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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2009

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $110,000 IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY FUNDS FOR CHURUBUSCO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, FUNDING WILL SUPPORT FIRST RESPONDER EFFORTS, CREATE JOBS


Recovery Funds Will be Used to Enhance Emergency Services and Systems in Clinton County, Provide Much-Needed Equipment and Vehicles

Funding Part of $60 Million for Community Facilities and Emergency Responder Projects Across the Country

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture will provide $110,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to the Churubusco Volunteer Fire Department through the USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities program. Funding will be used for emergency services and systems, and fire and rescue equipment including fire vehicles. The funding is part of $60 million in community facilities and emergency responder projects that will create of save more than 1,350 jobs across the country.
 
“This is great news for the Churubusco Volunteer Fire Department and the volunteers who work tirelessly to protect the residents of Clinton County,” said Schumer. “These Recovery Act funds will help support our first responder efforts by providing them with the resources they need to do their jobs well. The funding will also help save and create jobs to provide an economic boost to the local economy.”
 
“The Churubusco Volunteer Fire Department are on the frontlines protecting our families and community,” Senator Gillibrand said. “This federal investment will support job creation and arm our first responders with the tools and resources they need to keep our families safe. I will continue working with Senator Schumer and our Congressional Delegation to make sure New York gets its fair share of federal dollars.”  
 
The USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities program helps finance and develop essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities include childcare centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation. Through its Community Facilities program, USDA ensures that such facilities are available to all rural residents. These funds are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations, and recognized Indian tribes.
 
The Churubusco Volunteer Fire Department will receive a total of $110,000 through the program.
           
President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) into law on Feb. 17, 2009. It is designed to jumpstart the nation’s economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.
           
More information about USDA’s Recovery Act efforts is available at www.usda.gov/recovery.  More information about the Federal government's efforts on the Recovery Act is available at www.recovery.gov.

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