Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis said that the city will “suffer” if President Donald Trump follows through on his plan to cut the Community Development Block Grant – which would cost the city about $1.4 million.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“The City of Bayonne relies on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG )for helping to fund our annual street-paving program. The CDBG also provides funds for our senior nutrition programs, park renovations, and aid to local non-profit organizations,” Davis said in a statement.
“If the Trump Administration succeeds at eliminating the Community Development Block Grant, Bayonne would suffer. Meals on Wheels and other senior nutrition, street-paving, social services, and park and building repairs would be put at risk. This would be a disaster.”
Recently, Bayonne has received about $1.4 million per year in CDBG funding. New Jersey communities have combined to receive about $81 million from the CDBG in the past year.
The Community Development Block Grant program began during the Republican Administration of President Gerald R. Ford in 1975.
Davis also called upon all residents to express their concerns about saving the CDBG to Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, who can be mailed at 451 7th Street S.W., Washington, D.C. 20410.
The mayor also applauded the efforts of U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ), as well as U.S. Reps. Albio Sires (D-8) and Albio Sires (D-8), for supporting the CDBG.
Davis joins Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop in criticizing Trump’s proposed $1.1 trillion budget, which would make significant cuts to various HUD programs.