April 15, 2009

Senators Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Up to $15 Million for Clean-up Projects for Long Island

Federal Dollars Will Accelerate Projects in Garden City and Port Jefferson

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced up to $15 million for hazardous waste clean-up projects on Long Island. The funding is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Senators Gillibrand and Schumer helped pass in February, and will help accelerate hazardous waste clean-up projects already underway at Old Roosevelt Field in Garden City and Lawrence Aviation in Port Jefferson.

“By investing our federal dollars in hazardous waste cleanup projects, we ensure continued job creation and essential environmental cleanup on Long Island,” said Schumer. “Cleaning up these hazardous waste sites will ensure a cleaner, brighter future for generations to come, and, it will bring jobs to help boost the local economy on Long Island.”

 “This is great news for Long Island,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This funding will accelerate cleanup of these Superfund sites that will promote local economic growth and protect the environment. I will continue working with Senator Schumer and our Congressional Delegation to make sure New York gets its fair share of federal dollars.”

The clean-up project at Old Roosevelt Field will receive between $5 and $10 million in federal funding, and Lawrence Aviation will receive up to $5 million in federal funding.

Senators Schumer and Gillibrand are proud supporters of President Obama’s economic recovery plan, which will save or create more than 215,000 jobs in New York State alone. The economic recovery plan will lay the foundation for future economic growth by building new transportation infrastructure, improving health care technology, investing in development of renewable energy and supporting investments in public education.