CT Veterans Stand Down 2018

Posted on September 17, 2018 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs is hosting their annual “Stand Down” event for veterans on September 21, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs main campus located at 287 West Street in Rocky Hill.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the veterans in our community to receive free employment and job training guidance. More than 30 government agencies and social services organizations will be offering education and recovery based services, as well as information about state and Veterans’ Administration benefits, and legal, motor vehicle and housing matters.

Medical, dental, eye care, hearing and mental health screenings – as well as free clothing – will also be provided. Pre-registration is not required, but the DOL asks that attendees arrive no later than 12:00 p.m. and encourage that you bring documentation verifying your military service/veteran status.

If you are in need of transportation to the event, please know that the Department of Transportation is providing free bus services from a number of locations around the state.

For more information, please call 860-616-3803Click here for a state-wide transportation schedule.

Please share this information with those who may benefit!

Best Regards,

Rep. Noreen Kokoruda

As always, if you are unable to attend but would still like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Noreen.Kokoruda@housegop.ct.gov for more information.

Free Dental Clinic for Veterans, 9/11

Posted on September 5, 2018 by admin


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A free dental care event for veterans is coming to Connecticut! 

Aspen Dental’s MouthMobile – a 42-foot-long dentist office on wheels – is coming to Hartford on September 11th to provide free care to local veterans as part of this year’s 30-stop cross-country tour. Dentists and their teams from area Aspen Dental practices are volunteering their services for the event.

·Date: Tuesday, September 11th

·Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

·Place: Connecticut Capital State Park, 210 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106 

If you or someone you know is interested and would like to set up an appointment, please reach out to Mary Harris at (860) 436-9986 to schedule your visit.     

Aspen Dental is working with American Legion Department of Connecticut to identify interested veterans and schedule their appointments. The MouthMobile, which will be parked at the State Capital Park, is handicap accessible and fully equipped with two operatories, digital X-rays and a denture lab.

The Healthy Mouth Movement, sponsored by Aspen Dental, is a community giving initiative that works to provide millions of veterans living throughout the United States who either live where there is little or no access to care or who face other barriers like expensive costs, lack of insurance, or fear, with an opportunity to receive free dental care.

For more information about the Healthy Mouth Movement visit www.aspendental.com/about/healthy-mouth-movement.

As always, if you are unable to attend but would still like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Noreen.Kokoruda@housegop.ct.gov for more information.

Long Awaited Bus Service from Madison to Middletown Begins

Posted on August 28, 2018 by admin


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Below you will find a press release from 9 Town Transit regarding the exciting launch of a new bus route from Madison to Middletown. Please read on for details concerning route locations, schedule, and fares.

Sincerely,

9 Town Transit (9TT), operated by the Estuary Transit District (EDT) has announced that, as of August 27th, is launching a new bus route from Madison to Middletown along Rts. 1, 81, and 154.  This route represents a partnership among the EDT, the towns, businesses, and educational institutions.

 

The route begins in the center of Madison and travels along Routes 1 in Madison and Clinton, 81 in Clinton, Killingworth and Haddam and 154 to Middlesex Community college and downtown Middletown.  Free connections are available to CT Transit New Haven, CT Transit Hartford and Middletown Area Transit bus services, as well as connections to the other 9 Town Transit routes.

 

Although this route has specific time points along the way through the towns of Madison, Clinton, Killingworth and Haddam, riders may flag the bus down from any safe location along the route.  All buses are handicapped accessible.

 

“This route will offer Killingworth regularly scheduled public transportation for the first time. Killingworth seniors, students, and businesses will all benefit greatly from such a route.  It will also help make our town attractive to a new generation that is eager to be less dependent on private cars,” says Killingworth First Selectwoman Cathy Iino, a longtime advocate of the bus route.

 

The route has been in the works for about six years.  Over that period, there has been a significant amount of interest expressed by residents and businesses, and much anticipation of a start date.  The service received federal funding in early 2017, but the state matching funds were withheld as the state faced a transportation funding crisis.  With the legislature fixing the Special Transportation Fund this spring, the state funding could now be released to 9TT.

 

“I am grateful this route is in place for our residents, having transportation on the 81 corridor is vital for our region and the community,” says Haddam First Selectwoman Lizz Millardo.

 

9TT officials and state legislators have promoted the economic benefits public transportation could bring to the corridor.  Clinton First Selectwoman Christine Goupil supports this position, saying “This expansion of transportation and the upgrades to the Clinton Train Station provide connectivity and a diversity of options for all users. It is a stimulus to our local and regional economy while reducing emissions and congestion along Route 1, 81 and I-95.

 

Madison First Selectman, Tom Banisch adds “Downtown Madison is a main connecting point for transit linking New Haven and Old Saybrook.  This added service opens up many opportunities for people from all over the region to now be able connect to Middletown and its hospitals, schools, jobs and attractions.  We look forward to the convenience this will create for those looking for work on the shoreline and the opportunities it will create for Madison residents.”

