Backed up by steamfitters’ union members, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (left) visited Queensbury in February 2012 to talk about his efforts to obtain a federal grant to bankroll technical training in hazardous materials cleanup. Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond (right), welcomed Schumer to the city's Tech Meadows Industrial Park where such training might be conducted. This Thursday Feb. 20, Schumer is to visit Glens Falls to announce he's lobbying for a $700,000 grant to fund cleanup of six high-priority brownfield sites in Glens Falls, which he says pose a potential hazard to public health and safety.
Photo by Thom Randall.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer will be visiting Glens Falls tomorrow, Thursday Feb. 20, to announce he's seeking federal funds for cleanup of brownfields in Glens Falls, according to a press alert issued Wednesday afternoon by his staff.
The statement cites that Glens Falls has a variety of abandoned buildings and properties that once hosted textile mills, dry cleaning operations and other manufacturing facilities that employed hazardous chemicals and need to be cleaned up.
Schumer's statement says he will be lobbying for a $700,000 Environmental Protection Agency brownfield cleanup grant to be awarded to the city of Glens Falls.
The sites, six of them considered high-priority for remediation, are in residential areas and near schools where they post risks to community health and safety and pose a barrier to economic development, he said, adding that Glens Falls should be at the top of the agency's list for funding.
Schumer is to be joined by Glens Falls Jack Diamond at 10:30 a.m. in front of the former Aroxy Dry Cleaners at 21 Warren St.