Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $160,000 to Improve National Park in the Capital Region

Apr 22, 2009

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $159,000 to make critical improvements to National Parks in the Capital Region, including Martin Van Buren and Saratoga National Parks. The funds will support job creation and provide critical improvements to the historic sites, and are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Senators Gillibrand and Schumer helped pass earlier this year.

“New York’s rich history is a key part of what makes it such a great place to live,” said Senator Schumer.  “These funds will help preserve and protect Martin Van Buren and Saratoga National Parks for our children and our grandchildren to enjoy.”

“This is great news for Martin Van Buren and Saratoga National Parks,” Senator Gillibrand said.  “As New Yorkers, we cherish our parks and historic sites.  These funds will go a long way in making the improvements our parks need, while supporting our economic recovery. I pledge to continue working with Senator Schumer and the entire New York Delegation to make sure New York gets its fair share of federal dollars.”

Martin Van Buren National Park will receive $95,000 to restore the basement floor of the historic site. Saratoga National Park will receive $64,000 to help rehabilitate Ranger Station.

The funds for the Capital Region’s National Parks are part of a $750 million investment in parks across the country to support job creation and help enhance the experience for visitors, while conserving our nation’s heritage and history for future generations.

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 for future economic growth with critical investments in infrastructure, renewable energy, health care technology and education.
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