Important bipartisan legislation, proposed by State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) and strongly supported and cosponsored by Reps. Tony D’Amelio (R-71), Larry Butler (D-72), Geraldo Reyes (D-75) and Jeff Berger (D-73), to help reduce crime and provide more resources for Waterbury police unanimously passed the House of Representatives Thursday.
H.B. 5555 – An Act Concerning the Youth Violence Initiative – requires the state’s Judicial Department include Waterbury in the list of towns to which they provide part of a $1.9 million Youth Violence Initiative grant to reduce gang violence, and will provide funding to local community agencies and programs.
“These funds will go a long way in Waterbury’s fight against gangs, crime and violence and I’m happy we will be providing additional money to assist in that fight,” Rep. Cummings said. “Waterbury Police are working non-stop to put an end to these quality of life crimes, but the recent surge in gang-related issues, including shootings and car theft, show we have a lot more work to do. I’m confident this money will make a positive impact in our community and I want to thank my colleagues from the Waterbury delegation for working diligently to get this passed.”