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July 2, 2021

INVEST in America Act includes all seven of Rep. Jones’ funding requests for NY-17, totalling over $10 million in funding for local projects, as well as a study on the benefits of one-seat ride commuter rail service for communities like Rockland

WASHINGTON, DC — Yesterday, Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) voted to pass the $715 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill, known as the INVEST in America Act, which 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’ district.

The INVEST in America Act also includes an amendment introduced by Rep. Jones directing the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study on the economic benefits of one-seat ride commuter rail service between urban and suburban areas. The study is a critical step forward in the fight for direct, one-seat rail service between Rockland County and New York City, which Congressman Jones has advocated for since before coming to Congress.

“As we work to Build Back Better from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, it’s critical that we invest in a strong, equitable recovery for all communities,” said Congressman Jones. “That starts by upgrading our essential infrastructure, which is exactly what the INVEST in America Act will do. With over $10 million in funding I requested for projects in New York’s 17th District, this bill will connect communities, promote sustainability, and ensure that our local economy can continue to grow and thrive. And with a study on the economic benefits of one-seat ride commuter rail service, this bill will get us closer than ever to finally securing a one-seat ride from Rockland to New York City. ”

By helping to pass this bill, 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 Senate, House passage is a critical step in securing the funding. 

The INVEST in America Act includes funding requested by Congressman Jones for the following projects:

  • $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.