EAST HAVEN — “First-in-class” facility will replace existing town pool, closed since January 2020
State Sen. Paul Cicarella (R-North Haven) and State Rep. Joe Zullo (R-East Haven) applauded the legislature's approval of $2 million in state bond funding to the Town of East Haven aimed at funding construction of a first-in-class town pool facility.
"I'm happy for East Haven's residents because the pool was a key element of the town's recreation programs and appealed to residents of all ages. It is important that we provide this recreational opportunity to everyone in our community. It's been a pleasure working with Representative Zullo and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee to secure these funds. This is a win for the people of East Haven," said Senator Cicarella.
Town officials opted to close the pool located on the site of the former high school located at 200 Tyler Street in January of 2020 due to safety concerns arising from the facility’s aged infrastructure. Senator Cicarella and Representative Zullo, a member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, worked collaboratively to deliver these funds to East Haven.
Representative Zullo added, "I’m thrilled to have been able to leverage my role as a new member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee to bring these much-needed funds back to our district. Our pool is a vital recreational asset in our community, I know residents have missed having it and I’m thrilled to know that, in partnership with Mayor Carfora, we’re going to be bringing a first-in-class facility to our community.”
Cicarella added, “The decision about whether to renovate the existing pool or build an entirely new one rests with the town. However, Rep. Zullo and I are thrilled to know this funding will give the Town vital seed money to start and undertake this exciting project.”
In making the announcement, Rep. Zullo also acknowledged Senator Cicarella’s hard work and Mayor Carfora’s persistent efforts jockeying leaders on his side of the aisle to secure the pool funding.
Zullo noted, “Bringing money home is always a bipartisan effort. Senator Cicarella may be in his freshman term, but he brought considerable influence to bear in the Senate in helping to secure these funds. At the same time, Mayor Carfora was spectacular in jockeying amongst leaders on his side of the aisle to make sure our voices were heard up here at the capitol.”
Cicarella concluded, “Advocacy is about collaboration. This is how the process is supposed to work and I look forward to continue working with Rep. Zullo and Mayor Carfora to be a strong voice for the people of East Haven.”
Sen. Paul Cicarella represents Connecticut's 34th Senate District that includes the towns of Durham, East Haven, North Haven and Wallingford. www.senatorcicarella.com
Rep. Joe Zullo represents Connecticut's 99th General Assembly District that includes the town of East Haven. www.staterepzullo.com