Suffolk getting piece of stimulus pie

Published 9:40 pm Saturday, March 28, 2009

Suffolk’s share federal stimulus money is at least $16.2 million in federal stimulus money, according to an e-mail City Manager Selena Cuffee-Glenn sent to council members last week.

The biggest chunk of the money – $12.9 million – will go to the public schools, the e-mail says. The city is forming a stimulus working group to prepare for funding opportunities, develop grant applications and coordinate with outside agencies. In addition, Cuffee-Glenn said the city will continue to work to identify additional funding sources available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

It is not immediately known for what specific projects any of the money will be used. In addition to the school money, the rest breaks down like this:

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4Transportation: $1.9 million

4Public housing: $956,244

4Law Enforcement Byrne Justice Assistance Grant: $303,392

4Community Development Block Grant: $150,017

More than $2 billion in the recover act is being used for the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. The JAG Program allows local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and improve the criminal justice system. Localities can use the money for law enforcement, prosecution, courts, prevention, education, corrections, drug treatment, and crime victim and witness programs.

The JAG grants are allocated based on a formula using population and violent crime statistics.

The Community Development Block Grants provide a variety of assistance to various communities in the United States.