Bills would fund anti-gang programs, take strong stand against repeat offenders
Two pieces of legislation to help reduce crime in Waterbury and the surrounding area proposed by State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) will have public hearings on Friday, March 23, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
The first, Raised Bill 5555 – An Act Concerning the Youth Violence Initiative – will require the state’s Judicial Department include Waterbury in the list of towns to which they provide a Youth Violence Initiative grant to reduce gang violence.
The grant, which is currently distributed to New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford, is a $1.9 million fund that provides municipalities with dedicated money to combat the youth gang violence epidemic in our state. They provide much-needed funding for programs that keep children from making poor life choices when faced with too much free time and too little structure, or the incredibly dangerous decision to join a gang.
“Like other major cities in Connecticut, Waterbury must confront the issue of youth gang violence head on if we’re going to make an impact on the quality of life for our residents,” Rep. Cummings said. “By offering structured programming and smart alternatives for our children, we can steer them away from gangs and into more productive pursuits like education and job training. This money will make a difference, and will make our community, our teenagers and our children safer.”
Volunteers needed to help family achieve dream
State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) today announced she will be hosting a Habitat for Humanity “Build Day” for members of the Waterbury community to help a local family achieve their dream of home ownership.
Interested volunteers can sign up to work alongside trained contractors and Habitat officials to continue renovating a home on Kramer Avenue. This build day will take place on Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Giving back to others is the epitome of the Habitat mission and I am proud to help this family, and others in the Greater Waterbury area, achieve their dreams of home ownership in our community,” Rep. Cummings, a former Habitat for Humanity of Greater Waterbury board member, said. “The incredible volunteers and families I’ve been privileged to work with during these builds demonstrate their selfless commitment to others on a daily basis and I’m proud to help in any way I can.”
State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) will be the 2018 recipient of the Attorney Robert E. Mellon Service Award, presented during the annual Children’s Community School (CCS) awards dinner.
According to the award announcement, the Attorney Mellon Service Award recognizes those “who are dedicated to helping children reach their potential and who share a belief in the empowerment of education.”
“I am honored and humbled to receive the Attorney Mellon Service Award from the Children’s Community School,” Rep. Cummings said. “Attorney Mellon dedicated his life to serving the Waterbury community, and as a firm believer in the power of education, reading and the arts I am proud to follow in his footsteps and contribute to making our city a better place to live and raise a family.”