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Rep. Staneski Reminds Residents: Oct. 27th is Drug Take Back Day

Posted on October 25, 2018 by jdooley


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On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Milford and Orange Police Departments and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal to the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive in Milford and CVS on 279 Boston Post Road in Orange.

Medications must be in original containers, with names crossed out. Expired or unwanted prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, and vitamins/nutritional supplements will also be accepted.

Help prevent over-the-counter (cough medicine, pain relievers, etc.) and prescription drug abuse by dropping off any unwanted, expired, or unused medicines, vitamins, or nutritional supplements. All medications must be in original containers, with all names crossed out.

**The service is free and anonymous, no questions will be asked**

No needles or sharps will be accepted.

Examples of sharps include:

  • Needles – hollow needles used to inject drugs (medication) under the skin
  • Syringes – devices used to inject medication into or withdraw fluid from the body
  • Lancets, also called “fingerstick” devices – instruments with a short, two-edged blade used to get drops of blood for testing. Lancets are commonly used in the treatment of diabetes.
  • Auto Injectors, including epinephrine and insulin pens – syringes pre-filled with fluid medication designed to be self-injected into the body
  • Infusion sets – tubing systems with a needle used to deliver drugs to the body.
  • Connection needles/sets – needles that connect to a tube used to transfer fluids in and out of the body. This is generally used for patients on home hemodialysis.

In 2017, Rep. Staneski supported a bill which would allow for the proper disposal of unused prescription drugs at certain state pharmacies.

The legislation allows up to 50 retail locations during the first year and not more than an additional fifty retail locations in each year thereafter, at Connecticut licensed pharmacies to accept and dispose of unused prescription drugs.

Pharmacies all over the country have started to offer this service, since being allowed by the federal government in 2014. By starting to make this practice legal in Connecticut, we can add another tool in the toolbox for drug abuse prevention.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or call the Milford PD at (203) 783-3200 or Orange Police Departments at (203) 891-2130.

 

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.

State Rep. Pam Staneski Named CT Coalition of Shellfishers Legislator of the Year

Posted on August 10, 2018 by jdooley


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MILFORD- The Coalition of Connecticut Shellfishers today (Wednesday, August 8) announced that State Rep. Pam Staneski of Milford has been named the 2018 State Legislator of the Year by CCS.

State Rep. Staneski was presented with the award at a reception at Briarpatch Shellfish dock on Edgewater Place in Milford.

Among the top issues legislators grappled with were continuing the conversation with legislators on an alternative shellfish testing facility at UCONN’s Avery Point in Groton, the implementation of GPS tracking devices on shellfish boats and their related costs, and continuing the dialogue with state Department of Agriculture officials on making the leasing process of shellfish beds more open and inclusive.

The Coalition named Representative Pam Staneski (R- 119th district) Legislator of the Year for her commitment to Connecticut’s shellfishing industry and the work she performed in helping protect Connecticut’s fragile coastal shellfish beds and spawning grounds which date back to colonial times and are among the nation’s oldest.

“It is a privilege to be recognized by the Coalition of Connecticut Shellfishers as their 2018 Legislator of the Year. Connecticut, and in particular Milford’s shellfishing industry is vital to our shoreline businesses and the region,” said Rep. Staneski (Milford and Orange). “I have sat down and listened to these outstanding members of the business community who want to be partners in planning, growing, and yes, regulating this essential Connecticut industry. All they want from the state are common sense laws that protect their right to earn a living. I am honored to work alongside of them in these efforts. “

Host Joseph Gilbert, of Briarpatch Enterprises and Empire Fisheries in Milford, said, “Today’s recipients – one Democrat and one Republican – demonstrate that the importance to Connecticut of its historic shellfishing industry crosses party lines when comes to protecting jobs, a way of life and preserving a significant contributor to our state’s economy. We are grateful for their steadfast, common sense support and involvement.”

This year, Rep. Staneski  introduced a bill this session which passed the General Assembly that will allow for additional state certified testing to handle the growing industry and ensure that samples from shellfish beds along the state coast are properly screened before sale.

Rep. Staneski has met with numerous shellfish company owners including Briarpatch Enterprises to determine how to cut the various costs in time and accessibility of tissue and water sampling.

James Amann, principal of International Government Strategies, and Speaker Emeritus of the Connecticut General Assembly, whose lobbying firm represents Connecticut’s shellfishing industry, moderated the evening’s event and joined Gilbert in presenting the awards.

Amann said, “As a son of coastal Connecticut who calls Milford home, I understand the importance of our shellfishing industry to Connecticut’s economy. It is an honor for me, particularly as a former legislator, to recognize these two state representatives, who work hard year in and year out to preserve our historic industry, protect jobs and keep our shellfish industry profitable – not to mention, producing the finest shellfish offerings available anywhere.”

