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Pallone Announces Community Projects for New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District Are Included in House Appropriations Bills

July 13, 2021
Press Release

Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced that ten requests for Community Funded Projects he submitted to the Appropriations Committee for New Jersey’s Sixth Congressional District will advance in the House of Representatives. These requests are included in House appropriations bills that are expected to receive a vote on the House Floor in the coming months.

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.
  • $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.
  • $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.
  • $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.
  • $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.
  • $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.
  • $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.
  • $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.
  • $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.

“These projects represent a major achievement for my district as we work to rebuild our country back better after the COVID-19 pandemic. Community Funded Projects allow Members of Congress to pinpoint critical infrastructure, public health, scientific, and educational funding needs in our community that deserve federal support,” Congressman Pallone said. “I look forward to seeing these appropriations bills advance through the House and voting for them on the House Floor. I would like to thank Chairwoman DeLauro and the subcommittee chairs for their hard work and leadership on these important projects.”

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