Pasquale "Pat" Barbato Was a Friend to Hamden Firefighters
May 12 - The New Haven Register reported this morning the passing of Pasquale "Pat" Barbato. When he was a state senator in the late 1960s, Mr. Barbato played a major role in successful efforts by Hamden firefighters to get the Town to agree to a 42-hour work week.
In February 1967, the Hamden Paid Firemen's Sick Benefit Association formally requested a 42-hour work week from the Town. When the Town officials spurned efforts by the Association to discuss the proposal, State Senator Pat Barbato submitted a special act before the Cities and Borroughs Committee of the General Assembly that would allow the matter to be decided by Hamden voters in a November 1967 referendum. Mr. Barbato's efforts led directly to the adoption of the 42-hour work week for Hamden firefighters.
Mr. Barbato is survived by his wife, Helyn Callahan Ramelli Barbato, stepson Raymond Ramelli (HFD-retired), and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The condolences of the Hamden Fire Retirees Association go out to Mr. Barbato's family and friends.
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