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MED gets $19,000 Global ReLeaf grant

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MASSENA - The Massena Electric Department has received a $19,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation and American Forests organization for a Global ReLeaf project.

The utility group received a letter earlier this month from American Forests, notifying them of the news.

“Alcoa is giving us $19,000 to support our tree efforts this year. We leveraged that with NYPA’s tree power program and we’re expecting delivery of trees here by the end of the month or beginning of June,” MED Superintendent Andrew J. McMahon said.

Mr. McMahon said that over the past three years, MED has been doing tree replacements and tree planting in various parts of the Massena community.

Work has been completed on Parker Avenue, Park Avenue, Andrews Street and Maple Street among other locales.

“They are all at various levels of recovery,” Mr. McMahon said. “Some of the areas were damaged by the ice storm of 1998. Others, it was just sort of from neglect through the years. So American Forests in cooperation with Alcoa and leveraging NYPA’s tree power program - we have had a number of partners help us improve a number of neighborhoods.”

Board Chairman James Shaw said that the NYPA program sells trees to MED at a reduced cost, which in turn helps with energy efficiency.

“The other piece of it has been, that has paid for a number of the installations of LED lighting that we’ve done on the different roads - again for energy reduction,” Mr. Shaw said.

“We’ve done it as part of the Green Efficiency program. We’ve done trees and lights while the village was doing similar beautification work,” Mr. McMahon said. “As (Mr. Shaw) said, our efforts have been focused on energy efficiency. But trees are a great way to not only beautify the community but reduce our energy footprint.”

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