March 12, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Announces More Than $500 Million in Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Grants for New York

Investments Will Reduce Emissions, Decrease Energy Consumption, Create Jobs

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced more than $500 million for New York State in Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Grants to help communities, businesses and families reduce harmful emissions, decrease overall energy consumption, create jobs and drive economic growth in the renewable energy sector.  The grants are part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, Senator Gillibrand helped pass last month.

"My number one priority is creating good-paying jobs for New York and getting our economy turned around," Senator Gillibrand said.  "Cutting energy costs, using energy more efficiently, and making smart investments in renewable energy to create a sustainable, clean energy sector here in New York, will create jobs and fuel our state's economic growth for the long term."

The Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Grant Program provides federal grants to states, counties, local governments and tribes to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and make crucial improvements in energy efficiency.  The Recovery Act provided $3.2 billion nationwide to fund these efforts.

"We need to make sure New York gets its fair share of federal dollars," Senator Gillibrand continued.  "For every dollar New York families send to Washington, we only get 79 cents in return.  We need to make sure New York gets the funding it deserves to create the jobs we need and strengthen our economy."

Senator Gillibrand is a strong supporter of President Obama's economic recovery plan, which will save or create more than 215,000 jobs in New York State alone.  In addition to these investments in weatherization and renewable energy, the economic recovery plan will lay the foundation for future economic growth by building new transportation infrastructure, improving health care technology, and investing in our children's education so they're equipped and ready for the jobs of the future.