Archive for July 14th, 2009

July 14, 2009

Pat’s IGA Owner Dies

Pasquale “Pat” DiSapio, the owner of Pat’s IGA passed away at his home yesterday, according to an obituary in the Waterbury Republican- American. Calling hours will be on Wednesday from 5 pm to 8 pm at The Albini Funeal Home, 430 Chase Parkway. The funeral will be Thursday morning at 11 am at St. Pius X Church followed by burial at Calvary Cemetary.

Pat was the founder and owner of Pat’s IGA for many years. He worked at the store until just a few years ago, taking pride in the fresh vegetables in the store. His wife, Rose, managed the bakery at the other end of the store. Pat’s IGA was a leading IGA store and one of the largest such stores in the Waterbury area. It still is the main store in Wolcott, apart from Walsh’s IGA on the other end of town attracting shoppers from Waterbury, Cheshire, and Marion. Yet, even people from Waterbury and Terryville drove to DiSapio’s store in the center of Wolcott for its low meat prices.

Pat will long be remembered for this contribution in the center of Wolcott.

Waterbury Republican- American; July 14, 2009; page 5B

July 14, 2009

General Assembly To Hold Veto Override Session

Governor Rell vetoed a total of 19 bills this legislative session, and the Legislature will meet Monday, July 20th to see if they can override eight of these, according to sources at the Capitol.

Amongst these bills include some high profile proposals to repeal the Death Penalty , require the posting of nutritional information at restaurants, and killing the Chestnut Hill energy project in downtown Waterbury. It also includes the proposed Democratic budget which passed the House 91-48 and the Senate 25-11.

It is unclear which bills will be up for debate on Monday for attempted veto overrides, but in order to do so the Constitution requres that 2/3 of the House and 2/3 of the Senate vote in favor of a measure to succeed. That would require 101 votes in the House and 24 in the Senate. If every Democrat votes in favor of the measures, they could easily pass the measures in question, but keeping such a consensus has been difficult, particularly on fiscal matters and the abolition of the death penalty. If one Senator breaks ranks and all Republicans hold opposition, then the measures die. In the House, the Democrats number 114 and there are 37 Republicans.

The Death Penalty bill is unlikely to come up because it received fewer than 100 passing votes, and it only passed 19-17 in the Senate. The proposal blocking the Chestnut Hill project and an ash plant in the town of Franklin is also unlikely to come up because Chestnut Hill already announced they will voluntarily withdraw their proposal to build a food disposal and energy plant in Waterbury’s Brooklyn section near Rt. 8.

Bills likely to come up include the Sustinet health care bill which was vetoed partly because its cost is enormous. Gov. Rell also said that this state effort was redundant of the national health care debate. The House of Representatives in Washington DC plans to begin debate on a national healthcare bill this week.

Negotiations to solve the State’s budget deficit are ongoing and it is still unclear when a vote will come up for that, but one can presume it won’t be Monday.

Wolcott’s Representative is John “Corky” Mazurek. Sam Caligiuri represents Wolcott in the Senate.