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Schumer, Clinton seek funds for cleanup Key to remediation at Spaulding Fibre

Hoping to revive the Spaulding Fibre remediation, City of Tonawanda officials announced that Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton are attempting to obtain $1.5 million in federal funding to keep the project going.

The money is currently being considered in a Senate subcommittee.

Mayor Ronald Pilozzi said he will also seek funding from the state, especially through the Restore New York program.

"That's something we're going to go after very aggressively to get that project demolished, remediated and shovel-ready," Pilozzi said.

The Spaulding Fibre site has been dormant for decades, following years of legal battles for the city to assume control of the property.

Once the City of Tonawanda assumed control, officials began working last year to demolish contaminated buildings on the property.

However, there was not enough money to complete the project.

While demolition has stopped for the time being, the site is currently undergoing $3 million in environmental testing.

The city is working with the state Department of Environmental Conservation on the project, but City Engineer Jason LaMonaco said if the remediation costs more than the city expects, the city can opt out of the project.

Pilozzi said the city must aggressively shop for additional funding to finish the Spaulding project.

"We ran out of money," the mayor said. "Hopefully, [Schumer and Clinton, both D-N.Y.] can get this out of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Things can happen along the way, but it's on the radar."

It is expected that the city will need an additional $5 million to finish the project, but LaMonaco said it may take a few years to complete work.

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