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Today, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that they have secured $12,751,752 for critical local projects across the Capital Region in the soon-to-pass FY2024 spending bill. The senators personally secured funding for these projects as congressionally directed spending requests. 

“From investments in critical water system upgrades to paving the way for vital affordable housing units in Troy, and for our disabled population, this funding will improve the quality of life for Capital Region communities, revitalize the economy, and create good-paying jobs,” said Senator Schumer. “The nearly $13 million I delivered means a brighter future for the City of Albany to finally redevelop the Lincoln Square property, and UAlbany to develop the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. Capital Region communities will get their shovels working to build key infrastructure, and will access new vital family services and so much more to ensure the vitality of the region for years to come.”

“Today, we are committing to putting millions toward developing affordable housing, revitalizing water infrastructure, and investing in daycares and community centers across the Capital Region,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I’m proud to have fought to secure this funding, and I’ll continue to work tirelessly to make sure the Capital Region’s families, workers, and businesses have what they need to thrive.”

A full list of funded projects is below

$3 Million for the City of Albany Lincoln Square Redevelopment Project:

Funding will go to the Phase 1 portion of the Lincoln Square Redevelopment Project. Phase 1 will consist of the demolition of the three surplus, vacant Lincoln Square Homes towers owned by Albany Housing Authority (AHA), and subsequent remediation of the site. This investment would prepare the site for redevelopment over the next several years.

$2 Million for Fulton County’s Consolidated Regional Sewer System Project:

Funding will be used to help consolidate existing municipal and private wastewater treatment plants into a regional sewer system and expand service throughout the county.

$1.693 Million for Town of Poestenkill to Create a New Water District:

Funding will be used to help create a new water district to respond to elevated levels of PFAS in the well water supply. The proposed extension will address the immediate need to provide clean drinking water and protect the health and safety of more than 670 students, school staff, and hundreds of residents in the surrounding area.

$1.549 Million for the Center for Disability Services, Inc. – Green Housing for Individuals with Disabilities to Age in Place:

Funding go toward a supervised one-story residence to address the "aging in place" initiative, specifically for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The residence will also meet federal carbon reduction goals.

$1.25 Million for the University at Albany Cybersecurity Incident Response Studio (CREST):

Funding will be used to purchase AI equipment necessary to outfit the Cybersecurity Incident Response Studio and create faculty and staff lines fundamental to managing the studio's primary function of training and research.

$1 Million for the Troy Housing Authority to Revitalize Taylor 3&4 Apartment Towers:

Funding will go toward the demolition of the old Taylor 3 & 4 apartment towers and site preparation to allow for the development of 250+ units of affordable housing for families and 35,400 square feet of community and commercial space.

$1 Million for the Southern Saratoga YMCA:

Funding will support infrastructure and building improvements, allowing the facility to serve more seniors, youths, and teens.

$959,752 for the Village of Ravena for Drinking Water System Improvements:

Funding will allow the village to rehabilitate and replace outdated drinking water infrastructure and install water meters on residential water service connections throughout the village.

$300,000 for the Nelliston School Daycare:

Funding will help open a daycare center to serve communities in and around Montgomery County, many of which have few existing child care options.