Team effort powers shelter at American Legion

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple Sr., Albany County Legislature Chairman Sean E. Ward, NYS Assemblymember John McDonald III, Green Island Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan and American Legion Post 927 Commander Anthony Lazzaro in Green Island on Wednesday.

GREEN ISLAND (July 12, 2017) — Elected officials and veterans on Wednesday fired up a new emergency generator they obtained for the Legnard Curtin American Legion Post 927 so the Green Island facility can function as an emergency shelter, even during a power loss.

Albany County Legislature Chairman Sean E. Ward (D-Green Island), Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple Sr., Green Island Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan and State Assemblymember John McDonald III joined Commander Anthony Lazzaro in the Legion hall around noon as Lazzaro demonstrated the backup power system. The veterans organization and the Village entered into an agreement to designate the Legion at 35 Cohoes Ave., as an official shelter/command post in the event of an emergency or community need.

“I am happy to see government team up with our veterans on such an important emergency management piece for our community,” Chairman Ward said. “The Legnard Curtin Post has always been a meeting place for our Village residents but will now continue to be useful during emergencies as well. I am glad that the Albany County Legislature could play a small part in such a big project.”

The Legislature authorized $1,500 from its grant program toward the generator. Sheriff Apple contributed a $2,750 grant to the Village, which assigned the funding to the project, and Assemblyman McDonald secured $3,750 for it. The Legion chipped in $1,000, plus labor, to install the generator just outside the facility.

Sheriff Apple said the project was part of a plan to establish strategically-placed shelters across Albany County that can be utilized during extreme weather conditions and crises. “I am glad to see Green Island continuing to bolster not only their preparedness, but the county’s. The ability to shelter throughout the county is vital. This generator provides that ability.”

Assemblymember McDonald applauded “the commitment of these partners and the Village of Green Island to ensuring emergency preparedness.”

Mayor McNulty-Ryan said, “This is another example of continued cooperation between state, county and local governments and our community-minded veterans organization to keep us safe and use taxpayers’ dollars wisely.”

Commander Lazzaro said members were proud to have the Legion serve as a shelter. “This additional generating equipment enhances our ability to serve the Village when they need it the most. Thank you to our government partners for the financial assistance to make it happen.”

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