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Tonko Delivers in COVID-19 Crisis Response Bill
May 15, 2020
WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko voted with the majority of House members tonight to pass The Heroes Act, new COVID-19 crisis relief legislation that includes several major legislative achievements resulting directly from Rep. Tonko’s work on the bill as well as more than $1.3 billion in crisis-response aid to New York’s Capital Region. His efforts respond in large part to a profound sense of urgency expressed eloquently and repeatedly by essential workers in his home district. “My colleague... More
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Tonko Announces $1.3 Billion for Capital Region in Latest House Relief Bill
May 13, 2020
AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced this afternoon that The Heroes Act—new COVID-19 crisis relief legislation that has now been introduced in the House—delivers an estimated $1.3 billion in crisis-response aid to New York’s Capital Region and a combined $49.5 billion to New York State overall. Under the bill:· Local governments in Albany County receive a combined $341.5 million in FY2020 and $170.7 million in FY2021; TOTAL: $512.29 million Local governments in Schenectady County re... More
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Tonko Calls Out FCC For Failure to Secure Broadband Access in Upstate NY
May 11, 2020
AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko has sent a stinging letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai detailing the agency’s chronic failures to correctly map and support New York households with limited broadband access. The letter includes testimonials from dozens of teachers, students, parents and small business owners across NY-20 who are struggling as a result of being unable to access broadband internet, and, in particular, whose hardships have become exacerbated ... More
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Tonko Spotlights Local Research Supporting National COVID-19 Response
May 7, 2020
AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko highlighted research institutions in the Capital Region that have joined in the federal response to combat COVID-19 during a recent bipartisan roundtable held by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The committee examined agencies and authorities within its jurisdiction that could advance science and technology-based solutions to better identify, understand, track, treat and contain COVID-19 and other emergent infectious diseases. “Resear... More
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Tonko Cheers $300K Award to Clean Up Local Brownfield Sites
May 6, 2020
AMSTERDAM, NY—Representatives Paul D. Tonko celebrated news today that an EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant has been awarded to Montgomery County totaling $300,000 that will be used towards cleanup and economic redevelopment of local brownfield sites. “Not only do unaddressed brownfields negatively impact our regional economy, they often pose a threat to our environmental and public health,” Congressman Tonko said. “Facilitating the assessment, cleanup and revitalization of these sites protects t... More
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