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Orange Legislators To Have ‘Coffee and Conversation’ With Constituents

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May 222018
 

As a wrap-up to the 2018 legislative session, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114) along with State Reps. Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Pam Staneski (R-119) will be holding a ‘coffee and conversation’ hour for Orange constituents on Saturday, June 2, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange.

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.

The 2018 legislative session wrapped up on May 9 with the principal focus of the making adjustments to the (2018-2019) two-year state budget.

For 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 e-mail to Charles.Ferraro@housegop.ct.gov, Pam.Staneski@housegop.ct.gov or

Themis.Klarides@housegop.ct.gov

Legislators: Malloy Derails Orange Train Station Plans

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Dec 202017
 

Today, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and State Reps. Charles Ferraro and Pam Staneski released the following statement regarding the state’s announcement to pull funding for the Orange Train Station Project.

“It is disappointing to see the Malloy Administration reverse their decision to fund the Orange Train Station design,” said the Orange House Delegation. “The mismanagement of transportation funds by Governor Malloy is now showing. The Orange Train Station would have created jobs and relieved stress placed on the Milford and West Haven Train Stations. Governor Malloy should be prioritizing transportation funding, and focusing on the busiest rail line in the country instead of wasting taxpayers’ money on a busway or new rail lines.”

Local and state lawmakers have been working on the Orange Train Station project for over a decade. Earlier this year, the state authorized funding to start design work for the Orange Train Station.

Governor Malloy recently announced that the state is running out of money to fund transportation projects. The House and Senate Republicans were able to pass a budget in September that made significant investments to the state’s aging transportation infrastructure but was vetoed by the governor.

End-of-Session Recap Meeting with State Legislators on June 22

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Jun 222015
 

800px-Connecticut_State_Capitol,_HartfordSince it’s important for the Orange business community to be informed about the proceedings in the state legislature, the Orange Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an end of session recap meeting with our four local state legislators.

State Sen. Gayle Slossberg, House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, Rep. Charles Ferraro and Rep. Pam Staneski will be present.

The free event takes place at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Monday, June 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Open to the public.

To reserve a seat, call Anna at the Chamber Office at 203-795-3328.

Originally Published on: Jun 13, 2015 @ 9:58

Second Publishing on: Jun 18, 2015 @ 12:22

State Legislators Talk Small Business with Orange Chamber

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Jan 122015
 

Cropped_DSC_2204State Reps. Themis Klarides (R-114), Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Pam Staneski (R-119) attended the annual legislative meeting of the Orange Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Jan. 8 and spoke about how local small businesses are the true engines for job creation in Connecticut.

The Orange Chamber legislative update took place at High Plains Community Center in Orange. The legislators gave an opening statement and then answered questions from chamber members and business owners.

Some of the topics discussed at the event were:

  • The current state of Connecticut’s transportation system including a middle lane on the Orange part of the Post Road, adding a railroad station and the Governor’s proposal on the re-institution of tolls.
  • Lowering taxes on businesses to permit them to expand or hire more employees.
  • Fixing the Unemployment Insurance Fund with employers expected to face higher federal unemployment trust account (FUTA) charges due to the ongoing insolvency of the state’s unemployment insurance fund.  Connecticut’s FUTA charges are expected to be among the highest in the nation.
  • Streamlining the state regulatory review process for businesses that are presently left waiting months sometimes years for decisions, stifling business growth.
  • Updating state building codes. The state codes are so far behind current installations will be out of code by the time the code book is updated.

Rep. Staneski said, “I pledge to work with the Orange business owners at the State Capitol to find concrete solutions to these common sense problems which will make our state more business-friendly.”

“Our state needs to start treating business as a partner and not an adversary in making the strongest economic engine it can be,” said Ferraro.

Legislators Have Roundtable At Orange Town Hall

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Jan 082015
 

Orange roundtableFour lawmakers representing Orange met with First Selectman Jim Zeoli in his office Thursday morning to get acquainted and to discuss the important issues that affect the town now and in the future.

Themis Klarides, who was sworn in yesterday as House Republican Leader, along with State Sen. Gayle Slossberg and two freshmen State Representatives, Pam Staneski and Charles Ferraro all came with open minds as they sat down with Zeoli and Town Attorney Vincent Marino.

“This was the first time the two new Reps have had a meeting with me, so they were very attentive and took a lot of notes and asked some good questions,” Zeoli said.

The session focused primarily on town business, including the center turn lane on the Boston Post Road; obtaining state funding for important projects; and getting everyone on board so that Orange has a better chance to receive the $300,000 STEAP (Small Town Economic Assistance Program) Grant money that it applied for last fall to help with the Fred Wolfe Park Improvement/expansion project.

Zeoli, who is the chairman of the state Farmland Advisory Board also included farming issues in the discussion.

All in all the morning meeting appeared to be a bipartisan success.

State Legislators Host Office Hours At Orange Town Hall On Thursday Night

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Jan 062014
 

Orange Town HallState Rep. Themis Klarides (R-114) and other area legislators are inviting Orange and Woodbridge residents to attend an Office Hours event on Thursday, Jan. 9, where they will be available to answer questions about state government.

The event will take place in the First Selectman’s Office of Orange Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road, Orange, from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Anyone unable to attend but would like to discuss state issues can contact Rep. Klarides at 800-842-1423.

The event is free and open to the public.