Support for the Seneca Nation and the Erie County Sheriff’s Department
Congressman Nick Langworthy Announces $500,000 Federal Grant for Seneca Nation of Indians
WASHINGTON DC – Congressman Nick Langworthy is proud to announce a federal grant from the United States Department of the Treasury to the Seneca Nation of Indians in the amount of $500,000 through the Community Development Financial Institutions Equitable Recovery Program (CDFI ERP). This award helps with the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and invests in long-term prosperity.
“I am proud to announce that the Seneca Nation of Indians has been awarded $500,000 to aid in their efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and bring a welcome boost to their economy,” said Congressman Langworthy. “Like all businesses, the Seneca Nation of Indians faced tremendous financial hardship caused by the pandemic, and this grant will have a tremendous impact, particularly on small and medium-sized Native-owned businesses that are still rebuilding from their losses.”
“The Covid pandemic presented significant challenges for businesses of all sizes,” said Seneca Nation President Rickey Armstrong, Sr. “The Seneca people have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a long history of developing successful businesses. With this funding from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, our Seneca Nation of Indians Economic Development Company will have access to additional capital to support small, Native-owned businesses that can help stimulate their growth and success.”
The CDFI ERP grant funds can be used to support lending related to small and micro businesses, community facilities, affordable housing, commercial real estate and mezzanine loans to non-profits and CDFIs. The funds may also be used for financial services, development services to support borrowers, and operating support for the CDFI grantee. To learn more about the CDFI Fund and its programs, please visit the CDFI Fund website at www.cdfifund.gov.
Congressman Langworthy joined Erie County Sheriff John Garcia on a tour of the department’s special operations headquarters in Orchard Park to see the equipment the department has to keep Erie County residents safe.
“Our community faced devastating loss after Winter Storm Elliott and I want to thank the entire Erie County Sheriff’s Department who worked tirelessly to save lives and bring people to safety. It required an overwhelming response from first responders who left their families behind at Christmas to go out into very dangerous conditions and we are eternally grateful I want to make sure our law enforcement officers have the resources they need to do their jobs and respond to an emergency and I was happy to get a tour of the Special Operations Headquarters to see firsthand the needs of the Sheriff’s Department.” said Congressman Langworthy.
Congressman Langworthy was joined by Erie County Sheriff John Garcia and the department’s Special Operations Division. The division consists of two divisions, each providing specially trained and equipped personnel to respond throughout Erie County to assist deputies, other law enforcement officials and agencies in multiple situations. The department is also responsible for the comprehensive investigation of all criminal matters reported to the Sheriff’s Police Services Division. Investigators work closely with city, state and federal law enforcement agencies and have special skills and expertise available to all municipalities in Erie County.
Congressman Langworthy represents the 23rd Congressional District, which includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties and parts of Erie County. Visit langworthy.house.gov.