Federal and State Aid We Deserve
People come from all over the state to work in Trenton, but many rarely support local businesses. We pay for the roadwork and pothole repairs caused by thousands of people commuting to the statehouse, alone. As the capital of New Jersey, we deserve more payments in lieu of taxes and state aid, and I will not rest until we get what we are owed from the state of New Jersey.
It has been well documented that the city of Trenton missed out on nearly $1M of state revenue from the Transportation Trust Fund because no one at city hall pursued grant funding earmarked for Trenton. The Mayor and Council direct the work of hundreds of City employees, and they have simply not been financially ambitious in hiring more grant writers. In fact, the city only employs two part-time grant writers.
As Mayor, I will hire the best grant writers to make sure our city gets funding from just a few of these grants:
DOJ’s Community Oriented Policing grant; FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant; NJ Department of Community Affairs Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program; Sustainable Jersey environmental grant; NJDSCA Grants New Jersey State Council on the Arts grants; and Community Development Block Grant from the State of NJ.
Our grant writers will more than pay their own salaries with the funds they generate for the community.
As Deputy Clerk of Mercer County, I set a culture of respect for residents and coworkers, and I will bring that culture to Trenton City Hall.