Union County Website Offers Details on Federal Stimulus Funds


Elizabeth, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is offering a quick and convenient way to find out how your town stands to benefit from the millions in federal stimulus funds made available through President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  More than $23 million in federal funds have flowed into Union County so far, including more than $1.3 million from the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, which supports public safety and criminal justice initiatives.

To get ARRA information on your town, visit the Union County website,  The “Stimulus  Map” link is in the far left column of the home page.  Move the cursor over the ARRA symbol on each town and the stimulus programs appear in a pop-up box.

“I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have significant new federal funds circulating throughout our twenty-one towns,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.  “It’s enabling us to move forward with important infrastructure projects and put more people to work, and it’s helping seniors and other county residents stay healthy and well nourished.”

Among the major programs supported by ARRA funding are more than 42,000 more meals for seniors, as well as $4 million in road improvements including safety upgrades and handicapped access.  About $2.6 million will go to build senior and affordable housing along with other neighborhood stabilization assistance.  Another $2.2 million will provide rental assistance to laid-off workers and foreclosed households, and $2.1 million will go to job training and other employment assistance.

The Byrne grant of $1.3 million will be distributed to a wide range of municipal programs, from the purchase of new police cruisers and other equipment to crime intervention and neighborhood outreach.