News From Congressman Frank LoBiondo…

LoBiondo Announces Numerous Homeland Security Funding

Awards for South Jersey

Nearly $160,000 in Funding Granted by Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. ? U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today announced a total of $159,504.77 in federal funding for various law enforcement, fire, and first responder departments in South Jersey. These grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, under the Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP). CEDAP provides smaller law enforcement and emergency responder agencies with equipment items that will enhance and support regional response, mutual aid, and interoperability of responder equipment.

?I am pleased our first responders and law enforcement personnel will have access to the newest technology available because of this federal program,” said LoBiondo. “This new equipment will go a long way towards keeping both our communities and those protecting them safe.?

Included in the grant disbursements is $13,750 in federal funding to the Ocean City Police Department, to purchase the SEARCHCAM 2000 – a highly mobile, single operator system for victim location and assessment. Integrated into the SEARCHCAM 2000 are audio and video components that consist of a miniature, high resolution, color, video camera; variable intensity illumination; a sensitive microphone and speaker housed in the remotely controlled articulating camera head.

?We are surprised and pleased by this announcement and we, as an agency, look forward to putting the equipment into good use,? said Ocean City Police Chief Robert Blevin. ?Even in today?s times, homeland security sometimes gets put on the back-burner. It?s good to know that they haven?t forgotten about us here in Ocean City.?

Additional CEDAP awards granted to various South Jersey jurisdictions include:

? $33,100 in federal funding to Hamilton Township Police Department, for the VideoDetective system which stabilizes and enhances both live (real-time) and recorded video to clarify the images, allowing the results to be quickly distributed electronically to law enforcement personnel.

? $15,712.59 in federal funding to the Margate City Police Department, to purchase an MX-2 handheld Thermal Imager for use by law enforcement at crime scenes.

? $15,712.59 in federal funding to the Stone Harbor Police Department, to purchase an MX-2 handheld Thermal Imager for use by law enforcement at crime scenes.

? $15,712.59 in federal funding to the Ventnor City Police Department, to purchase an MX-2 handheld Thermal Imager for use by law enforcement at crime scenes.

? $13,834 in federal funding to the Middle Township Police Department, to purchase Stedi-Eye vision goggles which are currently used by U.S. military forces, including Special Forces, for night-vision surveillance activities.

? $12,670 in federal funding to the South Jersey Transportation Authority, for the purchase of a Thermovision Scout ZX – an ultra-compact infrared camera.

? $8,337 in federal funding to the Deepwater Fire Department, to purchase a Thermal Imager for fire service responders.

? $7,710 in federal funding to the Cape May County?s Prosecutor?s Office, to purchase the Guardian GPS Tracking Kit.

? $7,400 in federal funding to the Carneys Point Police Department, to purchase the Sentinel-Surveillance System.

? $5,657.04 in federal funding to City of Cape May Police Department, to purchase a Rugged Night Vision Monocular Kit.

? $4,564.98 in federal funding to the Avalon Police Department, to purchase the AN/PVS-7B U.S. military-style night vision goggles which allow the user to see at night using moonlight or starlight.

? $2,936.10 for the Galloway Township Police Department, to purchase the ArcGIS system which assists emergency response managers with the sharing of information and development of risk assessments.

? $2,407.88 in federal funding to the Elmer Borough Police, for the purchase of the Evader?s Night Vision Imaging System.

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LoBiondo Votes Against ?Largest Tax Increase in History?

3.4 Million New Jersey Taxpayers Would See Nearly $3,800 Increase on Average of Taxes Owed to Federal Government

WASHINGTON. D.C. ? U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today voted against the estimated $400 billion tax increase provided for under the House?s ?Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Resolution.? According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the tax increases would cost approximately 3.4 million New Jersey taxpayers an additional $3,779 on average in federal taxes over the next five years.

?Over the past decade, Congress has made great efforts to ensure that married couples are not unfairly over-taxed; that parents are not penalized for having children; and that our small businesses are not targeted for being too successful. Today, with approval of the House Democrat?s budget, all of those gains are erased,? blasted LoBiondo. ?This budget will needlessly saddle millions of New Jersey taxpayers with an additional $3,779 bill on top of their excessive state and local tax obligations. Without hesitation, I strongly reject placing these avoidable fiscal burdens on the backs of South Jersey?s taxpayers and small businesses.?

Implications on the average taxpayer across the nation under the House?s FY 2008 Budget Resolution are as follows:

115 million taxpayers would see their taxes increase, on average, by $1,795 in 2011.

Taxes would increase, on average, by $2,181 for 42 million families with children.

12 million single women with children would see their taxes increase, on average, by $1,082.

17 million elderly individuals would incur average tax increases of $2,270.

Taxes would rise, on average, by $3,960 for 26 million small business owners.

According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the impact to average New Jersey taxpayers by the Democrat budget?s estimated $400 billion tax increase would be second-only to Connecticut in the nation.

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