Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Assemblywoman Jenne: Canton Church & Community Program outreach effort helping seniors

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, D-Theresa, said she was impressed this week when she had an opportunity to assist with the Canton Church & Community Program's outreach efforts at the Canton Housing Authority buildings on Riverside Drive.

Connie Jenkins, director of the Canton Church & Community Program, said she and volunteers from her agency have been offering fresh vegetables to CHA residents since mid-July.

Assemblywoman Jenne visited the program's pantry on Main Street on Tuesday and helped unpack and sort vegetables for CHA residents. The assemblywoman has long been a strong proponent for food pantry programs across the North Country. She secured funding for the Food Bank of Central New York, which helps the food pantries in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties serve even more community members in need.

Corrections Officer Mike Rogers brought in another bounty gathered from the garden program at the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility. Approximately two dozen residents filled up their bags with the fresh veggies at this week's outreach stop.

Assemblywoman Jenne said she tries to make a stop at the C & CP pantry each September in recognition of Hunger Action Month. She said the opportunity to see the new outreach program in action made her latest visit special.

"It's a fantastic way to reach out to people in our community that often times go without and don't think to ask for assistance," she said.

"The seniors that came to the event were proud long-time members of our community and were appreciative of the efforts to bring them fresh local food. It's difficult for many to get out to the pantry or farmers markets, but there is clearly a need to be creative and bring the programs directly to them," the assemblywoman noted.

"I commend Connie and her faithful volunteer, Doug Quick, for making this program happen. It not only provides great produce but it has also reached many seniors who need help all year long," Assemblywoman Jenne pointed out.

She said the gathering also provided an opportunity for camaraderie as the residents waited for the vegetables to be unpacked and sorted. She said it was obvious special relationships had been developed between the volunteers involved in the outreach program and the residents.

"It was a fun time to joke, reminisce and share recipe ideas. Sometimes it’s nice to just see a friendly face and share in a pleasant conversation. It was obvious that some real friendships were created over the weeks. That's a calling card of the North Country," Assemblywoman Jenne suggested.

St. Lawrence County currently has poverty rate of 19.2 percent, making it the seventh poorest county in New York State. More than 19,000 county residents, including one of every four children in the county, live below the poverty level.

Ms. Jenkins noted the C & CP served 427 households from the towns of Canton, Clare, Dekalb, Hermon and Russell in 2017. She said the 1,187 individuals served included families, seniors and single parents.

Ms. Jenkins said when her staff was reviewing their operations, they realized seniors were often underserved due to challenges of getting to the pantry. She said the outreach program was launched on July 17 and has proven to be very successful.

As the harvest season is coming to an end, Ms. Jenkins said she is planning to expand the outreach effort into a yearlong program.

"I think it will work," she told the seniors waiting for the vegetables to be sorted. "We're thinking next week might be the last week for this program, but we are thinking about starting a program where we could deliver items to your door a couple times a month."

Ms. Jenkins told the seniors that if they signed up to be part of the pantry program their deliveries would include vegetables, juices, cereals, pastas and bread. She said there are also occasions when the pantry is stocked with eggs and milk.

"I think it will work. If we know how many of you are interested, we could deliver a couple of times a month. I'm sorry it's so hard for you to get to us, but we can get it to you," she stressed, drawing immediate interest from some seniors in the room.

Ms. Jenkins said the summer outreach program benefitted from grants from Catholic Charities and Walmart, as well as donations from the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility garden program, North Country Grown Co-Op and Save-A-Lot.

Corrections Officer Mike Rogers has become a welcome sight for program participants, delivering and unloading bags of vegetables grown in the gardens at the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility.

The organic garden, cared for by the inmates, includes approximately 30,000 plants ranging from tomatoes, peppers and potatoes to cucumbers, zucchini, squash and eggplant.

The prison created the garden in 2009, but CO Rogers said the program has been expanded in recent years. The prison now donates approximately 25,000 pounds of vegetables each month.

CO Rogers said Prison Superintendent Larry Frank has been a strong proponent of the garden program. He said he drops off vegetables each Tuesday during the summer season at food pantries and nutrition sites in Morristown, Ogdensburg, Waddington, Massena, Norfolk, Potsdam and Canton. Approximately eight inmates care for the prison garden.

