Posted on May 28, 2021
HARTFORD – State Representative and Deputy House Republican Leader Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck) proudly cosponsored and voted in favor of H.B. 6034, An Act Concerning Project Longevity. The bill, which passed in the CT House of Representatives with unanimous support, would expand this initiative into the city of Waterbury, which neighbors Naugatuck.
Project Longevity, which currently runs in the cities of New Haven, Bridgeport, and Hartford will now, pending Senate and Governor Lamont’s approval, be expanded into Waterbury to curtail gang violence in that area of the state. The initiative brings law enforcement and community partners to the table by first offering support services for gang members, including addiction services, medical/mental health treatment, educational opportunities, housing, employment, and more.
Essentially, the plan recognizes that legislation and policing alone will not fully address gang violence and that a holistic approach that provides better alternatives is a more effective path. That said, the initiative also sends a strong message to gangs that further violence in these communities will not be tolerated, signaling the intent of law enforcement to dismantle such groups that promote crime and violence.
“Project Longevity has made a real difference in New Haven, Bridgeport, and Hartford, and we believe it will be equally effective in Waterbury,” said Rep. Rebimbas. “Violence will never be tolerated and we fully support the efforts of our law enforcement professionals to protect these communities and intervene with ongoing gang activity. With that said, we also recognize that early intervention with gang members who simply need better options could yield positive, long-term outcomes that could significantly reduce crime rates well into the future. This legislation earned my support and I am thrilled to see it pass.”
The bill awaits action in the Senate, which has until sine die on June 9 to pass this legislation and send it to Governor Lamont for his signature.