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Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Youth Gang Crime and Violence Passes House

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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.”

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Reps. Cummings, Rebimbas to Host Trails Day Hike

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In honor of Connecticut Trails Day, State Representatives Stephanie Cummings (R-74) and Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-70) today announced they will be hosting a hike on the Larkin State Bridle Trail in Naugatuck.

The leisurely, 5-mile hike will step off from the parking area of the Whittemore Glen State Park on Route 63 at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 2.  The hike is expected to last approximately two hours but may take longer depending on trail conditions, fitness and other factors. As such, the Representatives ask that participants plan accordingly by dressing for the weather conditions, having proper footwear for the trail and carrying plenty of snacks and water. The trail, which passes through Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford and Southbury, does contain uneven terrain, but is considered stroller accessible.

“I’m looking forward to getting outside with friends, constituents and nature lovers for a hike in the beautiful, Connecticut woods right here in our backyard,” Rep. Cummings said. “The Waterbury area is filled with fun places to explore and early June is a great time of the year. It should be perfect for a walk in the woods.”

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Rep. Cummings Supports the Sewage Right to Know Act

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