JAMESTOWN – It’s probably the single biggest amount of public safety funding Jamestown has ever received from the federal government. That from Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, who informed members of the city council Monday night that Jamestown is set to receive nearly $465,000 in funding from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The money will be used to help purchase a new ambulance and pumper truck for the city fire department, with the city covering the other 10 percent of the cost.
According to Teresi, the city first learned it was receiving the funding at the end of March, although the city actually applied for the funding last summer.
Teresi also commended his staff and the city’s representatives in Washington for helping to secure such a large funding amount. He specifically thanked Jamestown Deputy Fire Chief Chet Harvey for writing the grant application for the funding, along with city comptroller Joe Bellitto. He also thanked both Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand for helping to locate the funding, along with current congressman Tom Reed and former congressman Brian Higgins.
The city’s share of buying the new vehicles will be $51,596 – which the mayor says can be taken out of the contingency account. The council will act on accepting the grant during its next voting session on April 22.