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January 25, 2013

Albany funds local projects

Tonawanda News — KENMORE — Assemblyman Robin Schimminger said he’s acquired more than $109,000 in state funding for a variety of local projects. 

The Town of Tonawanda will receive a sizable portion of the funding, with $30,000 going to the restoration of tennis courts at Mang Park.

“We’ve been trying to get funding for the last couple of years,” Assistant Director of Youth, Parks and Recreation Jeff Ehlers said. “They are definitely in need of repair.” 

Ehlers said the base needs to be fixed, courts need to be resurfaced and the fencing also needs to be repaired. 

Although residents were still playing on them last season, Ehlers said the improvements will make a big difference.

“You can play on them, but it is a lot nicer when they are new,” he said.

Ehlers said the $30,000 will cover the majority of the construction costs, and he is hoping the restoration will be complete by the start of the spring tennis season. 

The town’s police department will also be receiving $19,250 for new equipment in police vehicles. The Kenmore and North Tonawanda firefighters will receive $15,500 for the purchase of much needed safety equipment. 

“This funding will ensure that our emergency responders have the proper safety equipment to ensure the proper care of our residents,” Schimminger, D-Kenmore, said. 

The former Spaulding Fibre site in the City of Tonawanda, now ready for development, will benefit from an extra $5,000 which will help market the space to prospective businesses. 

Another $5,000 will go toward the repair of the Marine Corps Monument in Raymond Klimek Veterans Park in North Tonawanda, and NT’s Sikora Post and the VFW Frontiersmen Post #7545 will each receive $17,500 for building improvements.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northtowns will receive $28,250 for two of their programs, SMART Moves, which teaches teens the importance of saying no to drugs, and the Project Learn Program, which works to create learning opportunities for children through reading, writing and discussions with successful adults. 

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