Bowman, Latimer Celebrate Conclusion of Successful Outreach Season Aimed at Bringing Federal Dollars to Westchester

Rep. Jamaal Bowman and Westchester County Executive George Latimer on Wednesday celebrated the conclusion of this year’s outreach process for federal appropriations requests, which resulted in Bowman submitting more than $300 billion in total federal funding requests on behalf of constituents in NY-16.

“I’m grateful to County Executive Latimer and representatives of Westchester who made this such a successful outreach process. Our goal is to show our constituents what can happen when government works for them — and this appropriations season, which resulted in hundreds of proposals for funding to go directly to the district, is an example of what true cross-collaboration in the community looks like,” Rep. Bowman said.

“Working with all levels of government to provide ample resources for the people of Westchester is a hallmark of my administration that nets results that impact the daily lives of the people of our County. I am proud to work with Congressman Bowman during this vital timeframe to advocate for these game changing projects that would advance the quality of life in our community,” County Executive Latimer said. 

The requests Rep. Bowman submitted included increased funding for childcare, community development, public schools, firefighters, Medicare, medical research, refugee resettlement, and environmental remediation, and many of the requests would benefit Westchester residents directly, including: 

  • Increased funding for the Community Development Block Grant program ($4.2 billion), which supports important community and economic development initiatives across the county, a request which came directly from Westchester County Government.
  • Increased funding for essential federal food security programs to support Westchester families struggling with food access during the pandemic, including increasing funding for SNAP, WIC, and the school breakfast program.
  • Community project funding requests to support local initiatives in Westchester County aimed at closing the educational achievement gap in New Rochelle, enhancing Telehealth services for seniors, addressing sewage issues in Mount Vernon, rehabilitating a senior center in Mamaroneck and affordable housing in Yonkers, and closing disparities in swim access.

The House Appropriations and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees will be meeting over the next several months to determine which requests ultimately receive funding. 

For the first time this year, members of Congress had the opportunity to submit ten Community Project Funding requests to provide direct support to nonprofits and local entities in the district. Click here to find further information about these Community Project Funding requests. In addition, Rep. Bowman submitted a total of seven Member Designated Projects requests that cover a range of transportation priorities including pedestrian safety for schoolchildren, infrastructure upgrades, and clean transportation projects. Click here to find further information about these Member Designated Project requests.