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Op-ed: Tesla concept not good public policy

As the one of the owners of Lexus of Greenwich I would like to address a number of points in Dan Haar’s column, “Barring Tesla stores in Connecticut hurts the state” (Friday).

Mr. Haar is correct that this is the fourth year Tesla has tried to convince Connecticut legislators they should pass legislation to allow Tesla to sell directly to consumers. However, he does not explain why in the past three years legislators realized this would not good public policy for Connecticut:

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Thomas D’Addario: Tesla direct sales not such a bargain

I am responding to Dan Haar’s column, “Past time to let Tesla into state,” Conn. Post, Feb. 15, 2018)

I am writing on behalf of my dealership in Shelton, D’Addario Auto Group, a third-generation dealership. We have about 100 employees. We also donate to nonprofit organizations such as the Children’s Medical Center, and other numerous organizations, through donations and family funds.

Connecticut is not the only state to not allow the direct sales model Tesla wants. In fact, thirty of fifty states do not have Tesla stores operating legally within their borders, and almost all fifty states have strict limits on direct-sell stores to protect consumers.

The Connecticut Franchise Laws are the only protection afforded to us to protect dealers and consumers from unnecessary manufacturer regulations that when unopposed will increase the cost to our consumers.

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Puerto Rico Native Prepares To Hand-Deliver Goods Collected, Stored In Hartford

Elliot Matos isn’t too proud to have forgotten the days, long ago, when relief workers handed him and his family a box of supplies to make life more bearable in their remote slice of Puerto Rico.

And next week, Matos will finally know what it feels like to be on the other end of those boxes.

Matos, the service manager at Hoffman Audi in East Hartford, is leading an expedition to the island of his birth on Nov. 4, when he and four of his colleagues will personally deliver donated supplies to victims of Hurricane Maria.

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Schaller Auto World puts people first

Ask Art Schaller Jr. about recent business accomplishments, and his answer may surprise you.

"We had our highest attendance ever at the annual Christmas party," he said. It's clear that people are a priority at Schaller Auto World when it comes to clients and staff.

Marketing Director Joanne Pescosolido started out as a greeter at the company 29 years ago. She has worked in sales and finance and can even cover the IT department in a pinch.

"We all help each other when needed," she said.

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