Gillibrand promotes $50B Rebuild Rural America bill in Lake Placid
"LAKE PLACID — U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, Friday visited the Mirror Lake Beach House to promote her recently introduced legislation — the Rebuild Rural America Act of 2023 — to invest $50 billion in rural economic development, infrastructure, schools, hospitals and small businesses."
Lake Placid Mayor Art Devlin stands in the background while Sen. Gillibrand laughs as she prepares to give her remarks at the Lake Placid Beachhouse on Friday. The senator spoke about how impactful her addition to the U.S. Farm Bill would be.
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"The bill — co-sponsored by senators Tina Smith of Minnesota and Dick Durbin of Illinois — is designed to address the challenges specific to rural America and make it easier for rural communities to access federal funding and other resources.
'New York’s rural communities face a variety of unique challenges, but too often, the federal government has failed to adequately support them,” Gillibrand said. “My Rebuild Rural America Act will invest $50 billion into rural America to help communities build schools, expand child care access, catalyze private investment, train workers for in-demand jobs, and bolster critical infrastructure. I look forward to getting this legislation passed in the Farm Bill this year.'
Joining Gillibrand in Friday’s announcement were village Mayor Art Devlin, Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake), Adirondack North Country Association Executive Director Elizabeth Cooper and Lake Placid’s Jim McKenna, who is the CEO of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism and co-chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council.
'We applaud the Senator on her Rebuild Rural America Act. This Act is in line with the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s Strategic Plan and will greatly assist in our regional efforts,' McKenna said. 'Providing multi-year funding, the Rebuild Rural America Act will allow for planning and implementation of economic development programs, downtown revitalization initiatives, and public infrastructure projects thereby increasing the quality of life for our residents and the quality of place for our visitors. Thank you Senator'."
Read the full story in the Plattsburg Press-Republican here, July 17, 2023, by ANDY FLYNN AND ARTHUR MAIORELLA, Lake Placid News and Enterprise Intern.