Electric Rate Increase Information

Posted on January 15, 2019 by admin


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In an ongoing effort to keep you aware of the policies of State Government, on occasion I regrettably have to inform you of bad news. As you may have heard or read, electric rate increases affecting United Illuminating and Eversource customers went into effect January 1st.

The rate increases were approved last fall by the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA), which operates independent of the legislature and is statutorily charged with providing oversight for the rates and services of Connecticut’s investor owned electricity, natural gas and water and companies.

Standard service generation rates for United Illuminating customers will increase by approximately 24% from its current rate of 9.05¢ per kilowatt hour (kWh) to 11.23¢ per kilowatt hour (kWh). The standard service generation rates for Eversource customers will increase from 8.53¢ per kilowatt hour (kWh) to 10.14¢ per kilowatt hour (kWh), an overall increase of 18.9%.

On average, the monthly bill for United Illuminating standard service customers will increase by $16.35. Eversource standard service customers that use 750 kilowatt hours/month will see a monthly bill increase of $12.08 per month.

I’m writing to remind you that UI and Eversource customers have the option of searching for cheaper standard service generation rates through the Energize Connecticut web portal.

Click here to view a full list of suppliers and their ratesAs always, customers who are considering an alternative supply should carefully review price, terms, length of contract, enrollment, early termination, and other potential fees when comparing options.

I hope this information has been helpful.

As always, if you would like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Dave.Yaccarino@housegop.ct.gov for more information.

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OPINION: Civility, Kindness and Unity

Posted on January 15, 2019 by admin


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I am looking forward to representing the interests of the people of North Haven as your State Representative during the 2019 Legislative Session, I can’t help but be reminded of Abraham Lincoln’s words: “A house divided against itself, cannot stand”.  These words of caution could not be more relevant where we find ourselves divided on so many issues.

When working with my legislative colleagues on both sides of the political aisle, I believe that the peoples’ interests are best served when a government is united through compromise.  I strive to remember that as a country, united we will prosper, but divided we will surely fail.

The third Monday in January, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, reminds us all to conduct ourselves with kindness, understanding, dignity, and to respect every individual uniquely while doing the most good for the most people.  As we honor the 33rd annual observance of that day, we must keep alive Dr. King’s lifetime dream that all individuals have the right of equal opportunity regardless of their gender, background or ethnicity.

It is my hope that as citizens of the United States of America, Connecticut, and North Haven, we stay focused on what unites us and remain civil towards each other even during times of turmoil.  Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best: “we may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

 

 

Tax Relief for Connecticut Seniors

Posted on January 10, 2019 by admin


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With tax season quickly approaching, I wanted to make sure you were aware of some pertinent information to ensure that seniors in Connecticut receive all of the tax relief to which they are entitled.

Last session, I joined my colleagues in the legislature in passing a budget that provided tax relief for seniors. Namely, we passed two provisions, one of which eliminated the income tax on Social Security and the other phases out the income tax on pensions. Social Security Income Tax DeductionEffective for tax years beginning after 2019, individual taxpayers may deduct 100 percent of Social Security income, if federal adjusted gross income (AGI) is less than:

  • $75,000 for single filers and married taxpayers filing separately; or
  • $100,000 joint filers and heads of household

Furthermore, taxpayers with incomes equal to or greater than the thresholds qualify for a 75 percent deduction. The income thresholds are increased from $50,000 and $60,000, respectively.Retirement Income Tax DeductionsEffective beginning with the 2019 tax year, individual taxpayers may deduct a portion of retirement income that is included in federal gross income, if federal AGI is below:

  • $75,000 for single filers, married taxpayers filing separately, and heads of households; or
  • $100,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly

The deduction is equal to:

  • 14% of pension or annuity income for the 2019 taxable year
  • 28% of that income for the 2020 taxable year
  • 42% of that income for the 2021 taxable year
  • 56% of that income for the 2022 taxable year
  • 70% of that income for the 2023 taxable year
  • 84% of that income for the 2024 taxable year
  • 100% of that income for the 2025 taxable year

