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Sunday, March 10, 2024

Seth brings home the bacon

South County projects among $12+ Million for 14 Local Community Projects sponsored by Rep. Seth Magaziner 

Representative Seth Magaziner (RI-02) announced the House passage of $12,353,131 in federal funding requested by Rep. Magaziner for 14 community projects in Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District in this year’s government funding package. 

The legislation will now be taken up by the Senate, and is expected to be passed and sent to President Biden for his signature. EDITOR'S NOTE: The Senate passed the bill and President Biden signed it. 

“Delivering results for Rhode Islanders has always been my top priority in Congress, and I’m proud to have secured federal funding that will benefit the working people of our state,” said Rep. Seth Magaziner. 

“This funding will go towards local projects to improve public safety, invest in schools and libraries, upgrade water management systems, and make Rhode Island a better place to live. I’m excited to see these projects break ground and come to fruition.” 

14 of Rep. Magaziner’s Community Project Funding requests were included in the first tranche of government funding legislation for fiscal year 2024. The remaining six government funding bills are due on March 22, and are expected to include additional funding for Rhode Island as requested by Rep. Magaziner. 

The following funding requests will head to the Senate, then to President Biden to be signed into law: 

$2,080,000 to manage, reduce, and recapture stormwater in the Town of Johnston.  

$1,576,031 to inspect, test, and clean sewer interceptors located within the Town of West Warwick to correct deficiencies within the collection system to prevent catastrophic failure and prevent sewage overflows entering the Pawtuxet River.  

$1,000,000 to construct an Indoor Recreation Facility in North Kingstown that will dually serve as an Emergency Shelter for the Town and provide physical and mental-well-being programming to all ages.  

$1,000,000 to construct a safe, ADA accessible, and visible pedestrian connection to the Woonasquatucket River Greenway.  

$963,000 for the Town of East Greenwich for a waterfront development project to improve shoreline accessibility. 

$803,100 to rehabilitate Family Service of RI’s Mount Pleasant Academy, one of the state's premiere day treatment facilities for children with emotional, behavioral, and/or psychiatric needs. 

$795,000 for the University of Rhode Island’s Secure Compute/Data Enhancement project to increase their capabilities to perform cutting edge, innovative research for their partnership with the National Institute of Undersea Vehicle Technology and the U.S. Navy.  

$707,000 for the Coventry Police Department for general equipment and technology upgrades for specialty vehicles, communications improvements and technology upgrades for server capacity.  

$700,000 for the Ocean Community YMCA’s Westerly-Pawcatuck Branch renovation to improve existing program areas to better serve some of the most vulnerable community members, including seniors, at-risk youth, and children on the neurodivergent spectrum.  

$700,000 to rehabilitate the Peace Dale Library into a fully accessible community space to support academic education, workforce development, remote work and study, and personal health monitoring activities.  

$700,000 to provide critical and functional repairs and rehabilitation to spaces at the Providence Public Library.  

$500,000 to construct an ADA accessible handicap viewing plaza in Burrillville with adjacent handicap parking spaces, handicap drop off zone and handicap accessible viewing platform overlooking a field for public events. 

$485,000 for the Johnston Police Department for emergency services equipment to increase their response time and community safety. 

$344,000 for the Cranston Police Department to upgrade their K9 vehicle fleet. 

More information on these 14 local projects can be found here.