August 14th, 2017
HORNELL, NY – Assemblyman Joe Errigo, Alderman John Buckley, Deputy Director for the Finger Lakes Region Spencer Bernard, and Mike Palmesano all visited the Concern for Youth on East Main Street in the city.
Errigo met with children and listened to their success stories from the program along with sharing some stories of his own. The center serves around 30 students a day meals, activities, counseling, sports, among many others.
Executive Director Susan Hooker, who has been involved in the program since the early 90’s, said the facility is constantly looking for new revenue to upgrade the building, continue to provide quality lunches and dinners, and support the staff and counselors who spend endless hours working with the children.
Hooker said that she has recently received a much needed grant for $66,000 that will primarily be used for building upgrades. Renovations will include all new windows throughout the building, a new kitchen, and all new floors.
The reason for Errigo’s visit was to seek funding through his office to help alleviate some of the financial burdens required to keep the center up and running. The assemblyman seemed more than will to do what he can to help the program out.
Also in attendance was Middle School music teacher Christa Fortin, who was responsible for her Drumline receiving the state title. Since there is no Drumline program currently at the High School level, she would like to see funding to start a program there.