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Community Funded Projects

Community Funded Projects

Congressman Pallone has submitted funding requests for important community projects in New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District to the Appropriations Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for fiscal year 2022 – although only a handful may actually be funded. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. Additional information on Community Project Funding is available here.

In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Congressman Pallone has certified that he, his spouse, and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects he has requested.

Appropriations Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Operations, Research, and Facilities

Project name: Social and Ecological Resilience Projects for New Jersey Coasts and Oceans

Intended Recipient: James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory at Sandy Hook, 74 Magruder Road, Highlands, NJ 07732

Amount: $480,000

Explanation: The funding will be used to hire additional researchers at the Howard NOAA Lab who will address the impacts of environmental change on marine habitats and fisheries surrounding Sandy Hook, NJ. Funding will also be used to purchase instrumentation for a wetlab that will provide lab space for students from nearby underserved communities and help promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Certification letter stating there is no financial interest in the project

Appropriations Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Defense/Department of Navy/Research, Development, Test & Evaluation 

Project name: Researching Resilience for Coastal Communities with Naval Weapons Station Earle Project

Intended Recipient: Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764

Amount: $450,000

Explanation: The funding will be used by Monmouth University, in conjunction with Naval Weapons Station Earle, to research coastal community resilience projects identified in the Raritan/Sandy Hook Bay Coastal Resilience Planning Study – a joint study conducted by Naval Weapons Station Earle, Monmouth County Division of Planning, Monmouth University, and eight coastal communities. Improving our understanding of coastal resiliency will help Naval installations and coastal communities combat extreme flooding and bad weather events.

Certification letter stating there is no financial interest in the project

Appropriations Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Operation and Maintenance

Project Name: Maintenance Dredging of Shoal Harbor Navigation Channel Project

Intended Recipient: Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division, New York District, 26 Federal Plaza Room 2113, New York, New York 10278

Amount: $8,000,000

Explanation: The funding will be used for maintenance dredging of approximately 160,000 cubic yards of sediments with upland placement in the adjacent confined dredged material disposal site. It will bring much needed relief to local boaters, businesses, and community members that depend on navigable waterways.

Certification letter stating there is no financial interest in the project

Appropriations Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies/Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration

Project Name: Long Branch Health Monitoring and Telecommunications Training Center Project

Intended Recipient: City of Long Branch, 344 Broadway, Long Branch, New Jersey 07740

Amount: $1,025,000

Explanation: The funding 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.

Certification letter stating there is no financial interest in the project

Appropriations Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies/Department of Education/Innovation and Improvement 

Project Name: Agricultural and Aquacultural Workforce Training Program Project

Recipient: Middlesex County, 75 Bayard Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

Amount: $300,200

Explanation: The funding will be used 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, while embedding the seeds of community service and social equity.

Certification letter stating there is no financial interest in the project

Appropriations Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies/Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration—Training and Employment Services 

Project Name: United Way of Central Jersey Financial Opportunity Center Project

Intended Recipient: United Way of Central Jersey, 32 Ford Avenue, Milltown, New Jersey 08850

Amount: $420,874

Explanation: The funding will be used to establish a Financial Opportunity Center, which will provide an integrated set of three core services for families in need: employment services, financial education and coaching, and access to income supports. These services will provide access to 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.

Certification letter stating there is no financial interest in the project

Appropriations Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Homeland Security/Homeland Security/Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants 

Project Name: Fireman’s Park Bulkhead Improvement Project

Intended Recipient: Borough of Keyport, 70 West Front Street, Keyport, New Jersey 07735

Amount: $450,000

Explanation: The funding will be used to help the Borough of Keyport elevate the existing bulkhead to mitigate near monthly flooding events in its Downtown Business District/Fireman’s Park Area.

Certification letter stating there is no financial interest in the project

Appropriations Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies/Environmental Protection Agency/State and Tribal Assistance Grants

Project name: New Brunswick Sewer Replacement Project

Intended Recipient: City of New Brunswick 78 Bayard Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

Amount: $760,000

Explanation: The funding will be used to help New Brunswick accelerate the completion of an important sewer line replacement project that will greatly improve the city's wastewater system and will have an important environment impact on the region’s waterways.

Certification letter stating there is no financial interest in the project

Appropriations Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies/Department of Housing and Urban Development/Economic Development Initiative

Project name: Municipal Parking Redesign Project

Intended Recipient: Borough of Metuchen, 500 Main Street, Metuchen, New Jersey 08840

Amount: $800,000

Explanation: The funding will be used to redesign and pave an integral parking lot in the city that is utilized by adjacent athletic fields, Edgar Middle School, and the Metuchen Municipal Pool, but is currently not paved due to a lack of municipal funding. The project would also improve accessibility for people with special needs, incorporate pedestrian and bike infrastructure, and provide one of the first public electric vehicle charging stations in the region.

Certification letter stating there is no financial interest in the project

Appropriations Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies/Department of Housing and Urban Development/Economic Development Initiative

Project Name: Renovation and Upgrade Project at the Historic Perth Amboy Public Library

Recipient: City of Perth Amboy, 260 High Street, Perth Amboy, New Jersey 08861

Amount: $1.5 million

Explanation: The funding will be used to rehabilitate the city’s historic Public Library, which was originally built in 1903 and requires critical renovations and upgrades to meet the current needs of the community.

Certification letter stating there is no financial interest in the project