Under current law, military and railroad retirement that is included in federal gross income is fully deductible.For more information visit: https://www.ct.gov/opm/cwp/view.asp?a=2985&q=383136.Please share this information with those who may benefit!As always, if you would like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Dave.Yaccarino@housegop.ct.gov for more information.Sincerely,Follow my legislative activity and sign up to receive my newsletter at: www.RepYaccarino.com
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Rep. Yaccarino Receives ‘New Year’ Legislative Committee Assignments

Posted on December 31, 2018 by admin


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State Representative Dave Yaccarino (R-87) recently received his legislative committee assignments from House Republican Leader Themis Klarides. Yaccarino was re-elected to a fifth term in November and is now preparing for the start of the 2019 legislative session that will begin on January 9th.

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides named Rep. Dave Yaccarino to her 2019-2021 leadership team as a House Republican Whip, which gives him leadership responsibilities on the House Floor during floor debate.

Additionally, Rep. Yaccarino will serve another term on the legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, and will continue his service on the Commerce and Veterans’ Affairs Committees as well as the Screening Committee.

Rep. Yaccarino was also appointed to the committee on Executive and Legislative Nominations, which reviews all executive and legislative with the exception of judicial nominations, nominations of workers’ compensation commissioners and nominations of members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Yaccarino said, “It is an honor to once again serve the people of North Haven and residents of Connecticut for a fifth term as state representative. I will continue to focus my efforts towards making Connecticut a better place to live, raise a family, retire, and grow a business. As I prepare for the 2019 legislative session with new committee assignments, I encourage you to reach out to me with ideas you may have for bill proposals or simply questions and concerns you have about state government. I am here to listen and be your voice in the Capitol.”

Rep. Yaccarino can be reached by phone at 1(800) 842-1423 or email at Dave.Yaccarino@housegop.ct.gov  for more information.

4th DMV Express Licensing Center Opens in North Haven

Posted on December 17, 2018 by admin


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The fourth new DMV Express service center in 2018 opened on Friday, December 14 in North Haven with State Representative Dave Yaccarino, State Senator Len Fasano,  Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman,  DMV Commissioner Michael Bzdyra, and other state and local officials. The opening marks DMV’s continuing effort to improve customer services and provide more convenience for residents across the state. The licensing renewal center will offer appointments up to two months in advance, self-service information kiosks, and text and email messages for a better customer experience.

This state-of-the-art DMV Express center builds on the partnership with Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union. The new license and ID card renewal center is located at 117 Washington Avenue in the Washington Commons plaza, North Haven. In June DMV opened a similar center with Nutmeg in Milford. The other DMV Express centers are located in West Haven City Hall and in Stamford managed by The WorkPlace.

The North Haven DMV Express center will be open every Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.  Hours could be extended in the future.

Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union will charge a convenience fee of $8.00 per DMV transaction. That fee will be waived for customers who are members of the credit union. The office will not process commercial driver licenses, licenses with endorsements/restrictions for public passengers, suspended driver’s licenses, and “Drive Only” license services.  Those services are available at DMV branch offices.

Last year, the DMV solicited requests-for-qualifications from third-party vendors interested in operating license and ID card renewal service centers. This was an effort to spur innovation and create a network of convenient offices in New Haven and Fairfield Counties to replace those no longer available in that region’s AAA Northeast offices.

In northern Connecticut, license renewals and other DMV services are offered through AAA Club Alliance, which has offices in Avon, Cromwell, Enfield, Manchester, Old Saybrook, Waterford, and West Hartford.

Rep. Yaccarino Rings Bell for Salvation Army

Posted on December 12, 2018 by admin


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State Representative Dave Yaccarino (R-87), of North Haven, joined the Salvation Army’s annual “Red Kettle Campaign” on December 11 outside of Stop & Shop and on December 18 outside Bagelicious II on Washington Avenue in North Haven.

Over the course of an hour, Rep. Yaccarino joined Charles Adams, the Captain of the Greater New Haven Salvation Army Unit in participating in the time honored tradition of ‘Ringing the Bell’ as he greeted holiday shoppers.

