SCHUMER DELIVERS NEARLY $2 MILLION TO TRANSFORM THE PLATTSBURGH YMCA; FUNDING WILL HELP CREATE NEW STATE OF THE ART HEALTH & FITNESS FACILITY, EXPAND RECREATION PROGRAMS, AND GIVE NORTH COUNTRY CHILDREN THE COMMUNITY SPACE THEY DESERVE
After Losing Two Of The Areas Community Recreation Centers In 2020; Schumer Delivers Federal $$ To Transform The Plattsburgh YMCA To Meet Growing Community Health Needs & Give New Opportunities To Plattsburgh Youth
Funding Will Allow YMCA To Expand Facilities, Services, And Strengthen Educational Programs
Schumer: Plattsburgh Families & Children Will Soon Have A Brand New Fitness And Community Center To Call Home
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that he has secured $1,973,000 for the Plattsburgh YMCA, as a crucial cornerstone of a larger capital campaign to expand their operations and help create a new state of the art fitness & recreational facility for the Plattsburgh region. The funding was secured as a part of the bipartisan omnibus spending package for Fiscal Year 2022. Schumer said that this newly reimagined YMCA would fulfill the region’s growing health needs, bolster North Country public health, strengthen youth programs, and provide a much-needed comprehensive community gathering center for Plattsburgh.
“This is truly wonderful news for the Plattsburgh YMCA, our families, and most importantly the children of Plattsburgh. This investment in the community means jobs, new youth programs, and healthier communities,” said Senator Schumer. “I am proud to deliver this major investment to give the people of Plattsburgh the expanded health and recreation facilities the community desperately needed to ensure a stronger, healthier North Country.”
Justin Ihne, CEO of the Plattsburgh YMCA said, "On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, community and thousands of youth and families, we are humbled and grateful for this funding support to the Plattsburgh YMCA. Senator Schumer has always supported New York and the North Country and this is another example of his investment in our community. A new YMCA that will serve our region in areas of child care, health and wellness, youth mental health, and safety around water is just the start for our vision of a bright future for our YMCA. The Plattsburgh and surrounding region deserves this level of service and we are thankful for Senator Schumer's support and continued dedication to the North Country."
Schumer explained that in 2020 the City of Plattsburgh saw the closure of its Recreation Center, the pool at SUNY Plattsburgh, and the loss of the hospital’s Wellness Center. This collective loss was hard felt by the community and displaced over 1,000 residents from their fitness facilities.
This Schumer-secured grant will not only help fill this gap, but strengthen the health and wellness in the Plattsburgh area with a brand new comprehensive fitness facility driven by the Plattsburgh YMCA. These funds, as part of a larger campaign, will ensure that they can expand current services that promote health, wellness, and mental health, and help to increase childcare services throughout the North Country.
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