"It was good to see the partnership between the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility and this program as well as their relationship with other programs in the county. I was happy to see they started the garden up again at the prison. It provides good work the inmates and offers a way for them to give back to society. It was clear from the quality of the produce delivered that they take pride in their work. The seniors were clearly pleased with the products as well," Assemblywoman Jenne said.

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Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne and Canton Church & Community Program Director Connie Jenkins dump a bag of green peppers from the garden at Ogdensburg Correctional Facility to the mix of vegetables available at the agency's weekly outreach program for residents of the Canton Housing Authority buildings on Riverside Drive. Volunteers Doug and Angie Quick and Corrections Officer Mike Rogers sort veggies in the background.

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Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, Canton Church & Community Program volunteer Doug Quick and CC & P Director Connie Jenkins sort vegetables for delivery to senior citizens at the Canton Housing Authority's buildings on Riverside Drive.

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, Canton Church & Community Program volunteer Angie Quick and CC & P Director Connie Jenkins sort vegetables for delivery to senior citizens at the Canton Housing Authority's buildings on Riverside Drive.

Mike Rogers, a corrections officer at the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility, talked at the prison garden program with Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne.

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne and Corrections Officer Mike Rogers prepare vegetables for the Canton Church & Community Program's outreach program at the Canton Housing Authority.

















Monday, September 17, 2018

Assemblywoman Jenne: Lewis County lawsuit demonstrates need to protect Fort Drum over other interests


Assemblywoman Addie A. E. Jenne, (D-Theresa), says the recent lawsuit filed by foreign industrial wind companies demonstrates the need for New York state to take action to protect the long-term viability of Fort Drum and the safety of the troops stationed there.

"This lawsuit is proof these companies only have their own interests at heart, and the state must take action to protect our own interest, Fort Drum," she said.

Flat Rock Windpower Co., operators of Maple Ridge Wind Farm, has filed a lawsuit against Lewis County and the towns and school districts hosting the company's 200 wind turbines and transmission lines challenging its real property tax assessment.

The lawsuit comes with just three years remaining on Flat Rock's 15-year payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement with the county.

Flat Rock's parent company is Avangrid, a multinational electric utility based in Spain.

The company's property is currently assessed at $565 million. The lawsuit calls for the assessment to be lowered to just under $20 million.

"The recent attempts to squeeze even more money out of our cash-strapped local governments shows there is only one thing that these foreign companies care about, their profits," Assemblywoman Jenne said.

"These are giant companies and if we don';t stand strong against them, they will work to hurt our region one step at a time," she added, noting the company is seeking approval for additional wind projects in the region.

"I am fighting against tax subsidies for those with the most, like this multi-national foreign company, that come at the expense of our North Country families," Assemblywoman Jenne said.

"They are suing our small counties, towns and school districts to get out of the promises they made to local officials just over a decade ago," she added.

Lewis County officials opposed her efforts to protect Fort Drum because of the projected revenues from their PILOT agreement, she noted.

"Now the wind companies are trying to get out of their existing promises and will force these small governments to spend the little money they get, money they cannot spare, to fight their efforts or buckle to their demands," Assemblywoman Jenne said.

"It is my belief that if we had the county on board with my legislation this winter, this measure would have moved through the state Assembly this past year," Assemblywoman Jenne said.

"This lawsuit makes it clear that we need to protect our region's major economic driver, our country's national defense training grounds and the weather radar that is so important to all of us during North Country winters over the interests of a foreign company looking to make a profit at our expense," she charged.

Assemblywoman Jenne pledged to continue her fight for Fort Drum and a level playing field for other North Country interests tied to wind energy developments.

"I have been proud to lead the fight in our region against large-scale energy producers that think they can walk all over us," she said.

"I am not anti-wind. I am pro-North Country, and I am fighting for re-election as the only candidate tough enough to stand up to these wealthy interests and those that have tried to hurt us in the past," she added.

"My record in state government is very clear. I lead the fight against millionaires and billionaires
that want to get rich off your tax dollars," Assemblywoman Jenne stressed.

