Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $2.2 Million In Northern Border Regional Commission Funding For Upstate New York

Aug 9, 2017

Washington, DC – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2.2 million in federal funding for six projects aimed at improving the economy in Upstate New York. The funding was allocated through the Northern Border Regional Commission’s (NBRC) Economic & Infrastructure Development Investment Program to support infrastructure projects and other initiatives that create jobs, support entrepreneurs, and strengthen the economy in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Clinton, Oswego, and Madison counties.

“The Northern Border Commission has a special role to play spurring economic development and creating jobs.  This funding will provide support to communities across Upstate New York, working to complete priority projects,” said Senator Schumer. “I am proud to support this essential funding in congress and will continue to fight to ensure it supports critical projects across Upstate New York.”

“These NBRC funds will help boost the local economy, revitalize our communities, attract new businesses, and create new good-paying jobs,” said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Environment & Public Works Committee. “I will continue to fight for this funding in the Senate to help our local communities make the necessary investments in transportation and water infrastructure, and help create new business opportunities along the northern border region of New York State.”

“The Town of Plattsburgh is elated to receive support for our Water Capital Plan. These funds will directly impact our ability to address the health/safety, economic sustainability, and manage the continued development interests in our town,” said Michael S. Cashman, Plattsburgh Town Supervisor. “The Northern Border Regional Commission supports our position as the Economic Hub of the North County and a regional source for water. We are extremely appreciative of the partnership with Senator Gillibrand who aided in securing these funds.”

The NBRC is a federal-state partnership focused on the economic revitalization of communities across the Northern Border region, which includes northern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. The Commission is composed of the governors of the four Northern Border states and a federal co-chair, and provides financial and technical assistance to communities in the region to support entrepreneurs, improve water, broadband, and transportation infrastructure, and promote other initiatives to improve the region’s economy. In the last seven years, NBRC has funded projects to 153 public and nonprofit recipients totaling over $30 million. The northern border region of New York State includes 14 counties: Cayuga, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Fulton, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Seneca.

Below is a breakdown of funding awards.



Project Description


St. Lawrence County

St. Lawrence County

Funding will be used to redevelop and re-establish safe access to rail infrastructure at the former Jones & Laughlin (J&L) Steel site.



Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency

Jefferson County

Funding will be used to construct 12,060 linear feet of natural gas line; 15,160 linear feet of electric service; 3,400 linear feet of water main; 1,800 linear feet of wastewater lines; and 4,960 linear feet of road necessary to establish a new business park adjacent to the Watertown International Airport.


Ogdensburg Growth Fund Development Corporation

St. Lawrence County

Funding will be used to cover subordinate loans to businesses that are creating new jobs in the community, with emphasis on business development within the City’s NYS Designated Brownfield Opportunity Area.


Town of Plattsburgh

Clinton County

Funding will be used to install two 12-inch water production wells and a new treatment building for chlorination and fluoridation.


City of Fulton

Oswego County

Funding will be used to size, furnish, and install over 3800 linear feet of 8” water mains and 12” sewer mains, and update storm sewer lines on a former 24 acre manufacturing site.


Town of Nelson

Madison County

Funding will be used to build a 16,500 foot extension of the public water main and pump station, and a storage tank will be constructed to service a water district east of the Village of Cazenovia.