August 13th, 2019
HORNELL, NY – Congressman Tom Reed, along with Hornell Mayor John Buckley, Deputy Mayor and Alderman Jessica Cleveland, and Alstom representatives paid a visit to the Hornell Area Concern for Youth at 76 E. Main Street Tuesday Evening to tour the facility and have a one on one talk with many of the kids and staff.
Reed and Buckley had a lengthy sit down with many of the senior high school residents in attendance and discussed everything from their job at the facility to their goals once they leave there.
Also in attendance were Mike MacDonald and Brad Myers, Alstom Administrators, who were instrumental in securing a donation from the Alstom Foundation to help with many of the upgrades the facility has undertaken. Also contributing to the project was LaBella Associates. Others in attendance to welcome the Mayor and Congressman were director Susan Hooker, board president Mike Colomaio, Paul Shepard, and many staff members.
The Hornell Area Concern for Youth (HACFY) is a year-round facility for 8-19 year olds from different backgrounds that frequent it after school and during holidays, with the objective of keeping them off the streets. They receive meals; extended learning; mentoring; drug & violence prevention lessons etc. During summer vacation the facility opens at 11am and closes early evening. The facility has been in operation well over 40 years.
Many renovations to the building have been completed since a $66,000 grant was secured a while back, with new windows, floors, doors, bathrooms, and kitchen. A new sprinkler system already has also been installed along with a brand new conference/study room. Also new and in use are a regulation pool table, foosball table, video game consoles, and multiple big screen LED Tv’s.