Written by Cory Twibell: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00
The Village of Westbury received a $200,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from Nassau County on Feb. 28, County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced, which will be utilized to improve various aspects of village life in Westbury.
Mangano also said an additional $25,000 was allocated to the Village of Westbury in order to help the Westbury Senior Center continue its adult daycare, health education, physical fitness and recreation programs.
“The Village of Westbury is pleased to be the recipient of a CDBG block grant that will assist us in our efforts to upgrade village facilities and infrastructure. Westbury has been a participant in the County’s CDGB consortium from the beginning. We are grateful that County Executive Mangano recognizes the needs of our residents, and supports our infrastructure improvement program,” Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro said in a statement.
Cavallaro also highlighted the timing of the grant, which comes at a point where many cuts are being made throughout programs across the county.
“It is particularly important, in these difficult economic times, for his commitment to providing needed support for the exemplary senior citizen programs offered at the Westbury Senior Center, including the daily lunch program that is open to all county seniors,” said Cavallaro.
According to Nassau County, the CDBG Program is a “Federal entitlement program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.” The Nassau County Office of Community Development sends out a notice of grant availability each year and receives a number of applications from municipalities seeking to improve various aspects of community life, including housing, commercial revitalization and infrastructure and public facility maintenance.
“This is a great example of how government can work together to effectively use grant funds to improve our neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life for residents,” said Mangano.
“In addition to improving the local infrastructure which in turn will help attract customers, create jobs and improve the local economy in the Village of Westbury, the funds will assist in providing much needed services for senior citizens,” Mangano added.
The Senior Citizens of Westbury, Inc. (SCWC) is located at 360 Post Ave. within the village and has continued to host programs for residents 60 or older since 1956. In addition to the county and the village, the Senior Center receives support from the Town of North Hempstead, New York State and the Westbury School District.
The Center offers bus service, a hot lunch program, educational and physical fitness classes, as well as a “homebound” program for those who remain at home due to a disability.
“The Westbury Senior Center is most grateful to be a recipient of the CDBG grant monies provided to the Village of Westbury by Nassau County. County Executive Mangano’s commitment to the needs of the seniors during these difficult economic times is greatly appreciated.
“These grant monies assist in the continuation of the valuable programs offered at the center. The services provided enrich the lives of the seniors through a variety of recreational, social and educational opportunities, including a well-balanced nutrition program,” said Westbury Senior Center Director Maureen Droge.