Rep. Rebimbas, PALCUS Host Annual Day of Portugal Reception at the Capitol

Posted on June 12, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck), and Comendador Fernando G. Rosa, Director of the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS), cohosted the annual Day of Portugal at the Capitol on Friday, June 8th, 2018.

“I look forward to this event each year because it is an opportunity for people to come together, and to celebrate the rich history and culture of Portugal,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “This year we had a remarkable turnout and had the privilege of recognizing three honorees who are true leaders in their communities. I would like to thank everyone who helped put this event together as well as the honorees for their service in their respective fields and for being great ambassadors for the Portuguese Community.”

“It is always a pleasure and an honor to celebrate the Day of Portugal,” Comendador Fernando G. Rosa said.

Each year, Rep. Rebimbas hosts this event as a celebration of Portuguese culture and tradition. This event featured music by Rancho Folclorico of the Portuguese Club of Hartford, food from Maria Pereira and Nutshell Café, and special honorees including Agostinho “Augie” Ribeiro, Hilda M. Barrett and Mariana Branco-Barnes.

Augie Ribeiro, CEO of Ventura Law, has been an active trial lawyer representing over 5,000 clients in civil cases. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, he has shifted his focus to pro bono representation of the victims. He has also represented victims of the BP oil spill disaster, as well victims in other high profile cases. Hilda M. Barrett is a lifelong resident of Danbury, has been active in the Greater Danbury Portuguese Community for over three decades and has received awards for her local involvement. Mariana Branco-Barnes is a lifelong resident of Naugatuck of Portuguese decent and has been involved with the Naugatuck Portuguese Club since childhood. In 2013, she became the first female president of the club where she dedicates her time to increasing outreach efforts, and focusing on the preservation and celebration of Portuguese heritage in the Naugatuck community.

PALCUS is a non-partisan, non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. dedicated to addressing domestic and international concerns of the Portuguese-American community. They conduct research, and provide educational and public affairs activities on these issues. Furthermore, PALCUS plays an active role in government relationships with the goal of strengthening ties between Portugal and the United States.

Special recognition also goes to the Day of Portugal Hosting Committee for Greater Hartford, Clube Portuguese de Hartford, Our Lady of Fatima Church, Portuguese Foundation, Holy Ghost Portuguese Society and Casa do Benfica. Other guests included Abilio “Bill” Lopes Gouveia, Esq., Honorary Consul of Portugal in Connecticut, and various members of the General Assembly of Portuguese decent including State Representatives Jesse MacLachlan, Anne Dauphinais and Rick Lopes.

 

Rep. Rebimbas Criticizes Waste and Abuse in State Government

Posted on June 6, 2018 by admin


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Joins House Republicans in Calling for Hearings on Recent Audits

HARTFORD – State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck), Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, joined fellow House Republicans in calling for the committees overseeing the departments in question to hold hearings on the recent audits detailing agency abuse, wasteful spending and questionable payments to vendors.

“I would like to thank the auditors of public accounts for their good work, and for bringing this issue to our attention,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “The General Assembly struggles year after year to balance the state budget while these wasteful and abusive practices continue. We need to hold the hearings and address this reoccurring problem immediately. They cannot be ignored. Transparency is key to exposing inefficiencies and misuse of taxpayer dollars.”

The provision Republicans inserted into the budget last fall allows for the oversight committees to conduct a review of the auditors’ reports within 180 days after they have been submitted. The hearing deadlines for three departments, Veterans’ Affairs, the Connecticut State University System and the Division of Criminal Justice have now expired with no action having been taken on the reports. It was also reported the UConn Health Center gave raises to employees who approved a contract for the interim head of the center, rehired retirees who worked longer than they should have according to executive fiats, and paid some employees more than they should have, according to their contracts.

Currently, three agency audit reports are overdue for hearings, which include the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Connecticut State University System Office, and the Division of Criminal Justice. The Connecticut Community College System’s hearing deadline is June 17th, 2018.

 

Rep. Rebimbas’s Bill Concerning Victim Restitution Clears General Assembly

Posted on May 10, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck), Ranking Member of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, praised the passage of her cosponsored bill, H.B. 5471, An Act Concerning Victim’s Rights and Restitutions, on the closing day of the 2018 Session, May 9th, 2018.

“This is an important bill for victims of criminal offenses where the individual suffered physical injury or damage or loss of property,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “When these crimes occur, the victims have a right to request restitution for any damages, and that is something the court should determine through a formal process when sentencing the convicted individual. If restitution has been requested as a result of the crime as determined by the court, the convicted individual should be required to compensate the victim in accordance with the rule of law.”

This bill requires the court, when sentencing an individual who was convicted of a criminal offense, to inquire on the record whether there are any requests from victims for restitution. Under existing law, which remains unchanged by the bill, a court is required to order an offender to make financial restitution, under terms that it determines are appropriate. The convicted individual would be required to pay restitution if the crime committed resulted in injury to another person or property damage, if the victim requests financial restitution, and if the court finds that the victim suffered injury or property damage or loss. However, currently prosecutors have the option to decide whether or not to request restitution be ordered by the court. This new law would require the prosecutor to provide the request to the judge and not leave it to the discretion of the prosecutor.

