Some people may call it “pork,” others may call it “bringing home the bacon.” Either way, Assemblyman George Latimer (D-91st District) has announced the state’s approval of grants for a few Larchmont and Mamaroneck organizations:
- $10,000 – Larchmont Fire Department
- $10,000 – Mamaroneck Village Fire Department
- $10,000 – Larchmont/Mamaroneck: At Home on the Sound
- $5,000 – Mamaroneck – St. Thomas Church Community Dinner Program
- $5,000 – Larchmont – Flint Park Conservancy
- $5,000 – Mamaroneck – KEEPS Child Care
In addition, Mr. Latimer also secured two grants of $125,000 each in capital funds to assist in the renovations at the Larchmont Public Library, and to obtain a generator for Mamaroneck High School for use in emergency situations.
Mr. Latimer noted that “the state system of member item grants should be eliminated and replaced by a direct system of grant applications, so that members don’t take ‘credit’ for these allocation of public monies.” But until the system is fully reformed, he noted that he will continue to work to aid local groups.
“The perception statewide is that Larchmont and Mamaroneck are wealthy communities (much like Rye, Rye Brook and other locales in this district) that requiresno state assistance – but there are important community needs from fire services to conservation to recreation services that warrant attention. Since our residents generate a great deal in state tax revenue proportionate to our population, we should at least see some of that money returned as an investment in Larchmont and Mamaroneck.”