“Tax-Free Week” 2018 – August 19 – 25

Posted on August 7, 2018 by admin


“Tax-Free Week” is right around the corner! Each year Connecticut residents receive a much-needed break from the hefty sales tax we pay for consumer goods.

From Sunday, August 19, through Saturday, August 25, shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase select items under $100, TAX-FREE. With the start of school just around the corner, this is a great opportunity for some back-to-school shopping for the kids while saving money for families.

Tax-Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use, including items put on layaway.

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 and watches, etc.

The Connecticut sales tax rate is currently 6.35%, which can add up quickly when buying multiple items.

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

As always, Rep. Rebimbas can be reached at 1-800-842-1423 or Rosa.Rebimbas@housegop.ct.gov if you have any questions regarding state government.

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

Posted on August 1, 2018 by admin


NAUGATUCK –State Representatives Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck), Dave Labriola (ROxford, Naugatuck, Southbury) 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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“This recognition of Grandparents Advocate of America, led by President and Founder Emidio Cerasale, is of vital importance to supporting and promoting family in the lives of our children,” Sen. Hartley said.

“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.

Rep. Rebimbas, Area Legislators Send Letter to DOT Commissioner Redeker Regarding Waterbury Line Performance

Posted on July 24, 2018 by admin


Rep. Rosa Rebimbas, Co-Chair of the Waterbury Line Caucus, along with fellow area legislators, sent the following letter to CT DOT Commissioner James Redeker regarding a recent report detailing the poor on-time performance of the Waterbury Line.

Dear Commissioner Redeker,

We are writing to you for information and an explanation regarding a recent report from the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council concerning the Waterbury Branch Line.

According to the June 2018 report the line had an On-Time Performance (OTP) percentage of 65.2 percent. This number is unacceptable. When compared to other branch lines Waterbury is approximately 20 percent lower in OTP compared to the New Canaan Line, Danbury Line and Shore Line East.

As you know OTP impacts ridership, when residents don’t feel like they can rely on rail they will take their car into work – again clogging up Connecticut roadways. This is clearly shown with an almost 2 percent decrease in ridership when compared to earlier months. This unacceptable performance prompted us to ask the questions below:

  1. Why did the Waterbury Branch Line have such a low On-Time Performance last month?
  2. What is your office doing to make sure these performance issues do not happen in the future?
  3. What is your plan to make sure the Waterbury Branch Line is a success – specifically what is your plan to increase the ridership and reliability of the Waterbury Branch Line?

While we understand that ridership and OTP fluctuate, such a significant drop is disturbing. In a time where commuter rail is so vitally important to our economy, we must take immediate steps to ensure its success.

We look forward to your response regarding this matter.


State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides

State Representative David Labriola

State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria

State Representative Stephanie Cummings

State Representative Jason Perillo

State Representative Ben McGorty

State Representative Tony D’Amelio

State Senator Joan Hartley

State Senator George Logan

State Senator Eric Berthel

State Senator Kevin C. Kelly