Assistant Majority Leader Senator John A. Girgenti (D-35) is a key sponsor of legislation which was signed into law on Monday by Governor Chris Christie that will help preserve Paterson’s historic integrity. S2898 appropriates funds from the 2007 and 2009 Historic Preservation Fund to historic preservation projects, among them three sites in the City of Paterson. The funding was approved in 2007 and 2009 through voter referendums.
“I have represented the City of Paterson for over 30 years in the Legislature, and I am pleased to have co-sponsored legislation to allocate funds to maintain historic sites in the Silk City. This funding is well-needed and well-deserved by the citizens of Paterson in order to maintain the integrity of our heritage. We know that any measure of a municipality’s cultural strength relies in part on the strength of their historic sites and landmarks, and I am proud to have led the 35th District effort to bring funding for this purpose to Paterson,” stated Senator Girgenti, who has previously served on the Senate Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee.
The ‘Friends of Hinchcliffe Stadium’ will receive $500,000 for the preservation of the stadium; the Paterson Municipal Utilities Authority will receive $180,000 for the Great Falls Power Plant; and the City of Paterson will receive $50,000 for the Old Paterson Post Office. In total $732,000 will be allocated to Paterson’s historic sites.
“Paterson has a compelling story of its past to tell its citizens and its visitors. The City has such a rich history, and it is embodied in these historic sites. Taking pride in that, it is important that we ensure our landmarks and treasured spots are not forgotten. This legislation provides much more than simple funding. Though we face certain hardships in these times, this legislation provides a glimmer of hope because it shows the continuing resolve of our commitment to not only preserve our history, but to share it with the future.”