April 28, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $120,000 for Infrastructure Upgrades for Central New York

Funds for Army Corps of Engineers will Support Job Creation, Critical Infrastructure, Security Enhancements

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $120,000 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take on civil works projects for Central New York.  The federal dollars will help support job creation, rebuild and strengthen critical infrastructure, and enhance security for Central New York. The investments are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Senators Schumer and Gillibrand helped pass earlier this year.

"Investing in Central New York's infrastructure is wise in the short and long run," said Schumer. "These funds will repair our aging infrastructure and create jobs to stimulate the local economy. This is a great use for the economic recovery funds and will improve the quality of life for residents in the area."
"This is great news for Central New York," said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

"These federal dollars will go a long way to upgrade and restore infrastructure across Central New York. This will create jobs across the region and promote long-term economic growth. During these tough economic times, I will continue to work with Senator Schumer to ensure that New York receives its fair share of federal dollars."

$120,000 will be used to update the 2001 "State of the Lake" report for Onondaga Lake, as well as advance an updated study for the Onondaga Lake Watershed.

The funding for these Central New York public works projects is part of a $4.6 billion investment for the Corps of Engineers to improve infrastructure and safety across America - an investment expected to create 57,400 construction jobs directly and an additional 64,000 indirect jobs to supply and support construction projects.

Senators Schumer and Gillibrand are strong supporters of President Obama's economic plan. The investment will help create or save more than 200,000 jobs in New York, while laying the foundation of future economic growth with critical investments in infrastructure, renewable energy, health care technology and education.