Belleville received three donated SUVs from the NY/NJ Port
Authority that will be used to replace vehicles in the aging Police SUV fleet
Belleville Township Manager Kevin Esposito said the donated vehicles include a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban, 2006 Ford Explorer and 2005 Ford Escape.
"Although the donated vehicles are not new, they are in great shape and are replacing SUVs that are nearly 20 years old which carry a significant maintenance burden,” Esposito said in an email. “Not only have we upgraded vehicles in the fleet, but the Township will save money on vehicle upkeep and repair."
The vehicle donations were made possible through the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey's vehicle donation program, which allows the Port Authority to donate equipment such as vehicles to municipalities that can demonstrate need.
“These vehicle donations save the Township money, and more importantly allow our police force the tools to continue keeping Belleville safe,” Belleville Councilman Vincent Cozzarelli said.
Belleville Mayor Raymond Kimble noted that Belleville provided emergency response services throughout a large section of the Port District, including duties stretches of U.S. Route 22, and NJ State Routes 21, 3 and 7.
“These vehicles will serve us well in attending to these duties, and I am extremely grateful for their receipt." Mayor Raymond Kimble said.