Long Branch – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced today that funding for ten Community Funded Projects he submitted to the Appropriations Committee for New Jersey’s Sixth Congressional District passed the House of Representatives in the Omnibus package for Fiscal Year 2022. The projects will help rebuild and repair infrastructure, support public health and educational facilities, invest in scientific research, and improve coastal resilience. The bill is expected to pass the Senate and go to President Biden’s desk for a signature this week.
“These projects are a major achievement for my district that pinpoint critical infrastructure, public health, scientific, and educational funding needs in our community that deserve federal support,” Congressman Pallone said. “I’m proud that we were able to get these projects across the finish line in the House and look forward to seeing President Biden sign the underlying legislation into law. I would like to thank Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro and the subcommittee chairs for working with me on these important projects.”
The projects include:
$1.5 million to rehabilitate the Perth Amboy historic Public Library, which was originally built in 1903 and requires critical renovations and upgrades to meet the current needs of the community.$450,000 to help the Borough of Keyport elevate the existing bulkhead at Fireman’s Park to mitigate flooding events in its Downtown Business District.
$800,000 to redesign and improve a municipal parking lot in Metuchen that is utilized by adjacent athletic fields, Edgar Middle School, and the Metuchen Municipal Pool.The project will improve accessibility for people with special needs, incorporate pedestrian and bike infrastructure, and install public electric vehicle charging stations.
$480,000 to hire additional researchers at the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Lab at Sandy Hook who will study the impacts of environmental change on marine habitats and fisheries in New Jersey. Funding will also be used to create lab space to host underserved student populations at Sandy Hook.
$8 million for maintenance dredging of Shoal Harbor near the Belford section of Middletown that will bring much needed relief to local boaters, businesses, and community members that depend on safe and navigable waterways.
$760,000 to assist New Brunswick in accelerating the completion of an important sewer line replacement project that will greatly improve the city’s wastewater system and have a positive environmental impact on the region’s waterways.
$420,874 to establish a Financial Opportunity Center in Perth Amboy through the United Way of Central Jersey, which will provide an integrated set of core services for families in need such as employment services, financial education and coaching, and access to income supports. These services will provide vital tools for these families, helping them to recover from their current financial struggles – many of whom are still suffering from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
$300,200 to support the Agricultural and Aquacultural Workforce Training Program at the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools to develop the next generation of farmers and fishermen trained in emerging technology.
$2 million for a Health Monitoring and Telecommunications Training Center in Long Branch, New Jersey that will be used to renovate buildings for the purposes of transferring the Long Branch Health Department and other important health services to more adequate facilities as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
$450,000 for research on coastal community resilience conducted by Monmouth University in conjunction with Naval Weapons Station Earle that will help improve our understanding of coastal resiliency to combat extreme flooding and bad weather events.
More information about each project is available here.