Brendan Gill Announces Grant For Montclair Neighborhood Development Corp

The total allotment for the Montclair group has increased from $60,000 to $224,294.


Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill announced that the Essex County Freeholder Board has voted unanimously to approve a resolution that will channel $164,294 to the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation.

With these funds, Gill stated, the total allotment for the Montclair group has increased from $60,000 to $224,294. 

After the vote, Gill stated, “As freeholder, I’ve enjoyed the privilege of working with various community organizations to ensure that funding is directed where it is most needed and best used.”

Gill has served on the Freeholder board since January 2012. Of the vote,
Freeholder Gill continued, “The MNDC works tirelessly to enhance the
quality of life for all Montclair residents. I am pleased that this
resolution passed without delay.” 

MNDC Executive Director Albert Pelham was also pleased with the
outcome of the vote.

“The MNDC would like to publicly thank our Freeholder, Brendan Gill, and the entire freeholder board for approving the disbursement of much needed Community Development Block Grant Funds.”

Pelham, who oversees the MNDC’s extensive community operations, continued, “Among other things, these funds will enable MNDC to assist clients who have rental eviction notices or PSEG shut off notices, and will give us the opportunity to employ temporary staff to strengthen and grow Winter Oasis, our existing after school program, and Project Life, our entrepreneurial program for high school students."

Pelham added that the MNDC has proposed a job readiness program for 18 to 25 year old residents. This proposal will be brought closer to fruition with this funding.

Brendan Gill is currently serving a three-year term as Essex County
Fifth District Freeholder. Gill represents the municipalities of Montclair, Belleville, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, and Nutley on the Board of Chosen Freeholders. 

This information is from a press release from Brendan Gill's office.

WC September 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Pork! A Democrat Party staple since 1932.
Cary Africk September 27, 2012 at 02:43 PM
These are NOT Community DEVELOPMENT Block Grants which are reviewed by the Township Council before being submitted to the County. These are Community SERVICE Block Grants. MNDC was the only organization to apply this year and received $50,000 initially. When extra money "was found" since they were the only approved organization they were also the only recipients of the "found" money. I am still trying to understand how long the program has been in existence, but I know its been since 2009 at least. I am also trying to understand why MNDC was the only organization to apply. Perhaps there are other organizations in Montclair that would also consider applying if the program was better known. But it does sound like money for a "good cause!" Cary Africk
WC September 27, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Define "good cause" Cary - From where I am sitting, the government is taking $ from one set of citizens ad transferring it to another set of citizens, to be used in the least efficient manner possible (in that the public sector is always less efficient than the private sector). This money was not "found" but rather taxed. It is the classic case of concentrated benefits (MNDC) and diffuse costs (everyone else). Read some econ 101 before you talk about $ issues.
Cary Africk September 27, 2012 at 04:12 PM
WC, I agree with you. The "new" me is trying to be nice and give organizations the "benefit of the doubt." In actuality, I've not seen the application that MNDC submitted in order to receive this money. I am trying to obtain a copy of the application so that people can decide for themselves the merit of the expenditure. The only info I have on this organization is through their CDBG grant application, which I will be glad to post or forward to anyone who is interested. The Council "gave" them $60,000 in 2012 for an exhaustive array of services. In no way do I represent, or defend the organization nor do I endorse or oppose the expenditure. However, I would like to be assured that ALL worthy organizations have an EQUAL opportunity to apply for funds like these.


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