Rep. Rebimbas Receives Capitol Caregiver Award

Posted on August 9, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck) received the AARP 2017 Capitol Caregiver Award on August 7th, 2018 for her advocacy for caregivers across Connecticut. Rep. Rebimbas was also an honoree in 2015.

The award is given to legislators who have advocated on behalf of caregivers, understand the obstacles faced by professionals and family members, and those who have provided them with the support they need. Legislative efforts aim to increase usage of telehealth services, provide more training opportunities for family members, advocate for better family leave policies, and protect and expand access to in-home care, among other initiatives.

“Caring for a loved one who is ill can present major challenges for family members,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “It can be both a financial burden, as well as an emotional one, and I want to make sure the legislature is lending its full support to these selfless individuals.”

Rep. Rebimbas was selected because of her passion for helping those caring for elderly family members and for her cosponsoring of Senate Bill 976, An Act Concerning Conservator Accountability, which eventually became Public Act 17-7 after passing both chambers unanimously. This legislation provides court appointed caregivers with the power to manage a loved one’s healthcare and financial affairs, while subjecting such accounts to random audits to increase transparency and protect the patient.

“Tax-Free Week” 2018 – August 19 – 25

Posted on August 7, 2018 by admin


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“Tax-Free Week” is right around the corner! Each year Connecticut residents receive a much-needed break from the hefty sales tax we pay for consumer goods.

From Sunday, August 19, through Saturday, August 25, shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase select items under $100, TAX-FREE. With the start of school just around the corner, this is a great opportunity for some back-to-school shopping for the kids while saving money for families.

Tax-Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use, including items put on layaway.

Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities – football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.
  • Accessories – jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets and watches, etc.

The Connecticut sales tax rate is currently 6.35%, which can add up quickly when buying multiple items.

Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a full list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.

As always, Rep. Rebimbas can be reached at 1-800-842-1423 or Rosa.Rebimbas@housegop.ct.gov if you have any questions regarding state government.

Reps. Rebimbas, Labriola and Sens. Hartley, Logan to Present Citation to Emidio C. Cerasale for Grandparent Rights Advocacy

Posted on August 1, 2018 by admin


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NAUGATUCK –State Representatives Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck), Dave Labriola (ROxford, Naugatuck, Southbury) and State Senators Joan Hartley (R-Waterbury, Middlebury, Naugatuck) and George Logan (R- Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck and Woodbridge) will present a General Assembly Citation to Emidio C. Cerasale on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 in recognition of his work and advocacy on behalf of grandparents’ rights. Mayor Hess will also present Emidio with the Borough of Naugatuck Citation. Emidio’s granddaughter will perform “God Bless America.”

“It is a true honor to present this citation to Emidio on behalf of everyone who supports grandparent rights,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “Through his tireless efforts, he has brought much needed public attention to this issue. I’d like to thank the Naugatuck Arts Commissions, the Naugatuck Delegation and the mayor’s office for making this event possible.”

“As a grandparent myself, I understand how critical this issue is for grandparents who are denied visitation,” said Rep. Labriola. “I commend Emidio’s advocacy on behalf of grandparents’ rights.”

“This recognition of Grandparents Advocate of America, led by President and Founder Emidio Cerasale, is of vital importance to supporting and promoting family in the lives of our children,” Sen. Hartley said.

“Emidio is a tremendous advocate for improving the quality of life for grandparents across Connecticut,” Sen. Logan said. “He is a true leader and role model, and his enthusiasm and positive energy are inspiring. We are proud to honor this selfless Naugatuck resident, and we hope he continues to inspire people throughout our state.”

Emidio is the founder of Grandparents Advocate of America, an organization which supports the preservation of the complete family. The group proposes legislation and works on behalf of grandparents nationwide to promote family unity and visitation rights. Emidio is a past director of Grandparents Rights Association of CT, which operates under the umbrella of the national organization Grandparents Rights Association of the USA.

The event, which will be held on the Naugatuck Town Green, is open to the public and will begin promptly at 6:45 p.m. on August 7th, 2018. In the event of inclement weather, an alternate location will be announced in advance.