Samuelson announces $612,567 in state funding for Bethlehem, Bethlehem Township

NORTHAMPTON, May 25 – State Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, today announced the award of $312,567 in state funding for local EMS, law enforcement and recreation projects and $300,000 for blight remediation in the 135th Legislative District.

Samuelson said the following local projects are receiving state funding through grants approved by the Commonwealth Finance Authority at its meeting today:

  • $300,000 – City of Bethlehem - The Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority was awarded Blight Remediation Program funds for three blight remediation projects located in the city. Funds will be used for renovations, demolition, environmental cleanup, permitting, acquisition, site preparation and administrative costs.
  • $160,000 – City of Bethlehem to purchase maintenance equipment for the Bethlehem municipal golf course. The funding will pay for lawn maintenance and upkeep.
  • $85,120 – Bethlehem Township – The Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Co. Emergency Medical Services to purchase a replacement AED defibrillator and stretcher.
  • $67,447 – Bethlehem Township to purchase a 2020 F-150 Police Responder with K-9 upgrades and equipment for the Bethlehem Township Police Department.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development and holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments made through several state grant programs. The grants awarded today were funded through the Blight Remediation Program and the Local Share Account (Northampton and Lehigh counties) authorized under the Gaming Act. Samuelson worked with state Sen. Lisa Boscola on the grants for Bethlehem and Bethlehem Township.