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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2007

Schumer Calls On Feds To Set A Firm Date On Decision To Relocate Ogdensburg Social Security Office Once And For All

With City Officials Ready to Go, Schumer Says Feds Must Stop the Foot Dragging to Ensure Local Residents Continue to Receive Social Security Benefits

Senator Urges General Services Administration to Set a Firm Date to Decide to Start the Long Awaited and Much Needed Project

Today, Senator Charles E. Schumer renewed his call on the General Services Administration (GSA) to relocate the Ogdensburg Social Security Administration (SSA) in to city's downtown center. The long awaited project would move the office to a more central location from Commerce Park to the Old Post Office Building near City Hall. Schumer said the relocated office would be a win-win for local residents, especially social security beneficiaries, because they would benefit from a brand new and much more convenient facility.

"The GSA needs to stop dragging its feet and put this project in motion as soon as possible," Schumer said. "The brand new facility would provide an enormous benefit to Ogdensburg seniors and be a shot in the arm for the entire community. A quick and easy transition would ensure not lost benefits or complications for those who rely on Social Security to get by."

Schumer explained that the move downtown would be beneficial to the entire community as part of downtown's waterfront development and its central location and proximity of many senior citizens, making critical Social Security services more accessible. In addition, Schumer said the SSA, as a major main street tenant, will contribute directly to the vitality of the downtown Ogdensburg community.

City officials have made all necessary preparations to move the SSA office from the remote Commerce Park to the old post office building just steps away from City Hall. This building not only provides a central location for the office; it is a mere two blocks away from two eleven-story seniors only apartment buildings. This, coupled with a bus line, makes the old post office the perfect location for the SSA office.

Schumer said the GSA extended the lease at Commerce Park by nine months, with a month-to-month option following that. While GSA states that it will take at least nine months to relocate the SSA operation, Ogdensburg engineers predict that it would take a mere four months to make the former post office ready for the SSA. A quick and easy transition would ensure no lost benefits or complications for those who rely on the Social Security Administration to survive. The sooner SSA can come downtown, the sooner the SSA beneficiaries of Ogdensburg and the downtown community itself can start to benefit from its new proximity.

Schumer has repeatedly called on the GSA to make this move.

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