Boys & Girls Club of Western Broome gets $100,000 grant for repairs

ENDICOTT, N.Y. - The Boys & Girls Club of Western Broome will now be able to keep out the rain thanks to State Senator Fred Akshar.

On Monday, the Republican announced a $100,000 grant that will be awarded to the Club next to Union-Endicott High School.

It hosts summer and after school programs, a home school program and also houses the Magic Paintbrush Project.

The grant will fund repairs to the severely damaged roof along with improvements to the pool area.

Water often leaks into the gym and pool area along with recreational rooms and hallways, causing water damage to the ceilings and lights.

"We have water dripping down into the gym and onto programs. When it really storms badly, it just pours in. That's dangerous and we want to make sure that the place is safe because we house a lot of kids," said Former Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Rick Materese.

"We're ensuring that the safety is in place. We're ensuring that there is a good roof over the heads of kids and adults who take advantage of what the Boys and Girls Club has to offer," said Akshar.

The grant will also cover improvements to the Club's security system.

Club Representatives say the cameras are outdated and starting to die.

The project is funded through the New York State Dormitory Authority.


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