ROME - Several departments in the City of Rome will soon see improvements because of a $450,000 state grant secured by State Sen. Joe Griffo.
Griffo, joined by Mayor Jackie Izzo and members of the Rome Police and Fire Departments, made the announcement at the Rome train station Monday morning.
Approximately $250,000 of the grant will go towards train station improvements and repairs. The money will help pay for the costs to repair a hole in the ceiling that developed earlier this month, so the pedestrian walkway can reopen.
Mayor Izzo says without this state grant the city would have had to pay for the repairs to the train station.
“There is no option here. We have to repair this, because we certainly don't want to lose train service to Rome. So one way or the other all this burden would've been on the taxpayers. Now that the senator has opened up municipal funding, this takes much of that $250,000 off the backs of our taxpayers - and that's very much appreciated.”
The rest of the funding amounts to $100,000 to provide pole cameras for the police department, $50,000 for repairs to the fire department's hazmat storage facility, as well as $50,000 to make improvements to the Rome Art and Community Center.
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