State Senator Len Fasano, State Representative Mary Fritz Announce Release of Federal Stimulus Money for Wallingford

August 3, 2009

Hartford, CT – State Senator Len Fasano (R-34) and State Representative Mary Fritz (D-90) today announced the Town of Wallingford will receive $30,000 in federal stimulus dollars under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Wallingford and 23 other communities will share in a grant of $768,000 being distributed throughout the state to support local law enforcement and crime prevention efforts. In Wallingford, the $30,000 will be put toward equipment to improve information and data technology.

“We all want the men and women protecting our communities on the police force to have easy access to the tools they need to do their jobs effectively,” said Senator Fasano. “But in these tough economic times, many towns and cities in our state have had to compromise and do without. This sometimes means less funding for local law enforcement. However, I am confident that this $30,000 grant will help relieve some of the financial pressure on the town and the department by providing police the tools and technology they depend upon without further straining the taxpayers.”

The $768,000 grant is part of the Connecticut Local Pass Through-Justice Assistance Grant program which is distributing a total of about $4 million in stimulus funding throughout the state. Grants range from $9,100 to $100,000.

“This is extremely welcome news given the recent discussions in town about updating the computers at the police department and the associated price tag,” Rep. Fritz said. “This is the right funding at the right time.”

The state Office of Policy and Management, which is administering the crime prevention grants, is accepting applications through August 26, 2009. All 169 municipalities are eligible to apply. Grants will be awarded by October 1, 2009.

For more information on the grants and on ARRA funding in Connecticut visit www.ct.gov and click on the CT Recovery link.

Senator Fasano represents the 34th District communities of North Haven, East Haven and Wallingford. His press secretary is Rachel Reese. She may be reached at 860.240.8865 or via email at [email protected]

Representative Fritz represents the 90th District communities of Wallingford and Cheshire. Her press secretary is Todd Murphy. He can be reached at 860.240.8500 or via email at [email protected]