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Schumer, Gillibrand announce funding for Ellis infrastructure

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced they have secured $3,822,000 for critical local projects across the Capital Region in the FY2024 spending bill. The funding includes $500,000 for healthcare infrastructure upgrades for Ellis Hospital.  

Taken together, this funding will provide vital resources for important local projects that address various issues, ranging from workforce manufacturing training, to helping Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute add state-of-the-art equipment at its Center for Robotic Manufacturing Systems, to bolstering Siena College’s science complex, to improving healthcare infrastructure for Albany Med and Ellis Hospital, and adding a new maintenance technician school at the Albany International Airport through Hudson Valley Community College.

$500,000 for Ellis Hospital to Upgrade Inpatient Mental Health Units

The funds will be used to bring Ellis Hospital’s inpatient mental health services up to CMS and DOH facility standards to ensure the units remain operational and can continue to provide needed care to adults and adolescents in our community and beyond.

“This nearly $4 million in federal funding makes vital investments in the Capital Region’s top-notch educational institutions, helping give students the equipment and hands-on training they need – whether it is at RPI’s cutting-edge robotics lab or HVCC’s maintenance school at Albany Airport –  to ensure Capital Region residents get the skills they need for in-demand careers,” said Senator Schumer. “This funding will also give a shot in the arm to our local healthcare systems, helping institutions like Albany Med and Ellis Hospital boost their infrastructure to better serve patients. I am proud to have fought hard for this major investment for these critical local project projects and I will always fight to deliver for workers and families in in the Capital Region so they have the federal support they need to thrive.”

“This nearly $4 million in federal funding will provide support for vital local projects that will boost the quality of life for Capital Region residents,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This funding will help address a wide range of issues, from expanding workforce training to improving mental health services to expanding STEM education. I’m proud to have fought to secure this funding, and I’ll continue to work tirelessly to make sure Capital Region families, workers, and students have what they need to thrive.”

The senators personally secured funding for these projects as congressionally directed spending requests.

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