Oxford, Naugatuck and Southbury

Rep. Labriola and Sen. Berthel Tour Oxford Businesses

Posted on October 9, 2018 by admin


During a recent tour of Oxford businesses, State Representative David K. Labriola and State Senator Eric Berthel toured several local companies, including A1 Pools, the Oxford Baking Co., Oxford Pharmacy and Rose’s Family Restaurant.

The veteran legislators spent time talking with both employees and customers at each stop where they discussed local and state issues and their effect upon small businesses and residents in the state.

Sen. Eric Berthel (left), Josh Miller of A1 Pools (center), and Rep. David Labriola (right). Berthel and Labriola stopped by A1 pools on a tour of businesses in Oxford on Thursday October 4th.

Sen. Eric Berthel (far right) and Rep. David Labriola (center right) speak with Norm and Donna Cloutier at Oxford Baking Co. The legislators visited the Oxford Baking Co. as part of their business tour of Oxford.

Sen. Eric Berthel (left) and Rep. David Labriola (right) with Frank Diaserio at Oxford Pharmacy. The stop was part of the legislators’ tour of Oxford businesses.

Sen. Eric Berthel (left) and Representative David Labriola (right) with Agim Mamudov at Rose’s Family Restaurant in Oxford.


Reps. Labriola, Rebimbas and Sens. Hartley, Logan to Present Citation to Emidio C. Cerasale for Grandparents’ Rights Advocacy

Posted on August 1, 2018 by admin


NAUGATUCKState Representatives Dave Labriola (R-Oxford, Naugatuck, Southbury), Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck) and State Senators Joan Hartley (R-Waterbury, Middlebury, Naugatuck) and George Logan (R- Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck and Woodbridge) will present a General Assembly Citation to Emidio C. Cerasale on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 in recognition of his work and advocacy on behalf of grandparents’ rights. Mayor Hess will also present Emidio with the Borough of Naugatuck Citation. Emidio’s granddaughter will perform “God Bless America.”

“As a grandparent myself, I understand how critical this issue is for grandparents who are denied visitation,” said Rep. Labriola. “I commend Emidio’s advocacy on behalf of grandparents’ rights.”

“It is a true honor to present this citation to Emidio on behalf of everyone who supports grandparent rights,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “Through his tireless efforts, he has brought much needed public attention to this issue. I’d like to thank the Naugatuck Arts Commissions, the Naugatuck Delegation and the mayor’s office for making this event possible.”

“Emidio is a tremendous advocate for improving the quality of life for grandparents across Connecticut,” Sen. Logan said. “He is a true leader and role model, and his enthusiasm and positive energy are inspiring. We are proud to honor this selfless Naugatuck resident, and we hope he continues to inspire people throughout our state.”

Emidio is the founder of Grandparents Advocate of America, an organization which supports the preservation of the complete family. The group proposes legislation and works on behalf of grandparents nationwide to promote family unity and visitation rights. Emidio is a past director of Grandparents Rights Association of CT, which operates under the umbrella of the national organization Grandparents Rights Association of the USA.

The event, which will be held on the Naugatuck Town Green, is open to the public and will begin promptly at 6:45 p.m. on August 7th, 2018. In the event of inclement weather, an alternate location will be announced in advance.

Lawmakers Question Transportation Commissioner On Waterbury Rail Delays

Posted on July 25, 2018 by admin


HARTFORDState Representative David Labriola (R-131) joined 11 of his fellow State Senators and Representatives yesterday in sending a bipartisan letter to Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner Redeker seeking an explanation regarding a recent report from the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council that documents a 65.2 percent On-Time Performance (OTP) rating for the Waterbury Branch Line.

The lawmakers deemed this performance – which is 20 percent lower than the New Canaan Line, Danbury Line and Shore Line East – “unacceptable;” stressing the importance of  their constituents being able to rely on Connecticut’s railways, especially when trying to avoid clogged roadways on their commutes to work.

The letter requested answers to the following questions:

  1. Why did the Waterbury Branch line have such a low On-Time Performance?
  2. What is the Commissioner’s office doing to prevent this performance again in the future?
  3. What is the Commissioner’s plan to ensure success (i.e. increased ridership and reliability) for the Waterbury Branch Line?

A response has not yet been issued.

View a copy of the full letter here.