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Derby legislators applaud funds for schools

State Representatives Linda M. Gentile (D-104), Theresa Conroy (D-105), Themis Klarides (R-114) and State Senator Joseph Crisco, Jr. (D-17) welcomed the State Bond Commission’s expected approval of a grant in aid for alterations, repairs, improvements, technology and equipment for the city of Derby.

Derby High School will receive $496,040 to help address building and site deficiencies, and promote the health, safety, and learning of the students.

“I want to thank Governor Malloy and the members of the Bond Commission for their support to upgrade Derby High School,” said Rep. Gentile.  “As the grandmother of 5 young school aged children I understand that parents and grandparents need to know that when their children leave their house in the morning to go to school they will be entering a building that has been upgraded to provide as much safety and security as is possible.”

“Derby High School is truly in need of these infrastructure and technology upgrades, which will go a long way toward helping our young folks learn and compete,” Rep. Klarides said. “The success of our students and educators is critical, and these improvements are money well spent.”

“Improving our schools is an important investment,” Rep. Conroy said. “This state funding will benefit students in Derby and the entire community that uses the school.”

“There are several hundred students and parents at Derby High who are going to benefit from this infusion of state aid, which I am proud to say I voted for,” said state Senator Joe Crisco (D-Woodbridge).  “Half a million dollars will pay for a lot of repairs or new equipment, and it’s funding that local taxpayers don’t have to raise through their local property taxes.”

“Investing in our educational infrastructure is an essential step in our effort to ensure that children have the skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “I am proud that the State of Connecticut is able to support these projects at Derby High School. As Governor, I will ensure that we continue to make critical investments in our schools.”

Rep. Klarides, Sen. Crisco meet with DOT re: Routes 67/63

State Senator Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. (D-Woodbridge) and state Representative Themis Klarides (R-Derby) met for 45 minutes today with state Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker to discuss the concerns that some Woodbridge residents have regarding the ongoing re-design of the Route 67/63 intersection, particularly with respect to the installation of a new traffic light.

Commissioner Redeker said the DOT will create a project background update in the coming weeks and distribute it to area residents in order to clarify any misconceptions and to provide updated information on the project, which was first conceived of eight years ago but which only recently received state and federal funding to begin.

“Given that time lapse, you are always going to have issues, because things change,” Commissioner Redeker said.

About a dozen Woodbridge residents have contacted Sen. Crisco’s and Rep. Klarides’s office over the past several months expressing concern about the project, ranging from the need for a new traffic light to the possible effects of blasting ledge, leveling a rise in the road, pedestrian crossings and a new turn lane.

Each of those issues was raised today by Sen. Crisco and Rep. Klarides and answered by Commissioner Redeker and two DOT engineers who are familiar with the project.

“The bottom line is these intersection changes will make this intersection safer for Woodbridge residents,” Sen. Crisco said.

“These changes are necessary in order to improve long-term safety and usability for commuters,” Rep. Klarides said. “We will continue to monitor the project and make sure information is available to residents every step of the way.”

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DOT officials said daily traffic counts on Routes 67 and 63 – known locally as Seymour Road and Amity Road – have increased 10 percent since they were last done in 2006. Both are main feeder roads to the Merritt Parkway and to downtown New Haven.

DOT officials offered the following explanations for the various aspects of the intersection redesign:

  • A new traffic light – and not a flashing light — is needed due to increased traffic volumes at peak rush hours on both roads and for the safety of motorists who will now have a dedicated left-hand turn lane only from Route 67 northbound on to Route 63. Presently there is only a stop sign on Route 67, and cars turning left must merge into speeding traffic while cars turning right must sneak alongside those turning left. Traffic light timing will be adjusted to allow for smooth traffic flows during off-peak hours. Also, the light is not expected to create “queue” problems for nearby driveways; DOT projections 20 years into the future show the line of cars at the light during rush hour will not block nearby driveways.
  • Blasting will only be done in a controlled manner in a hole in order to remove some ledge in order to facilitate the drainage work. Presently, private contractors are using a large impact hammer to break-up some surface ledge and remove it. “This is actually the best of the options for the project to get in and out of the area as soon as possible,” Commissioner Redeker said.
  • Removing a three-foot rise in the road is needed to increase sight lines so that motorists have ample time to apply to apply their brakes.