“I am honored to volunteer my time for such a worthy cause,” said Rep. Yaccarino. “The Salvation Army offers help to those in need and gives back to the community, which becomes such a critical cause to support during the holiday season of giving. I am grateful to all those that donated and to our entire community for coming together to lend a helping hand to those who need it.”

Rep. Yaccarino continues to be a loyal supporter of the Salvation Army.  In years past, he has volunteered his time in various capacities in addition to participating in the ‘Red Kettle Campaigns’.  Anyone with questions or concerns pertaining to state government can contact his office at 1(800) 842-1423 or email at Dave.Yaccarino@housegop.ct.gov.

Rep. Yaccarino to Ring Bells for The Salvation Army

Posted on December 7, 2018 by admin


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North Haven- State Representative Dave Yaccarino (R-87) will participate in the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign by ringing bells at Stop and Shop on Tuesday, December 11 from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Community members are invited to support the cause and donate whatever they can.

Stop and Shop is located at 79 Washington Avenue in North Haven, CT.

WHO: Rep. Dave Yaccarino (R-87)

WHAT: Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign bell ringing

WHEN: Tuesday, December 11 from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Stop and Shop – 79 Washington Ave., North Haven, CT

WHY: State Legislators will join fellow volunteers ringing bells to raise money for the Salvation Army this holiday season.

Home Heating Assistance Now Available

Posted on December 6, 2018 by admin


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Connecticut currently ranks in the top five highest energy costs in the nation. With the cold weather upon us, many residents may struggle to pay their heating bills. However, fuel assistance is available to those in need.

Operation Fuel is now accepting applications for one-time grants of up to $500 per household for deliverable fuel, gas and electric utilities. Qualified individuals are those who have received a shut-off notice, have no utility service, or need assistance to maintain payment arrangements or have a past due balance of 30 days or more.

In order to apply for an Operation Fuel utility or deliverable fuel grant, you must submit an application through a fuel bank. To find the fuel bank that serves your town, please either use the Fuel Bank Finder or call 2-1-1.

You will need to provide proof of the last 4 weeks of income for all household members, the name of your fuel vendor (for deliverable fuel customers only), or your utility bill and payment history (for electric and gas utility customers only).

Operation Fuel is a non-profit organization that partners with local government and community-based organizations at more than 100 sites throughout Connecticut to ensure that families in need have access to year-round energy assistance. Their partner agencies may also be able to connect residents with programs that provide assistance for food, clothing, health services, childcare, and more.

Please share this information with those who may benefit!

As always, if you would like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Dave.Yaccarino@housegop.ct.gov for more information.

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Department of Veteran Affairs App

Posted on November 15, 2018 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs has a number of resources to assist our military men and women following their courageous service to this nation.

The mobile app offers CT veterans access to crisis assistance by phone, text and online chat. The app also includes information about housing assistance, healthcare options and employment opportunities.

Click here to learn more and download the application.

Our military men and women make tremendous personal sacrifices while deployed. It is our responsibility to make sure they are taken care of when they return home. If you or a loved one has served our nation, I hope you will take advantage of this app.

As always, if you would like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Dave.Yaccarino@housegop.ct.gov for more information.

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, 10/27

Posted on October 24, 2018 by admin


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On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide the public its 16th opportunity in eight years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Held on the last Saturday of April and October of every year, this national event addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.

The DEA is again calling on Americans to empty their medicine cabinets of unwanted, unused, or expired prescription medication and bring them to collection sites for proper disposal. This includes pet medication as well.

DEA Collection Sites closest to our area include:

NORTH HAVEN FIRE DEPARTMENT

11 Broadway – North Haven, CT

The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

In April, Americans turned in 474.5 tons (over 949,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,600 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take-Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 9.9 million pounds — nearly 5,000 tons of pills, with Connecticut accounting for over 94,000 pounds.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Click here for more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27 Take Back Initiative.

As always, if you would like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Dave.Yaccarino@housegop.ct.gov for more information.

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