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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Mid-Hudson News (New York) - $2 million in stimulus funds for new Warwick Village water filtration

More federal stimulus funds are starting to flow and $2 million of that is flowing to the Village of Warwick to correct its problem of a contaminated drinking well.

Congressman John Hall came to the village Monday to announce the grant, which he said will vastly improve the water supply to the village.

The money from Washington will provide for the construction of a micro-filtration plant and in the process, employ 25 people. [3/8/10]

WTEN ABC-10 (New York) - Albany Medical College receives 10 million dollar grant

Albany Medical College receives the largest grant in its history, to expand its research opportunities. 10 million dollars in stimulus money will be coming to Albany Medical College, to fund major expansion of bio-medical research, which the school's staff says has an impact far beyond the Capital Region.

'These are investments in the betterment of society and providing health consumers with new options not yet on the radar screen,' says Congressman Paul Tonko.

'Biomedical technology in the future is absolutely going to be a big job industry in the whole of the United States,' adds Congressman Scott Murphy. 'Particularly here in the Capital Region, we've got a lot of great research going on, and this new facility is going to allow more of that to happen here at Albany Medical Center.'

Construction is expected to take two and a half years and create 50 jobs throughout the process. Once completed, the medical school plans to add 10 research scientists to its staff. [3/8/10]

California Chronicle - $84 Million in Recovery Act Funds Heading to California

Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek, CA) is pleased to report that the Department of Transportation announced nearly $84 million in transportation projects for California out of more than $600 million in projects nationwide.

'Once again, where local and state governments are unable to afford needed transportation improvements, we see the federal government stepping up in a big way,' Congressman Garamendi said. 'The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act continues to put our country on a path to recovery through smart investments in transportation, education, health services, and other sectors, creating jobs for people throughout our communities. There is much more to do to fix our economy, but let there be no doubt, without ARRA, we would be in much worse shape and countless more Americans would currently be unemployed.' [3/9/10]

The Union Leader (New Hampshire) - Officials: Stimulus helped NH retain jobs

New Hampshire has used its $708 million in federal stimulus funding to create more than 2,000 jobs, pay for scores of road projects, upgrade health centers, fund research projects at universities and provide public schools with computers and supplies.

Since the Recovery Act was signed into law in February 2009, more than $540 million has gone directly into the state treasury to fund infrastructure projects, schools and other government agencies. Another $167 million went to counties, health centers, housing authorities and universities.

Chris Clement, director of the state Office of Economic Stimulus, said New Hampshire used $146.5 million specifically to prevent state employee layoffs.

Called the 'State Fiscal Stabilization Fund,' this pool of stimulus money created or saved 1,264 jobs in education and 463 jobs in other state government agencies last year, he said. [3/8/10] (New York) - Nearly $2.2 million awarded to Tompkins County for new buses 

Tompkins County has been awarded $2.175 million in federal economic recovery money to purchase six new, modern 40 foot buses that will meet the new 2010 emission standards for diesel buses.  The county will lease the buses to TCAT (Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit). 

'This economic recovery funding will take six very outdated buses off the roads of Tompkins County and replace them with modern, efficient buses that will serve local residents well,' Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) said. 'This federal economic recovery funding will spare local taxpayers the cost associated with purchasing these much-needed buses, which play a critical role in the county's transportation system. [3/8/10]

San Mateo Daily Journal (California) - Speier inspects stimulus projects

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier got a firsthand look yesterday at where millions in federal stimulus money is being spent in her district by visiting a massive construction project at San Francisco International Airport, an energy technology company in South San Francisco and a group of nonprofit leaders in San Mateo who have all benefited from the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Stimulus money has gone toward sustainability projects in the county, capital projects at the airport and has helped keep families from being evicted from their homes by accessing nonprofit agency services. Recovery Act funds have also gone toward keeping teachers employed in Daly City, research at the University of California San Francisco, job training in the county and maintaining jobs at SamTrans and Caltrain. [3/9/10]

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