Proud to Represent South Windsor


Free heart health screenings on Thursdays during February at CVS MinuteClinic

Posted on February 5, 2019 by admin


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

In honor of American Heart Month, CVS Health is offering free heart health screening any Thursday during the month of February at local CVS MinuteClinics.  People can visit a local MinuteClinic for a free screening on February 7, 14, 21, or 28, 2019.

Individuals receiving screenings will learn the five key personal health numbers that can help determine risk for heart disease:  total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index.

The MinuteClinic in South Windsor is located at:

525 Buckland Road

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented.  Yet most people, especially women, don’t know their personal health numbers that are critical to determining their risk.  Knowing your risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke is critical to improving community health.

CVS Health also announced they have extended their support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign with a new, three-year, $15 million commitment to life-saving cardiovascular research and education.

For more information, or to find another location, please go to:

https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 1(800) 842-1423 or email at Tom.Delnicki@housegop.ct.gov for more information.

Sincerely,

Delnicki Attends Boy Scouts Day at the Capitol in Hartford

Posted on February 5, 2019 by admin


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

On Friday, February 1, State Representative Tom Delnicki (R-14) attended Boy Scouts Day at the Capitol in Hartford.

Scouts from all five of the Boy Scout councils visited the Capitol for a tour at 1 p.m. followed by an inaugural ceremony at 3:15 p.m. followed by a 2019 Report to the State and Meet and Greet.

State Rep. Tom Delnicki welcomes members of Troop 682 to the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on February 1 for a tour and inaugural ceremony to recognize girls being accepted into the Boys Scouts program in Connecticut.

Nearly 150 Scouts, their leaders, parents, along with state and local officials from all over Connecticut were in attendance to celebrate girls becoming members of the new Boy Scouts program.

Boy Scout Day at the Capitol celebrated the new Co-Educational Scouting program in Connecticut that welcomed its first girls into the Boy Scouts program. The girls at this unique Court of Honor Ceremony also received their Scout badge.

 

Connecticut lawmakers will consider legislation that could help homeowners with failing foundations.

Posted on January 28, 2019 by admin


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

At least four bills have been proposed this legislative session that, if passed, will help Connecticut homeowners grappling with crumbling foundations.

The four bills, introduced by State Rep. Tom Delnicki, tackle a broad spectrum of issues related to the crumbling foundations crisis in Northeastern Connecticut. One bill would mandate the testing of quarries for pyrrhotite, the mineral partially responsible for the issue, and another would require insurance companies to include the issue in homeowners insurance policies.

“We’ve made some tremendous success in the last few years and I’m looking to build on that success,” Delnicki said. “The problem hasn’t gone away. Yes, we have the captive up and running and they’ll be cutting checks shortly, but the problem still persists.”

Since the problem was detected in north-central Connecticut, the state has estimated that as many as 34,000 homes in 36 towns might have failing foundations. According to a state report, a mineral named pyrrhotite, which breaks down when exposed to water and air, is partly to blame. In 2017, the state created a captive insurance company, the Connecticut Foundation Solutions Indemnity Company, to pay out $133 million in funding to homeowners struggling to replace or repair their foundations.

What will these bills do?

The first bill, introduced by Delnicki and state Rep. Kurt Vail, requires insurance companies to provide coverage for the peril of the collapse.

Insurance companies have denied homeowners’ claims, saying the problem does not qualify for coverage under their definition of “collapse.” Homeowners have been left to bear the burden of a repair, which can cost as much as $200,000.

The question of what defines collapse was raised before the Connecticut Supreme Court in December. Insurance companies argue that in order to cover a failing foundation, the home would need to be actively collapsing, while lawyers for homeowners argue that homes diagnosed with the issue are already in danger of collapsing.

If the legislature mandates the coverage, homeowners with failing foundations will be covered and avoid paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair their homes.

A second bill would mandate testing by the Department of Consumer Protection for pyrrhotite at the state’s quarries.

“The Army Corps of Engineers came in October and had a tremendous presentation where they laid our a road map for quarry standards,” Delnicki said. “We need to have quarry standards. We have to make sure that sometime, somewhere we don’t get into another vein of pyrrhotite.”

A report by the Army Corps of Engineers released in October recommended that the state set guidelines for how much pyrrhotite can be used in concrete aggregate mix for residential and commercial buildings. The report said that less than 0.1 percent pyrrhotite in the concrete is the safest amount and a higher percentage in the mix can lead to the cracking and subsequent structural failure, which has been seen in foundations all over northeastern Connecticut. The report also recommended that testing be done about every three months at Connecticut quarries.

What other bills have been filed?

A third bill extends the state’s foreclosure mediation program and a fourth bill would protect homeowners’ credit from being damaged if they default on their mortgage or walk away from their property.

“It’s to try and give them some protection,” Delnicki said. “If they need to walk away due to pyrrhotite in their foundations, they won’t have their credit bunged up in the process.”

Will these bills pass?

It’s hard to say for sure.

“I’m just looking for a majority plus one,” Delnicki said. “The issue has developed a lot of inertia. The quarry standards and prospective coverage and protecting people against the financial calamities are going to be key. We’re talking about people’s lives.”

So what’s next?

The bills have been proposed and referred to different legislative committees. Some will be the subject of public hearings during the session before lawmakers vote. Scheduled public hearings can be found at cga.ct.gov.