NORWALK, Conn. - State Rep. Chris Perone (D-Norwalk), the House chairman of the legislative Commerce Committee, applauded the creation of a Connecticut Port Authority.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the bill into law in a ceremony recently.
“This wraps up a yearlong process, as we began work on this idea last year in the Commerce Committee,” said Perone. “I was pleased to see the governor sign this important law that will spur economic development, especially in Southern Connecticut. The Port Authority will tap up-tapped potential in Connecticut’s deep-water ports. They were pretty much just sitting idle, and not reaching any sort of potential. I look forward to the success of the Port Authority, and to Connecticut becoming competitive with our neighboring states.”
Public Act 14-222 creates a state Port Authority to oversee and promote Connecticut’s three deep water seaports. The new quasi-public Port Authority, which will be fully operational Oct. 1, 2015, will perform a number of functions regarding coordination and development of the state’s coastal ports in Bridgeport, New Haven and New London.
This will include marketing ports to domestic and foreign shippers, seeking private investments, connecting to rail service, and pursuing state and federal funding for dredging and other infrastructure improvements to increase shipping and cargo capacity.
Perone serves Norwalk’s 137th Assembly District. He is also a member of the Energy and Technology Committee.
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