U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will provide $2.9 million to West Point through the Department of Defense for facility infrastructure investments and repair projects that will upgrade army military bases in New York State and create jobs. A total of $10.9 million has been administered to New York State military bases.
"These projects are a winwin for West Point and the Hudson Valley that will bring greater investment in these facilities, create jobs, and improve conditions for the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces," said Senator Schumer. "This funding for West Point will vastly improve the infrastructure at the base and at the same time will create jobs to give a much needed economic boost to the Hudson Valley."
"These critical federal dollars will help to upgrade our military facilities while creating goodpaying jobs right here in New York," said Senator Gillibrand. "Creating jobs in New York is my number one priority. This funding will strengthen our economic recovery efforts and ensure our men and women in uniform have the very best facilities and opportunities. They and their families have sacrificed for all of us and owe them for their incredible service."
The United States Military Academy at West Point is a four year coeducational federal service academy located at West Point, New York. Established in 1802, USMA is the oldest of the United States' five service academies. The entire central campus is a national landmark and home to scores of historic sites, buildings, and monuments. The campus is a popular tourist destination complete with a large visitor center and the oldest museum in the United States Army.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will provide $2.9 million to West Point and a total of $10.9 million in funding for military bases in New York State. The projects will immediately create local jobs in communities across New York, while stimulating longterm employment and economic opportunities for the American public.
The funding breaks down as follows:
- $369,099 for B601 Rehab Elevator Car #2
- $1,500,000 to Repair Crandall Fitness Centerheat and fire suppression systems
- $750,000 to Demolish Dunover Court Buildings B134,136,139,142
- $237,537 to Replace Existing Security Fence
This Recovery Act funding addresses some of the unique economic pressures faced by American service members across the nation. These kinds of investments in military construction will further President Obama's goal of providing stimulus to the economy while helping to improve the quality of life for our troops and their families.