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Town of Potsdam gets $50,000 for Pine Street Arena rehab

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POTSDAM - The town of Potsdam’s Pine Street Arena will be undergoing an extreme makeover in the near future.

Town Supervisor Marie C. Regan announced the town’s receipt of a $50,000 grant from the state and municipal facilities capital fund on Tuesday.

Ms. Regan said that she met with Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome, last week to discuss the possibility.

“Mr. Griffo gave me a gentleman’s name to call and to see what needed to be done to resurrect (the grant), which started in 2008. They told me the first thing that we had to do was to get another letter from Sen. Griffo saying he still sponsored it,” Ms. Regan said. “(Sen. Griffo) came on Thursday. and I wanted to talk to him about maybe trying to help us to reinvigorate that grant that he had given us in 2008. Then we talked on other matters, and he said it was about our turn to get some of his item money. I requested that we get $50,000 for Pine Street Arena.”

Although the facility is located in the village, the town and village currently work together on a joint community recreation program.

“I think we owe Sen. Griffo a real, real thank you,” Ms. Regan said. “I thank the senator for recognizing our need to preserve this building. I hope these funds will be the impetus for the town and village to raise additional funds to make further improvements to the arena.”

“An investment in the Pine Street Arena, which is the site of numerous recreation programs, is truly an investment in the children of Potsdam,” Mr. Griffo said. “I am pleased to see the town and village working together and happy to help.”

The funds will be used primarily to upgrade the bathroom and concession facilities at the arena, which is owned by the village.

Councilwoman Rosemaria Rivezzi said that she has been in discussion with Mayor Steven W. Yurgartis about chairing a committee to look at the recreation program.

“Steve asked me if I would chair a committee to look at the recreation program - just where it is, how the money is spent, the future things that can be done to improve the program, etc. I have volunteered to do that and I will be working on that with Mayor Yurgartis,” Ms. Rivezzi said.

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