H.B. 5471 passed the House and was placed on the Senate’s consent calendar. The consent calendar is a list of bills from a legislative chamber that are generally noncontroversial and will likely receive strong support. The bills are voted on collectively. Once the consent calendar is adopted, the bill will be sent to Governor Malloy for his signature.

The 2018 Session of the Connecticut General Assembly ends at midnight tonight, May 9th, 2018.

Rep. Rebimbas, Waterbury Railway Caucus Meets with DOT Commissioner Redeker

Posted on May 7, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck), co-chair of the Waterbury Railway Caucus, along with co-chairs State Senators Joan Hartley (D – Waterbury, Middlebury, Naugatuck) and George Logan (R – Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck, Woodbridge), joined other area legislators in a meeting with CT DOT Commissioner James Redeker at the Capitol on Monday, May 7th, 2018.

“We had a productive meeting and I look forward to seeing what our caucus can accomplish together,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “We conveyed our ideas and concerns to the Commissioner, and expressed our strong desire to see major improvements to the rail line. As the population grows in this part of the state, the need for reliable public transportation will only increase. We are trying to get that process moving now so we can avoid major congestion issues in the future.”

The Railway Caucus has been tasked with advocating for improvements to the Waterbury Line, which services Naugatuck Valley. The bipartisan caucus believes that transportation improvements will lead to economic growth in the region, but has recognized a number of issues that must be addressed. Issues include limited service, increased ridership, single track, dated equipment and lack of station amenities. In addition, a growing population will put additional stress on existing infrastructure. Goals include replacing diesel locomotives, replacing aging train-sets and coaches, increasing service frequency and improving station amenities. Proponents are confident that these improvements will spur economic development, revitalize town centers, increase property values, decrease congestion, improve traffic conditions, create a more efficient freight system, and improve health and safety.

“Modernizing this railway is the key to reviving our regional economy,” Rep. Rebimbas added. “It will help our small businesses, assist our commuters and help alleviate stress on our highways. In order for that to happen, we need to make the line work for those who would use it by providing in-demand services, and reliable technology and infrastructure. I thank the Commissioner for his time and look forward to working with him moving forward.”

The 2018 Session of the Connecticut General Assembly will adjourn May 9th, 2018. A vote on the FY 2019 budget is expected, and members of the Waterbury Line Caucus are hoping that the final spending and revenue plan includes funding for improvements. Also in attendance at the meeting were Reps. Ben McGorty (R-Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull), Nicole Klarides-Ditria (R-Beacon Falls, Derby, Seymour), Stephanie Cummings (R-Waterbury), Larry Butler (D-Waterbury), Tony D’Amelio (R-Waterbury, Middlebury), Dave Labriola (R-Naugatuck, Oxford, Southbury), and Jason Periollo (R-Shelton).

Rep. Rebimbas, House Honors Late State Rep. Kevin M. DelGobbo

Posted on May 5, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck) and the Connecticut House of Representatives held a memorial on May 5th, 2018 to honor the late State Representative Kevin M. DelGobbo of Naugatuck. During the ceremony, several members of the House, including Naugatuck Delegation members Rep. Rebimbas, Rep. Dave Labriola and Sen. George Logan, shared memories and expressions of sympathy to his family and friends, who were present for the tribute.

Rep. DelGobbo served the 70th state house district of Naugatuck from 1997 until 2008, when he was appointed to be Chairman of PURA. In the General Assembly, he served as Ranking Member on the Energy and Technology, and the Appropriations Committee, and was also a member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Public Safety, Government Administration and Elections, and many other legislative committees.

He graduated from the University of Connecticut, earning a B.A. in Political Science. In addition to serving in the General Assembly, he was also a member of several boards in Naugatuck, was the Executive Director of the Connecticut Republican Party from 1991 to 1994, and served as Commissioner of the Department of Public Utility Control, and ultimately as Chairman of the department’s successor, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

“Kevin was not only my friend, but my mentor,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “I’ve known Kevin and his family for decades, and I can only say that he was one of the most genuine, dedicated and hard-working individuals I’ve had the privilege of knowing. It has been one of the greatest honors of my career to serve in the seat he once held. He has a profound impact on this state and all who served with him in Hartford. His legacy will live on, and the State of Connecticut will be forever grateful for his many years of service. ”

At the start of the memorial, the House adopted H.J. No. 171, a Resolution Expressing Sympathy on the Death of Kevin M. DelGobbo.

Rep. Rebimbas Says Gov. Malloy’s Superior Court Nominations are Fiscally Irresponsible

Posted on May 2, 2018 by admin


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Connecticut State Rep. Rosa Rebimbas, Ranking Republican Member on the Judiciary Committee, spoke in opposition to Gov. Malloy’s Superior Court nominations during a debate in the House on May 2, 2018. Rep. Rebimbas stressed that the state cannot afford these new judge positions given the ongoing fiscal crisis, and that supporting their nominations would be fiscally irresponsible.

According to a recent article in The Day, “Rep. Rosa Rebimbas of Naugatuck, the ranking House Republican on the Judiciary Committee, added it would be particularly ‘fiscally irresponsible’ to confirm all of these judges, given the state’s fiscal challenges and the other needs of the Judicial Branch.

‘We need clerks,’ she said. ‘We need court monitors, and for the safety of all …. We need court marshals.'”

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