Community Funding Projects submitted by Congressman Pascrell to the House Appropriations Committee for Fiscal Year 2022:
Project Name: West Grantwood Park Rehabilitation
Request Amount: $250,000
Intended Recipient: Borough of Cliffside Park
Address: 525 Palisade Ave, Cliffside Park, New Jersey 07010
Explanation: The funding would be used to complete this project and allow the Borough to achieve its goal of providing a high-quality, recreational facility to service the needs of a growing population within the Borough.
Project Name: Borough of Fort Lee’s Streetscape Project
Request Amount: $250,000
Intended Recipient: Borough of Fort Lee
Address: 309 Main Street, Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024
Explanation: This funding would be used to complete the Borough of Fort Lee’s intersection of Abbott Boulevard and Columbia Avenue streetscape project. This funding will be dispersed to cover construction costs, which include the following: re-designed roadways, curbing, period specific lighting, signage, benches, trash receptacles, cashless parking stations, sidewalks, and applicable murals that display historic scenes of Fort Lee.
Project Name: Borough of Leonia’s Strengthening Public Safety Communications Project
Request Amount: $250,000
Intended Recipient: Borough of Leonia
Address: 312 Broad Avenue, Leonia, New Jersey 07605
Explanation: This funding will enable the Borough of Leonia to purchase radio and communications technology necessary for the establishment of a unified public safety communications center. Completing this project will allow for the expansion of public safety services, significantly increase interoperability between local and regional public safety departments, and build upon the Borough of Leonia’s relationships with mutual aid partners. This project will improve the public health and safety conditions of the region as well as benefit traditionally underserved populations within the community. As such, this project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.
Project Name: Wrigley Park Rehabilitation
Request Amount: $360,000
Intended Recipient: City of Paterson
Address: 155 Market St, Paterson, New Jersey 07505
Explanation: The funding would be used to rehabilitate and improve the functionality of this community space.
Project Name: Garfield Wellness Center
Request Amount: $1,500,000
Intended Recipient: Greater Bergen County Action, Inc.
Address: 535 Midland Avenue, Garfield, NJ 07026
Explanation: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because if there has been one takeaway from the past year, it is that the need for more robust community health resources, particularly in disenfranchised communities, should not be considered a luxury, but a given. Taxpayers will be making an impact investment in this project – enabling the creation of a tangible space where residents from all walks of life will be able to improve themselves through healthier lifestyles. In particular, low-income, uninsured residents will have a place to turn for free, high quality healthcare.
Project Name: Equipment for the Hackensack Meridian Health School of Medicine
Request Amount: $775,000
Intended Recipient: Hackensack Meridian Health School of Medicine
Address: 340 Kingsland St., Nutley, NJ 07110
Explanation: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because Northern New Jersey is a medically underserved area that has a need for more trained medical professionals. Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine is teaching the next generation of diverse medical professionals who will go on to serve northern New Jersey. The School of Medicine is growing rapidly and requires up to date medical training equipment similar to the equipment graduates will be using day to day in their practices. This project is an investment in the health and wellbeing of the citizens of New Jersey and will allow the School of Medicine to continue growing to serve the needs of the community.
Project Name: Northern New Jersey Post-Pandemic Employment and Skills Training Initiative
Request Amount: $1,936,006
Intended Recipient: Passaic County Community College
Address: One College Boulevard, Paterson, New Jersey 07505
Explanation: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will help low-income and minority residents secure high-skill, high-wage employment in emerging industry sectors. By connecting low-income adults to good jobs, the project will help local residents become economically self-sufficient while improving the overall quality of life for local communities.
Project Name: Mental Health Designated Screening Center Expansion and Renovation project
Request Amount: $1,000,000
Intended Recipient: Saint Joseph’s Health
Address: 703 Main St., Paterson, NJ 07503
Explanation: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the need for mental health services in Passaic County continues to grow during the public health crisis and this will allow Saint Joseph’s Health to reach more residents, including the most vulnerable, during these challenging times. The addition of 3 new rooms will allow Saint Joseph’s Health to provide better care, assessment and treatment to an estimated 1200 additional patients annually. It will also lead to better outcomes since the additional space will allow for enhanced family engagement, and a more integrated approach to patient care.
Project Name: Saddle Brook Sewage Rehabilitation and Improvements Project
Request Amount: $1,393,682
Intended Recipient: Township of Saddle Brook
Address: 93 Market Street, Saddle Brook, New Jersey 07663
Explanation: The funding would be used to provide required maintenance, repairs, and replacements for sewage pumping stations and a gravity sewer interceptor system owned and operated by the Township.
Project Name: Hudson Raritan Estuary (HRE) - Hackensack Meadowlands, NJ Ecosystem Restoration Project
Request Amount: $5,403,856
Intended Recipient: United States Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Address: 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY 10279-0090
Explanation: The funding would be used for the Meadowlark Marsh in Ridgefield, New Jersey and Metromedia March in Carlstadt, New Jersey projects.