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MAYOR REPORTS MORE FEDERAL MONEY
(Wednesday, July 29, 2009) –
Mayor Hannemann said, “Senator Inouye, who’s been a stalwart supporter of our rail project from its inception, phoned me today to let us know that he had included $40 million in federal money for
Senator Inouye’s announcement comes on the heels of a favorable report from the Federal Transit Administration, which concluded that the rail transit project is ready to advance to its preliminary engineering phase. Preliminary engineering further defines engineering and design features, and is a critical step in securing more than $1 billion in federal funding from the FTA’s New Starts program. The City expects a decision soon from the FTA on when the project can enter that engineering phase.
Hannemann said, “We’re pleased that we continue to receive high marks from experts and consultants hired by FTA to review the financial aspect of our project: Booz Allen Hamilton last year and now this independent report are reporting extremely favorable results.”
The mayor will travel to
Senator Inouye also announced recently that the Honolulu Police Department would receive more than $5 million to hire 21 officers through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Said the mayor, “My fellow mayors and I, through the U.S. Conference of Mayors, were very aggressive in lobbying for this COPS money because public safety is the top priority of city and county governments across the nation. The approval of this funding was the result of the leadership of Senator Inouye and the reputation of the men and women of the Honolulu Police Department—
The grants will be awarded to 1,046 law enforcement agencies from all 50 states. The Department of Justice received more than 7,200 applications for more than 39,000 officer positions.
Bill Brennan, 768-6928