Little secures $2 million in member items

PLATTSBURGH Senator Elizabeth Little (R,C,I-Queensbury) secured $2 million in the 2007 state budget for community projects throughout the six counties she represents. The senators office received 128 requests for funds, 93 of which were funded. The member item funds focused on non-for-profit organizations providing community services, improvements and education/ historic preservation of the community. Some projects funded, such as sewer and infrastructure, help keep costs down for the taxpayer. Others promote events that help the area financially with tourist dollars, said Daniel E. MacEntee, a spokesman for Little. Historic preservation is important because our Adirondack history is unique and attracts visitors, yet small towns do not have the resources to preserve or rehabilitate structures. MacEntee said the majority of the member item projects, and those Little favors, are ones of organizations that have fundraised, have a good volunteer base that has reached a plateau of what the community can give, and need a boost to reach their goals and complete the project. This funding supports many worthwhile programs and projects that add to our quality of life in the North Country, said Little in a press release. Member items included: Clinton County: American Legion Post #20 $30,000: Expansion and remodeling of facility; American Veterans Chapter 179 $2,000: Landscaping and benches for Plattsburgh Barracks Memorial Park; Village of Champlain $30,000: Shared services water and sewer project with Rouses Point; Clinton County Federation of Fish and Game Clubs $5,000: Education Programs; Clinton County Office for the Aging $40,000: Senior citizen van; Clinton County Office for the Aging $20,000: Support respite caregivers program; Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation District $2,000: Computer system and software; Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System $25,000: Upgrade computer systems and software; Glenwood Cemetery Association $25,000: Restoration of Historic Pliny Moore Gazebo; North Country Workforce Partnership $50,000: Handicap access ramp and restoration of existing structure; Peru Memorial VFW Post 309 $8,000: Facility repairs and replacement of air conditioning unit; Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce $50,000: Quebec-New York Corridor Coalition initiative; Village of Rouses Point $30,000: Development of downtown park, lake access and public dockage; Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society $10,000: Restoration of former D&H Railway Station; Town of Plattsburgh District No. 3 Fire Department $21,000: Purchase of four self contained breathing apparatus units. Essex County: Adirondack Film Society $5,000: Marketing program; Ballard Park Foundation $5,000: Costs associated with landscaping at Ballard Park; Cornell Cooperative Extension $10,000: Emergency repairs to facility and development of construction plan; The Depot Theatre $30,000: Improvements to theatre, installation of air conditioning and audio equipment; Eagle Lake Property Owners $10,000: Eurasian water milfoil eradication; Elizabethtown Volunteer Fire Department $8,000: Purchase equipment for maintenance and protection of fire gear; Essex County $50,000: Construction and equipment for Essex County Veterans Cemetery; Keeseville Elks Lodge #2072 $30,000: Construction of handicap ramp and repairs to structure; Lake Placid Institute $5,000: Chamber Music Seminar and student photography project; The Lake Placid Sinfonietta $5,000: Summer music festival senior concert; Village of Lake Placid $18,000: Lake Placid Central Main Street design plan; Lakes to Locks Passage $10,000: Regional visitor information and interpretive signage for Byway program; Town of Moriah $50,000: Water line replacement in Water District 2; Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce $5,000: Copy machine purchase; Town of Schroon $75,000: Restoration and repairs to towns historic bandstand; Syracuse Symphony Orchestra $20,000: Support of North Country Tour concert series; Town of Ticonderoga $50,000: Costs associated with construction of Park Avenue Sewer Project; Town of Willsboro $15,000: Purchase of three Speed-Board signs. Franklin County Adirondack Medical Center $100,000: AMC Mobile Health Clinic; Bombay Historical Society $2,500: Purchase office and storage equipment for archival project; Town of Bombay $7,000: Costs associated with construction of pole building at town park; Town of Brandon $15,000: Purchase energy efficient equipment for highway garage; Town of Burke $15,000: Repairs of playing fields and replacement of fence at Sellars Field Park; Town of Dickinson $15,000: Replace heating system in town highway garage which serves as emergency shelter; Duane Volunteer Fire Department $20,000: Costs associated with purchase of a pumper fire truck; Town of Duane $7,000: Development of town park and nature trails; First Night Saranac Lake $5,000: Costs associated with organization and marketing of event; Town of Fort Covington $5,000: Costs associated with construction of storage building; Franklin County Agricultural Society $20,000: Improvements to fairgrounds, including new rook for grandstand building; Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES $20,000: Support of BOCES learning program; Town of Malone $50,000: Costs associated with installation of pump station, Route 11 west sewer district; Town of Moira $10,000: Purchase of highway equipment; Next Stop, Tupper Lake Coalition $15,000: Costs associated with construction of new railroad depot; River Corridor Commission $15,000: Funds for completion of pedestrian walkway connecting parkland to downtown businesses; Saranac Lake Civic Center $25,000: Costs associated with renovations and repairs of facility. Society for the promotion of the Winter Carnival $5,000: Saranac Lake Winter Carnival; Village of Tupper Lake $50,000: Repair and replacement of village sidewalks; Town of Waverly $10,000: Restoration of footbridge at St. Regis Falls Scenic Campsite; Town of Westville $5,000: Purchase of equipment and repairs of town hall.

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