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Grants to provide van, communications equipment for city departments

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    Courtesy of Branda Maholtz Hudson River Bank and Trust Co. Foundation members Sid Richter, Joe Phelan, Holly Rappleyea, Marilyn Herrington and Tony Jones, Carl Florio presented grants to the city’s Youth and Fire departments. Also pictured are Hudson Fire Chief Anthony DeMarco Jr., Assistant Fire Chief Nick Pierro and Mayor Rick Rector.
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    Courtesy of Branda Maholtz Hudson River Bank and Trust Co. Foundation members Sid Richter, Joe Phelan, Holly Rappleyea, Marilyn Herrington and Tony Jones, Carl Florio presented grants to the city’s Youth and Fire departments. Also pictured are Youth Department Director Nick Zachos, Assistant Fire Chief Nick Pierro and Mayor Rick Rector.
February 19, 2019 03:55 pm

HUDSON — The city’s Department of Youth and the Fire Department will each receive a grant from the Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation to upgrade their services, Mayor Rick Rector announced in a statement Friday.

The Department of Youth will receive a $25,000 grant to purchase a new passenger van, which will be used to take youth to and from activities, field trips and programs.

The van will be a major asset to programming at the Youth Center and at the summer camp at Oakdale Lake, Director Nick Zachos said.

The Hudson Fire Department will use its $12,000 grant to acquire specialized equipment for communication and other equipment for a new vehicle to be purchased together with a grant from the Galvan Foundation.

The money will ensure the fire department’s new command vehicle will be equipped with up-to-date communications and emergency equipment, city Fire Commissioner Timothy Hutchings said.

“The members of the Hudson Fire Department are extremely thankful to the Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation for assisting us funding this project,” Hutchings said. “The foundation’s commitment to our department will assist us in achieving our mission of protecting life and property of the citizens we serve for many years to come.”

The foundation considers grant funding for variety of projects with a focus on health care, community development, education and youth, arts and culture, historic preservation and environmental protection.

For more information about the foundation and the application process, visit hrbtfoundation.com.

“Special thanks to Tony Jones sand the members of the HRBTF [Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation] board for their extraordinary support and belief in the future of Hudson,” Rector said in a statement. “I would also like to both thank and acknowledge Village Dodge for their financial assistance insuring an advantageous price to make this happen.”