Marilyn Moore


Marilyn Moore



April 6, 2023

Sen. Moore, Bridgeport Delegation Welcomes State Bonding For Projects in Bridgeport

Today, the Bridgeport Delegation comprised of state Senators Marilyn Moore (D-Bridgeport) and Herron Keyon Gaston (D-Bridgeport) and state Representatives Christopher Rosario (D-Bridgeport), Fred Gee (D-Bridgeport), Marcus Brown (D-Bridgeport), Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-Bridgeport), and Steve Stafstrom (D-Bridgeport), is welcoming over $8 million in funding approved by the State Bond Commission for projects in Bridgeport. Funds will be allocated to Career Resources, Inc., the Bridgeport Correctional Center, and the City of Bridgeport to complete the Civic Block project.

“Specifically, the East End of Bridgeport, has been waiting years for a project like the Civic Block to be completed,” said Sen Moore. “It could be the beginning of an economic awakening for the residents. I am grateful for the funding that will ensure the project is completed.”

“I am grateful to Governor Lamont and the State Bond Commission for approving funding that Bridgeport so desperately needs,” said Sen. Gaston. “Our residents deserve a friendly atmosphere that provides a one-stop-shop and addresses the essential needs of our residents. Revamping the Civic Block is critical in assisting in the revitalization, resurgence, and the vitality of the East End. And investing in Career Resources puts an investment in our residents. It places an importance on making sure help is given to those who may have lost their job and are seeking employment. I am also grateful to Gov. Lamont for placing importance on our Correctional Center. Upgrading and the installation of cameras works to impose a more secure protection of everyone.”

“I am proud of the hard work of the Bridgeport Delegation that helped pave the way for these important projects in our great city” said Rep. Rosario. “I look forward to seeing these investments take shape and thank Governor Lamont and the CIF Board for prioritizing our city in this round of funding.”

“Today’s vote by the State Bond Commission secures vital funding to make major investments in our community,” said Rep. McCarthy Vahey. “Over $8.1 million will go toward three separate projects in Bridgeport that will increase access to career resources, create vibrant, walkable community centers, and ensure public safety. I want to thank the Governor, the State Bond Commission, and most of all the members of the Bridgeport delegation for their continued advocacy and work to secure these funds.”

“This bond funding is critical for Bridgeport because it addresses resources for our workforce – present and future – in addition to trying to eliminate a food desert, where people may be at higher risk of diet-related conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease because of the lack of health food options,” said Rep. Stafstrom. “I want to thank Governor Lamont and the State Bond Commission for approving this funding.”

“Career development and local retail spaces are causes we must always fight for,” said Rep. Gee. “I thank Governor Ned Lamont and the State Bond Commission for funding Career Resources, Inc. and Bridgeport’s Civic Block – projects that will help build a more just and equitable society.”

“This funding supports direct spending on much-needed resources that will improve the quality of life for residents in Bridgeport,” said Rep. Brown. “I would like to thank my colleagues in the Bridgeport Delegation for their work in securing this funding and Governor Lamont and the State Bonding Commission for their consideration.”

“Each of these projects are focused on providing important services to the residents of Bridgeport, such as job training and economic development, and I am glad that we could get this funding approved,” Governor Ned Lamont, who serves as chairman of the State Bond Commission, said.

Under the Bonding Agenda: $4,536,250 is set to be allocated to Career Resources, Inc. The funds will be used to assist the renovation of Main Street, a 42,500 sq ft building, to facilitate a suite of programs for job training, job placement, case management, referrals to support services, and onsite social enterprises. $3.5 million will be allocated to the City of Bridgeport to help finish the Civic Block project. The funds will be used to complete construction to create a 35,000 sq ft of retail space, including a grocery store in a neighborhood that is currently a food desert. $72,480 will be allocated to Bridgeport Correctional Center for camera installations.