Norm Needleman


Norm Needleman



March 31, 2022

Senator Needleman Encouraged as State Bond Commission Agenda Includes Funding for East Haddam Track & Athletic Complex

Today, State Senator Norm Needleman (D-Essex) welcomed the State Bond Commission’s latest agenda containing $1.4 million in funding to support building a track and athletic complex in the Town of East Haddam. Sen. Needleman has fought for the funding since he was elected to the Senate and previously toured Nathan Hale-Ray High School to learn about the project and how beneficial it will be to the East Haddam community. The Commission will potentially finalize the allotment during its March 31 meeting.

“I’m grateful that Governor Lamont and the Bond Commission recognize the importance of ensuring our students and communities have every chance to succeed and welcome this funding to support their athletic pursuits,” said Sen. Needleman. “For years, I’ve worked with East Haddam leaders in support of this project. BOE Chairman Marc Piscotti and Superintendent Brian Reas have been incredible advocates for the students and this project. Improving the soccer field and adding amenities like a running track and a concession stand will not just give East Haddam athletes better opportunities to succeed in competitive endeavors, but will help bring the community together in support of our great local programs. I’m excited to visit and cheer on Hale-Ray when the project is complete!”

“I would like to recognize and thank Senator Needleman for all his effort and work over the past three years to help East Haddam get funding for our Track and Athletic Complex,” said East Haddam Board of Education Chairman Marc A. Pisciotti. “Last year, Senator Needleman visited the Nathan Hale-Ray High School, met the staff, coaches and student athletes to hear their thoughts and saw where they currently practice. He’s been a consistent advocate for these young athletes and these funds will provide a safe, healthy outlet for all our students and our community.”

The State Bond Commission’s agenda for March 31 contains $1.4 million in funding for the athletics complex project at Nathan Hale-Ray High School. The project intends to convert an existing lighted field into an improved soccer field with a six-to-eight-lane running track, areas for jumping and throwing events, irrigation and a concession facility with restrooms and storage areas. In addition to the improved amenities for student-athletes, the enhanced complex can also serve to draw members of the community to athletics competitions and even provides resources for potential hosting of local or regional athletics events.