Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Announces $14 Million for Westchester and Rockland

February 25, 2009
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), a senior member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, today announced the Omnibus Appropriations Act contains millions in federal funding she requested for urgent priorities in Westchester and Rockland Counties.

“I am thrilled to have successfully included funding in this legislation for important projects that will improve the economy, health, education, and safety of communities in Westchester and Rockland Counties,” said Lowey. “In these tough economic times, ensuring New York gets its fair share of federal investment will improve our communities and help mitigate local property tax increases.”

The Omnibus Appropriations Act contains nine Fiscal Year 2009 appropriations bills not yet enacted into law, including the Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee, on which Lowey is the second most senior Democrat, and the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, of which Lowey is the Chairwoman.

Congress will consider the Omnibus Appropriations Act this week.

The Omnibus Appropriations Act contains the following federal investments in towns and villages in Westchester and Rockland Counties:
• $400,000 for a 3-1-1 communications system for the Yonkers Police Department
• $206,000 each for Sound Shore Medical Center and Blythedale Children’s Hospital to implement electronic medical records systems
• $138,000 for the Haverstraw-Stony Point Central School District to improve English language skills for ESL students
• $400,000 for a records management and computer-aided dispatch system for the New Rochelle Police Department
• $130,000 for a communications network and public alert system for the New Castle Police Department
• $167,000 for to revitalize the shoreline in the Village of Tarrytown
• $500,000 for sewer improvements to mitigate flooding in the Village of Mamaroneck
• $350,000 for stormwater infrastructure to mitigate flooding in the Village of Pelham
• $665,000 for ferry pier upgrades in the Village of Haverstraw
• $118,750 to make lighting and pedestrian improvements at Hartsdale Hamlet Center in the Town of Greenburgh
• $285,000 to make lighting and pedestrian improvements in the City of White Plains
• $95,000 to improve pedestrian access in Carroll Park in Mount Pleasant
• $380,000 to make pedestrian, lighting, and landscaping improvements in the Town of Eastchester
• $285,000 to increase traffic safety and reduce congestion in the Town of Harrison
• $1,670,000 for law enforcement throughout the 18th Congressional District to purchase equipment and conduct training, including:
o $250,000 for equipment and training for Westchester County
o $250,000 for interoperable communications equipment for Rockland County
o $76,000 for equipment and training for the Greenburgh Police Department
o $40,000 for video systems for Ardsley Police Department police cars
o $45,000 for a fingerprint reader for Dobbs Ferry Police Department
o $35,000 for equipment and training for Sleepy Hollow Police Department
o $30,000 for equipment and training for Briarcliff Manor Police Department
o $50,000 for Elmsford Police Department to purchase closed circuit cameras
o $56,500 for Hastings Police Department to purchase vehicle recorders and radar units
o $35,000 for Irvington Police Department to purchase a license plate reader
o $59,100 for police equipment for Tarrytown Village
o $52,000 for Mount Pleasant Police Department to purchase interoperable radios
o $25,000 for Pleasantville Police Department for a digital imaging system
o $41,400 for North Castle Town Police Department to purchase mobile recoding equipment
o $30,000 for Town of Ossining Police Department to purchase license plate readers
o $45,000 for equipment and training for Village of Ossining Police Department
o $25,000 for equipment and training for Pelham Manor Police Department
o $30,000 for Mamaroneck Town Police Department to purchase a closed circuit television monitoring system
o $20,000 for Larchmont Police Department to purchase a license plate reader
o $30,000 for equipment and training for the City of Rye Police Department
o $20,000 for a fingerprint reader for Scarsdale Police Department
o $75,000 for Tuckahoe Village Police Department to purchase a firearms simulator for police training
o $100,000 for equipment and training for White Plains Police Department
o $100,000 for the Rockland County Sheriff to purchase inmate tracking equipment for use within the county jail
o $100,000 for Clarkstown Police Department to upgrade its communications system
o $50,000 for equipment and training for Haverstraw Police Department

Congresswoman Lowey secured the following funding for New York State, counties, and organizations:
• $206,000 for the Westchester County Association to implement a health information technology system
• $750,000 for public park capital projects in parks along the Hudson River
• $63,867 for the Women’s Enterprise Development Center to train prospective small business owners
• $809,000 for Westchester County to construct a laboratory to detect and track infectious diseases
• $133,000 to prevent further degradation of the Long Island Sound Watershed
• $382,000 to restore natural habitats in the Bronx River Basin
• $712,500 for bus maintenance facility renovations in Westchester County
• $3,000,000 for the Environmental Protection Agency to restore the Long Island Sound
• $95,000 for the Medicare Rights Center to conduct interactive health care workshops for seniors
• $143,000 for the Wildlife Conservation Society for the recruitment and training of science teachers
• $714,000 for equipment upgrades at New York-Presbyterian Hospital
• $332,500 to improve the Bronx Zoo Intermodal Facility

Congresswoman Lowey secured the following funding for local schools and New York colleges:
• $133,000 for the Pace University Land Use Law Center to train local officials to make cost-effective and environmentally sound land-use decisions
• $150,000 for the Cornell University Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors Program
• $138,000 for the Bronxville Public School to equip science laboratories
• $138,000 for academic enrichment activities in the Yonkers Public Schools
• $138,000 for the Tuckahoe Union Free School District to develop a pre-kindergarten program
• $138,000 for academic enrichment activities and teacher development in the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District

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