Rep. D’Amelio, Greater Waterbury Delegation Fight for Waterbury Rail Line Improvements

Posted on February 19, 2020 by admin


Yesterday, I joined my colleagues for a meeting of the Waterbury Rail Line Caucus to discuss bringing much-needed improvements and upgraded services to the line.

The Waterbury Rail Line Caucus is made up of legislators and stakeholders from the Greater Waterbury area that extends from Torrington in the North down into the Naugatuck Valley, As such, we fully understand how frustrating it is for riders, local communities and businesses to be underserved on the train line, and will continue to advocate

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Rep-Am: Volunteers to help taxpayers file their state, federal returns

Posted on February 11, 2020 by admin


The Republican-American is reporting that the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is once again offering free tax preparation help to Waterbury residents!

From the Rep-Am:

Volunteers to help taxpayers file their state, federal returns

Volunteers with an IRS program will be available at multiple locations across the city through mid-April to help people with incomes of $56,000 or less file their state and federal income taxes.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free

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CT Tax Exemption for Retirees

Posted on January 31, 2020 by admin


With tax season upon us, I want to share some helpful information.

As part of the 2017 bipartisan budget, the legislature passed a long-time Republican proposal and raised the income thresholds that allow some taxpayers to be able to deduct 100 percent of their federally taxable Social Security income, therefore expanding this deduction to more taxpayers.

Effective in 2019, the threshold increases from $50,000 to $75,000 for single filers and married people filing separately, and $60,000 to $100,000

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Rep. D’Amelio, Sens. Hartley and Berthel, Host Successful Office Hours Meeting

Posted on January 23, 2020 by admin


Rep. Tony D’Amelio was joined by State Senators Hartley and Berthel at the Shepardson Community center for office hours Wednesday night where the veteran legislators discussed the state budget, deficits, tolls, possible legalization of recreational cannabis and other important issues facing Middlebury and the state in the coming years.  Rep. D’Amelio said he was concerned about the repeated budget deficits and the corresponding tax and fee increases used to fill the General Fund and balance the budget.

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Rep. D’Amelio and Senators Hartley and Berthel to Hold Local Office Hours

Posted on January 17, 2020 by admin


State Representative Tony D’Amelio (R-71) and State Senators Joan Hartley (D-15) and Eric Berthel (R-32) look forward to meeting with constituents during office hours events in Middlebury and Waterbury.

The Middlebury office hours with Rep. D’Amelio and Sens. Hartley and Berthel will take place on Wednesday, January 22nd from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Shepardson Community Center, located at 1172 Whittemore Road in Middlebury.

The Waterbury office hours with Rep. D’Amelio and Sen. Hartley will take

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New Laws Effective January 1st

Posted on December 30, 2019 by admin


I want to wish you and your families a safe and happy New Year! With 2019 coming to an end, you should be aware of new taxes and laws that will be going into effect on January 1, 2020.

These new taxes, which I opposed when they came up for debate earlier in the year, include those on:

  • Dry Cleaning – Existing state sales tax rate will be expanded to dry cleaning services & laundry services
  • Parking – Existing state sales tax rate will be expanded to parking fees
  • Interior Design Service – Existing

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Real IDs: Do I Need One? How Do I Get One?

Posted on November 21, 2019 by admin


According to the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), beginning on October 1, 2020, the U.S. Federal Government will require anyone boarding an airplane for domestic travel or entering certain federal buildings to have a “verified” driver’s license, state-issued ID card, or show additional proof of identification, such as a passport. This verification is indicated on your license or ID card by a gold star in the top right corner and is commonly referred to as a “Real ID.”

With this deadline

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Samuel K. Beamon Memorial Bridge Dedication

Posted on November 1, 2019 by admin


During a moving ceremony in Veteran’s Memorial Hall inside Waterbury City Hall Friday morning, the West Main Street bridge that spans the Naugatuck River was officially dedicated as the Samuel K. Beamon, Sr. Memorial Bridge.

Family, friends and local and state officials gathered to honor Samuel K. Beamon, Sr.’s years of dedication and service to our community, and share stories about how he always used his infectious, positive attitude to persuade people to do the right thing.

Sam’s many years with

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Weatherizing Your Home Saves Money

Posted on October 30, 2019 by admin


In honor of today being National Weatherization Day, I wanted to share information and tips on making your home more energy efficient.

Right now, people across Waterbury spend significant amounts of money to stay warm all winter and the state spends a lot of money on fuel assistance programs. Unfortunately, many of the homes with the greatest need are not weatherized, or don’t have enough insulation and weatherization to adequately protect against cold New England winters. Essentially, your hard-earned

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Rep. D’Amelio, City Honors Mayor for the Day, Maria Vigliotti!

Posted on October 15, 2019 by admin


Another beautiful, mid-October day in the Brass City brought more than 50 Italian-Americans, their family, friends and others to City Hall for the annual mass and flag-raising ceremony honoring the 2019 Italian Mayor for the Day!  This year, longtime resident, educator and local volunteer Maria Vigliotti was recognized for her never-ending commitment to the city.

Congratulations, Maria!