New Jersey: Rep. Pascrell Joins Fight for Control of AIDS Funding
May 18, 2005
On Monday in Washington, an aide to Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) met with representatives of AIDS organizations that have proposed changes to the Ryan White CARE Act.
Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Coalition and AIDS Action have put forth a plan for the act, which is up for congressional renewal in September, to follow new federal metropolitan boundaries. The boundaries, which are already used to determine funding for housing and health care programs, would give control of Ryan White funds for Passaic, Bergen and Hudson counties to New York City. The federal Office of Management and Budget placed the three counties in the New York City area for legislative and funding purposes after the 2000 census.
Pascrell will work to gain the support of the full New Jersey congressional delegation for allowing the AIDS money for the three counties to be exempt from the boundary change, according to Sabrina Glavan, his spokesperson.
Members of New Jersey planning councils have launched a drive for an exemption to allow the area to remain autonomous. The Paterson City Council last week joined the effort by unanimously passing a resolution calling on state and federal officials to exempt the Bergen and Passaic planning council from the change.
The Record (Bergen County, N.J.)
05.17.05; Tom Meagher