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June 9, 2021

All seven funding requests will be included in the INVEST in America Act, the $547 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) announced that the newly-released $547 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill, known as the INVEST in America Act, contains funding for all seven transportation project requests he submitted on behalf of communities in New York’s 17th Congressional District earlier this year. The projects include repairs and enhancements to bridges, roadways, bike lanes, and tunnels throughout Jones’s district.

“I’m thrilled that all seven funding requests submitted in April have now been accepted by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and have been included in the transformative INVEST in America Act,” said Congressman Jones. “As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the time to invest in critical infrastructure is now, and that starts by investing in local projects in communities throughout our district. From bridge and road repairs to building bike lanes, these projects are crucial in building the modern infrastructure our district deserves, and I’ll keep working to secure much-needed funding on behalf of Westchester and Rockland.”

Through this bill, set to be considered by the House of Representatives as soon as this month, Jones could secure over $10 million in funding for critical infrastructure projects throughout NY-17. While the funding is not guaranteed until a final bill is passed in the House and Senate, inclusion in the bill text is a critical first step in securing funding for these projects.

The following transportation funding requests will be included in the INVEST in America Act:

  • $4,550,000 for the Hudson Line Tunnels (Peekskill, NY)
  • $1,500,000 for the Half Moon Bay Bridge Reconstruction Project (Croton-on-Hudson, NY)
  • $1,500,000 for the New York State Route 133 Bike Lane (Ossining, NY)
  • $1,096,395 for Bridge Repair/Safety Assurance (Peekskill, Greenburgh, and Tarrytown, NY)
  • $1,000,000 for the Village of Ossining Route 9 Road Diet (Ossining, NY)
  • $600,000 for the Restoration of Van Cortlandt Manor Entrance Road Project (Croton-on-Hudson, NY)
  • $494,400 for the Basher Pedestrian Bridge Rehabilitation (Tarrytown, NY)

About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is the 34-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees and is the first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. In November, Mondaire was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the Freshman Representative to Leadership, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. In December, Jones was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and became a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Mondaire was born and raised in Rockland and resides in Westchester.