James Maroney


James Maroney



May 7, 2024
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May 7, 2024

Milford Delegation Secures More Than $700,000 For Local Projects

The Senate voted Tuesday to approve the use of more than $360 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding soon to expire, including more than $700,000 for local projects in the 14th Senate District, which State Senator James Maroney (D-Milford), State Representative Frank Smith (D-Milford) and State Representative Mary Welander (D-Orange, Derby, Hamden, Woodbridge) gladly welcomed.

The funding, approved on a 26-10 vote Monday, includes $600,000 supporting Milford Public Safety, including support for the Fire Department, acquisition of a boat and a jetski, new fire hydrants, and road improvements toward the town’s boat ramp; $50,000 for the Orange Volunteer Fire Department; and $25,000 each for the Food2Kids food insecurity nonprofit in Milford, the WHEAT food insecurity nonprofit in West Haven and the Milford Boys and Girls Club’s summer programming for students.

“This funding will make an incredible difference throughout our region and throughout our state,” said Sen. Maroney, “and it represents the long hours and hard work my colleagues and I have conducted this year in the legislature working toward a better Connecticut. I look forward to seeing how this funding aids our communities and our state with problems big and small.”

“Funding Milford’s fire department represents a commitment to keeping everyone safe on the road,” said Rep. Frank Smith. “New equipment will allow our first responders to conduct better training, respond faster to emergencies and foster positive relationships with the community.”

“This funding for the Orange Volunteer Fire Association is a crucial investment in public safety,” said Rep. Mary Welander. “Our firefighters are responding to an alarming number of traumatic events and these resources will help them continue to keep our community safe. I am absolutely thrilled that Sen. Maroney and I worked collaboratively to successfully secure this funding in support of the OVFA.”

President Biden and Democrats in Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act in March of 2021 as a means of boosting the American economy amid a downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has since supported initiatives including workforce development, public health and safety, and local governments across the nation.

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