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State Senator

Steve Cassano

Representing Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury & Manchester

Sen. Cassano, Rep. Doucette, Rep. Barry Welcome Bond Committee Planned Funding of Glastonbury Open Space Acquisition

Today, State Senator Steve Cassano (D-Manchester), State Representative Jason Doucette (D-Glastonbury) and State Representative Jill Barry (D-Glastonbury) welcomed the planned release of funding on the State Bond Commission's March 31 agenda that would support a grant-in-aid for the town of Glastonbury to purchase land for conservation and open space purposes. A total of $2 million is slated to be released to the town for this purpose.

"I'm grateful to Governor Lamont and the State Bond Commission for continuing their commitment to environmental preservation through this funding," said Sen. Cassano. "It's reassuring to know even more of Glastonbury's open spaces will be preserved and protected for us all to enjoy in years to come."

"I am so grateful to see the $2,000,000 for open space on the upcoming State Bond Commission agenda," said Rep. Doucette. "This funding request has had a long history - beginning back in 2016 when Senator Cassano was first successful in getting it authorized through legislation. I am happy to have played a part in 2021 getting it re-authorized and amending it so that the Town could have more flexibility for its use. The Town of Glastonbury has done an amazing job preserving open space over the years and I am proud to be part of the team that has made this happen."

“Open space, and especially farmland, is a trademark of the Glastonbury community,” Rep. Barry said. “This was always a top priority for me on the Town Council and I am thrilled to continue the work at the State level.”

The March 31 agenda lists a $2 million grant-in-aid to the town of Glastonbury for acquisition of open space for conservation and open space purposes.

Glastonbury has long invested in acquiring open space; in 2020, town voters strongly approved a referendum question allocating $3 million to replenish the town's reserve fund for open space preservation. According to the Hartford Courant, Glastonbury has committed $34 million in 12 townwide votes to support the town's reserve fund for open space preservation; the fund has enabled 2,200 acres' protection in that time.






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