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Cuomo brings funding for firehouse to Keene

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs a check for $640,000 to the Town of Keene to help fund their firehouse project.

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs a check for $640,000 to the Town of Keene to help fund their firehouse project. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas said the funding help was just another way Cuomo demonstrated his concern for the North Country in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.

“He has shown the North Country much affection and much respect,” Douglas said. “He has taken the unprecedented steps to make sure that the communities here have received the support that they needed in trying to rebuild.”

On the topic of rebuilding, Keene Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Whitney said the firehouse project would move as quickly as possible.

“We are going to start the process to get into the ground as soon as we can,” Whitney said. “We are very appreciative to the Governor because he has again stepped up to take care of business. He told us at a meeting shortly after the storm that he was going to do everything that he could and that we would rebuild the firehouse, and he has proven to be a man of his word.”

Whitney said that the organization hopes to have a roof on the new facility by December.

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