U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $32,000 in federal funding for the Village of Canisteo in Steuben County. The funding was allocated through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development Agency’s Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant program. Specifically, the federal funding will be used to acquire a new ambulance, which will serve Canisteo, Hartsville and Howard, equipped with a cot and loading system.
“This federal investment is a major victory for the Village of Canisteo and public safety in Steuben County,” said Senator Schumer. “With this funding from the USDA Rural Development Agency’s Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant program, the Village of Canisteo will be able to acquire a new ambulance, to ensure our courageous first responders are better equipped to efficiently answer the call of any emergency and save lives. I am proud to announce this federal investment and will continue to fight to make sure that rural communities have the tools and facilities needed to thrive.”
“I am proud to announce this funding for the Village of Canisteo, which will be able to purchase a new ambulance to help keep communities in Steuben County safe,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Our hardworking first responders put their lives on the line every day, and I will do everything I can in the Senate to ensure that they have the resources they need.”
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. This funding is awarded through the Rural Development Agency’s Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant program. The program provides federal funding to rural communities, in the form of loans or grants, to improve critical community facilities. Specifically, the program emphasizes projects in the spaces of health care, education and public safety.