More Than $259 Million For New Jersey Secured By Lautenberg & Menendez Passes Key Senate Committee

More Than $259 Million For New Jersey Secured By Lautenberg & Menendez Passes Key Senate Committee

Funds Part of Transportation, Energy and Water,Financial Services Appropriations Bills

Washington - Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved more than $259 million in federal funding for critical projects in New Jersey supported by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), a member of the committee, and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ).

The funds are part of three separate FY 2009 spending bills the Appropriations Committee approved: the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill; the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill; and the Financial Services Appropriations bill. These bills must be approved by both the Senate and House of Representatives before they can be signed into law by the President. President Bush has threatened to veto these bills.

"These bills include measures to modernize our public transportation systems, give commuters more travel options, help keep cars off the road and reduce our reliance on foreign oil. These bills would also strengthen our infrastructure, protect our communities from flooding and invest in alternative energy sources. These funds are critical to New Jersey's economy and environment, and I am proud to have helped take this important step to secure them," Sen. Lautenberg said.

"The economic downturn is hitting New Jersey's families, and we must work to provide relief to commuters and help break our dependence on oil," said Sen. Menendez. "With gas prices hitting record highs, this funding will help address our energy crisis by upgrading our transportation system and investing in renewable energy. It will also help preserve our state's economic and environmental treasure - our beaches. We are calling on President Bush to reconsider his stance so that we can bring relief to commuters, help build a green economy, and protect the Jersey Shore."

New Jersey would receive $86,503,000 in funds under the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. New Jersey projects in the bill are:

• $75,000,000 to NJ Transit for the Trans-Hudson Midtown Corridor tunnel;
• $1,104,000 to NJ Transit for the second segment of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail;
• $3,000,000 to the NJ Department of Transportation (NJDOT) for I-295/76/42 Direct Connection in Camden County;
• $2,000,000 to NJ Transit for Bloomfield Intermodal Improvements;
• $500,000 for Stevens Institute of Technology for the Hudson Waterfront Walkway;
• $1,000,000 for the redesign of College Avenue in New Brunswick;
• $1,000,000 for the Lakewood Township Multi Modal Facility;
• $1,000,000 to Salem County for Short Line Railroad Rehabilitation;
• $1,000,000 to 180 Turning Lives Around in Monmouth County for the construction of a new domestic violence shelter;
• $200,000 for Cathedral Soup Kitchen in Camden to construct a new facility;
• $300,000 for the YMCA of Eastern Union County to renovate its social service facility; and
• $400,000 for Hudson County for the redevelopment of Koppers Coke Brownfield Site.

The bill also includes a Lautenberg provision that requires the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to report to Congress within 60 days of a General Accountability Office (GAO) report on the New Jersey-New York-Philadelphia airspace redesign. Both Sens. Lautenberg and Menendez have been strong critics of the redesign plan, and list it as one of the reasons they placed a "hold" on the acting FAA administrator's nomination to run the FAA permanently.

New Jersey would receive $171,866,000 in funds under the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill. Some of the New Jersey projects in the bill are:

• $10,000,000 for flood control in Bound Brook;
• $4,000,000 for development at Minish Park in Newark;
• $1,000,000 for the installation of solar panels at the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland;
• $500,000 to the NJ Department of Agriculture for an alternative energy project;
• $500,000 for the city of Trenton for a renewable energy study;
• $300,000 for solar power generation at the Cherry Hill Town Hall;
• $11,700,000 for beach replenishment in Long Beach Island;
• $3,250,000 for beach replenishment in Ocean City;
• $3,000,000 for beach replenishment in Avalon;
• $2,000,000 for beach replenishment from Sandy Hook to Barnegat Inlet; and
• $85,000,000 for New York and New Jersey harbor deepening.

New Jersey would receive $720,000 in funds under the Financial Services Appropriations bill. New Jersey projects in the bill are:

• $375,000 to Essex County for a small business development program;
• $100,000 to the Latin American Economic Development Association in Camden for an entrepreneurial development training program; and
• $245,000 for a small business incubator in Lakewood.

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