Reps. Klarides, Staneski & Ferraro to Host ‘Pints & Politics’ Event

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Reps. Klarides, Staneski & Ferraro to Host ‘Pints & Politics’ Event 

MILFORD/ORANGE- House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-114) along with State Reps. Pam Staneski (R-119) and Charles Ferraro (R-117) are co-hosting a ‘Pints and Politics’ legislative conversation for all Orange and Milford residents. 

The event will be held on Monday, December 18th between 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at SBC Restaurant & Beer Bar on 33 New Haven Avenue in Milford. 

In a casual setting, the three legislators want Orange and Milford residents to come and ask any questions they might have regarding the just adopted state budget, the upcoming 2018 legislative session, or any state issues of interest to them. 

For anyone who is unable to attend but would like to talk to Reps. Klarides, Staneski or Ferraro please contact their office at 1.800.842.1423. 

The legislative conversation is a ‘cash bar’ event.

State Rep. Pam Staneski Op-ed: Working to Curb Opioid Abuse

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As Connecticut communities continue to deal with increased emergency room visits and drug overdose deaths caused by the opioid epidemic the legislature, in an effort to help curb this crisis, amended and enacted several laws during the 2017 session.

Narcan is an opioid antagonist that can reverse an opioid drug overdose.  In 2017, Connecticut amended the law on prescriptions for narcan to allow a physician to prescribe, and a pharmacist to dispense, the antagonist to a family member, friend, or other person who would be in a position to aid a person at risk of an overdose.

Coverage for substance use disorder by certain individual and group health insurance policies will now be required to be covered if medically necessary. These include inpatient detoxification services that are medically managed and will apply to all health insurance policies issued in Connecticut with one exception—self-insured benefit plans that are exempt from state mandates because of federal laws.

Legislation was also passed this past session that requires the Connecticut Alcohol and Drug Policy Council to develop a one-page fact sheet on opioid drugs that includes the risks of opioid drug use, the symptoms of opioid use disorders, and available services in Connecticut for those experiencing these symptoms. The sheet will be available on the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) website.

As part of the public education initiative, there will be more public service announcements on the risks of opioid use. Along with the PSA campaign DMHAS has just rolled out a new link on their webpage that shows the current availability of substance use disorder treatment beds— http://www.ctaddictionservices.com.

This new website link can help those in need of a bed and begin their recovery immediately without the past practice that involved had those making phone call after phone call with many giving up after several “no vacancy” answers. Facilities are required to update their bed availability throughout the day.

With almost 1,000 drug overdose deaths this year these are just a few of the steps that Connecticut has made with the hope that more people will choose to fight their addiction.

If you or a loved one is battling addiction, please consider calling the DMHAS ACCESS LINE at 1-800-563-4086 for help, it is manned 24/7.

As always I am available to discuss this or any matter of importance to you.

State Rep. Pam Staneski, Milford Lawmakers Call for Rejection of Silver Sands Buildout Bonding

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 State Bond Commission Expected to Vote on $9 million in bonding for Silver Sands Construction at November 29 Meeting

MILFORD- State Reps. Pam Staneski (R-119), Charles Ferraro (R-117) and Kim Rose (D-118) along with Senator Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford), Milford Mayor Ben Blake today called on members of the State Bond Commission to vote no on bonding for a construction project at Silver Sands Beach State Park.

Hundreds of Milford residents have spoken out against this project, expressing concern with the high cost of the buildout, the negative impact the proposed concession stand will have on small businesses in the area, and that the project is based on an outdated Environmental Impact Evaluation and is underestimating the damage that this construction project will have on local plants and wildlife.

The State Bond Commission is expected to vote on whether to approve $9,107,769 in state bonding for Silver Sands when it meets on Wednesday, November 29 at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. This funding is to be used in the construction of a bath house building, lifeguard and staff office, concession building, and a maintenance facility.

“Aside from the fact that the state’s credit card is maxed out–this project is not an essential function of government, not wanted, and not needed,” says State Rep. Pam Staneski, “It goes against the very rational for the state’s prior investment in the revitalization of the Walnut Beach area. Small businesses have flourished in recent years because visitors to Silver Sands park have frequented the adjacent Walnut Beach area, and building a concession stand will harm those businesses and our local economy.”

“The people of Milford have spoken loudly and clearly in opposition to this ill-conceived buildout of Silver Sands. People deserve to have a say to what happens in their community, particularly when it comes to major, transformative construction projects like what had been proposed at Silver Sands,” said Senator Gayle Slossberg. “This project has moved on without support from community residents, and there has been no recent communication with Milford’s mayor or legislative delegation, or public announcements, as the project moved forward. I and my colleagues in Milford are calling on the members of the State Bond Commission to listen to the people that will have to live with the decision they make next week, and vote against this bonding.

“Milford residents have expressed very serious concerns about the impact this project will have on their community. Those concerns have never been resolved, and the high cost of the project makes it even more unwise to pursue considering Connecticut’s current fiscal climate. Milford doesn’t want this buildout and the state can’t afford it. I hope that the members of the State Bond Commission will do the right thing and vote no on Wednesday.”