Taconic Hills Swimmers Edge New Lebanon

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NEW LEBANON, N.Y. -- Emma Avenia won two events Monday to lead the Taconic Hills girls swim team to a narrow, 42-39 win over New Lebanon.
 
Avenia won the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 16.06 seconds and the 500 free in 6:25.17.
 
Alex Sotek earned a pair of wins for the Tigers, taking first in the 100 butterfly (1:05.97) and 200 individual medley (2:24.17).
 
Taconic Hills also won the boys meet, 45-33.
 
Liam Buckenroth was a double-winner for New Lebanon, taking the 200 free (2:20.85) and 500 free (6:18.53).
 
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Pittsfield Gets 475K for Second Installment of Block Grant Funds

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield received its second allocation of Community Development Block Grants in the amount of $475,103.00.

The federally funded program is designed to help small cities and towns meet a broad range of community development needs.

In total, the city has received $1,264,444. The first allocation was accepted by the City Council on April 28, 2020. These two allocations are separate and in addition to the city's annual entitlement allocation.

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Mayor Linda Tyer submitted an order to amend the CDBG annual Action Plan for the program year 2019-2020 to provide a special allocation of CDBG funds in the amount of $475,103.00.
This $475,103 allocation is proposed to be spent as follows:

  • $325,000 for small business assistance
  • $50,000 for human services
  • $129,000 for rental assistance
  • $50,103 for administration

Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi and Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell questioned the $50,103 that is purposed to be spent in administration. The conversation got slightly heated as Connell questioned Community Development Director Deanna Ruffer on where the administrative costs go.

Connell asked Director of Finance & Administration/Treasurer Matthew Kerwood why salary line items remain the same come budget time when they received CDBG funding, wanting to know where that extra money goes.

He said this has troubled him for some time and that it seems like a black hole that some of these funds are going into. There has to be some decrease in line items for these positions if they receive these administrative costs from the grant, Connell added, because he knows that half of Ruffer and Program Manager Justine Dodds' salaries come from it.

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