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February 3, 2010

Re: Information Session to for Federal Funding of Public Service Needs

Dear Mayor:

United States Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez have asked me to forward to you the following important information regarding federal funding for public projects in the upcoming 2011 appropriations process.

Congress has the Constitutional authority to appropriate federal funding to state and local governments to meet public service needs such as flood control, transportation and infrastructure, health care facilities, law enforcement, community and economic development, among others.
The offices of Senators Lautenberg and Menendez will host an information session to discuss the upcoming federal appropriations process and answer any questions you may have about the fiscal year 2011 project funding application you recently received.  (To view the appropriations application, please visit, and follow the directions.)  The discussion will be led by Kristen Michaels and Dan McCarthy from Senator Lautenberg’s office and Keith Roachford and Kellie Drakeford from Senator Menendez’s office.

The information session will be held at Trayes Hall on the Douglass College Campus of Rutgers University-New Brunswick (directions attached) on Monday, February 8, 2010.  There are two sessions: 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Our staff attorney Matthew Weng will attend.  Please direct any questions or concerns to him at

Please RSVP to  indicating which session you plan to go to and how many people from your organization will be attending.  Senators Lautenberg and Menendez have indicated that seating is limited and have asked that no more than three people per organization attend. 

Please note—attendance at this session is not required or necessary in order to seek or secure funding.

For questions, please contact Kristen Michaels at

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.

Executive Director




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