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Rep. Pam Staneski Marks October as Manufacturing Month

Posted on October 15, 2018 by jdooley


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MILFORD- To mark October as Manufacturing Month, State Rep. Pam Staneski visited, spoke with and toured Bead Industries with Bead officials as well as students from Emmett O’ Brien Tech High School in Ansonia as they were able to observe the shop floor and ask questions about precision skilled manufacturing.

The ‘Connecticut Dream It. Do It.’ campaign is a statewide initiative to help promote manufacturing, educate Connecticut residents about the rewarding career pathways in manufacturing, and help our state’s manufacturers recruit the skilled workers they need to succeed in a global market. 

“I look forward to this visit every year. I have a passion for our manufacturing workforce and as a legislator, I have advocated for greater job-training opportunities for our young adults and assisting our small manufacturing companies, like Bead Industries recruit a talented future workforce. When companies like Bead succeed, we all succeed,” said Rep. Staneski. 

Bead Industries is comprised of two divisions: Bead Chain and Bead Electronics, and a wholly owned subsidiary, McGuire Mfg. Company. Founded in 1914, Bead Industries developed and manufactured Bead Chain® for electric light pulls. Using the same innovative metalworking process, it fabricated products for the electronics market in the mid-1920s. McGuire, one of Bead’s loyal customers, which was acquired in 1972, is based in Cheshire, CT, and is a distributor of high quality, commercial plumbing supplies.  

Staneski to be Honored by CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Posted on October 4, 2018 by jdooley


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MILFORD- State Rep. Pam Staneski (Milford & Orange) has been named a member of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s (CCADV) 2018 Class of First 100 Plus.

Earlier this year, State Rep. Pam Staneski (R-119) took part in a press conference with CCADV President & CEO Karen Jarmoc and Dr. William Petit (R-22) highlighting the proposed changes to the Dual Arrest laws in Connecticut.

 Rep. Staneski was selected for recognition due to her leadership and work in making a positive difference in the lives of domestic violence survivors in Connecticut. Pam worked with local domestic violence organizations to create statewide system change to the dual arrest law in Connecticut in 2018.

Staneski, co-sponsored bi-partisan legislation that changes Connecticut’s existing intimate partner violence dual arrest law to add a ‘dominant aggressive’ provision. Current statistics show that CT has a 20% dual arrest (aggressor and victim arrested) rate.

 “Our job as legislators is to protect our residents and to fix laws that have unintended consequences—victims of domestic violence should never be treated and arrested like their abusers,” said Rep. Staneski. “I want to thank CCADV for this honor and for their strong advocacy for victims.”

 A dual arrest occurs when both parties are arrested for a family violence offense after police intervention and investigation. Connecticut’s dual arrest rate is double national rates. Victims of domestic violence have experienced first-hand the unintended consequences of dual arrest when they make the call to have police intervene—small children who just witnessed a parent being abused are traumatized when both parents are carted away in police cars, public reporting of the arrest result in ‘quiet’ gossip among neighbors, and many feeling victimized all over again.

 The CCADV this year is celebrating their 40th anniversary and Year of the Woman! The Class of 2018 is comprised entirely of women leading the domestic violence movement and working to improve the lives of survivors.

 The 8th Annual First 100 Plus Breakfast & Awards Ceremony will be on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.

Rep. Staneski Honored and Recognized by CT Radiologists

Posted on September 24, 2018 by jdooley


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NEW HAVEN- State Rep. Pam Staneski (Milford & Orange) was recognized by the Radiological Society of Connecticut receiving a 2018 ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ for her committed support of patient-friendly healthcare legislation that will improve the detection of breast cancer in patients.

Staneski received her award at their Semi-Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 13th, at the New Haven Lawn Club in New Haven.

“I am very grateful to receive this honor. The legislation I supported this session is an important step to take against the disease of breast cancer and ensures that women in our state have affordable access to tomosynthesis screenings,” said Rep. Staneski.

Rep. Staneski is a member of the legislature’s Public Health Committee and assisted in getting legislation passed in 2018 which will now include breast tomosynthesis in the definition of mammogram it will ensure a better detection of breast cancer.

Breast tomosynthesis is an advanced type of mammogram that takes a 3(D) dimensional image to improve early detection of breast cancer. Under current law, women’s preventive services are covered at no cost share. The bill passed this year redefines the definition of mammogram and would require insurance companies to fully cover mammography and apply this screening test to subscribers’ deductibles.

The Radiological Society of Connecticut has approximately 313 active members with 81 retired radiologists and 127 introductory members or residents for a total membership of 521 individuals.

