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Congressman Kean announces FY 2024 Community Project Funding submissions

15 projects from all six counties in NJ-07 submitted for funding consideration

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Kean, Jr. (NJ-07) announced that his office has submitted fifteen (15) Community Project Funding requests to the House Appropriations Committee for funding consideration ahead of this year’s congressional appropriations process.

“I have made it a priority to get more money back from Washington, DC that can go to work for New Jerseyans,” Kean said. “The resources for these important local projects would make great strides in addressing the unique needs of our communities and make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Community Project Funding is a process that allows Members of Congress to request direct funding for projects that benefit the communities they represent. Each member may submit up to fifteen (15) projects. This process includes robust eligibility, ethics, and transparency guidelines and is only available to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as some non-profits. Additionally, only projects with evidence of strong support from the community will be considered, and evidence of this support and community need is required as part of the submission.

Below are fifteen (15) Community Project Funding requests the Office of Rep. Tom Kean, Jr. submitted to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration for FY2024:

1) Flemington Police Department Completion in the Borough of Flemington, NJ

  • Subcommittee: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • Recipient: Borough of Flemington
  • Location: 200 Main Street, Flemington, New Jersey 08822
  • Amount: $2,012,000
  • Justification: The funding will complete the critically important police department headquarters in Flemington, NJ. This project will provide a more functional space for police and will include the necessary infrastructure for the department to carry out their mission of public safety.

2) Security Improvements for Mount Arlington, New Jersey

  • Subcommittee: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
  • Recipient: Borough of Mount Arlington
  • Location: 520 Altenbrand Avenue, Mount Arlington, New Jersey 07856
  • Amount: $276,462
  • Justification: The funding will fill an existing gap in critical public safety measures for the Borough to monitor public spaces or track vehicles in critical locations. The funding will be used for purchasing security cameras and automated license plate readers for Mount Alington’s public spaces, such as municipal buildings, facilities, parks, attractions, and points of entry.

3) Camp Cromwell Facility Rehabilitation

  • Subcommittee: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • Recipient: Township of Bridgewater
  • Location: 900 Vosseller Avenue, Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807
  • Amount: $4,000,000
  • Justification: The funding will fill restore and rehabilitate Camp Cromwell and make it safe for the enjoyment of the community. The project will repair the roads, paths, and vegetation. Additionally, new lights will be installed along the main causeways to ensure safe travels. Finally, buildings will be repaired, such as a small welcome center, dining hall facility, and recreation building.

4) Stanhope Water Tower Installation

  • Subcommittee: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • Recipient: Borough of Stanhope
  • Location: 77 Main Street, Stanhope, New Jersey 07874
  • Amount: $3,300,000
  • Justification: The funding will fill install a water tower for the Borough of Stanhope that will significantly enhance the municipal water supply and better safeguards residents. The proposed 300,000-gallon water tower will significantly improve water infrastructure for the Borough of Stanhope, which currently does not have an adequate independent municipal supply.

5) Linden Senior Bus Transportation Project

  • Subcommittee: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • Recipient: City of Linden
  • Location: 201 North Wood Avenue, Linden, New Jersey 07036
  • Amount: $154,444
  • Justification: The funding will provide a new community senior bus that will assist the City of Linden’s senior and disabled population navigate the city and get to and from important points of interest, such as shopping centers, medical offices, and recreational facilities. The purchase of the new bus will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the city’s transportation program for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.

6) Somerville YMCA Renovation – Universal Access to Pre-K in Somerset

  • Subcommittee: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • Recipient: Somerset County Young Men’s Christian Association
  • Location: Somerville YMCA, 2 Green Street, Somerville, New Jersey 08876
  • Amount: $3,794,414
  • Justification: The funding will renovate the Somerville YMCA to build classrooms to NJ Department of Education preschool standards.

7) Installation of New Diesel generators for Municipal Buildings in Raritan Township, NJ

  • Subcommittee: Homeland Security
  • Recipient: Township of Raritan
  • Location: 1 Municipal Drive, Flemington, New Jersey 08822
  • Amount: $459,000
  • Justification: The purchase and installation of new generators at the Raritan Township Municipal Building and the Police Department Building are critical to the functions of the Emergency Operations Center. The Municipal Building also serves as a reception and warming center during extreme weather events and power outages.

