Lowey Announces More Than $7,600 for Two Local Fire Departments to Respond to COVID-19

July 24, 2020
Press Release

Federal funds can be used for PPE, cleaning supplies, and other equipment to combat the coronavirus in New York

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today announced $7,605.91 in federal funding for the Nanuet and Mount Kisco Fire Departments. The money comes from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Supplemental Program (AFG-S) funded in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Nanuet Board of Fire Commissioners will receive $5,984.92, and the Village/Town of Mount Kisco will receive $1,620.99. These supplemental fiscal year 2020 funds can be used for personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies, and life-saving supplies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fire Departments are facing unprecedented challenges managing additional COVID-related calls in addition to regular duties, and we must ensure they have the resources to serve their communities safely and effectively,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “Firefighters working in the midst of a pandemic deserve all of the protection we can provide. Access to PPE is absolutely critical, and I am so grateful that those working in our community fire departments can keep themselves safe as well as those they serve.”

“The Nanuet Fire District would like to thank Congresswoman Lowey for the recent award of the COVID-19 FEMA Grant,” said Daniel Maloney, Nanuet Fire District Commissioner. “The monies from this grant will be used to purchase much needed disinfecting supplies and personal protective equipment to ensure the safety of our volunteers as they continue to serve the Nanuet community. Congresswoman Lowey has once again shown her support to this Fire District as well as to the residents of Nanuet.”

“Mount Kisco is grateful for Congresswoman Lowey's continued leadership on issues affecting our first responders,” said Gina D. Picinich, Mayor of Mount Kisco. “These funds will help the Village offset some of the costs associated with our response to the current pandemic. PPE and cleaning supplies were difficult to obtain while New York was on the wrong side of the curve, and our Fire Department budgets were already tight. These funds will help our first responders receive life-saving equipment and materials.”

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.