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Sen. Schumer asks FEMA to extend grant deadline for MetalCraft, FDNY

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U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to swiftly extend the deadline for a $4.7 million grant he helped secure in 2009 on behalf of MetalCraft Marine and the Fire Department of the City of New York.

He requested Wednesday that the deadline for MetalCraft to build a new Firestorm 70 fire-rescue boat for the department with federal funding be pushed back by a year to next May.

The custom aluminum boat builder — based in Kingston, Ontario, with a boat shop in Cape Vincent — plans to hire eight additional workers for the job.

Mr. Schumer said in a news release that several projects had been delayed by Hurricane Sandy last year.

“MetalCraft is a top-rate company that deserves this business and our hard-working and courageous first responders need the equipment that this grant provides,” he said.

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