FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2008
SCHUMER COMPLETES RECORD TENTH-IN-A-ROW 62-COUNTY TOUR WITH VISIT TO MADISON COUNTY -DISCUSSES HOW NEW OBAMA ECONOMIC STIMULUS WILL BE BOON FOR CNY GREEN JOBS & BUSINESSES
With Economy in Dire Straights, County Leaders, Green Business Owners, to Join Schumer In Outlining Insufficient Sewer-Water Systems, Deteriorating Roads, Bridges & Facilities
Senator to Detail How Billions In New Funding for Critical Projects in Stimulus a Win-Win-Win for Madison County and CNY - Quickly Complete Overdue Projects, Create Good, Green Jobs and Prime the Pump of the Local Economy
Schumer: Funding Should Be Targeted to "Shovel Ready" Projects That Go Hand-in-Hand With Local Green Initiatives - Conserve Resources, Put People Back to Work, Reduce Reliance on Fossil Fuels
With the national economy reeling and vital infrastructure projects in Madison County and Central New York in danger of being shelved, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that he is going to push for billions of dollars in new federal funding to upgrade local infrastructure projects, boost green businesses, and create jobs in Madison County and across the country as part of the federal economic stimulus package now being drawn up by President-Elect Obama and Congress.
At the Madison County Landfill Gas-to-Energy Facility, Schumer discussed the economic stimulus plan with Chairman of Madison County Board of Supervisors John Becker, State Senator Dave Valesky, and other local elected officials, economic development and industry reps and educational leaders.
“The stimulus package isn’t just a way to prime our economic pump. It will also jump start long neglected infrastructure projects – that create hundreds of jobs - in
The next economic stimulus package, which could be as large as $5
Schumer said that as the nation works to wean itself off foreign sources of energy, we must invest in domestic infrastructure that allows the county to harness domestic and renewable sources of energy – and create jobs. A new focus on building solar panels, wind farms, fuel-efficient cars, and more alternative energy technologies will boost local jobs, businesses and the economy. The jobs would also be created through business incentives for energy alternatives and environmentally-friendly technologies, such as those at the
The landfill gas to energy process utilizes methane from the County’s landfill to produce electricity and will start up in mid-January 2
Schumer also said today that
The next economic package is much-needed, Schumer said, noting the ailing sewer-water network in
Additionally, job creation has been dismal as the economic turmoil continues to take its toll. In
Schumer said that the purposes of the economic stimulus package will be to create jobs and prime the pump of the national economy, while boosting environmentally sound projects by investing billions in the upgrading of antiquated infrastructure. Schumer said this will be a boon for local green businesses and jobs across
Schumer said the package will focus on immediate, traditional infrastructure projects to jumpstart the economy but will also include longer-term measures to safeguard the environment. After receiving a first hand view of the Madison County Landfill Gas to Energy Facility, Schumer said the new renewable energy park would have a beneficial impact on both jobs and the environment, a critical component in his push for a second stimulus package. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently endorsed landfill gas as an environmentally wise alternative energy resource that reduces the country's reliance on fossil fuels like coal and oil. Landfill gas is also an important source of waste-based, renewable energy that can generate distributed base load power. In addition to the
Below are a few examples of projects and businesses in
In anticipation of the new administration's economic recovery focus, state and local governments have begun to compile a list of shovel ready projects that would be eligible for this funding. Though the specific process hasn’t been finalized, the federal funding would be awarded through the federal agencies directly to the state and local governments. Schumer said this process will be fast-tracked because the money needs to be put to work quickly to help turn the economy around.
Schumer said that this month, as Congress and the next Administration draw up the economic stimulus package, he will push to ensure that not only is there a significant portion of the funding allotted for water and sewer projects in addition to road and bridge projects, but that these projects place a strong emphasis on environmental health.