 

Schedules for the new bus route can be found at www.9towntransit.com or by calling 860-510-0429.

“Tax-Free Week” 2018 – August 19 – 25

Posted on August 8, 2018 by admin


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Dear Neighbors,

With the start of school just around the corner, I wanted to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 19 through Saturday, August 25.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.

Additionally, new and used college textbooks are exempt from the state 6.35% sales tax for students who present a valid college ID at the time of purchase.

Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price per item is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.

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

Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities: football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.
  • Accessories: jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, etc.

Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.

For any questions please call my office at the State Capitol at 1.800.842.1423 or email Noreen.Kokoruda@housegop.ct.gov.

Sincerely,

Noreen Kokoruda

State Representative for the 101st District

Stop the Governor’s Toll Study

Posted on July 20, 2018 by admin


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Latest News from the State Capitol

Outgoing Gov. Dan Malloy has decided that after seven and a half years in office, he wants to put $10 million on the state taxpayers’ credit card to study the issue of tolls in Connecticut.

Think about that.

As Gov. Malloy is leaving the job…he wants to borrow $10 million of OUR money…to study tolls!

Tolls on I-95, I-91, I-84, Routes 8 and 25, the Wilbur Cross Parkway, the Merritt Parkway, and more.

The state Bond Commission is expected to vote on the $10 million allocation on July 25.

If you want to help defeat this $10 million proposal, please contact members of the Bond Commission and urge them to Vote NO on the Tolls Study!”

Contact information for members is listed below:

Let them hear you!

Governor Malloy

(860) 566-4840

Benjamin Barnes, Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management

(860) 418-6500, Ben.Barnes@ct.gov

Denise L. Nappier, State Treasurer

(860) 702-3010, state.treasurer@ct.gov

Kevin P. Lembo, State Comptroller

(860) 702-3301, Comptroller.Lembo@ct.gov

George C. Jepsen, Attorney General

(860) 808-5318, attorney.general@ct.gov

Melody A. Currey, Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services

(860) 713-5100, Melody.Currey@ct.gov

John W. Fonfara, Senator and Co-Chair Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee

(860) 240-8600, John.Fonfara@cga.ct.gov

Jason Rojas, Representative and Co-Chair Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee

(860) 240-8500, Jason.Rojas@cga.ct.gov

For any questions please call my office at the State Capitol at 1.800.842.1423 or email Noreen.Kokoruda@housegop.ct.gov.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Noreen Kokoruda

State Representative for the 101st District

CT Early Childhood Alliance Names Rep. Kokoruda as a 2018 Children’s Champion

Posted on June 27, 2018 by admin


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The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is recognizing Rep. Noreen Kokoruda as one of twelve 2018 “Children’s Champions.” The Alliance recognizes legislators for their leadership on issues that impact the well-being of Connecticut’s young children in the areas of healthy development, early care and education, nutrition, and safety.

(l to r): Amanda Dalton, Director of Madison Educational Playcare Center; State Representative Noreen Kokoruda, Jane Porterfield, Educational Playcare Center Owner and Samantha Dynowski, Director of Outreach and Advocacy at CT Early Childhood Alliance.

“Each of the legislators we’re recognizing this year stood up for children to protect funding for child care or to push policy change that supports families with children,” said Merrill Gay, Executive Director of the Alliance.

Legislation passed this year includes: A bill that will make it easier for homeless families to obtain child care, thus helping parents work and change their situations. Another bill that passed will allow the CT Office of Early Childhood to prioritize infants and toddlers if there is a Care4Kids wait list. It will also make it easier for the OEC to adjust provider rates for School Readiness and state-funded centers. An act mandating insurance coverage of essential health benefits including pregnancy and immunizations also passed this year.

“While at the state Capitol in Hartford, children, their families, and educators are always a priority of mine,” said Rep. Kokoruda, a member of the legislature’s Education Committee. “I am honored to receive a 2018 Children’s Champion Award from the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, as they are a wonderful partner and advocate for children throughout the state of Connecticut. I look forward to working with them during the next legislative session to advocate on behalf of our children.”

Legislators honored this year are: Rep. Cathy Abercrombie (D-Meriden), Rep. Michelle Cook (D-Torrington), Rep. Andrew Fleischmann (D-West Hartford), Rep. Noreen Kokoruda (R-Madison), Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Norwalk),  Rep. Bobby Sanchez (D-New Britain),  Rep. Toni Walker (D-New Haven), Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26), Sen. Beth Bye (D-5), Sen. Paul Formica (R-20), Sen. Marilyn Moore (D-22), and Sen. Cathy Osten (D-19).

The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is a statewide organization committed to improving outcomes in the areas of learning, health, safety and economic security, for children ages birth to eight. The Alliance’s goal is for all children in Connecticut to enter kindergarten healthy, eager to learn, and ready for school success.