Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R, C – Mahopac) visited the Carmel Police Department on Wednesday morning to meet with Carmel Police Chief Anthony Hoffmann, Carmel Supervisor Michael Cazzari and Deputy Supervisor Robert Schanil to announce the disbursement of three New York State grants secured by Byrne between 2018 and 2021 to assist the town. Each grant was valued at $50,000 adding up to $150,000 in total. The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) has recently executed the grant disbursement for each grant. The funds were used to assist with the purchase of the police department’s license plate readers (LPRs), Heavy Duty Special Operations Vehicle, and a portion of Carmel Water District #2’s various infrastructural improvements.
“We typically do not announce grant funding when it is first secured because many of these grants can take several years to get to our local governments,” said Byrne. “We are now at a time when the grants have been executed and equipment has been purchased, so we are happy to announce that critical funding for the Town of Camel’s Water District #2 and the Carmel Police Department. The purchases and projects supported by this additional funding will make a substantive and positive impact on the lives of Carmel residents without additional reliance on property taxes. I’m always delighted to work with our partners in local government and am happy to see these important efforts that support both public health and safety move forward in Carmel.”
“We were able to receive money from the State thanks to Assemblyman Byrne which will be an invaluable tool to prevent and solve crime in our community and also improve the quality of life for our citizens,” said Michael Cazzari, Town of Carmel Supervisor. “Thank you, Kevin, for the work that you have done to secure the water district grant and the support that you have and continue to provide for our police department.”
“Thank you to Assemblyman Byrne and the Town Board for your continued support and assistance,” said Chief Anthony Hoffmann, Carmel Police Department. “About a year and a half ago, we discussed with Assemblyman Byrne the need for a heavy-duty vehicle in our department. The heavy-duty vehicle supports our police marine unit on Lake Mahopac, our patrol division during storms, and also aids members of the Putnam County Emergency Response Team.”
“Back in 2018, before I joined the Carmel Town Board, I attended a meeting at Carmel High School with the Assemblyman where the board discussed the need for a multimillion-dollar water district project in District 2,” said Robert Schanil, Town of Carmel Deputy Supervisor. “During that meeting, the members of the board specifically asked for assistance from our state elected officials for this large-scale project, and Assemblyman Byrne stepped up to the plate as the only legislator to provide us with financial assistance for the project. We cannot thank him enough for his willingness to help.”
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