REPS. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ, TOM SUOZZI TO ANNOUNCE THE HOUSE PASSED FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SUNY MARITIME COLLEGE OFFSHORE WIND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
THROGGS NECK, NY – On Monday, August 30, 2021, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Representative of the 14th Congressional District of New York, will hold a live press conference to announce that the House of Representatives passed federal funding for the Offshore Wind Workforce Development Project at SUNY Maritime College. Congressman Thomas Suozzi, 3rd Congressional District of New York, who jointly submitted the funding request with Representative Ocasio-Cortez, will also offer remarks. The funding request now awaits a vote in the Senate.
A proponent for green energy and labor, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez requested federal funding for 10 projects within her congressional district. The Offshore Wind Workforce Development Project at SUNY Maritime College was submitted for $795,000 in Congressional Appropriations. If funded, the Project will provide entry level training for high wage-earning jobs in the emerging regional offshore wind industry sector for New York State residents. Nearly 5,000 New York jobs could be created by 2035 through regional offshore wind deployment, and SUNY Maritime College has the capacity to provide training and certify hundreds of workers yearly.