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Representatives Continue Bipartisan Work to Help New York Communities Rebuild from Pandemic 

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Anthony Brindisi today announced a $200,000 National Science Foundation grant for Binghamton University to help bolster their coronavirus research program. Schumer, Gillibrand, and Brindisi secured the funds earlier this year through the bipartisan CARES Act.

The funding is part of the National Science Foundation’s Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant program, which allows the foundation to promote research that addresses an urgent need, like the coronavirus pandemic.

“The coronavirus pandemic has shown that we must continue to invest in scientific research, especially at our world-class New York universities like Binghamton,” said Senator Schumer. “In order to recover from and prepare for a post-COVID future, we must trust in the science and researchers who are working around the clock to help us better understand the virus and how to keep us safe from it. I will continue to fight tooth and nail for investments into scientific research that bring us closer to beating back the virus.”

“In order to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to invest in scientific research that will lead us to effective treatments,said Senator Gillibrand. “Researchers and scientists at Binghamton University are at the forefront of critical research fighting this outbreak and finding new therapies. I am thankful that this premier institution will continue its important work to help keep New Yorkers and patients across the nation safe.”

“The best way to get out of this crisis is by following the science, and that’s why research dollars like these are more critical than ever,” said Congressman Brindisi. “From the Upstate manufacturers stepping up to produce PPE for our frontline workers to our incredible research institutions like Binghamton University, it’s all hands on deck during this pandemic. Our communities are working together to take care of each other and I’ll keep working to deliver more relief to New York’s 22nd District.”

Schumer and Gillibrand played important roles in securing billions for New York during negotiations for the CARES Act in the Senate. Brindisi has worked with Democrats and Republicans to secure more than $155 million in emergency aid for New York’s 22nd District throughout the coronavirus pandemic.