Weekly Update: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment; Announcing NBRC Grants; Announcing USDA Rural Business Development Grant; Holding NY-21 Working Group Calls

August 21, 2020

Weekly Update

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Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment


Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. I was honored to visit the Johnstown Historical Society on Tuesday to commemorate the centennial of women’s suffrage. The North Country played an integral role in fighting for the women’s right to vote, and I’m proud to represent the birthplace of Elizabeth Cady Stanton – one of the key leaders of the women’s suffrage movement. Suffragists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony forever changed the fabric of our political system to ensure women had the right to vote. At the time of my election, I was honored to be the youngest woman ever elected to the United States Congress in history, and I know this would not have been possible were it not for the incredible advocacy of Northern New York women who fought for the right to vote. These brave, hardworking suffragists made it possible for my voice to be heard on the House Floor, so I can represent and advocate for the North Country in Congress. Read more here.

Announcing over $3 Million in NBRC Grants for the North Country


This week, I was proud to announce over $3 million in Northern Border Regional Commission grants for 6 organizations in the North Country. I have worked to expand availability of NBRC grants throughout NY-21, and I work to secure funding for it each year in the House Appropriations process. 

The grant funding was awarded to the Development Authority of the North Country, the Warren and Washington Industrial Development Agency, the St. Lawrence Industrial Development Agency, the North Country Community College, the Herkimer Industrial Development Agency, and the Town of Essex

I am proud to deliver these significant results to our region!

Announcing over $550,000 in USDA Rural Business Development grant funding 

This week, I announced over $550,000 in USDA Rural Business Development grant funding for four North Country organizations. Especially as we continue to recover from the pandemic, our rural towns and villages face unique challenges and these investments will create jobs and stimulate our North Country economy as a whole. Safely re-opening and revitalizing our economy is my top priority, and I will continue to be a staunch advocate for grant funding for our rural regions as our economy recovers.

  • The Essex County Industrial Development Agency has been awarded $300,000 to facilitate the expansion and retention of business activity within Essex County. An estimated 53 jobs will be created as a result of this investment.
  • The Lewis County Development Corporation has been awarded $99,950. This investment will assist Black River Valley Natural (BVRN) in expanding their creamery operation. Funding will allow for the purchase of local milk, a cooler, a freezer and climate-controlled storage equipment for cheese making. An estimated 7 jobs will be created as a result of this investment.
  • The St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency has been awarded $57,000 to fund a Class A tractor trailer training at the Career Ready Education and Success Training Center (CREST) at the State University of New York at Canton. Funding will support 12 students to obtain the necessary skills to pass the New York State Class A tractor trailer driving examination. An estimated 12 jobs will be created as a result of this investment.
  • The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has been awarded $99,528 to fund vocational training for Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance’s Trade Education Access Program. Funds will provide tuition for 8 high school 2020/2021 academic year seniors. An estimated 24 jobs will be created as a result of this investment.

Holding NY-21 Working Group Calls

This week, I held another successful working group phone call with our local non-profits, local elected officials, and community leaders to hear their concerns, the issues they are facing, and strategies for reopening the North Country safely. It is very important for me to stay in contact with stakeholders in order to ensure I am meeting their needs and advocating for them effectively at the federal level. 

Introducing the Chinese Research Funds Accounting Act

I introduced the Chinese Research Funds Accounting Act along with Rep. Anthony Gonzalez. This legislation will determine the amount of Federal research funding that has been provided to entities in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), or to entities majority owned and controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). It will will direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study on Federal research funding made available to entities located within the PRC, or majority owned or controlled by the CCP, over the last five years. Such a study would examine:

  • The total amount of Federal research funding made available to these entities within the PRC or controlled by the CCP.
  • The total number and type of entities that received such funding.
  • The requirements related to the awarding, tracking, and monitoring of such Federal funds.
  • Any other data available with respect to Federal research funds being made available to such entities.

Reports from earlier this year of Federal research money making its way to the Wuhan Institute of Virology raised many alarms. While Federal research money is often used to aid in collaborative scientific efforts with partners around the world, we know that the Chinese Communist Party is engaged in concentrated efforts to steal our research and is oftentimes an untrustworthy partner. This bill does not end any research funding, but rather provides clarity on U.S. research dollars sent to China, or entities owned by the Chinese Communist Party, so Congress can exercise its oversight role and examine the purpose and effectiveness of such collaboration in China. I look forward to working with my colleagues to further this legislation and continue to hold China accountable. Read more here

Encouraging Census Participation


Important Census Update: The Census Bureau will begin emailing households in low-responding areas to encourage them to respond to the 2020 Census. Millions of emails will be sent this week and then grow in numbers and continue into September. These emails supplement a final campaign reminding people to respond to the 2020 Census on their own, as census takers begin asking households to respond to the census. The email messages will come from 2020census@subscriptions.census.gov. Read more here.

If you have not already, be sure to fill out your 2020 Census. The census determines how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into our communities, including NY-21, which will directly fund our police departments, firefighters, schools and more. In mid-April, the Census Bureau began mailing the paper questionnaire to homes that have not yet responded online or by phone. If you receive mail through a P.O. Box, the Census Bureau will not be able to send you a response form, as they require your physical address to count you at the place where you live. Only a complete street address will help the Bureau accurately count you in the right place. If you cannot receive mail at your home, a Census Bureau worker may deliver a questionnaire, leave information about responding, or interview you. You can complete the census online at my2020census.gov. You can also call the Census Bureau at (844)-330-2020. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to keep all of your reported information confidential. Visit my website here for more information.


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