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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 26, 2006

Schumer, Clinton, McHugh Participate In Summit Today To Address Fort Drum Housing Issues

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton and Congressman John M. McHugh (R-NY) today joined in a summit with local community and business leaders and private developers to address housing issues in the Fort Drum area. Schumer, Clinton, and McHugh made the following comments regarding the summit:

“This issue is critical, and we are putting all hands on deck. I am proud to be a partner in helping to provide the federal resources and expertise necessary to make sure we have affordable housing in place for Ft. Drum’s new troops. As a member of the Senate Banking and Housing Committee, I will do everything possible to make sure Fort Drum gets the help it needs. We need to make sure housing is available, safe, and affordable for everyone in the community," said Senator Charles E. Schumer.

“We all need to work together to come up with affordable housing solutions, and I know that the federal government needs to be a partner in solving this problem by providing communities like Fort Drum with the resources that they need to accomplish these goals. I am committed to working on this issue through the Senate Armed Services Committee as well as with my colleagues in the New York Delegation,” said Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

"We are facing a challenge, but it's really a challenge of growth and opportunity," McHugh said. "Today's summit is unprecedented in scope, and brings together all of the relevant federal and state agencies, as well as the Department of the Army, to provide hundreds of private housing developers the tools and the assistance available to help them help us meet this challenge. More than 2,000 new housing units are needed to both meet the Army's needs and alleviate the burden on the rest of the population in the housing market. It is essential that we move out very quickly, deliberately and successfully because, at the end of the day, it will mean hundreds, indeed, thousands of new jobs and more economic expansion for the North Country."

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