Assemblyman Robin Schimminger and Senator Mary Lou Rath announced today that the 2008-09 state budget that has just been enacted includes a total of $40,000 in funding for two City of Tonawanda projects. The lawmakers secured the two $20,000 grants in response to requests for assistance from city officials.
One of the grants will be used to convert a historic building in Veterans Park to a pavilion that will be available for public use year round. The remodeled building will have a new roof, additional bathroom, and an outside pavilion, and will meet ADA accessibility standards. The historic exterior of the building will be preserved. The City’s Underwater Squad, which most recently used the building, now operates out of Police Headquarters.
The other grant will go toward upgrading electrical service at Gateway Harbor. City officials said past experience during Canal Fest, concerts and other events had pointed out the need for a boost in power to accommodate the growing number of boaters attracted to the increasingly popular entertainment venue.
Assemblyman Schimminger said, “Projects like these help contribute to a vibrant quality of life in our community, and I am glad that we were able to secure state funding to make them happen.”
“These projects are important investments and help to further preserve the distinctive heritage of our community,” said Senator Rath.