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News from State Senator Ed Gomes

June 2, 2016

Capitol address
Legislative Office Building
Room 3800
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Capitol: 860-240-0509
Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420

Funding for Youth Programs

Senator Gomes at Stratford PAL announcement
Last week, I joined Representative Joe Gresko and Stratford Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour to announce a $25,000 state grant for the Stratford Police Activities League (P.A.L.). The Stratford P.A.L. is an organization of law enforcement officers and civilians who work together toward the positive development of our youth. Every dollar raised is used directly for the benefit of the many programs sponsored by the P.A.L.

The P.A.L. helps support young people who are currently involved in the following programs:

  • P.A.L. Boxing and Martial Arts
  • Police Explorer Program
  • P.A.L. Rifle League
  • Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading
  • Baseball: Stratford Little League, American Legion, Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth and Stratford Titans
  • Girls Softball
  • Stratford United Soccer

This grant for the Stratford P.A.L. will help fund more activities and opportunities for Stratford police officers to build relationships and trust with the youth in our community. Our kids are safer when they are building character and leadership skills in programs like the Police Explorer Program and various athletic leagues. I’m proud to have fought to bring this funding back to Stratford.

A Manufacturing Comeback

manufactIt was reported last week that manufacturing in Connecticut is on the rebound, and the state is making valuable investments in community college school-to-work programs that are benefiting both employees and employers.

State officials and executives from Electric Boat and Sikorsky Aircraft touted Connecticut's advanced manufacturing programs at Asnuntuck, Housatonic, Manchester, Middlesex, Naugatuck Valley, Quinebaug Valley and Three Rivers community colleges.

Manufacturing employs about 160,000 people in Connecticut and has been up in each of the last three months over the same period in 2015, according to the state Department of Labor--and those jobs pay an average annual salary ranging between $38,000 and $74,000.

More than 4,600 companies in Connecticut are looking for qualified workers, and about 98 percent of the 500 students who graduate from one of Connecticut's advanced manufacturing centers in our public technical school system will get a job.

I'm happy to see our investments in school-to-work programs paying off for both state residents and our blossoming manufacturing sector!


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