State Legislators Secure Funding For Historical Society

August 9, 2005

Today members of the Western New York State Legislative Delegation announced that they have secured $300,000 in the 2005-06 New York State budget for the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. This funding will allow the Historical Society to close out a portion of a prior capital debt associated with taking the lead role in the centennial celebration of the Pan-American Exposition in 2001.

“I am pleased that, working together, the Western New York Delegation was able to spearhead this initiative and secure funding for this very worthwhile organization,” said Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, who co-chairs the delegation with State Senator Dale M. Volker. “The Historical Society is to be commended for the fine job that they are doing to preserve and showcase our heritage. The Society and its many volunteers and supporters are truly invaluable assets to the community.”

“The Western New York Legislative Delegation continues to bring its collaborative financial and legislative resources together and fight for our region,” said Senator Volker. “We all understand the financial challenges that are currently taking place at the county level. However, we also know that organizations, like the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, must continue to operate and provide their resources and expertise that are utilized by thousands of Erie County residents. The state funds that we have secured today for the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society reflect the Delegation’s bipartisan effort and why we continue to be unified in doing what is right for our region and residents.”

“Today’s announcement is great news for the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society and for our community,” Assemblyman Sam Hoyt said. “The Historical Society is a tremendous educational resource as well as a significant asset in our region’s collection of cultural and heritage tourism attractions. These funds will provide the Historical Society with much needed stability and allow it to pursue future exhibitions that will continue to enhance and promote our region.”

“The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society and its work greatly enhances the quality of life here in Western New York,” said Senator Mary Lou Rath. “The Historical Society helps tell the story of our community and it is critical that our past be preserved for the future. I am pleased to be able to access resources that will continue to allow the Society to maintain the level of excellence that has become its hallmark.”

“As a delegation, we are pleased to provide this state grant to the Historical Society. We recognize the Historical Society’s vital contributions to heritage and cultural tourism, most notably its leadership role in Buffalo’s centennial celebration of the Pan-American Exposition in 2001,” Assembly Majority Leader Paul A. Tokasz stated.

William Siener, Executive Director of the Historical Society, said, “These funds will help put the museum on a much firmer financial footing, insuring that we are able to maintain our high standards.” He added, “We are so pleased that members of the Western New York Delegation have come together to support our mission, and to recognize our significance as a vital cultural resource in this community.”

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples, who joined in this morning’s news conference at the Historical Society, and Assemblyman Mark Schroeder also helped to secure the funding.