Assemblywoman Jenne introduced legislation (A-9053-A) to prohibit the state from granting subsidies to wind energy projects that could impact the military’s training needs at Fort Drum.

Approximately 10 new wind farms have been proposed or are under construction in the area surrounding Fort Drum.

The legislation would allow the state to continue to move toward its green energy goals while protecting the low-level flight training air space around Fort Drum, creating the opportunity for future activity and growth at the installation.

The moving blades of wind turbines already operating in Lewis County within proximity of Fort Drum have created interference with air traffic control and Doppler weather radar, according to
the assemblywoman.

Assemblywoman Jenne has noted that the construction of any additional wind projects in close proximity to Fort Drum would significantly degrade radar data that is used to assist pilots training in the area.

The bill would eliminate any state incentives for the development of wind turbines sited where they could interfere with Fort Drum's radar systems, but maintain the incentives for the development of wind-generated energy outside that area.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Assemblywoman Jenne: We need to stand shoulder to shoulder with families struggling with addiction issues


Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, D-Theresa, told the crowd at Wednesday's Overdose Awareness and Remembrance Day in Watertown that it will take years to address the substance abuse issues that have hit so many North Country famiilies in recent years.

"We are going to have to be there for the long haul," she told the crowd during the remembrance ceremony outside the Watertown City Hall. "Our community is not going to overcome these challenges overnight. It will take considerable time, patience and commitment."

Assemblywoman Jenne, who joined Jefferson County Legislature Chair Scott Gray, Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen O'Neill and representatives of State Senator Patty Ritchie and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik in speaking at the ceremony, said the event hosted by the Alliance for Better Communities demonstrated the support available in the community for those facing addiction issues.

"It is critically important that we pause to really reflect on the devastating impact drug addiction has on our community and fight to get rid of the stigma so we can get more people on the path to recovery and leading a much fuller productive life," she said.

"It's also important we stand shoulder to shoulder with families who have suffered immensely. The loss of a loved one is about as devastating an experience as you can have in your life," Assemblywoman Jenne noted.

The assemblywoman said as she looked around the crowd she saw faces she knew had battled the struggles of addiction and are now leading productive lives as well as the faces of those who are continuing to be strong supporting those in the grips of addiction.

"This tree is about remembering those we couldn't reach," she said, referencing a tree with 174 hearts representing the lives lost in this country each day to drug overdoses. "But this is also about reaching those that we have difficulty reaching."

Assemblywoman Jenne said our community - and families - play an important role in helping those trying to address their substance abuse issues.

"It's the stigma of drug addiction we have to overcome, and often times there are co-occurring disorders, underlying mental health issues, that make the struggle with addiction seem insurmountable. But there are people with us here today who can attest to the fact that we can overcome addiction," Assemblywoman Jenne said.

"It's usually overcome by having a strong, stable support group who understand that people are not one dimensional – there is good inside all of us. Many of you here today understand what that process is all about," she pointed out.

She noted addiction doesn't discriminate.

"We come here today from all walks of life, from every demographic background, every element of society," the assemblywoman said, referencing comments also made earlier by Mr. Gray.

"We stand here today in solidarity and to give strength to each other for those working through addiction issues and to those working with their friends and loved ones through addiction and other challenges," she added.

"There are many people who care about you, good people eager to help, dedicated people who you can depend on. There is life after addiction. Absolutely. It starts with reaching out," Assemblywoman Jenne said.

She said the size of the crowd demonstrated the support to assist those battling addiction in the community.

"Thank you very much for being here. Together, we can make a real difference," the assemblywoman said. “Let’s do it.”

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Jefferson County Legislature Chair Scott Gray visits with Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne and Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen O'Neill at the 2018 Overdose Awareness and Remembrance Day in Watertown.







Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Assemblywoman Jenne secures $125,000 to assist town of Massena purchase hangar




Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, D-Theresa, announced Tuesday afternoon she has secured $125,000 in state funds to assist the town of Massena purchase a hangar at the Massena International Airport.

"I have been in discussions with Massena Town Supervisor Steve O'Shaughnessy and other town officials for several months about their interest in purchasing a hangar that could be used for storage and mechanical work by their Essential Air Service provider, Boutique Air," Assemblywoman Jenne said.

