× In his federal budget introduced for 2021, President Trump has proposed the complete elimination of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Since 1975, this program has provided federal assistance to cities and counties across America. The CDBG is intended to benefit primarily people of low-to-moderate income. Here in Bayonne, we have used the CDBG to fund senior nutrition programs and street-paving. The block grant has also helped with such priorities as the rehabilitation of housing.The loss of the CDBG would be a serious loss for our community. We are not alone. Cities and counties across the country have expressed their deep concern about the potential loss of funding. The United States Conference of Mayors issued a statement about President Trump’s budget proposal: “It is most unfortunate that the Administration has been ill-advised…to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program in its proposed 20201 budget. This program, which impacts every community in the country, supports critical housing, infrastructure, and economic development investments as well as other services in cities small. medium, and large. The program has long enjoyed a great bipartisan legacy and its effectiveness remains irrefutable.”The mayors’ group continued, “This proposed cut, along with those that would slash funding for healthcare, clean water, education, and food, is a gut punch to local communities and working families. As it has done before, the United States Conference of Mayors will redouble its efforts to fight these cuts and protect the CDBG.”The U.S. Conference of Mayors concluded, “Republican and Democratic members of Congress have stood with us before in support of the CDBG. We pledge to work with them again in a bipartisan manner to restore this funding so that our communities can continue to grow and thrive.”I am confident that New Jersey’s Congressional delegation in Washington recognizes the importance of the Community Development Block Grant to local communities. For example, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressman Albio Sires all served as mayors before moving up to federal office. They know from their experiences at the municipal level that the Community Development Block Grant provides the funding needed for improving and maintaining the quality of life for ordinary people in New Jersey.Please let our New Jersey U.S. Senators and Representatives know that you support their efforts to keep the Community Development Block Grant program in the federal budget.