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Lautenberg, Menendez Secure $32.7 Million For Projects Vital to South/Central JerseyAlex Formuzis (202) 224-7340
Friday, July 21, 2006WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three important spending bills that cleared a critical hurdle in the Senate this week include more than $32.7 million secured by United States Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) to improve the quality of life in Central and South Jersey.
The bills for Fiscal Year 2007 were approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and now head to the full Senate for consideration.
“These projects will help make New Jerseyans healthier, our economy stronger, our communities more vital and our nation more secure,” said Senator Lautenberg. “Senator Menendez and I will keep working together to deliver results for all of New Jersey.”
“I was proud to work alongside Senator Lautenberg in ensuring these critical Garden State projects were funded,” Senator Menendez said. “We will continue to work on behalf of all New Jerseyans to ensure the Congress funds projects that make our roads safer, environment cleaner, communities more livable, and state-of-the-art health care more accessible.”
Healthcare Projects: $2.9 million
$500,000 to Cooper University Hospital for the Neurological Institute (Camden) Currently there is no comprehensive full-service stroke and neurological services program in South Jersey. Cooper seeks to fill this void with the establishment of the Neurological Institute. These funds will be used to support technology development and acquisition as well as facility renovation.
$200,000 to the Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center for the Intensive Care Nursery and Osborn Family Health Center (Camden)
The federal funding will be used to replace the fetal monitoring system and to purchase new intensive care nursery warmers for the Osborn Family Health Center and the Intensive Care Nursery.
$300,000 for the Nex Generation Medical Center (Stratford, Camden County)
Funds will be used for the rehabilitation of a now vacant facility into the Nex Generation Medical Center, a "Medi-Mall" providing various medical and educational services to Southern New Jersey residents. The goal is to become establish a fully comprehensive healthcare organization support the health needs of the community. The facility will house treatment (primary care and sub-specialty), education, supplemental services, social services and patient support systems. The 60,000 sq. ft. primary care/specialty group facility is located in Stratford.
$250,000 to Deborah Heart and Lung Center for the Women’s Cardiovascular Wellness Center (Browns Mills, Burlington County)
Funding will be used to establish the “Women’s Cardiovascular Wellness Center at Deborah” through the renovation of existing space in the hospital building. The Center will offer a women-only waiting room, education room and five examination rooms with personal consultation rooms.
$250,000 to the Tri-County Communication Action Partnership for a Literacy Project (Bridgeton, Cumberland County)
These funds will help The Literacy program expand its services to the entire Tri-County service region (Cumberland, Salem and Gloucester) and better serve area residents with longer hours. Tri-County’s literacy efforts include basic reading and writing tutoring for adults, ESL training for adults and children, youth job shadowing and tutoring to improve test scores, parent and community education, community outreach, financial literacy and volunteer tutor training.
$500,000 to Kennedy Health System for the Advanced Cancer Prevention and Treatment Initiative
Kennedy will use these funds to acquire and implement a state-of-the-art digital mammography system, something that no hospital in Southern New Jersey currently has. This technology was just recognized by the New England Journal of Medicine as far superior to current standards and will help ensure Southern NJ residents have access to the best quality diagnosis technology.
$965,000 to Rutgers University-Camden Campus for the LEAP Early Child Research Learning Academy
Transportation Projects: $10.45 million
$3 million for Route 30 Cooper River Drainage Improvements (Camden County, NJ)
$2 million for Route 29 Boulevard Conversion Project (Trenton)
$1 million for Camden County Intermodal Facility – Bus and Bus Facilities These funds would be used to build a new intermodal facility along the RiverLine light rail system in south Jersey. $2,200,000 Atlantic City Airport – Instrument Landing System Upgrade to Category III on Runway 31 – AIP This project is for the acquisition and installation of components necessary to upgrade the current Instrument Landing System at Atlantic City International Airport. This includes the installation of touchdown zone lights, an approach lighting system, runway visual range sensors and other associated equipment. This upgrade would allow aircraft to land in severe weather when visibility is low.
$1.5 million for Lakewood Township (Ocean County) Multi Modal Facility, Phase 1 Funding would go to the construction of a multi-modal facility located near downtown Lakewood at Clifton Ave. and Ninth Street. This facility will provide multi modal transportation options for residents who live in the immediate area and those who drive in from outlying areas of Lakewood.
