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North Country projects to receive funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. Several projects throughout the North Country will receive funding through the Omnibus appropriations bill recently passed by the House of Representatives and Senate. In an announcement made by U.S. Congressman John M. McHugh, R-Pierrepont Manor, the 23rd Congressional District, which he represents, will receive $4,539,000. Of that amount, CVPH Medical Center, Plattsburgh, will receive $1,462,000 to address heart disease through construction of two expanded angioplasty and cardiac catheterization labs, two open-heart surgery suites, and a new operating room surgical devices department. CVPH is one of only two rural open-heart/angioplasty centers in New York State. The Strand Theater Performing Arts Center, also in Plattsburgh, will receive $100,000 for the restoration of the historic 1924 Vaudeville theater on Brinkerhoff Street. The purpose will be to create a performing arts center as part of an overall downtown revitalization plan. The New York State Sheriffs Association will also receive $352,000 to improve visual access for law enforcement by adding depth to surveillance video, search, raid and seizure planning, accident reconstruction, and search and rescue operations. The monies will defray costs of license fees, a command center laptop, E-911 mapping interface, training and user support. The funding will serve Clinton, St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties. Im delighted that each of these important projects has been approved by my colleagues in Congress, Rep. McHugh said in a prepared statement. I was happy to advocate for these communities because the benefits will be felt in a wide variety of areas, including improved health care and education, increased tourism and economic development, enhanced focus on developing alternative energy solutions, and more effective law enforcement. In separate announcements, Rep. McHugh stated Clinton County Office of Emergency Services was awarded $12,919.94 for an Incident Commanders Radio Interface and Behavioral Health Services North received grants of $8,296 and $8,128 for assistance to homeless persons, including transitional housing, permanent housing and a variety of supportive services.

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