, in Room 1E of the Legislative Office Building at 11 a.m.

Rep. Ferraro’s bills included in the public hearing are H.B. 5771 and H.B. 5772.

H.B. 5771, An Act Concerning Removable Windshield Placards for Certain Veterans, would permit veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or other qualifying mental impairment to receive a removable windshield placard, which would allow such veteran to utilize parking spaces reserved for persons with disabilities.

In addition, H.B. 5572, An Act Concerning Limitations on the Insurance of a Special Motor Vehicle Operator’s License, looks to prohibit the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles from issuing a special motor vehicle operator’s license to an applicant who has been convicted of a felony in any state.

Rep. Ferraro urges those interested in these proposals to submit testimony to the Transportation Committee at tratestimony@cga.ct.gov and to copy his email address,Charles.Ferraro@housegop.ct.gov, on the submission. You can also find more information about how to testify in person by visiting the General Assembly’s website, ww.cga.ct.gov.  If you need help navigating this process please contact Rep. Ferraro’s office at (860) 240-8700.