I am pleased to announce that I have been named House Chair of the Legislature’s Banking Committee by Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz.
The Connecticut State Bond Commission approved a $6 million loan on April 13 to Columbus Commons project stakeholders to help assist with the construction 80 new units of rental housing with 64 income-restricted affordable units.
The New Britain legislative delegation touted efforts to spur economic development and combat the city's blighted properties through the approval of $1.7 million in funding to assess or redevelop its brownfield sites.
Members of the New Britain legislative delegation praised the passage of a bipartisan budget that will close a projected $3.5 billion deficit over the next biennium. Included in this budget is $42 million in funding for the Smalley Academy school construction project.
Members of the New Britain legislative delegation announce the approval of funding for a mixed-use property in the vacant lot that used to hold New Britain's old police station. The new building, which will be called "Columbus Commons," will include commercial space for retail, office space and restaurants, along with 80 new housing units.
The Department of Economic & Community Development awarded a $8,000 grant to Cuantro Puntos and a $5,144 grant to the New Britain Youth Theatre. These two organizations play a vital role in promoting the arts in the community and enriching each citizen’s life. I am proud that their influence has been recognized and I will continue to support the arts in the future.