Booker, Menendez, Sires announce $9.3M from COVID-19 stimulus for Hudson County

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U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), along with U.S. Rep Albio Sires (D-8), have announced that Hudson County will receive $9.3 million as part of the first wave of federal funding from the COVID-19 emergency stimulus package.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Hudson County will receive $9,327,962 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development to combat the coronavirus in light of the $2 trillion stimulus legislation approved by Congress.

“As the former mayor of Union City, I understand the challenges on the ground when facing such an extraordinary crisis and that the federal government has a responsibility to help local governments in their time of need,” Menendez said in a statement.

“That’s why, when we negotiated the largest ever emergency response package in our nation’s history, we demanded that it quickly deliver federal dollars to our communities on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.”

More than half of that money will go towards Jersey City: $3,438,019 in CBDG monies, $1,682,731 in ESG dollars, and $347,820 for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS.

Additionally, the Hudson County government will take in $1,271,486 from CBDG and another $602,817 in ESG dollars.

“When fighting to ensure New Jersey receives the necessary federal resources, our priorities are protecting the brave medical workers fighting on the front lines of this pandemic, and standing up to help workers, families, small businesses, and the most vulnerable among us,” added Booker.

“This funding represents only first installment of federal resources coming to New Jersey to help our communities in Hudson County continue to provide essential services while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Sires.

Minutes ago, the New Jersey Department of Health revealed that there are 2,270 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 44 deaths in Hudson County – both the third most in the state by county.

Other municipalities benefiting from federal funding are as follows:

Bayonne:

CDBG: $925,177 

Hoboken:

CDBG: $641,319

North Bergen:

CDBG: $418,593

Union City:

CDBG: $622,932

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