U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer has announced a $3.6 million boost in federal funding in pending legislation for two Yates County, NY, organizations: the Finger Lakes Museum and Keuka College.
Schumer announced that in the fiscal year 2024 Agriculture-FDA bill recently approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, $2 million will go towards the construction of the Finger Lakes Museum and $1.6 million for the creation of Keuka College’s new Rural Community Outpatient Clinic. The funding would come from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Community Facilities Program.
“This $3.6 million is the shot in the arm the Yates County economy needs to boost both its tourism industry and public health” Schumer said during the announcement, held on the deck of the Finger Lakes Museum’s Creekside Center barn.
The overall objective of the Finger Lakes Museum’s Capital Project is to create a four-walled space to support the mission of inspiring appreciation and celebrating the cultures and ecology of the Finger Lakes Region. Located on 30 acres of land in Branchport, the new construction is expected to create interior and exterior spaces and experiences that will enhance the current outdoor recreation and youth educational programming, adding exhibits and interactive experiences for all ages.
Schumer went on to explain that the funding for Keuka College will be used to create a community resource providing primary care, counseling, athletic training, occupational and physical therapy, as well as wellness coaching.