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Senator Webb Announces $50K in Funding For Local Educational Programs Within Cortland County


New York State Senator, Lea Webb (NY-52), announced during a press conference yesterday at the YWCA of Cortland state funding designated for local educational programs within Cortland County. The overall funding announced by Senator Webb, is part of $200,000 in funds she has secured for New York’s 52nd District.

Funding will go towards the YWCA of Cortland, Cortland County Community Action Program (CAPCO), Cortland Community Group, and funds for libraries throughout the county.

The YWCA of Cortland will receive $25,000 in state funding. Money will go towards supporting program costs, materials, supplies and equipment to support educational programming at their facility. For CAPCO, the organization will receive $12,000 to support their educational programming. This includes CAPCO’s basic literacy classes and high school GED and NEDP with a full-time coordinator, two part time instructors, and five volunteer instructors.

“The Y has a very important mission in eliminating racism and empowering women and we have four core programs that do that work. Our childcare program, which is the largest in the county, we have our Aids to Victims of Violence program, our Health & Fitness, and our mentoring programs. The mentoring program solely operates on grants so this money is vital for that program.” said Jami Bistocchi, Child Care Director for YWCA of Cortland.

The Cortland Community Group, Inc. will be receiving $10,000 dollars for their educational programming. Joann Dukelow, the program coordinator for the ESL program at the Community Center. The program helps students learn English at no charge, with 31 students from 10 different countries attending the class.

The building where the Community Center operates is a former train station that is currently owned by the Susquehanna and Western Railway, the company currently leases the building free of charge and pays for the utilities of the building for the organization. The money given will help with building improvements in order to make the building more user friendly.

“This funding will not only help with these modifications for us, but we have a foster parent group at the Community Center, we do fingerprinting, Racker Center uses [the facility] as handicapped accessible space to meet. We’re serving a huge population, probably over 400 people a month.” Dukelow said regarding the importance of the Center has been for the Cortland Community.

$10,000 dollars will go towards the various libraries across Cortland County to promote their educational programming.

Said Senator Lea Webb, “I am thrilled to deliver over $200,000 in state funds to support local organizations working to educate our youth including over $50,000 to local organizations here in Cortland County.”

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