WOODBRIDGE – Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno presented a $10,000 check to benefit the Woodbridge Township’s police and fire departments last week. The money comes from a fund set up by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and was the second of $135,000 in grants to be awarded to 13 fire departments and other first responders in northern New Jersey. Departments receiving money have agreed to assist the Port Authority when emergencies arise.
“As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11, it is particularly appropriate that we recognize the heroism of the first responders like you,’’ Guadagno said during a ceremony at Woodbridge City Hall. “I know that for some of you, these memories are all too real. I am sure that there are people in this room who ran into those towers as they were burning.”
About a dozen firefighters and police officers were in attendance.
Grant rules stipulate that municipalities must use the money to buy public safety equipment or to upgrade facilities. Mayor John McCormac said that the township will use the grant to buy police radios.
Also on hand was Bill Baroni, a former state senator and the Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority. He noted that the grant was timely, coming as it does in a month when the Port Authority is commemorating its 90th anniversary.
Guadagno also spoke about the importance of helping municipalities, saying, “The important thing is to get what funding is available out of the hands of government and into the hands of those who can best use it to defend our communities.”
Earlier during the week, the Lt. Governor presented a $25,000 check to benefit first responders in the city of Linden.
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