Funding for Berlin Police Department Renovations on State Bond Commission Agenda

September 29, 2023

I am thrilled to announce that when the State Bond Commission meets next Friday, October 6 at 10:30 a.m. in Hartford, that a $750,000 bonding request to fund the town-approved Berlin Police Department renovations is on the agenda.

While the commission still must vote to approve the bonding, this is a huge step in providing significant funding for our town’s biggest upcoming capital project. My top goal since January was to advocate for this project, and this inclusion is progress toward that long-time goal.

While on the Berlin Town Council, we unanimously voted to approve this three-phase renovation. It will, among other things, expand police locker room areas, make booking and detention rooms safer, and improve the sally port.

Public safety is a deeply bipartisan issue, and a priority for Berlin. This is a win for our bipartisan Berlin delegation and our town. Hopefully, it will help our police continue to do an excellent job keeping our families and neighborhoods safe.

Thank you to Governor Ned Lamont for putting this item on the agenda. Just last week, I went up to Hartford to advocate for the project. Despite the busy day, the Governor’s Chief of Staff met with me and listened closely to why this project matters so much for our town.

Thank you to Speaker of House Matt Ritter, Majority Leader Jason Rojas, and Bonding Subcommittee Chair Ron Napoli for prioritizing this project as well. Each was very generous in making time for me in the spring, summer, and fall to meet with me to discuss the project. In turn, each advocated for it when it mattered most.

Stay tuned for the meeting next week, which will be broadcast on CT-N, and on this project in the coming months. It’s a joy to serve this town.