$750,000 for repaving Battleship New Jersey Access Road (Clinton Street-Camden County)
Economic Development Projects: $800,000
$200,000 for the Tri-County Community Action Partnership for the Southeast Gateway project. (Bridgeton, Cumberland County)
The Southeast Gateway program is the implementation of a neighborhood plan prepared with resident input. Funds will go towards sustaining a mobile police substation in the neighborhood for five years, construction of neighborhood parks and gardens, acquisition of property for retail opportunities, providing grants for home repair, homeownership classes, job-training and after-school programs for youth.
$200,000 to the County of Monmouth for NJ Children's Advocacy Center (Freehold, Monmouth County) These federal funds would be used for the construction of a Child Advocacy Center for victims of child abuse in Monmouth County. Funding is needed for site preparation, capital for ground breaking and initial equipment. This equipment includes preparation for heating, plumbing, air conditioning and electrical services.
$200,000 to Borough of Collingswood for the Collingswood Theatre Project (Collingswood, Camden County)
The theatre is in need of significant improvements in the stage, backstage and support areas, mechanical and electrical infrastructure, access for the disabled as well as air-conditioning. These federal funds would be used to air condition the theatre so that it can be opened year round as well as continue to serve the performing arts community for years to come.
$200,000 to the Mercer County Improvement Authority for the American Steel and Wire Company Factory Building Renovation and Revitalization Project. (Trenton, Mercer County)
The building once housed major operations for American Steel and Wire Company in the City of Trenton. These funds would be used to refurbish and rehabilitate this now abandoned factory into approximately 20,000 square feet of mixed use commercial real estate. Specifically, costs will include exterior improvements such as brick re-pointing, new roof and interior fit out of the building for mixed use. This project is a key component of the ongoing economic development plan and revitalization of the surrounding neighborhood.
Defense Projects: $18.5 million
$1 million to Monmouth University (West Long Branch, Monmouth County) for the Rapid Response Database Systems Initiative RDDW, Chem/Bio Defense program
Monmouth University will use this funding to prototype and field test the ALL Hazards software exercise tools that will improve the effectiveness develop a prototype and conduct a field test All Hazards software exercise tools that will improve the effectiveness of local community preparedness.
$2 million to Friends of Navy Lakehurst (Lakehurst, Ocean County) for the Aircraft Carrier Launch and Recovery Continued Modernization
This funding is for the NAVAIR Lakehurst/ Specialty Systems team to continue the engineering studies/analyses of target systems for modernization, health monitoring technology insertion, and improved technical data management. NAES Lakehurst will utilize all funding locally, using Navy staff to complete the efforts. The expected outcomes for Naval Aviation continue to be improved mission capabilities with reduced manpower requirements and significantly reduced carrier aviation operating cost.
$1 million to Edmund Optics, Inc. (Barrington, Camden County) for the Manufacturing of Precision Aspheric Optics
EO will leverage these funds to establish itself as the premier Department of Defense supplier in U.S.-based precision aspheric optics manufacturing.
$3 million to L-3 Communications Inc; Communication Systems – East Division (Camden) for Integrated Voice Communications Systems for the SSN-688I Integrated Voice Communications Systems for the SSN-688I takes advantage of currently installed radio MarCom Submarine Baseband Circuit Switches (SBCS) by adding higher performance interface cards, full tactical integrated voice/data routing, and Management & Control software.
$2.5 million to Universal Display Corporation (Ewing, Mercer County) for the Portable Flexible Communications Display Device
Funding will be used to advance flexible, full-color AMOLED and the underlying phosphorescent OLED (PHOLED) technology and speed the insertion of this technology into several ARMY systems and programs by Air Force, USSOCOM, and NAVY.
$4 million to Ocean Power Technologies (Pennington, Mercer County) for Wave PowerBuoy for the Advanced Deployable System (ADS) Demonstration
In 2004 Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. together with the Navy and Lockheed Martin demonstrated a prototype version of the wave PowerBuoy system in an ocean test off the coast of Washington State. This “dual use” technology for generating power for ocean applications will improve ADS system performance and reduce total ownership costs. This funding will allow OPT to further develop and customize the PowerBuoy system for the Navy ADS program. This project will create at least 6 new jobs in FY07 if fully appropriated, with expansion in the following year to 5-10 new jobs for the continued fabrication of this PowerBuoy system. OPT uses over 15 New Jersey based sub-contractors, including Rutgers University, Weeks Marine, and Allied Electronics.
$5 million to Sea Box, Inc. (East Riverton, Burlington County) for the Future Medical Shelter System
This funding will support Sea Box’s involvement in seven field hospitals, called the 21st Century Military Hospital System, designed and produced by Mobile Medical International Corporation, Inc. Two medical containers in each of these field hospitals will be produced by Sea Box, Inc.