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Weather again forces cancellation of Gillibrand visit

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

For the second time in as many attempts, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand canceled a scheduled stop in Dunkirk due to the weather.

Gillibrand was slated to be at Dunkirk’s City Hall on Monday before 1:30 p.m. to call for “robust” Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funding in the next coronavirus relief package to provide assistance for low-income households and seniors. Within the last year, Gillibrand’s office noted, the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has put an unprecedented financial burden on New York residents.

She was scheduled to be joined by County Executive PJ Wendel and Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas at the event.

However, the Senator’s office announced around 12:30 p.m. that the stop was “canceled due to weather.”

In October, Gillibrand was set to appear at the Dunkirk Boardwalk Market to call for legislation to support small- and mid-sized businesses that were struggling to recover after a summer of limited operations due to the virus. That even also was canceled due to rain in the forecast.

The state’s junior U.S. Senator did appear in August of last year with local officials at the FeedMore WNY Distribution Center in Falconer to push for an extension of Pandemic EBT and expansion of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

Gillibrand also had expressed hopes at the gathering that schools could reopen safely.

“As a mother, I can see the detrimental effect kids not being in school has,” she said in Falconer. “Teachers are working overtime to provide distance learning, but it’s very difficult.”

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