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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2007

Schumer And Clinton Announce Crucial Funding For Southern Tier Included In Omnibus Bill

Funds Included as Part of the Fiscal Year 2008 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Expected to Pass the House Tonight and the Senate Tomorrow

Schumer and Clinton Fought to Secure Funding to Increase Economic Development, Health Care Services and Transportation across the Southern Tier

Washington, DC — Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today welcomed funding for projects in New York’s Southern Tier included in the Fiscal Year 2008 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. The omnibus bill, which includes 11 appropriations bills, will go before the House and Senate for final passage this week before being sent the President for signature.

“These projects are crucial to fueling economic growth across the Southern Tier and for giving local residents top-notch services in education and protecting local properties,” said Senator Schumer. “By investing in these vital projects, we ensure that the Southern Tier continues to lure new businesses and tourists to the region, while ensuring families have the first-class services they need.”

“I am proud that these funds will help support critical investments in the Southern Tier. I’m pleased that my colleagues in the Congress have joined me in recognizing the importance of these investments in New York’s people, economy, and infrastructure,” said Senator Clinton.

The Omnibus Appropriations bill includes funding for the following projects for New York’s Southern Tier:

• Rural Justice Institute at Alfred University -- $752,000
• Water Systems Improvement, Village of Sidney -- $295,320
• Susquehanna River Environmental Restoration and Low Flow -- $100,000
• Upper Susquehanna River Basin Environmental Restoration, Cooperstown -- $102,000


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