The project is expected to be completed in September 2015 or earlier.

New laws effective July 1

Tuesday marked the first day of the fiscal year, and with it came new laws that may directly impact you, your business or our community.

Some of the laws that went into effect include protections for customers in the retail energy market, the administration of epinephrine in schools, and the expansion of a small house nursing home pilot program.

Click here for the Public Acts and sections that took effect July 1, along with links to summaries of the acts.

As always, feel free to contact my office with questions or comments about state government at 800-842-1423 or  themis.klarides@housegop.ct.gov.

State Rep. Themis Klarides gives legislative update to Orange businesses

State Representative Themis Klarides (R-114) joined local employers from the Orange, Milford and West Haven Chambers of Commerce to discuss recently passed legislation that affects the business community at the UNH Orange Campus on June 20th.

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Rep. Klarides, Gov. Malloy tour Numet in Orange

On October 2, State Rep. Themis Klarides (R-114) and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy toured Orange manufacturer Numet to learn more about the company’s hiring and expansion made possible in part by the Insurance Reinvestment Fund (IRF). The fund is a public-private partnership that incentivizes insurance companies to invest in Connecticut small businesses, giving them the assistance needed to create jobs and grow within the community. The tour was coordinated through Advantage Capital Partners, a national firm that seeks to invest in entrepreneurial small businesses and has worked with Numet to help them expand.

State Rep. Themis Klarides (R-114) tours Orange Manufacturer Numet on October 2 to learn more about how the company will be hiring more employees – a decision made possible, in part, by the state’s Insurance Reinvestment Fund.

State Rep. Themis Klarides (R-114) tours Orange Manufacturer Numet on October 2 to learn more about how the company will be hiring more employees – a decision made possible, in part, by the state’s Insurance Reinvestment Fund.

(L to R) State Rep. Themis Klarides (R-114), Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, State Sen. Gayle Slossberg (D-14), Numet President Andrew Gale and State Rep. James Maroney (D-119) toured Orange manufacturer Numet on Oct. 2 to learn about their planned expansion.

(L to R) State Rep. Themis Klarides (R-114), Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, State Sen. Gayle Slossberg (D-14), Numet President Andrew Gale and State Rep. James Maroney (D-119) toured Orange manufacturer Numet on Oct. 2 to learn about their planned expansion.

Klarides honors “Valley Women Making a Difference”

Today State Rep. Themis Klarides (R-114) participated in the thirteenth annual Valley Women Making a Difference Luncheon at Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby, where she joined more than 200 people in recognizing local women who have made positive contributions to the community. Rep. Klarides and Sen. Joseph Crisco presented the following eight women with legislative citations in honor of their accomplishments and contributions to the Naugatuck Valley: Celeste Beattie, Susan DeLeon, Linda Gorel, Maureen Helgren, Joan McTaggart Kayser, Barbara O’Neil, Michelle Pagliaro-Haywood and Donna Skurat.

Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit Griffin Hospital’s Valley Breast Care Fund which helps provide uninsured women with mammograms and diagnostic testing for breast cancer. Contributions to the fund can be sent to Hewitt Breast Wellness Center at Griffin Hospital, c/o M. Vallillo, 350 Seymour Avenue, Derby, CT 06418.

State Rep. Themis Klarides (R-Derby) presents Joan McTaggart Kayser with a legislative citation in honor of her contributions to the Valley community.

State Rep. Themis Klarides (R-Derby) presents Joan McTaggart Kayser with a legislative citation in honor of her contributions to the Valley community.

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State Rep. Themis Klarides (R-Derby) – far right – and State Sen. Joseph Crisco (D-Woodbridge) – second from right – congratulate the “2013 Valley Women Making a Difference” honorees at Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby.

Klarides: new laws effective October 1

To keep you informed about new legislation affecting our state, I would like to bring your attention to the list of soon-to-be state laws and regulations taking effect this Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

Some of the measures include new penalties for failing to report child abuse, the implementation of labels for genetically engineered food, increasing the safety of workers in work zones and addressing the medical needs of children.

Below is a link to the Public Acts with the sections that will take effect, along with links to summaries for each Act:

http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/Content/AEArchives/ActsEffective1013.asp

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