Orange-Milford Rep. Pam Staneski Will Run For Second Term

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Apr 022016

State Rep. Pam Staneski

State Rep. Pam Staneski

State Rep. Pam Staneski, of the 119th District, which includes parts of Orange and Milford announced her decision to run for a second term on Thursday night.

Staneski thanked her supporters and said that it has been an honor to serve the 119th District.  She unveiled her 2016 campaign theme, “A Real Voice for the People,” according to a press release.

“I believe in representative government, and when I was 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.”

She is a member of three bi-partisan coalitions, the Manufacturing caucus, the Individuals with Developmental Disability group and Sportsmen caucus.

Now serving her first term in the state House of Representatives, Staneski is a member of the legislature’s Education, Children, and Veterans Affairs committees.

“Constituency work 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 on the way state finances are run,” Staneski said. “Our state is in fiscal trouble. Last session 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.

“On Tuesday, we voted on the third deficit mitigation plan for the current year,” she continued. “We cannot continue this roller-coaster budgeting practice—the lack of stability at the state level hurts our cities and towns.”

According to a campaign press release, Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli spoke in support of Staneski, “The residents of the 119th have been very fortunate to have a Representative who has worked so hard for their well being. The Town of Orange is grateful to Pam for her voice in Hartford. Pam is working in a bipartisan manner to be certain all of Connecticut’s families are treated fairly.”

Staneski Hails Final House Passage of Bill to Improve Veterans Home

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May 272015

unnamed-1State Rep. Pam Staneski (Milford & Orange) hailed final House of Representative passage of legislation looks to improve the residential care for veterans and address several concerns veterans had with the current structure and organization at the Connecticut Veterans Home in Rocky Hill.

The legislation, House Bill, 6855, An Act Implementing the Recommendations of the Legislative PRI Committee Regarding Residential Services at the Veterans’ Home, contains a series of recommendations arising from an in-depth study of the home and services provided to the veterans.

The bill received unanimous support in the House of Representatives Tuesday night.

“It is appropriate to be debating and passing this landmark veterans legislation the day after honoring our military heroes on Memorial Day. Our state’s veterans, who reside at the home, deserve to receive the necessary services for the needs they require to live. Veterans are asking for three key issues to be addressed, employee accountability, an appropriate level of assistance, and improvements to the physical structure of the facility. We are not asking too much from the state. Veterans that call the facility in Rocky Hill their home, deserve a suitable, adequate and workable institution,” said Rep. Staneski.

Staneski toured the State Veterans’ Home in February and talked to both residents and administrators of the home.

Details of the bill are:

  • Gives the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Board of Trustees more oversight over the department. It requires (1) the DVA commissioner to give certain information to the board to monitor DVA’s performance and (2) the board to review and comment on the DVA budget and major policies relating to the Veterans’ Home.
  • The bill also increases the membership of DVA’s Board of Trustees, from 17 to 19 members, by adding two Veterans’ Home residents as voting members, giving veteran residents more of a voice.
  • Requires (1) the DVA commissioner to report to the legislature, by January 1, 2016, a plan for providing transitional and permanent housing and implementing the Program Review and Investigations (PRI) recommendations and (2) to submit a report to each Veterans’ Home resident on how the institutional general welfare fund was used.
  • Requires the DVA commissioner to continue to provide housing to any veteran residing at the Veterans’ Home or its health care facility upon the bill’s passage.
  • Veterans’ Home residents, their relatives or authorized representatives, or any DVA employee may file a written complaint concerning the home with the DVA Board of Trustees.

The Rocky Hill Veterans’ home is currently home to 217 domicile residents, and 117 hospital patients it was constructed in 1938 and opened for occupancy in 1940.