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Congressman Nick Langworthy Announces $500,000 Federal Grant for Seneca Nation of Indians 

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Nick Langworthy is proud to announce a federal grant from the United States Department of Treasury to the Seneca Nation of Indians in the amount of $500,000 through the Community Development Financial Institutions Equitable Recovery Program (CDFI ERP). This award assists with the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and invests in long-term prosperity.

“I am proud to announce the Seneca Nation of Indians have been awarded $500,000 to help with their efforts recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and bring a welcome boost to their economy,” said Congressman Langworthy. “Like all businesses, the Seneca Nation of Indians faced tremendous economic hardship brought on by the pandemic and this grant will have a tremendous impact, particularly on small and mid-size Native-owned businesses, who are still rebuilding from their losses.”

“The COVID pandemic presented significant challenges for businesses of every size,” said Seneca Nation President Rickey Armstrong, Sr. “The Seneca people have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a long history of developing successful businesses. With this funding from the United States Department of Treasury, our Seneca Nation of Indians Economic Development Company will have access to additional capital to support small, Native-owned businesses that can help stimulate their growth and success.”

The CDFI ERP grant funds may be used to support lending related to small businesses and microenterprises, community facilities, affordable housing, commercial real estate and intermediary lending to non-profits and CDFIs. The funds can also be used for financial services, development services to support borrowers and operational support for the CDFI grant recipient. To learn more about the CDFI Fund and its programs, please visit the CDFI Fund’s website at

Congressman Langworthy joined Erie County Sheriff John Garcia toured the department’s Special Operations Headquarters in Orchard Park to see the equipment the department has to keep the residents of Erie County safe.

“Our community faced devastating loss after Winter Storm Elliott and I want to say thank you to the entire Erie County Sheriff’s Department who worked tirelessly to save lives and bring people to safety. It took a herculean response from first responders who left their families on Christmas to go out into very dangerous conditions, and we are eternally grateful. I want to make sure our law enforcement officers have the resources they need to do their jobs and respond to an emergency and was glad to get a tour of the special operations headquarters to see the needs of the sheriff’s department firsthand,” said Congressman Langworthy.

Congressman Langworthy was joined by Erie County Sheriff John Garcia and the Special Operations Division within the department. The division consists of two branches, each providing specially trained and equipped personnel to respond throughout Erie County, to assist Deputies, other law enforcement officers, and agencies in several situations. The division is also responsible for the comprehensive investigation of all criminal matters reported to the Sheriff’s Police Services Division. Investigators work closely with town, state and federal law enforcement agencies and have special abilities and expertise, which are available to all municipalities within Erie County. 

Congressman Langworthy represents the 23rd Congressional District which includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties and parts of Erie County. Visit

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