Rep. Staneski Op-Ed: The $10 Million Toll Study Update

Posted on September 11, 2018 by jdooley


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In July, the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee voted to bond $10 million to study electronic highway tolls in Connecticut.  I joined my Republican House colleagues in calling for a special session to reverse this decision. Whether you are for or against tolls, I believe that you would agree with me that a special session should have been called.

Moving this forward (and spending $10 million of taxpayer money!) via the Bonding Commission, the Governor circumvented the legislative process. It is the responsibility of the General Assembly to decide whether or not money should be spent on a toll study, it is not solely the Governor’s prerogative, along with his mostly appointed Bond Commission. Comptroller Lembo agreed with this and cast a no vote.

The General Assembly had an opportunity this past session to vote on a similar bill; however, the bill failed to gain a vote in either Chamber.  In making the decision to add the study to the Bond Commission agenda, the Governor’s spokesperson blamed the Republicans for the failure of the bill, but Democrats hold the majority and didn’t move it forward. Regardless, the Governor does not have the authority to spend taxpayer dollars via executive order. Processes and rules are in place for a reason—this Governor blatantly thumbed his nose at them, and the majority party joined him.

By our rules, the Governor or a majority of the members of each house may call a special session of the General Assembly. Republicans hold 71 out of the 151 seats in the House.  All 71 supported the call for a special session; three of our Democratic colleagues joined us, leaving the call short by two signatures.  The mere fact that the leaders of House Democrats did not push for a special session makes them complacent in the failure of our democratic process.  If they don’t like the rules, they make them up. Setting this kind of precedent is not good for Connecticut and takes us down a road we cannot afford—a $10 million dollar ‘road’ in this case, and who knows how much in the future?

As always, please reach out to me with any questions on the issue of tolls or other matters of concern to you my office number is 1.800.842.1423 or email me at Pam.Staneski@housegop.ct.gov.

Rep. Staneski: Weekend Closure of I-95 Southbound On-Ramp at Exit 34 in Milford

Posted on September 6, 2018 by jdooley


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing a weekend ramp closure on I-95 at the Exit 34 southbound on-ramp in Milford beginning Friday, September 7, from 8:00 PM until 5:00 AM, Monday, September 10.

Detour Information

  • Southbound traffic on Route 1, follow detour signs to I-95 SB On-Ramp at Exit 33 interchange.
  • Northbound traffic on Route 1, follow detour signs to I-95 NB On-Ramp to Exit 35 to Schoolhouse Rd. and enter on to I-95 SB entrance at Exit 35 interchange.

This project involves beam end repair and bearing replacement of four bridges on I-95, I-91, Rte. 8 and Rte. 15 in the towns of Milford, Wallingford and Trumbull. The work involves jacking existing bridge beams, replace bridge bearings, repair bridge decks and structural steel repairs. The four bridges under repair are:

  • Bridge No. 00136, Milford, I-95 over Ramps 115 & 117.
  • Bridge No. 03125, Wallingford, SR 702 over I-91 Southbound.
  • Bridge No. 05256, Trumbull, Route 15 NB over Route 8 & Route 8 Ramp 143.
  • Bridge No. 05257, Trumbull, Route 15 SB over Route 8 & Route 8 Ramp 143.

DOT Project is scheduled for completion on October 19, 2018.

Staneski & Ferraro Vote to Provide Heating Assistance to 80,000 CT Families

Posted on August 21, 2018 by jdooley


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HARTFORD- State Representatives Pam Staneski (R-119) and Charles Ferraro (R-117) today supported a bi-partisan, unanimous agreement to provide fuel assistance to low income families across Connecticut regardless of how they heat their homes this winter last week.

During a joint meeting of the Appropriations, Energy, and Human Services committees, both Staneski and Ferraro voted unanimously for the federal block grant LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Plan) that helps low income households cover the costs of deliverable fuels.

The Department of Social Services is expecting the federal government to allocate the same amount as last year, $80.74 million. According to the Department of Social Services 80,000 Connecticut families were eligible to receive heating assistance last winter.

“This is a public safety issue and it is absolutely necessary for those on fixed incomes, particularly our Orange and Milford families who are struggling. “The LIHEAP program is a lifeline to many and I’m pleased we we’re able to reach a bipartisan agreement,” said Rep. Staneski.

“Government should always be there for those that need our help the most,” said Rep. Ferraro. “We must protect programs like LIHEAP and I hope the Federal Government continues to provide this relief to thousands of homeowners who are struggling or on fixed incomes.”

The first fuel delivery available for coverage under the program is November 14, 2018 and the last day to submit deliverable fuel bills is May 31. Basic Benefits are determined based on income, household size, vulnerability and liquid assets. Vulnerable households and households with the lowest incomes receive the highest awards.