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  • Tonko Presses Postmaster General on USPS Delays
    Posted in Press Releases on August 7, 2020 | Preview rr

    AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko teamed up with more than 80 of his colleagues across party lines to express deep concerns to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy about recent operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service that appear to be compromising service and causing significant delays in mail delivery. The group’s letter to the Postmaster General was led by New York Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and New York Congressman Peter... Read more

  • Tonko Announces $46K Award for Historic Cherry Hill
    Posted in Press Releases on August 6, 2020 | Preview rr

    AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that Historic Cherry Hill was awarded a grant totaling $46,979 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to fund a project that would revitalize the museum to engage broader audiences, including heritage tourists, younger generations, immigrants and refugees. “Museums are a vital part of our communities, serving as educational, historical and cultural institutions and directly contributing to our regional economy,” Congressman Tonko... Read more

  • Tonko Heralds $857K Grants to Local Fire Departments
    Posted in Press Releases on July 31, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that the City of Troy and City of Watervliet fire departments each received grants totaling $857,550.93 to fund operations, including personnel training and new emergency response equipment. Tonko submitted letters of support requesting consideration of funds for both Troy and Watervliet. The awards were provided through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FY2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. The City of Troy received ... Read more

  • Tonko, House Advance Bill to Protect American Public Lands
    Posted in Press Releases on July 22, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko joined with a majority of his colleagues today to advance the Great American Outdoors Act, bipartisan legislation that fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to support local parks, including John B. Thacher State Park in the Capital Region. The bill also establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to address the approximately $22 billion maintenance backlog on federal public lands. “Our parks and public lands are n... Read more

  • Tonko Announces $397K Science Grant to Rensselaer
    Posted in Press Releases on July 16, 2020 | Preview rr

    AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered a grant awarded to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute by the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling $397,537 for research on how to strengthen and improve carbon-fiber reinforced composites, which are used aerospace, defense, energy and automotive industries. The project is led by Dr. Nikhil Koratkar, Professor of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer. “The pioneering achievements of our Capital Region researchers and profe... Read more

  • Tonko Heralds $11K COVID-19 Assistance for Local Emergency Responders
    Posted in Press Releases on July 16, 2020 | Preview rr

    AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that Clifton Park and Halfmoon Emergency Corps was awarded $11,319.75 for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) COVID-19 Supplemental. Tonko sent a letter of support requesting consideration of funds for the Clifton Park and Halfmoon district. “When tragedy strikes, our emergency responders are there at a moment’s notice, ready to put their lives on the line in the service ... Read more

  • Tonko Cheers $1.33 Million for Schenectady Community Action Program
    Posted in Press Releases on July 15, 2020 | Preview rr

    AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that Schenectady Community Action Program (SCAP) will receive a federal grant award of $1,336,201 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support SCAP’s child care partnerships for infants and toddlers. “With the health and financial hardships of COVID-19 still battering our nation, we must do all we can to ensure our local child care services can continue to operate in support of Capital Region families and communiti... Read more

  • Tonko, Delgado Lead NY Delegation Demanding Answers on Food Box Failures
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2020 | Preview rr

    AMSTERDAM, NY—U.S. Representatives Paul D. Tonko (NY-20) and Antonio Delgado (NY-19) led more than a dozen members of New York’s Congressional Delegation today in a stern letter to Sonny Perdue, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), demanding answers and public transparency over the agency’s mishandling of the USDA Food Box program. “Following several efforts by Congress and others to raise concerns with USDA, the Trump Administration could easily have remedied these issues of ... Read more

  • Tonko Announces $1.24 Million Federal Science Grant for UAlbany
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2020 | Preview rr

    AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a grant to the University at Albany (UAlbany) totaling $1,240,000 for a project, led by Dr. Annalisa Scimemi, an Associate Professor in biological sciences at UAlbany, researching how various hormones affect cognition and functions in the brain that form memories. “Our Capital Region continues to be a national leader in scientific research and development, a feat made possible by the except... Read more

  • Tonko Pushes for Reversal of New ICE Student Deportation Policy
    Posted in Press Releases on July 10, 2020 | Preview rr

    AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko is joining several efforts in the House to pressure the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to withdraw the recently announced ICE policy that would strip visas from international students who take only online courses at U.S. colleges and universities this coming academic year. “Our international students are integral to our nation’s colleges and universities. This push by ICE to deport students... Read more

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