Bridgeport receives funding for city projects

May 12, 2017

State Reps. Andre Baker (D-124th), Jack Hennessy (D-127th), Steve Stafstrom (D-129th), Ezequiel Santiago (D-130th), Charlie Stallworth (D-126th), and Christopher Rosario (D-128th) are pleased to announce the approval of funding for various projects in Bridgeport by the Connecticut State Bond Commission. Legislation on pension funding relief and mixed-martial arts are also making their way through the legislature.

“Through these projects, we are not only investing in our local infrastructure, we are building a better future for our residents. By ensuring that the Bridgeport Public Library offers a technologically-advanced environment that promotes higher learning, our residents will have the tools they need to succeed in their academic and professional careers,” Baker said.

The bond items for Bridgeport recently approved by the Connecticut State Bond Commission include:

  • $3,195,938 for construction contract for phase II parking garage repairs at Housatonic Community College
  • $2,000,000 to Southwest Community Health Center for replacement of its facility at the Marina Village public housing project
  • $1,000,000 for Bridgeport Public Library for construction of a technology center and purchase of technology equipment

Legislation beneficial to Bridgeport includes:

  • House Bill 6910, Authorizing The Funding Of Unfunded Accrued Municipal Employees’ Retirement System Liabilities By Municipalities, passed the House of Representatives and is awaiting action in the Senate. It will save Bridgeport taxpayers on unfunded pension liability
  • House Bill 6266, Mixed-Martial Arts bill (MMA), passed the House of Representatives and awaiting action in the Senate. The measure would allow MMA sessions in the state of Connecticut lifting burdens on promoters and putting protections in place for competitors.

The Connecticut General Assembly 2017 Regular Session began January 4 and adjourns June 7.