Senator Nozzolio Secures A $500,000 State Grant For The Hillside Children’s Center Varick Campus

Michael F. Nozzolio

March 21, 2009

Varick – Continuing his commitment to creating jobs in the Central Finger Lakes and the Hillside Children's Center in Varick, New York State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio (R-Fayette) today announced that he has secured a $500,000 State grant for the facility. The funding will be used for infrastructure improvements and renovations needed throughout the campus. Senator Nozzolio played a critical role in recruiting Hillside Children's Center to expand their operations at the former Seneca Army Depot in 2004.

“Hillside’s presence in the community has played an integral role in the revitalization of the former Seneca Army Depot while also playing an important role in improving the lives of New York’s at-risk children,” said Senator Nozzolio. It was a pleasure for me to secure this $500,000 State grant to improve Hillsides facilities and ensure our children are provided with the support they need in overcoming crisis and becoming healthy, well-rounded and successful citizens.”

The Hillside Children Center Varick Campus has grown dramatically since it began operations in 2004 growing from 53 children and 186 employees to 118 children and 355 employees.

Dennis M. Richardson, President and CEO, Hillside Family of Agencies said “We are grateful to Senator Nozzolio for his consistent commitment to the 118 individuals currently served at our Hillside Children’s Center campus in Varick. Senator Nozzolio’s leadership in securing these critical funds ensures we are able to continue to provide the highest quality of care to our youth through new campus renovations and upgrades.”

The development of the Hillside Children’s Center Campus in Varick is also part of Senator Nozzolio’s efforts in successfully revitalizing the former Seneca Army Depot. Senator Nozzolio has been instrumental in securing millions of dollars throughout the years which has helped bring more than 1,200 jobs with an annual payroll of over $30 million to the former Seneca Army Depot. In addition to the acquisition of the KidsPeace Campus by the Hillside Children’s Center, projects have included construction of Five Points Correctional Facility, the attraction and expansion of The Advantage Group, and the creation of the New York State Police and Emergency Training Facility.

Hillside Family of Agencies, a cornerstone of upstate New York for 169 years, is one of the largest non-profit agencies in New York State. Its affiliate, Hillside Children’s Center, is a leading provider of care for youth and families with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, or life-circumstance challenges. Hillside Children’s Center offers mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, developmental disabilities, and special education services throughout Central and Western New York. Its services are customized based on the strengths and needs of individual children, families, and communities.

“I commend Hillside for their unparalleled commitment to our children, and for their continued hard work and service in our community,” concluded Senator Nozzolio.