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Van Buren receives $50K grant

The town of Van Buren will make improvements to its town hall and parks office, thanks to a $50,000 grant secured by New York State Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli.

"I am glad that the funds will be put to use to make the Van Buren Town Hall and Parks and Recreation Department Office more accessible to all residents," Magnarelli said. "At a time when the area is enduring a financial recession, it is important to maintain and improve on the wonderful resources we already have."

The funding will be used to buy and install a 35-kilowatt, natural gas fired, auxiliary generator for the town hall, which is designated an emergency Red Cross Shelter in case of a disaster.

The funding will also be used to bring the parks and recreation department office into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by adding a 40-foot sidewalk, ramp and compliant doors.

"We are grateful for the grant, which has allowed us to purchase these items without charging the town's property tax payers," said Van Buren Supervisor Claude Sykes. "It is also a wonderful opportunity to make the parks and recreation department office easier for all residents to access.

Van Buren Supervisor Claude Sykes, left, Assemblyman William Magnarelli and Van Buren Town Engineer Jason Hoy discuss how a $50,000 grant, secured by Magnarelli, would be used to improve the town hall and parks and recreation office.

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