Buses Required on Waterbury Rail Branch to Accommodate Upgrades

Posted on September 6, 2019 by admin


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Buses Required on Waterbury Rail Branch to Accommodate Upgrades

Metro-North Crews to Make Safety Upgrades to Waterbury Branch From Friday, Evening September 20, Through Sunday, October 6
Buses to Substitute for Waterbury Branch Trains to Accommodate Line Improvements

MTA Metro-North Railroad advises customers that beginning on Friday, September 20 and continuing through, Sunday October 6, crews will be doing prep work to install PTC (Positive Train Control) equipment on the Waterbury Branch.

PTC is a technology designed to reduce the potential for human error that can lead to train-involved accidents. Beginning late Friday, September 20, and continuing through Sunday, October 6, crews will be doing prep work to install a new signal system on the Waterbury Branch; this system needs to be in place in order to make PTC operational.

To accommodate this work, weekday and weekend substitute busing will be provided between Waterbury and Bridgeport after 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20, and continuing through Sunday, October 6. Regular train service resumes with the first scheduled train on Monday, October 7.

Service details are below:

Bridgeport-bound: Buses will substitute for all trains weekday and weekend departing from Waterbury, making all scheduled stops to Bridgeport. Buses will operate up to 15-30 minutes earlier than scheduled trains. Customers will connect at Bridgeport to regularly scheduled trains for continuing service to Grand Central Terminal.

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Rep. Klarides-Ditria, Valley Lawmakers Discuss Opioid Crisis

Posted on August 27, 2019 by admin


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ANSONIA – State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria attended an opioid prevention & treatment roundtable discussion yesterday at the new Cornell Scott Hill Health Center in Ansonia. The roundtable discussion was hosted by Lt. Governor Bysiewicz and those who attended included local lawmakers, state lawmakers, families, treatment providers, and law enforcement.

“As state lawmakers, we are exploring every avenue to find solutions to help us tackle the opioid crisis,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria, a member of the Public Health Committee. “We need to continue to work with all stakeholders to make sure we are providing help to those that need it the most. By working together and as a community we can end this crisis.”

Rep. Klarides-Ditria highlighted legislation that was passed this session which creates tougher penalties for those selling and manufacturing Fentyal.

In addition, the group talked about the many programs the state offers to help those suffering from addiction.

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Sales Tax-Free Week – Aug 18th – Aug 24th

Posted on August 15, 2019 by admin


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Dear Neighbors,

A main staple in the month of August has always been the annual tax-free week right before Connecticut students head back to school. This year legislators fought back attempts by the governor to end the weekly tax break event which benefits so many state families.

Per state statute, the 19th Annual Sales Tax-Free Week begins on the third Sunday of August and runs until the following Saturday.

2019 Sales Tax-Free Week dates are Sunday, August 18, through Saturday, August 24, 2019.

Tax-Free Week was first enacted in 2000 and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases that are intended for everyday use.

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Sen. Logan, Rep. Klarides-Ditria Applaud General Assembly’s Actions to Help Beacon Falls Move the Rimmon Schoolhouse

Posted on July 24, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Senator George Logan (R-17) and State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria (R-105) applauded the General Assembly’s passage of legislation yesterday which will enable the town of Beacon Falls to move the Rimmon Schoolhouse to preserve the historic building.

On Monday, in a special legislative session, lawmakers approved a bill to enable the state to convey property at the end of North Main Street to the town which will become the new home for the schoolhouse. Currently, the Rimmon Schoolhouse sits on private property at 101 Pinesbridge Road and was built between 1779 and 1830. It was used as a school until the 1950s. The town will now work to determine the best way to move the schoolhouse and perform needed repairs.

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Rep. Klarides-Ditria Applauds EpiPen Legislation Being Signed into Law

Posted on July 15, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria, a member of the Public Health Committee, attended the bill signing of Public Act 19-19 – An Act Concerning Epinephrine Auto-Injectors on Wednesday, June 26th.

Rep. Klarides-Ditria, a co-sponsor of the bill, said, “It is important that we established training, storage and medication administration requirements for the use of EpiPens. EpiPens are used daily to save lives and using them correctly and storing them correctly will save more lives.”

The bill allows an authorized entity (e.g., for-profit or non-profit entity) to acquire and maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors (e.g., EpiPens) from a wholesaler and provide or administer them to a person experiencing an anaphylactic reaction. To do this, the authorized entity must (1) establish a medical protocol with a prescribing practitioner and (2) have at least one employee or agent trained in recognizing the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, administering the medication, and following emergency protocol.

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Pharmacies Receive Approval to Collect Unused Prescription Drugs

Posted on July 11, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria, the House Republican Leader on the Regulation Review Committee, announced last week that the committee signed off on allowing pharmacies to collect unused prescription drugs to be properly disposed of.

“Making it easier for residents to dispose of unused prescription drugs will help prevent prescription drugs from potentially getting in the hands of children and younger adults,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “This is another step to helping combat

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New Laws – July 1st

Posted on July 9, 2019 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Monday, July 1st, many new laws that may affect you and our community went into effect.

I have highlighted some noteworthy new laws below and encourage you to take a look at the full list, which can be accessed by clicking here. You can also find a copy of the 2019 Major Public Acts by clicking here.

Public Act 19-117 – An Act Concerning the State Budget for the Biennium Ending June 30, 2021

Public Act 19-103 – An Act Establishing a Pilot Program for Expansion of Advanced

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May 17th to be Named Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Day

Posted on June 10, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria announced on Monday that May 17th of each year will be proclaimed Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Day in honor of Nina Poeta a local Seymour resident.

“I want to thank my fellow lawmakers for supporting this legislation that will raise awareness for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomao and to remember Nina Poeta,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “Sadly there is no cure for this tumor and raising awareness for this type of brain cancer could one day help find a cure.”

According to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomao (DIPG) is a type of tumor that starts in the brain stem, the part of the brain just above the back of the neck and connected to the spine. The brain stem controls breathing, heart rate and the nerves and muscles that help us see, hear, walk, talk and eat. These tumors are called gliomas because they grow from glial cells, a type of supportive cell in the brain.

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Rep. Klarides-Ditria Opposes Tax Increase State Budget

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria said the two-year state budget passed in the House on Monday increases taxes by nearly $2 billion dollars and increases spending by $1 billion dollars.

“Legislative Democrats and the governor did nothing to cut spending, reduce the size of government, or create a sustainable pathway for future Connecticut budgets,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria. “We still have major fiscal problems in this state and their only solution is to tax and spend more. It’s a shame that the new governor is taking the same path as past governors. We can’t continue to go down this same road.”

The budget crafted by legislative Democrats and the governor raises taxes on:

• Digital downloads
• Prepared food from grocery stores and restaurants
• Plastic bags
• Soda & Alcoholic beverages
• Bus fares
• Dry cleaning
• Parking
• Rideshare services
• Safety Apparel

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House Republicans: We know our vote on tolls, and it is “no”

Posted on May 22, 2019 by admin


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House Republicans: We know our vote on tolls, and it is “no”
HARTFORD – House Republican Lawmakers sent a formal letter to Governor Lamont Tuesday night to notify him that all members of the House Republican Caucus are fully unified against tolls.

The letter was sent after the governor declared that he will begin focusing on the budget and will table tolls for a special legislative session to give Republicans more time to support the proposal.

In the letter, House Republicans said that going into a special session would be an undue tax burden on the people of Connecticut and that the House Republican Caucus will be voting no on tolls.

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