Schimminger Announces State Funds for Carrousel Museum

March 28, 2004

A state legislative grant for a landmark North Tonawanda attraction was announced today by Assemblyman Robin Schimminger.

"I’m very pleased to announce that the State Assembly has once again provided special funding for the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum," said Assemblyman Schimminger. "The $17,500 state grant will be used for a variety of educational purposes at this ‘working museum,’ such as creating a new exhibit, acquiring learning boxes for classroom loan, and supporting new museum-sponsored classes and events."

"The Trustees and staff of the Carrousel Museum are sincerely grateful for the continuing support of Assemblyman Schimminger and the entire Western New York Assembly Majority Delegation. The museum has demonstrated a local, state and national significance of its mission through twenty years of progress, much of it due directly to the support of New York State," said Rae Proefrock, Trustee and Development Chair of the Carousel Society of the Niagara Frontier, which operates the museum.

Schimminger explained that he secured the funding in conjunction with his colleagues in the Western New York Assembly Majority Delegation. The grant is from a discretionary legislative appropriation included in the current fiscal year’s state budget and is allocated by the area’s Assembly Majority members. As the chairman of the local Assembly delegation, Schimminger has helped to bring home state funding for a number of non-profit community organizations in Erie and Niagara counties that are headquartered in or serve the residents of the Tonawandas.

"Over the last six years, we’ve been able to direct some $71,000 in Assembly delegation funding to the Carrousel Museum. Having been born and raised in the Tonawandas, I’ve long recognized that this facility is an integral part of the Twin Cities’ long and fabled history and is a growing regional attraction," said Schimminger.

"I’m certainly glad that we’ve been able to again support the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum," concluded Schimminger. "This state assistance will help preserve our community’s rich heritage and aid efforts aimed at developing the Twin Cities as a cultural tourism destination."