Sen. Joseph Griffo, at right, speaks with, from left, Pitcairn Town
Budget Director Leland Ryan and Pitcairn Town Supervisor Clyde "Sam" Frank Jr.
on Thursday, Oct. 15, as they discuss how $50,000 in state grant funding secured
by Sen. Griffo was used to make the town garage (pictured here) more
PITCAIRN-- Senator Joseph Griffo says $50,000 he secured will help the Town
of Pitcairn save thousands of dollars in heating costs through energy-efficient
renovations to their municipal garage, officials announced Thursday.
The town garage was constructed in 1972 primarily using cement blocks that
provided no insulation.
Relying on this funding secured by Sen. Griffo, the town was able to complete
renovations that included: adding 3 inches of insulating foam to the outside
walls of the garage, covered by new steel siding, and construction of a larger
garage door to allow room for the town’s plow.
Pitcairn Town Supervisor Clyde “Sam” Frank Jr. thanked Sen. Griffo, R-Rome,
for obtaining $50,000 in available grant money that will reimburse the town for
upgrades to the municipal garage and adjacent office building at 10 Edwards
Last year, the town budgeted about $13,440 to heat the garage. With this new
funding, town officials estimate that taxpayers will save several thousand
dollars this winter by cutting their heating bills to about $9,000.
“Every municipality is looking to cut spending nowadays, and that’s what
we’re doing by making this whole building more energy efficient,” Frank said.
“While these renovations will cut down on our utility bills and help keep us
under the tax cap, it is something we never could have afforded to do without
this funding so I want to thank Sen. Griffo for this grant money on behalf of
our town residents and Town Board. This funding is really going to benefit the
“This funding exists to help municipalities like the Town of Pitcairn avoid
having to raise taxes in order to complete necessary capital projects, and I am
glad to see the grant money I was able to secure will help the town cut costs
and save taxpayer dollars. By becoming more energy efficient, the town will be
in a better