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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Shaping Livable Communities

Livable communities create safe, healthy places for our children to learn and grow and inspire living practices that are healthy for our citizens, economy, and environment. These communities give families equal access to education, economic, housing and transportation opportunities. To create livable communities, we must invest in local infrastructure projects and strengthen positive relationships between transportation, health, energy, environment, housing and education initiatives.

As a member of the Democratic Caucus’ Livable Communities Task Force, I am able to work with other members of Congress to promote legislation that focuses on creating more livable communities and spurs a healthier environment and economy for our citizens. As a member of the Congressional Urban Caucus, I work with other members who represent the nation’s metropolitan areas to formulate ideas on how best to address the challenges faced by cities.

Additionally, I have led the effort to create an Urban Parks Task Force to focus on how the revitalization of urban parks can improve metropolitan areas by providing healthy alternatives to at-risk youth. I introduced the Community Parks Revitalization Act which would assist communities in developing and maintaining community parks in localities across the country. The legislation would provide grants for communities to rehabilitate existing and develop new community parks and recreational infrastructure. Grants could also be used to maintain parks to keep them vibrant for many years to come. 

 

More on Shaping Livable Communities

Oct 17, 2013
I am relieved that Congress has finally broken through the gridlock that initiated the government shutdown. Although 16 days is far too long for this stalemate to have occurred, thousands of American families woke up today knowing that not only can they pay their bills, but the United States of America can continue paying its bills.
Aug 9, 2013
Last Tuesday, July 30th, 8-month-year-old Angelie Paredes was the victim of a senseless tragedy involving an Omni bus (jitney bus). My deepest condolences to the Paredes family during this extremely difficult time.
Aug 7, 2013
Congressman Sires was joined by State Senator Nicholas Sacco (D-32), and several State legislators in West New York, New Jersey at a press conference at the scene of the terrible accident that took the life of eight month old Angelie Paredes. To prevent future accidents and improve public safety, the legislators called for stricter regulations for drivers and bus companies.
Jul 17, 2013
Madam Speaker, I rise today to speak about the Community Parks Revitalization Act. This bipartisan legislation would provide matching funds, and a new loan program to assist our communities in developing or redeveloping parks and recreational facilities.
Jul 9, 2013
Washington, DC- Today, Congressman Sires was joined by mayors and elected officials representing various municipalities along the Hudson River Waterfront. This press conference addressed the growing concern communities throughout the New Jersey 8th Congressional District has had regarding increased helicopter traffic, along with safety issues and quality of life impact.
Jun 17, 2013
Congressman Sires was joined by State Senator Nicholas Sacco (D-32), and several State legislators in West New York, New Jersey at a press conference at the scene of the terrible accident that took the life of eight month old Angelie Paredes. To prevent future accidents and improve public safety, the legislators called for stricter regulations for drivers and bus companies.
Mar 14, 2013
“This bill changes how we pay for natural catastrophes from an after-the-fact emergency appropriation system to a planned, controlled approach,” expressed Congressman Sires. “With the recent events of Superstorm Sandy my state and my region in particular know the devastation these large-scale natural catastrophes bring to our citizens.”

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