Gillibrand: $50 billion push for rural infrastructure would boost NNY

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In front of local leaders and elected officials at the Watertown Family YMCA on Rand Drive, Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y. announced her Rebuild Rural America Act, which is legislation that would invest $50 billion in rural economic development across the country.

The $50 billion could go to infrastructure, schools, hospitals, and small businesses.

The senator and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., announced last week that the Development Authority of the North Country is to receive $14.5 million in funding to expand almost 350 miles of broadband fiber across Upstate New York.

Denise K. Young, CEO of the Watertown Family YMCA, said that they are thankful for the investment being made.

“We appreciate the thoughtful possibilities that Sen. Gillibrand is bringing to rural communities to promote partnerships that create future growth like ours,” she said.

Sen. Gillibrand said small, rural communities are vital to the state overall.

She said the YMCA that is currently being built in downtown Watertown is one that the federal government should support.

“This center will serve as an anchor for downtown Watertown and beyond,” she said.

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