Norm Needleman


Norm Needleman



September 19, 2022

Senator Needleman Announces Infrastructure Grants Approved For East Hampton, Portland

Today, State Senator Norm Needleman (D-Essex) announced East Hampton and Portland were approved to receive grant funding through the Small Town Economic Assistance Program, which supports small towns for economic development, community conservation and quality-of-life capital projects. Approximately $900,000 in state funds will aid streetscape and sidewalk improvements in East Hampton’s Village Center – home to a variety of small businesses including restaurants, stores and entertainment spots – and replacement of Portland’s Main Street sidewalks.

“I’m grateful to Governor Lamont in making these approvals, which will aid pedestrian infrastructure and local small businesses, making our communities more walkable,” said Sen. Needleman. “It’s especially encouraging that these projects receiving support will receive joint funding from both the state and municipal leaders, allowing for them to work together.”

Funding approvals include:

  • $500,000 in state funding for streetscape and sidewalk improvements in East Hampton’s Village Center, matched by $125,000 from the town
  • $400,000 in state funding for the replacement of the sidewalks on Main Street, matched by $100,000 from the town