More than $60 million is coming to the Canandaigua VA Medical Campus to complete Phase 4 of its modernization and expansion.
The funding comes from the 2022 Veterans Affairs Major Medical Facility Authorization Act.
According to a news release, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the funds will go to constructing two housing cottages, which will provide housing for 24 veterans.
He added that he will push for another $62.5 million to complete the project entirely.
“Nearly two decades ago the feds wanted to close the Canandaigua VA, ripping away this vital care rather than investing in it for the future,” Schumer said in part on Wednesday. “That is why I am proud to announce over $60 million has now been secured for Phase 4, bringing the total project investment to over $443 million, to add housing for dozens of veterans and make critical upgrades to the buildings to ensure our veterans have the top-notch facilities they earned.”
Jim Wideman, Chairman of the Finger Lakes Veterans Advocacy Council, applauded the effort and said that it would make a big difference in the quality of care for vets in Canandaigua.
“The Finger Lakes Veterans Advocacy Council has long-supported the modernization and expansion of the Canandaigua VA Medical Campus to ensure our veterans are receiving the highest quality of care. We appreciate Senator Schumer’s continued efforts to secure funding for this project, including the $60 million he secured for phase four, as well as his push today for the final funding needed to complete this vital project,” he said.