Schimminger, Rath Announce State Grants

August 1, 2005

Senator Mary Lou Rath and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger announced today that the New York State Archives' Local Government Records Advisory Council has awarded grants to three local archive projects in the Tonawandas.

The Town of Tonawanda Clerk’s Office has been awarded a state grant in the amount of $69,544 for upgraded imaging and document management. The town plans on purchasing new software and a scanner as part of a new electronic document system. The updated technology will allow for multiple access to various records, and save a considerable amount of time in retrieving town documents such as minutes of board meetings and other official documents.

The Tonawanda City School District was awarded two state grants totaling just over $19,000. One grant will be used for an active records project ($7,023), and the other is for an inactive records project ($12,053). The grants will be used to update the district's filing system, allowing for safer and more practical storage of important documents.

“The State Archives Local Government Records grant program provides much needed financial assistance to help localities update records from many years ago or records recently generated by high tech computers,” said Assemblyman Schimminger. “This state funding will allow the town and school district to be not only more effective but also more efficient in conducting their business and serving the public.”

“Organized, well-maintained records are vital to any office, especially when you are serving the public,” said Senator Rath. “These grants will help the Town of Tonawanda and the Tonawanda City School District do a better job of updating and managing their records without any additional cost to the town or school district. This kind of important work is exactly why this grant program was established.”

Schimminger and Rath also noted that Erie Community College ($44,780) and Erie 1 BOCES ($74,568 and $104,975) have been awarded state grants for three active records management projects.

The state lawmakers concluded, “We are pleased that this innovative state program we've helped create through legislation and fund as part of the state budget process will greatly assist these local entities in managing their resources and maintaining their government records.”