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Strand Theatre restoration work continues

"[The seats] are different price points from $500 to $150, so that's a nice way for anyone to help us out," Mundy said.

Currently, work is focused on a new sprinkler system, the front doors to the building and updating the bathrooms, which is currently being paid for by a nearly $100,000 grant from Rep. John M. McHugh, R-Pierrepont Manor. Mundy said she has found many politicians responding positively to the project and securing money for the Strand.

"[U.S. Sen.] Kirsten Gillibrand has been very helpful as well as [U.S. Sen. Charles] Schumer," Mundy said. "Both of them know that this is a major key in jumpstarting the revitalization of Plattsburgh and attracting businesses, and tourists."

State Sen. Elizabeth O'C. Little, R-Queensbury, and state Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey, R-Peru, are also among those who Mundy said have been "very helpful."

Mundy explained as more gets done, more events will be able to take place at the Strand Theatre, beginning with local events.

"As we progress and get more sophisticated, we'll be able to have regional events," she said. "Then, once it's totally done, we can have touring Broadway shows and music from everywhere."

Currently, Mundy is waiting to hear about a grant to replace the roof, so even more work can be completed in the interior of the building.

"I've written a roof grant through New York State Council for the Arts," she explained. "Again, it's a matching grant, but once I get a new roof, then I don't mind spending the money in here. We've patched, we've spent some money, we're protected, but before we put $2 million in here, we want a new roof."

If interested in supporting the Strand Theatre Restoration Project, contact the NCCCA at 563-1604 or visit their Web site at www.plattsburgharts.org.

"It's a labor of love," said Mundy. "There's a lot of people doing a lot of things."

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