New Rochelle: Grants shore up YMCA pool

LoHud has important news from New Rochelle:

The YMCA has found its lifesaver.

It comes in the form of $1 million in state funds, secured by state Assembly members Steve Otis and Amy Paulin. The money will foot the bill for most of the pool repairs that had threatened the New Rochelle YMCA’s future.

“We had been working with all of the elected officials and really pitching the importance of the pool in the community,” said YMCA Executive Director Julie Gallanty. “They really have saved this Y.”

Paulin, D-Scarsdale, and Otis, D-Rye, each secured $500,000 through the state Dormitory Authority.

Otis called the effort to get the state funds “tremendous” and said that, even though he is not a swimmer, he appreciated how important the pool was.

“One of the things that hit me, the pool is so essential to the functioning of the Y. They can’t go pool-less,” he said. “That’s why it was made a priority for me.”

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