Posted on November 3, 2018 by admin
HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides today mocked Democrats voicing last-minute support for a Naugatuck Valley fire school that they never advocated for in the past, calling the staged press event at the Derby train station a desperate ploy to sway voters four days before the election.
The Democrats, Klarides said, had eight years to convince Gov. Malloy to fund the project but it was never a priority. “All we heard today from the Democrats was empty rhetoric.’’
She added, “This effort by Democrats running for office four days before the election is a pathetic attempt to blur the reality that this Democratic administration never supported the Naugatuck Valley fire school.’’ Klarides noted that Democrat Lieutenant Governor candidate Susan Bysiewicz was among the Democrats who claim to support the project.
“If I were Susan Bysiewicz I would want to talk about anything other than the racially tinged incident involving her state police driver and one of our Republican candidates who is African American,’’ Klarides said, referring to the trooper Bysiewicz fired the day before after the incident involving Republican Ernestine Holloway became public. Holloway said the trooper told her she needed a local permit to canvass homes in her district.
Klarides has been at the forefront of the effort to get the fire school to be built in Beacon Falls completed. The Malloy administration last month said the project had been mothballed despite wide support among emergency services personnel who say the school is critical to enhancing public safety. The land in Beacon Falls has been purchased by the state and proposals solicited.
Malloy administration officials told Klarides and others that they have no plans to go ahead with the construction.
Klarides said, “We will continue to work hard to get this project completed. The Democrats were in position to deliver for the thousands of people in the 22 towns that would directly benefit from this fire school and they did not come through.’’
Klarides added, “It’s unfortunate that Governor Malloy failed to move this important public safety project forward. But, no matter who the governor is next year House Republicans will make sure the next governor realizes that this project must move forward.”