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Could Troy be at risk of losing federal funding?
TROY -- New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer was joined by leaders and residents in Troy Monday, where he vowed to fight any changes to a federal program that would take money away from Troy.
The Senator said that HUD's Community Development Block Grant Program gives cities money to help revitalize neighborhoods. Troy leaders said they've used that money to help create affordable housing and to make improvements in neighborhoods, like installing lights and repaving sidewalks and roads.
Senator Schumer said that right now, cities with 50,000 people or more receive the money without having to compete for it. Senator Schumer said he is concerned because Troy's population recently dropped slightly below 50,000. In the past, he said HUD has grandfathered in cities like that. But he believes that grandfather practice could be a proposed cut.
CBS6 called HUD. A spokesperson said that even if the grandfather clause is cut, that doesn't mean Troy would necessarily lose funding. The spokesperson said that Troy is considered a principal city, which is another category that allows it to receive funds.
CBS6 called Senator Schumer's office to ask about that. It said that the proposed changes have not been released yet. Those proposals are expected at the end of the year.