Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has been touring firehouses across New York State and meeting with fire chiefs to drum up support for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. His goal is to restore full funding ($1 billion as authorized by Congress) to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program for 2007.
Senator Schumer has also launched a grassroots campaign, sending petitions to every fire department in New York State, asking firefighters to join his call to restore funding. Schumer said since this is a program that puts life-saving equipment in the hands of first responders, mobilizing firefighters across the state could be an effective way to show how critical these grants are to localities that need them.
Senator Schumer also said that he would join with Senate colleagues later this year to support an amendment to the budget that would restore the entire $ 1 billion to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. Senator Schumer and some of his colleagues are sending a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee asking for full funding of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.
Please download the petition, sign it and return to:
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer
313 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510