Reps. Maffei, Hanna Annouce $192,000 Grant For Port of Oswego Authority

WASHINGTON, DC – Today (Oct. 22) U.S. Representative Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) and U.S. Representative Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) announced a $192,000 competitive grant for the Port of Oswego Authority

The funds, awarded through the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC), will be used to construct a rail spur and additional rail car storage to help accommodate the demands of increased rail traffic to the Port of Oswego.

“Investment in our port and local water infrastructure helps create jobs, grow the economy, and strengthen the middle class in Central New York,” said Rep. Maffei. “The Port of Oswego is an important economic hub that supports thousands of jobs and many of our local industries. This grant will improve existing rail infrastructure to help the Port meet increased demand and create new economic opportunities for our region.”

“The Port of Oswego is a vital infrastructure asset which is critical to businesses throughout Central New York,” Rep. Hanna said. “I’m pleased the Port is receiving these funds to grow its rail capabilities and sustain jobs in our region.   I look forward to additionally supporting the bipartisan water bill in Congress this week because it will similarly bolster the Port of Oswego, helping our small businesses thrive and compete across the nation and world.”

Maffei and Hanna both represent the southeastern coast of Lake Ontario and have been partnering with other local leaders to push for investments in local water infrastructure.

In August, Maffei and Hanna toured the Port of Oswego and announced a new effort to pass a strong Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) and bring critical support and infrastructure improvements to Central New York Ports and the Great Lakes region.

Both members are cosponsors of the Great Lakes Navigation System Sustainability Act of 2013, H.R. 2273, a new provision that authorizes the Great Lakes Navigation System as a single, integrated system.