Schumer, Gillibrand fund electric vehicle charging Station and flood mitigation in Tompkins County

Grant Johnson
Tompkins County's electric vehicle fleet will be expanded with a new charging station powering up to six vehicles simultaneously.Photo byTompkins County

(ITHACA, NY) U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Wednesday $8.5 million in funding for infrastructure and community development projects across the Southern Tier. Ithaca and Tompkins County are among the communities to receive funding for projects.

“This funding will be transformative for the Southern Tier,” said Senator Gillibrand in a media release. “It will upgrade our aging infrastructure, protect our communities from flooding, and help non-profits provide critically needed services to individuals with disabilities, families facing poverty, and veterans.

The City of Ithaca will receive $1.3 million for flood mitigation and resilience efforts. The funding will support the design and construction of flood mitigation measures, including flood barriers and stormwater system improvements.

“We're grateful for the leadership of Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand in delivering this funding which will allow the City to start an extensive design process for this important flood mitigation project,” said Ithaca Mayor Laura Lewis in a media release. “The funds will be used in conjunction with FEMA grant funding, if awarded, to construct improvements that will reduce or eliminate flood risk in many parts of the City.”

Tompkins County is getting $128,000 in funding for a new solar electric vehicle charging station. The charging station can charge up to six vehicles simultaneously and support most of Tompkins County's electric vehicle fleet needs. The county currently has a fleet of hybrid and electric vehicles, including Chevy Volts and Nissan Leafs.

“Thank you to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for their continued support of Tompkins County,” said Tompkins County Legislature Chairwoman Shawna Black in a media release. “As a county we strive to reduce our carbon footprint and are very fortunate to have received federal funding for a solar powered electric vehicle charging station.”

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