FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2008
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES BIG WIN IN SECURING DOWNTOWN LOCATION FOR NEW OGDENSBURG SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced a huge victory for Ogdensburg in its push to relocate the Social Security Administration to the city’s central business district, as the General Services Administration (GSA) signs a lease today on a new location. The long-awaited project will move the office to a more central location from
“Persistence really does pay off. I am so glad we could work to get the GSA to stop dragging its feet and put this project into motion so that we can boost Downtown Ogdensburg, even as we make life a little easier for our seniors and the disabled,” Schumer said. “This new facility will be a huge benefit to Ogdensburg seniors and will be a shot in the arm for the entire community. Now we can quickly transition into the new office and ensure we don’t lose benefits or complications for those who rely on Social Security to make ends meet.”
Schumer has repeatedly called on the GSA to move the Ogdensburg SSA office from
In response to the GSA’s sluggishness in relocating the office, Schumer called on the GSA in February to move forward as quickly as possible.
Today, Schumer announced the GSA is signing its lease for a new, centrally located SSA office. Schumer said the new building will not provide a central location for the office in the city’s central business district.
Schumer said the move downtown would be beneficial to the entire community as part of downtown's waterfront development and its central location and proximity of many senior citizens, making critical Social Security services more accessible. In addition, Schumer said the SSA, as a major main street tenant, will contribute directly to the vitality of the downtown Ogdensburg community.