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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2009

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OMNIBUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL INCLUDES $475,000 FOR CLARKSTOWN REDEVELOPMENT


Funding Would Revamp Sidewalks and Other Infrastructure in Clarkstown

Bill Set to Clear Senate Next Week

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Omnibus appropriations bill includes $475,000 for the Town of Clarkstown.  The funding would revitalize areas of South Main Street and New Hamlet Housing Center through renovations of sidewalks, drains, benches, traffic lights, garbage receptacles and other infrastructure.  The bill will now proceed to the House and Senate Floors as the next steps in the appropriations process. Schumer worked closely with members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill.
 
"This is terrific news for Clarkstown," said Schumer.  "Investment in Clarkstown's infrastructure will promote economic development and encourage a safe and pedestrian-friendly atmosphere for generations to come. I will fight tooth-and-nail to see these funds through the appropriations process."
 
“Revitalizing Clarkstown is key to our economic growth,” said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “New York needs all the federal dollars we can get to help support the State’s infrastructure and create jobs for our communities. I will continue to work with Senator Schumer to ensure that New York receives its fair share.”
 
In Clarkstown, funding would support the revitalization of South Main Street and New City Hamlet Center with the reconstruction of sidewalks, catch basins, drainage improvements and roadways along with the installation of benches, decorative lamps and traffic signals, trash receptacles, signalized pedestrian cross walks and landscaping.
  
The House is expected to vote on the bill tomorrow with the Senate set to vote next week.

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