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Funding procured for Hamburg video lottery terminals

HAMBURG — Sen. Mark Grisanti announced that additional funding has been obtained in this year’s state budget, for the town of Hamburg to host video lottery terminals.

Grisanti said that he was able to secure more than $865,679 for the town of Hamburg and $288,560 for Erie County, for a total of $1,154,239.

“I am proud to have been able to secure additional state funding for the town of Hamburg and increase that total from 2013’s state budget,” Grisanti said. “This is a huge victory for the town of Hamburg, and the extra funding to the town could be used for a variety of things like continuing to lower taxes, infrastructure or other projects.”

Aid received by the town of Hamburg had been cut by more than 60 percent in 2008 and 2009, from the video lottery terminal funds.

Grisanti said that he was alerted about the problem by Hamburg Supervisor Steven Walters in 2012, after the senator’s district began including Hamburg, following a redistricting. Grisanti secured $680,176 in the 2013 budget and now $865,679 in the 2014 budget.

The senator sent a letter to Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Feb. 5, with the request to consider the inequality of funding to Hamburg. Language was then included to address the funding issue in the Senate’s one-house budget resolution, which was passed earlier this month. The 2014 state budget now includes additional funding for the town of Hamburg.

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