Trumbull legislators announce state money for Kennedy Center

In their continued effort to boost and support The Kennedy Center in Trumbull, state Reps. David Rutigliano (R-123) and Laura Devlin (R-134) announce that Trumbull has been awarded a state Small Town Assistance Program (STEAP) grant for improvements to the Center.

The $299,000 STEAP grant will be used for infrastructure improvements to the Kennedy Center.

The funds will allow for the engineering, design and construction for refurbishment or replacement of parking lots, sidewalks, curbs and landscape at 39 Lindeman Dr. and 2440 Reservoir Avenue in Trumbull. These properties are located on the Kennedy Center campus which serves over 2,000 individuals with disabilities each year.  The project will benefit the local community by supporting a comprehensive program of services offered to people with special needs from birth to senior years.

State Representative Dave Rutigliano (R-123), who spearheaded the legislative push for the Trumbull project, was pleased with Thursday’s announcement.

“We received some very welcome news today,” Rep. Rutigliano said. “The Kennedy Center is an amazing asset to the community. This STEAP award will help maintain and develop the center’s infrastructure in a manner that is crucial for the increasing needs of the organization.”

State Rep. Laura Devlin said, “The Kennedy Center is such a great asset and is of utmost importance to the people it serves. The organization cannot accomplish its mission on its own, I want to thank the state for this much needed grant.”

Since 1951, The Kennedy Center has been serving individuals with disabilities and special needs throughout the State of Connecticut. It currently serves 2,452 individuals with disabilities, from birth to senior years, and their family members. The Kennedy Center provides assistance with essential activities of daily living and quality of life supports and programs for people from 91 communities throughout our state, through its Residential, Rehabilitative and Kennedy Industries services.

Under the rules of the STEAP program, localities may receive up to $500,000 per year if (1) their population is under 30,000, (2) they are not designated as a distressed municipality or a public investment community, and (3) the State Plan of Conservation Development does not show them as having an urban center. There are 143 municipalities in Connecticut that are eligible to apply for the highly competitive grants.

State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134) and David Rutigliano (R-123).

State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134) and David Rutigliano (R-123).

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