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Monmouth County to receive $1.2 million in federal stimulus money

In a press release just issued, the Monmouth County Freeholders have announced that the county will be recieveing $1.2 million from President Obama’s economic stimulus package and is to be used for the prevention of homelessness in the county. The money will be dispersed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the emergency shelter grants program.

Deputy Freeholder Director John D’Amico, is expecting the the county will collect more funds from the stimulus package in the coming months based on the following qoute from the release.

“The county stands to benefit from President Obama’s economic stimulus package in many ways, not only are we in line for stimulus money to help prevent homelessness, but the county has a number of shovel-ready construction projects that are awaiting approval. These include bridge replacement and road resurfacing projects.”

Below is the text of the press release:

FREEHOLD – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders received confirmation today from Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s office that it will receive $1.2 million from President Obama’s economic stimulus package for the prevention of homelessness in the county.

The money will be dispersed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the emergency shelter grants program. Typically, money from this fund is used to keep people in their homes by assisting with rent, relocation and utility bills.

“This is good news for Monmouth County, where despite our relative affluence we have a great many people who struggle on a daily basis just to get by,” Freeholder Director Barbara J. McMorrow said. “That situation is only compounded by the economic downturn, placing additional pressure on our many nonprofit agencies that help prevent homelessness. This will be welcome news.”

“Just last month the county, in partners with our nonprofit agencies, conducted a program to help those who are homeless or who are facing homelessness,” said Freeholder Amy H. Mallet, liaison to the Department of Human Services. “The problem is very real for many county residents, and this money will go a long way toward helping those among us who are in need of assistance.”

News of the grant comes just days after the county received word that it would receive $810,000 from the Economic Recovery Act of 2009 for Community Development Block Grants. These grants will be dispersed among municipalities and nonprofits that do public services. Typically, they are dispersed among municipalities and nonprofits on a competitive basis.

Details of how the stimulus money in each of these grants can be appropriated has not yet been finalized and, therefore, exact use of the funds is still to be determined.

“The county stands to benefit from President Obama’s economic stimulus package in many ways,” Freeholder Deputy Director John D’Amico said. “Not only are we in line for stimulus money to help prevent homelessness, but the county has a number of shovel-ready construction projects that are awaiting approval. These include bridge replacement and road resurfacing projects.”


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McMorrow To Seek Re-Election In Monmouth

Making front page headlines today in the Asbury Park Press is the story that Freeholder Director Barbara McMorrow, will be seeking re-election to her seat on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Why is this such big news? Did people think that she wouldn’t seek re-election?
Anyone who has followed the Monmouth County Democrats like I have, have known for months now that McMorrow would seek re-election. It really should not have come as a surprise to anyone.
I believe that naysayers and rightwing republican bloggers out there have been floating the idea that she wouldn’t, trying to drive a wedge between McMorrow and her fellow Democrats. 
Even though Director McMorrow has been drifting closer to the right then the rest of her Democratic colleagues, seemingly causing a rift between them, nothing could be further from the truth. 
I can tell you first hand, having been to many Democratic function over the past months, Barbara McMorrow is extremely well liked and admired by Democrats in Monmouth County.
Democrats know that McMorrow will be facing a tough re-election.  Joe Oxley the Monmouth County GOP Chairman, will stop at nothing to defeat McMorrow and regain the control of the County.  Democrats in Monmouth understand this and are willing to give her some leeway in her decision making even if it seems to ruffle a few feathers.
The perceived split between McMorrow and fellow democratic colleagues John D’Amico and Amy Mallet, is not all that other want you to believe it is. This is politics and everyone understands it.  She has to take a stand against COAH and she comes across as a fiscal conservative if she is against the creation of a Solicitor General position for the county.
Barbara McMorrow is a smart and shrewd woman, who is doing what she can to be re-elected and  I think that she will be re-elected by a huge margine come November. 

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McMorrow To Seek Re-Election In Monmouth

Making front page headlines today in the Asbury Park Press is the story that Freeholder Director Barbara McMorrow, will be seeking re-election to her seat on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Why is this such big news? Did people think that she wouldn’t seek re-election?
Anyone who has followed the Monmouth County Democrats like I have, have known for months now that McMorrow would seek re-election. It really should not have come as a surprise to anyone.
I believe that naysayers and rightwing republican bloggers out there have been floating the idea that she wouldn’t, trying to drive a wedge between McMorrow and her fellow Democrats. 
Even though Director McMorrow has been drifting closer to the right then the rest of her Democratic colleagues, seemingly causing a rift between them, nothing could be further from the truth. 
I can tell you first hand, having been to many Democratic function over the past months, Barbara McMorrow is extremely well liked and admired by Democrats in Monmouth County.
Democrats know that McMorrow will be facing a tough re-election.  Joe Oxley the Monmouth County GOP Chairman, will stop at nothing to defeat McMorrow and regain the control of the County.  Democrats in Monmouth understand this and are willing to give her some leeway in her decision making even if it seems to ruffle a few feathers.
The perceived split between McMorrow and fellow democratic colleagues John D’Amico and Amy Mallet, is not all that other want you to believe it is. This is politics and everyone understands it.  She has to take a stand against COAH and she comes across as a fiscal conservative if she is against the creation of a Solicitor General position for the county.
Barbara McMorrow is a smart and shrewd woman, who is doing what she can to be re-elected and  I think that she will be re-elected by a huge margine come November. 