Over the years, the state has invested $5.3 million in bonding for shellfish seeding which has grown to 7,000 acres of shellfish farms along coastal waters. Private companies have also invested heavily in bedding and preservation of these environmentally sensitive areas.

Staneski & Ferraro Ask Bond Commission to Oppose Funds for Toll Study

Posted on July 19, 2018 by jdooley


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HARTFORD- Dismayed by Governor Malloy’s plan to use his executive authority to request a $10 million dollar feasibility toll study by the Department of Transportation conduct, State Reps. Pam Staneski (R-119) and Charles Ferraro (R-117) today delivered a letter to the Governor and all other members of the State Bond Commission asking that the commission oppose the $10 million request at their July 25th special meeting.

In the letter both Reps. Staneski and Ferraro said they felt strongly that such use of taxpayer’s money is irresponsible on many levels, not the least of which is the fragile fiscal condition of our state.

Reps. Staneski and Ferraro letter to the State Bond Commission.

In the 2018 General Assembly Session it was the will of leadership in the House of Representatives to not debate tolls legislation.

“The concept of tolls was summarily dismissed as pressure mounted from the citizens of the State of Connecticut who did not want tolls and freely expressed that sentiment. The General Assembly as a body decided we would not expend money for a study of tolls,” said Rep. Staneski. “I received 100s of letters, calls and emails this past session almost all opposed to any sort of toll plan.”

Both Staneski and Ferraro believe that the fact that this item has now been fast-tracked for the July 25th Bond Commission special meeting not only disregards what the legislature explicitly and expressively decided but is a massive misuse of taxpayer’s dollars at a time when, on a bi-partisan vote, the legislature has made a commitment to get our fiscal situation under control through the Biennium Budget.

Rep. Ferraro said, “The tolls study is a frivolous spending plan that completely ignores the Legislative Branch at a time when the people of Connecticut have reached out to us as their elected officials and made it quite clear they do not want tolls.”

According to the Governor’s executive order, DOT would use the $10 million to conduct the following:

  • Prepare a comprehensive assessment for possible electronic tolling on I-95, I-91, I-84, the Wilbur Cross Parkway, the Merritt Parkway, and any other limited access highways as determined by the DOT Commissioner, which includes potential toll monitoring and specifies proposed toll charges;
  • Explore potential ways to provide discounts, tax credits, or other value-pricing options to Connecticut residents while ensuring out-of-state drivers contribute their fair share;
  • Explore plans that could reduce motor vehicle fuel taxes; and
  • Study the environmental impacts of electronic tolling systems.

The Special State Bonding Commission is scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m. next Wednesday, July 25th to approve funding requests submitted by Governor Malloy. As chairman of the commission, Gov. Malloy has the discretion to determine which items that are included in the bonding meeting.

The State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, who is a member of the State Bond Commission, has already expressed his intent to vote against the $10 million for a toll study.

State Rep. Pam Staneski Op-ed: Stopping the Governor’s Cuts to Education

Posted on July 2, 2018 by jdooley


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On June 25th, the General Assembly was summoned into session to vote on overriding seven bills that the Governor had vetoed. These bills passed both chambers with overwhelming bipartisan support, so one would think that this would be a quick up and back day ending with the General Assembly voting to override all of the bills—or at least one, right?  Wrong! Not one vetoed bill was overturned.

I was hopeful that at least one of the bills would get the votes necessary in both chambers to overturn the veto. That bill was HB-5171—An Act Prohibiting the Executive Branch from Making Recessions or Other Reductions to the Education Cost Sharing Grant During the Fiscal Year.

Municipal leaders have practically begged for the general assembly to provide stability in the budget process. HB5171 did just that and it originally passed the House 117-32, and the Senate 36-0.  We, the House, voted to reconsider the bill and, in fact, it received the required two-thirds vote to move it to the Senate.  Unfortunately, it did not receive two-thirds of the necessary votes in the Senate to uphold the override, so the Governor can continue to cut education grants to towns midstream by using his rescission authority, an act this governor (and the only governor) exercised with Orange and Milford.  I am disappointed that many Senators reversed their original votes and blocked the override standing with the governor.

Contrary to the governor’s veto message, this bill was not about how education funding is distributed through the state; it was about timing and ensuring predictability. School districts, students, and taxpayers will continue to be exposed to uncertainty. Upholding this veto was a knock on every school board and town that works to manage their finances.

All of the Governor’s vetoes were upheld in this special veto session. For more information on these bills go to: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/rpt/pdf/2018-R-0156.pdf

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.