Schimminger, Rath Announce State Funding for Memorial Hall Improvements, Crime Resistance Board

June 13, 2005

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger and Senator Mary Lou Rath announced today that they have secured a total of $45,000 in special legislative funding through the new 2005-06 state budget for two local projects brought to their attention by the Town of Tonawanda.

The bulk of the state funds, $40,000, will be directed to improvements at Memorial Hall, the town-owned building at 3354 Delaware Avenue, and the remaining $5,000 will go to the town’s Crime Resistance Executive Board for its crime prevention activities.

“I’m certainly pleased that Senator Rath and I have been able to earmark $40,000 for needed work at Memorial Hall,” said Assemblyman Schimminger. “These funds will be used to install handicapped-accessible restrooms in the 79-year-old landmark building, which is home to several veterans’ posts and organizations and also is used by many community groups for meetings and events.”

“Our local veterans deserve a meeting place that accommodates all their needs,” said Senator Rath. “The new restrooms will also allow more people to use Memorial Hall for their activities and events. I thank Assemblyman Schimminger for his teamwork in this effort.”

Memorial Hall is leased by the town to the Tonnewanta Veterans Club, and houses the Milton J. Brounschidle American Legion Post 205, the Harry F. Crosby VFW Post 2472, the Robert DiTomaso Amvets Post, and the Honor Roll DAV Chapter 120.

“Tonawanda’s Crime Resistance Executive Board plays a vital role in our community,” said Senator Rath. “Crime prevention starts in our community by neighbors looking out for neighbors. I congratulate the board on its important work.”

“We have supported the Neighborhood Watch, Mobile Eye Patrol and other crime prevention efforts undertaken by the Crime Resistance Executive Board for several years now. These citizen volunteer’s efforts have been a big help to the Town of Tonawanda Police Department in fighting crime here in our community,” said Schimminger.

The board works closely with the Town of Tonawanda Police Department’s Community Services Bureau.

“We’re glad that we’ve again been able to work with town officials and bring home special state funding to address local needs here in Tonawanda,” concluded Schimminger and Rath.