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Monmouth Freeholder Barbara McMorrow: Ask Thanksgiving Day Guests to Bring Donations for Food Pantries

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many of us are planning what we are going to eat for Thanksgiving Day dinner. However, there are also many Monmouth County residents who are not planning a big dinner on Thanksgiving Day. They are worrying about putting food on the table for their families each and every day.

As liaison to the Department of Human Services for Monmouth County, I know that this year, donations to the food pantries throughout Monmouth County are way down and requests for food are way up. There are many working families who can’t put gas in their cars and food on their tables.

I have a suggestion to make. If you are hosting dinner this Thanksgiving Day, when friends and families ask what they can bring, please ask them to bring a bag of nonperishable food items. The next day, please take the food that you have collected to your local food pantry or the Monmouth Ocean FoodBank.

There is so much for which I am thankful. However, I am most thankful to know that the great generosity that defines us as Americans will inspire each one of us to do whatever we can to help those around us who are in need.

Barbara J. McMorrow
Monmouth County Freeholder

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Monmouth Freeholder Barbara McMorrow: Ask Thanksgiving Day Guests to Bring Donations for Food Pantries

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many of us are planning what we are going to eat for Thanksgiving Day dinner. However, there are also many Monmouth County residents who are not planning a big dinner on Thanksgiving Day. They are worrying about putting food on the table for their families each and every day.

As liaison to the Department of Human Services for Monmouth County, I know that this year, donations to the food pantries throughout Monmouth County are way down and requests for food are way up. There are many working families who can’t put gas in their cars and food on their tables.

I have a suggestion to make. If you are hosting dinner this Thanksgiving Day, when friends and families ask what they can bring, please ask them to bring a bag of nonperishable food items. The next day, please take the food that you have collected to your local food pantry or the Monmouth Ocean FoodBank.

There is so much for which I am thankful. However, I am most thankful to know that the great generosity that defines us as Americans will inspire each one of us to do whatever we can to help those around us who are in need.

Barbara J. McMorrow
Monmouth County Freeholder

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>Please forgive me for speaking to Freeholder D’Amico

>It seems as though Mr. Gallagher over at MoreMonmouthMisinformation and his anonymous buddy over at the Voice of Disinformation are a little upset with me for checking out their false statements about Amy Mallet and John D’Amico the other day. I am sorry that I upset them so!

Please forgive me for talking to Freeholder D’Amico personnally about this rather than leave it to a couple of Monmouth County Republican hacks that rely on rumor and innuendo to attack and defame people that they do not agree with politically.

Like true members of the GOP, when they are confronted with the truth but do not like what you have heard, the insults and name calling start to fly. It shows their true partisan colors.

There are no rumors floating around the Hall Of Records in Freehold that Democrats have not heard of already. Many times I have heard Freeholder McMorrow speak about the silliness that goes on in the hallways outside her office.

So, if I chose to believe Freeholder D’Amico’s word rather than some anonymous blogger or partisan GOP County Committee person, that’s my choice and I’m sticking to it.

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Please forgive me for speaking to Freeholder D’Amico

It seems as though Mr. Gallagher over at MoreMonmouthMisinformation and his anonymous buddy over at the Voice of Disinformation are a little upset with me for checking out their false statements about Amy Mallet and John D’Amico the other day. I am sorry that I upset them so!

Please forgive me for talking to Freeholder D’Amico personnally about this rather than leave it to a couple of Monmouth County Republican hacks that rely on rumor and innuendo to attack and defame people that they do not agree with politically.

Like true members of the GOP, when they are confronted with the truth but do not like what you have heard, the insults and name calling start to fly. It shows their true partisan colors.

There are no rumors floating around the Hall Of Records in Freehold that Democrats have not heard of already. Many times I have heard Freeholder McMorrow speak about the silliness that goes on in the hallways outside her office.

So, if I chose to believe Freeholder D’Amico’s word rather than some anonymous blogger or partisan GOP County Committee person, that’s my choice and I’m sticking to it.

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