8) Scotch Plains Emergency Operations Center 

  • Subcommittee: Homeland Security
  • Recipient: Township of Scotch Plains
  • Location: 2416 Plainfield Avenue Lot 1.02, Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076
  • Amount: $2,700,255
  • Justification: The funding will relocate all emergency services to a new Emergency Operations Center (EOC). This multipurpose facility will include the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), training, Police, Fire, and EMS. The project encompasses moving all services from their existing locations downtown and reconstructing these emergency services

9) Stormwater Management at Budd Lake in Mount Olive Township, NJ

  • Subcommittee: Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
  • Recipient: Mount Olive Township
  • Location: 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, New Jersey 07828
  • Amount: $600,000
  • Justification: The funding will be used for the installation of water pollution prevention features around Budd Lake. Budd Lake is the headwater of the South Branch Raritan River and is the largest glacial lake in New Jersey.

10) Berkeley Heights Sewer and Stormwater Improvements

  • Subcommittee: Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
  • Recipient: Berkeley Heights Township
  • Location: 29 Park Avenue, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 07922
  • Amount: $2,000,000
  • Justification: The funding will be used for upgrading the Berkeley Heights Sewer System to protect public health. These sewer upgrades are necessary to protect the well-being of Berkeley Heights residents and New Jerseyans who live along the Passaic River. The project will include improvements to stormwater piping throughout the Township and a new raw sewage pump to prevent stormwater and treated sewer effluent from ending up in the Passaic River and reduce non-point source pollution. Additionally, this project will rehabilitate the grit removal system.

11) City of Rahway Lead Service Line Replacements

  • Subcommittee: Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
  • Recipient: City of Rahway
  • Location: 1045 Westfield Avenue, Rahway, New Jersey 07065
  • Amount: $3,000,000
  • Justification: The funding will be used to eliminate a portion of the lead service water lines within the City of Rahway. This funding will allow the second phase of the project to begin to provide clean safe water infrastructure for the residents of the City of Rahway.

12) Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Center in Hunterdon, NJ

  • Subcommittee: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food & Drug Administration, & Related Agencies
  • Recipient: Hunterdon County
  • Location: 59 Petticoat Lane, Annandale, New Jersey 08801
  • Amount: $2,576,913
  • Justification: A rebuild of the Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Center will extend the services for the leading area provider of life saving training courses in fire suppression, hazardous materials training, basic life support, CPR, and Vehicle accident response training.

13) Abilities Incredible People Training Project by Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. 

  • Subcommittee: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food & Drug Administration, & Related Agencies
  • Recipient: Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc.
  • Location: 264 Route 21 North, Washington, New Jersey 07882
  • Amount: $120,000
  • Justification: This funding will increase training and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities through classroom and distance learning. The project will provide distance learning focusing on soft skills and provide professional growth and pre-employment services. Moreover, it provides funds for training and support to instructors to enhance students’ success in coding, technology, and website development and testing.

14) Phillipsburg Police Building 

  • Subcommittee: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food & Drug Administration, & Related Agencies
  • Recipient: Town of Phillipsburg
  • Location: 441 Heckman Street, Phillipsburg, New Jersey 08865
  • Amount: $6,500,000
  • Justification: This funding will construct a new Police Building in the Town of Phillipsburg. The new police building will include modern facilities to best support the department’s mission to maintain a safe community that supports residents. The constructed building will include all space needed by the department to house officers, processes investigations, hold evidence, and include community outreach space.

15) Raritan Borough Municipal Building/Police Building Repurpose

  • Subcommittee: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food & Drug Administration, & Related Agencies
  • Recipient: Borough of Raritan
  • Location: 22 First Street, Raritan, New Jersey 08869
  • Amount: $2,275,000
  • Justification: This funding will renovate the existing municipal building to be utilized solely by the Borough Police Department and Court System. The current building has reached it useable lifespan and as a shared building and requires renovations to meet current Department of Justice standards and police department standards. The improvements will include an overhaul of an existing elevator system, HVAC replacement, window replacement, ADA barrier free space, sally port, holding cells, evidence rooms and court facilities and community policing outreach space.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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