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Earmarked projects lose 2011 funding<br> Senate Democrats deal blow to region by abandoning spending measure

The Martin House Complex, Hauptmann-Woodward Medical Research Institute and University at Buffalo are among Western New York projects that stand to lose out after Senate Democrats abandoned a nearly $1.3 trillion spending measure.

Several Niagara Falls projects also now will miss out, including Niagara University, the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and YWCA of Niagara. Also losing are water projects on Grand Island and in the towns of Niagara and Barker, as well as rail improvements in Town of Tonawanda.

In all, $34 million earmarked for projects in Western New York will not be forthcoming.

"It is disappointing that the Martin House and many other good projects will not receive funding in fiscal year 2011. This is a significant blow for many in our region," said Mary Roberts, Darwin Martin House's chief operating officer.

The complex stood to gain $1 million to continue interior restoration.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., vowed to continue to fight for the money.

"In the past, we have secured funding for projects such as cleaning radioactive waste in West Valley, supporting women's bone health research at Erie County Medical Center and a new science building at Canisius College, all of which are essential for job creation and more in Western New York," Schumer said in a statement. "Losing funds for projects like these is very disappointing."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pulled the plug on the 1,924-page legislation -- a combination of 12 end-of-the-year bills -- after conservatives balked at the more than $8 billion in home-state earmarks. They also threatened to have the entire bill read aloud, which would have taken more than two days.

A resolution is expected to pass soon to fund the government at current levels for the next one or two months.

Buffalo projects that were to be funded include:

*$3.6 million for a cyclotron at UB Clinical and Translational Research Center.

*$2 million to the Hauptmann-Woodward Medical Research Institute, for viral research on genetically engineered biological weapons for the protection and treatment of soldiers.

*$1 million for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, to make improvements to physical infrastructure, including traffic reduction, pedestrian access and public safety features.

*$960,000 for Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Advanced Cancer Genome Institute.

*$800,000 for the Calspan University at Buffalo Research Center's biological detection program.

*$150,000 for Medaille College to renovate science laboratories.

*$500,000 for Canisius College for the science center.

*$360,000 for Buffalo Police Department surveillance cameras.

*$200,000 for Every Person Influences Children's (EPIC) newborn health and parent education program.

Niagara County projects that were to be funded include:

*$9.5 million for a C-130 flight operations facility at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

*$600,000 for geothermal improvements to the YWCA of Niagara's Carolyn House in Niagara Falls.

*$4.2 million for the Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, for Niagara River and Lake Ontario projects.

*$550,000 toward the B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences at Niagara University in Lewiston.

"While we are disappointed as a university, we are still very energized about the project and the impact that building will have on the community," said Tom Burns, NU spokesman. "The money was to have been used for equipment inside that building, but we're still moving forward with the project."


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