FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 29, 2007
Schumer, Clinton Announce Key Senate Panel Approves Federal Funding For Projects In Westchester
Federal Funds Award To Projects At The Bronx River, Eastchester Creek, Saw Mill River
Westchester County To Receive Funds For New Surveillance Equipment For Law Enforcement and a New Police Academy
Senators Worked Closely With Committee To Include Funding In Spending Bill
U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved Energy and Water Development FY08 Appropriations Bill which includes $1,000,000 for the Bronx River, $80,000 for Eastchester Creek; and $250,000 for Saw Mill Creek. The Appropriations Committee also approved the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies FY08 Appropriations Bill which includes $100,000 for new video and surveillance equipment for law enforcement in Westchester County. The bills will now proceed to the Senate Floor as the next step in the appropriations process. Schumer and Clinton worked closely with members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year’s spending bill.
“This is great news for Westchester,” said Schumer. “These projects will help Westchester address the perennial flooding which has been getting worse and worse every year. Furthermore, the surveillance equipment for Westchester County will help local law enforcement crack down on crime and increase security. These projects will improve the quality of life for residents in Westchester and I will continue to fight for this critical funding.”
“This could not have come at a better time as we continue to look at the best ways of maintaining our water sources while mitigating the possible impact of future flooding. If we are going to be prepared for heavy rains in the future it is critical that we maintain our dams, our river systems and other essential infrastructure while preserving our natural water sources for generations to come,” Senator Clinton said. “I am also very pleased that funds will be coming to Westchester County for equipment that’s desperately needed for ongoing law enforcement training.”
Westchester County will use the federal funds for surveillance and video equipment for the new Westchester County Police Academy.
Federal funds for the Bronx River and Eastchester Creek will be used for operation and maintenance projects that will be performed by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Another Army Corps project for the region is the Saw Mill River at Elmsford project, which will use funds to execute a design agreement and initiate a General Reevaluation study for the watershed.
Now that the bill has been approved by the full Senate Appropriations Committee, it will be sent to the Senate floor. Following approval by the Senate, the bill will move towards Conference with the House and then to the President for signature.