TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Nicholas P. Scutari that would appropriate $537,965 for the renovation of two academic halls at Kean University in Elizabeth was approved by the full Senate today.
“I am extremely pleased that we are one step closer to making this investment in Kean University,” said Senator Scutari. “As an alumnus, I appreciate what this institution is capable of, and I realize the necessity of continuing the State’s strong support.”
The bill, S-1682, would appropriate money from the voter approved Jobs, Education and Competitiveness Bond Fund to refurbish academic buildings on Kean’s campus. According to Senator Scutari, the university originally received an appropriation from the fund for the construction of an academic building, but the project was completed under budget. S-1682 would allow the remaining money to be used for reconstruction projects in Hemmings, a general academic hall and Vaughn Eames, a theater and arts building, added Senator Scutari.
Senator Scutari noted that the fund was created in 1988 for the purpose of construction, reconstruction, development, extension, improvement and equipment of classrooms, academic buildings, libraries, computer facilities and other higher education buildings at New Jersey’s public and private institutions of higher education.
“Kean University is an anchor of academic life in Union County, and an institution that we can all be proud of,” said Senator Scutari. “This legislation will ensure that we can maintain and expand that reputation.”
The bill now heads to the Assembly for consideration.