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February 12, 2009

Re:      Federal Stimulus Funding Alert

Dear Mayor:

As we have previously reported, there are differences between the House and Senate passed versions of H.R. 1. Accordingly, the matter has been referred to a conference committee consisting of members of both Houses and both parties. Until the report of the Congressional Conference Committee on H.R. 1 is released and analyzed, we cannot provide you with specific guidance on how best to proceed with your funding requests. We can tell you, as we have in the past, that it appears that much of the funding for local projects will be channeled through current programs administered by State agencies.

While awaiting the Report, as throughout this process, we have been in contact with DOT Commissioner Dilts, BPU President Fox, DCA Commissioner Doria, and their staffs, as well as key officials from DEP and the Governor’s Office, on how best to communicate and secure federal funding, through state agencies, for local projects. They are aware of your needs and enthusiastic about working with the League on this.

The Conference Committee Report could come out later today or early tomorrow. We will surely have more guidance on how best to proceed, shortly thereafter.

Thank you again for your patient work on this important matter. And thanks for your efforts to better your serve your property taxpaying fellow citizens.

Very truly yours,


Hon. Timothy C. McDonough
President, NJLM and
Mayor, Hope Township

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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