Legislature awards grants to 33 nonprofit and community organizations

ALBANY (June 8, 2017) — Chairman Sean E. Ward announced grant funding Thursday for 33 non-profit organizations during an event attended by youth groups, firefighters and military veterans.

Ward and Legislators presented checks to leaders of organizations from throughout Albany County during an evening ceremony held in the Harold L. Joyce Office Building at 112 State St., Albany. The individual grants ranged from $1,000 to $5,000.

“The Legislature is pleased to again have funds in its part of the county budget to reward these very deserving community organizations that applied for much-needed funding,” Ward said.

The grants will help improve public safety. They will pay for portable radios for the Verdoy Volunteer Fire Department of Latham; smart dummies for training scenarios at Shaker Road Fire Department in Loudonville; equipment for renovations at the McKownville Fire District in Guilderland; a radio, battery and charger for the Latham Fire Department; and thermal image cameras for the Westmere Fire District in Guilderland.

The grants will assist veterans groups. Funding will help the VFW Post in Ravena refurbish an unfinished cellar; the American Legion Post of Green Island purchase a public announcement system; and the VFW Post 8692 in Colonie buy flooring, paint, sheetrock and cabinets.

The grants support several youth sports programs. They finance building and field maintenance for the Colonie Little League; two dugouts for the Guilderland Babe Ruth League; a new loudspeaker system for the Watervliet Little League; new equipment for the Colonie Soccer Club; field improvements for the Latham Lassies Softball League; a kick wall for the Latham Circle Soccer Club; helmets for the Colonie Pop Warner League; roof repairs and netting for Westland Hills Baseball & Softball; trail grooming for Mystery Lake Trail Riders Snowmobile Club of Ravena; and a lacrosse program at Youth L.I.F.E. Support Network of Albany.

Also funded were new chairs for the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society of Menands; adoption supplies and information for Happy Cat Rescue of Guilderland Center; equipment and supplies to aid in the removal of water chestnuts near the Colonie Town Park recreational area through the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy; a product for the Washington Park Conservancy of Albany to fight the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer; rugs for the South End Neighborhood Tutors/The Wizard’s Wardrobe of Albany; camping equipment for the St. Pius Boy Scout Troop 1078 of Loudonville; building repairs for Division 1 AOH of Watervliet; interior repairs to the Friends of Schoolcraft House of Guilderland; education counseling for One Hundred Black Men of the Albany; programs at Counseling Care & Services, Inc., of Cohoes; summer youth programs in Westerlo and Rensselaerville; technology upgrades at the Arbor Hill Development Corporation of Albany; field trips for children at the Riverview Summer Day Camp of Coeymans; and technical upgrades for the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce.

“The Legislature is a strong steward of taxpayer’s money,” Ward said. “We’ve passed three straight annual budgets without a tax increase, while setting aside grant funding for the communities we serve.”