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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2006

Schumer Announces $1.25 Million In New Federal Funding Coming To Aid Snowstorm Cleanup Efforts In Erie, Genesee, Niagara And Orleans Counties

Counties Will Use Federal Funds to Provide Temporary Jobs to Assist With Cleanup In The Aftermath of the Snowstorms

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the New York State Department of Labor (NYS DOL) has been awarded $1,246,750 National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The new funding will be used by the NYS DOL to provide temporary jobs to assist with cleanup in Erie, Genesee, Niagara, and Orleans Counties in the aftermath of the severe snowstorm that devastated these counties in October.

"This is great news for the communities of Erie, Genesee, Niagara and Orleans Counties,” Schumer said. "This fall’s unexpected early snow storm took these communities completely by surprise and left a severe damage in its wake. This funding will create new jobs for displaced workers and continue the cleanup efforts so that each county can get back on its feet.”

The NYS DOL will use federal funds to provide temporary jobs in Erie Genesee, Niagara and Orleans Counties to assist with cleanup and recovery in the aftermath of the sever snowstorms that affected these areas this fall. Supportive services for project participants may include child care, transportation assistance, safety equipment, and work-related uniforms. These funds will provide more job opportunities for workers who were dislocated as a result of the severe snowstorms in the targeted counties.

National Emergency Grants (NEG) are discretionary awards by the Secretary of Labor that temporarily expand service capacity at the State and local levels through time-limited funding assistance in response to significant dislocation events. Significant events are those that create a sudden need for assistance that cannot reasonably be expected to be accommodated within the ongoing operations of the formula-funded Dislocated Worker program, including the discretionary resources reserved at the State level.

On October 15, Schumer visited Buffalo immediately following the snowstorm to survey the damage. He successfully urged the President to make a Major Disaster Declaration which released millions of dollars in federal aid for storm victims. Following the storms Schumer was in close contact with FEMA and the SBA to ensure that aid would be available to those whose homes and businesses were damaged.

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