Lowey Announces More Than $4,000 for Spring Valley Fire Department to Respond to COVID-19

August 19, 2020
Press Release

Funds can be used for PPE, sanitizing supplies, and other equipment to combat the coronavirus pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today announced $4,110.59 in federal funding for the Village of Spring Valley’s Fire Department. The money comes from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program – COVID-19 Supplemental (AFG-S) funded in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These fiscal year 2020 funds can be used for personal protective equipment (PPE) and related supplies for the Spring Valley’s Fire Department to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our first responders across the Lower Hudson Valley protect residents in the direst times, and we must ensure that they have the necessary equipment to keep the public and themselves safe,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “This Assistance to Firefighters Grant will enable Spring Valley’s Fire Department to access critical resources to better meet the needs of the community. It is not only essential that we equip our firefighters with the resources they need for the current health emergency, but we must also build and support resiliency in the face of future pandemics and crises.”

“The AFG-S award will provide the much-needed financial relief our fire department needs to maintain operational effectiveness while also continuing to provide our residents with the supplies needed to fight the virus,” said Nida Sharif, Director of Spring Valley’s Community Development. “We want to thank Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s advocacy on behalf of our community and her assistance in battling this pandemic. We also want to thank FEMA and the AFG Program for providing our fire department with the opportunity to apply for funding during this crisis.”

As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey led the House in negotiations with Senate Republicans and the Trump Administration to secure this funding in addition to tens of billions in federal assistance that will protect New York families, keep small businesses afloat, and stem the spread of COVID-19 so the Lower Hudson Valley can fully recover as quickly as possible.