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Schumer, Clinton: $780,000 For New Waterfront Development In Brewerton Included In Final Urban Development Bill

Funding Included in Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Bill Approved by House-Senate Conferees Today

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced the HouseSenate Conference Committee has agreed on a final version of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (TTHUD) FY08 Appropriations Bill, which includes $780,000 for the Hamlet of Brewerton's Revitalization and Redevelopment project. The bill now goes to the full House and Senate for final approval before heading to the President for his signature.

"Brewerton's drive to reinvigorate the Oneida Lake waterfront is one of the most exciting projects in the region," said Senator Schumer. "Clearing another hurdle in the appropriations process brings us that much closer to securing funds that will support this project and jumpstart economic development. These improvements will bring new business and jobs to the entire area and improve the quality of life for both residents and visitors from neighboring communities."

"This is wonderful news for Brewerton, and it is the next critical step that brings us closer to making the revitalization and redevelopment the Oneida Lake waterfront a reality. The improvements to sidewalks and other public areas that will be made possible with these funds will help create the potential to increase tourism and boost the local economy, while contributing to the already exceptional quality of life in the region," said Senator Clinton. "The passage of this bill by the conference committee is an important step to realizing these goals, and I look forward to the President signing this bill into law."

The Revitalization and Redevelopment of the Hamlet of Brewerton project will receive $780,000 of federal funds to revitalize and redevelop the Hamlet of Brewerton by upgrading the sidewalks, street lamps, and access areas. The Hamlet of Brewerton is located in the Town of Cicero. Brewerton encompasses approximately 3.2 square miles, with a substantial portion of the Hamlet fronting on the shores of Oneida Lake and the canal system. Brewerton will use these funds to revitalize and further develop the community. These funds will be the impetus for taking the long neglected area of the Brewerton waterfront and changing it to a thriving and bustling area. By doing so, significant new jobs would be created, property values would be greatly increased, and people in the northern suburbs of Onondaga County and southern suburbs of Oswego County would be able to enjoy a vibrant waterfront community.

The bill now goes to the full House and Senate for final approval before heading to the President for his signature.