Union County Freeholder Vice Chairman Sergio Granados and Freeholders Angel G. Estrada and Bette Jane Kowalski joined Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Union County Manager Alfred Faella, Union County Sheriff Joe Cryan, Assemblyman Jamel Holley and Assemblywoman Annett Quijano at a press conference regarding possible harmful cuts to Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) by the federal government.

Also in attendance were Elizabeth Council President Carlos Torres, Councilman Kevin Kiniery, Kaitlin McGuinness from US Senator Cory Booker’s office, Zachary Rynar from US Senator Robert Menendez’s office, Elizabeth Director of Planning and Community Development Eduardo Rodriguez and Linda Flores-Tober, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless.

The Community Development Block Grant, one of the longest-running programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, funds local community development activities such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development.