North Haven lawmakers State Sen. Paul Cicarella and State Rep. David Yaccarino today led applause with local leaders for Governor Lamont’s approval of state grant funding through the Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) for towns across Connecticut, including $427,512 to the Town of North Haven. The town will utilize the funds for a new fire department apparatus garage and will match the grant with $106,879 in town funds.
“Thank you to Governor Lamont for approving this funding that will directly and positively impact public safety. Our firefighters go through extraordinary challenges each day. Not only does this enable our firefighters to do their jobs efficiently and safely, but it will also benefit the safety of all North Haven residents. North Haven firefighters do a tremendous job each day under the leadership of First Selectman Freda and Chief Januszewski,” Cicarella said.
STEAP funding is administered through the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and used to complete a variety of town infrastructure improvements.
“Great news for North Haven! This award is a sturdy investment in the men and women of the North Haven Fire Department who serve our community so bravely every day. With this, our bravest neighbors will be better equipped to answer the call and provide the lifesaving care that they are known for, with increased safety and effectiveness. When Firefighter Anthony DeSimone and I last spoke before his passing, he reminded me how much this improvement meant and would benefit the North Haven Fire Department. I proudly dedicate this effort in his honor,” State Rep. David Yaccarino said. “Thank you to Governor Lamont, his team, and our strong local leaders for their help in making this grant possible.”
Cicarella and Yaccarino also credited the advocacy of town leaders First Selectman Michael Freda and North Haven Fire Chief Paul Januszewski.
“I certainly appreciate the fine efforts of Sen. Paul Cicarella, State Rep. Dave Yaccarino, and the State of Connecticut for this very import STEAP grant award for our North East Firehouse. As the economic development continues to grow on Northern Washington Avenue, adding additional bays for apparatus has become critically important to properly service the needs and safety of our citizens and businesses,” Freda said.
Specifically, the new garage will be used to house training apparatus.
Januszewski said, “This funding enables us to store an additional fire apparatus dedicated solely to training, which makes our in-service operations more efficient. It also enables us to expand our operations for the future of North Haven residents. Thank you to Senator Cicarella and Representative Yaccarino for their advocacy in Hartford for this important project.”