CRANFORD - The Union County Freeholders awarded approximately 1.5 million dollars between the 21 Union County municipalities to assist funding projects aimed at spurring economic development growth and providing indirect tax relief as part of its fifth annual Union County Infrastructure Grant program.

Cranford received $92,500 to assist its paving program, and Mayor Patrick Giblin was on hand to received the grant check from Freeholder Chair and Cranford resident, Bette Jane Kowalski, and Freeholder Christopher Hudak.

A park in Elizabeth, a sidewalk in New Providence, and repairs for municipal buildings in Garwood are other projects that this year’s infrastructure Grant program will fund throughout the County.

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The program was conceived by Freeholder Hudak in 2015, developed by the County’s Freeholder Fiscal Committee, and administered by the Department of Economic Development. This year’s Freeholder Fiscal Committee included Freeholder Vice Chairman Alexander Mirabella, and Freeholders Sergio Granados, Angel Estrada, and Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded.

Road improvements once again topped the list as the most requested program for funding, among the municipalities.

“A recent statewide poll taken by Stockton University noted that 46 percent of New Jersey’s commuters sustained a flat tire or some other damage to their vehicles because of roads in need of repair or resurfacing,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “The Infrastructure grant program is aimed at helping our municipalities make these and other needed improvements---and provide relief for our commuters.”

Freeholder Hudak agreed, adding:

“Our goal is to provide an economic boost to our municipalities and leverage their funds in making essential improvements,” said Freeholder Chris Hudak. “With more people moving into Union County than ever before, and new development coming on line, it’s important that we continue to make infrastructure our highest priority.”

Funding for the grant is provided through the proceeds from the sale of Runnells Specialized Hospital in 2014.

View complete list of municipal grants and projects in Union County here.