Cassano Announces State Aid For Glastonbury Open Space
GLASTONBURY—State Senator Steve Cassano (D-Manchester) announced today that the State Bond Commission is poised to release a $1 million down payment to the Town of Glastonbury to help secure the purchase of 718 acres of land from the Metropolitan District Commission, a transaction Sen. Cassano characterized as “one of the largest open space purchases in Connecticut history.”
The $1 million is part of an overall $10 million commitment from the state to help Glastonbury taxpayers in their $15 million open space purchase; more state bonding will be released once all of the nine parcels that comprise the 718 acres are examined and assessed for their exact value.
“We have to do our due diligence, but this land is not going anywhere,” said Sen. Cassano, who has been working diligently this year with local, state and MDC officials to facilitate the transaction and secure state funding for the purchase. “This is a significant, significant purchase for the Town of Glastonbury. For anyone who believes in protecting and preserving our environment and open space, and how that helps contribute to the very high quality of life that we have here in Connecticut, this is monumental, and it’s a monumental financial commitment to Glastonbury from the State of Connecticut. It was a real team effort working with Glastonbury town officials to get to this point, and I am very proud to have been a part of that team.”
The State Bond Commission is scheduled to approve the Glastonbury bonding when it meets Friday, September 30, 2016 in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
The Glastonbury Town Council has already unanimously voted to acquire the MDC land for $15 million. The $10 million in state aid for Glastonbury was included in a legislative bill that was passed this year on an overwhelming and overwhelmingly bipartisan basis: 136-0 in the House of Representatives, and 34-2 in the Senate, with only two Republicans voting ‘no.’
Sen. Cassano’s advocacy for Glastonbury’s open space buttresses his pro-environment voting record in the state legislature, where for the second time in three years he has earned a perfect “100” score from the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) for his defense of Connecticut’s natural resources.