"We know reliable air service is critical in economic development efforts and providing Boutique Air with space for repair work will mean a couple of jobs in the community with the potential for growth as the San Francisco-based airline expands its presence on the East Coast," she added.

Supervisor O'Shaughnessy said the funds secured by Assemblywoman Jenne will assist in creating new jobs in the community as well as improved service for passengers.

"We simply didn't have the funding to make this purchase without the help from Assemblywoman Jenne. According to the lease we had, the private firm that had the hangar built had the right to take it down or sell it. Our purchase of the hangar will benefit the town in the short term and offers the potential for future growth," he noted.

The town board had reached an agreement with a private firm in the region to have a hangar built on the airport property 15 years ago. The firm has leased the property the hangar sits on from the town, fbut the lease is now set to expire and the tenants had indicated they didn't want to renew the lease.

The Massena town supervisor said the construction cost for the hangar would be over $1 million. He said the town was concerned the hangar's owner could sell the hangar and have it moved off site.

"Boutique Air currently leases an older hangar we have, but that building is not equipped for work during the winter months. They want to have a maintenance crew stationed here. They have one mechanic they have brought into Massena, and they are looking to hire a second mechanic," he said.

He said the hangar the town is purchasing for $300,000 will provide Boutique Air with 7,000 square feet of space for maintenance work and storage of a spare plane for use on the East Coast. He said the space will also provide the airline with an opportunity to contract out maintenance work on other planes.

"We had encouraged Boutique to set up a maintenance program here at our airport. They have also pledged to keep a spare plane in Massena. That will allow us to charge more in rent for the larger space, and it will improve reliability for the flights coming in and out of Massena," Supervisor O'Shaughnessy said.

Boutique Air offers three roundtrip flights daily between Massena and Boston.

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Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne discusses Boutique Air's new hangar space with Boutique's manager of operations in Massena, Ian Whalen (l), and Massena Town Supervisor Steve O'Shaughnessy. Boutique will be moving its storage and repair space from a 1940's era hangar without a front door to a 15-year-old hangar recently purchased by the town of Massena.

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 Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne discusses Boutique Air's new hangar space with Boutique's manager of operations in Massena, Ian Whalen (l), and Massena Town Supervisor Steve O'Shaughnessy. Boutique will be moving its storage and repair space from a 1940's era hangar without a front door to a 15-year-old hangar recently purchased by the town of Massena. Boutique Air mechanic Chris Hall, far left. services the plane.

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne announced Tuesday afternoon she had secured $125,000 in state funding to assist the town of Massena purchase a hangar at the Massena International Airport. Pictured are (l-r): Massena Town Councilwoman Melanie Cunningham, Massena Town Councilman Sam Carbone, Assemblywoman Jenne, Massena Town Supervisor Steve O'Shaughnessy, Massena Highway Superintendent and Airport Manager Frank Diagostino and Airport Supervisor Shawn Abrantes.

Assemblywoman Addie Jenne and Massena Town Supervisor Steve O'Shaughnessy discuss plans for a hangar purchased recently by the town of Massena. Pictured are (l-r): Massena Town Councilwoman Melanie Cunningham, Massena Town Councilman Sam Carbone, Assemblywoman Jenne, Supervisor O'Shaughnessy, Massena Highway Superintendent and Airport Manager Frank Diagostino.

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne and Ian Whalen, Boutique's manager of operations in Massena, discuss the airplane used for round-trip flights between Massena and Boston.

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne and Town Supervisor Steve O'Shaughnessy at the Massena Airport.












Assemblywoman Jenne: 10th Mountain Division troops honored at Sept. 11 airport conference in Clayton

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, D-Theresa, suggested it was appropriate the New York State Aviation Management Association was holding its annual Fall Conference in the shadow of Fort Drum on the 17th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a flight that crashed in a field outside Philadelphia on Sept. 11, 2001.

"It was very special for us to start the day here with the 10th Mountain Division Color Guard and Band," she said.

"If you are not from this area, you might not understand the role the 10th Mountain Division plays, not just in the North Country and New York State but in our country and in the world," the assemblywoman pointed out.

"They were the tip of the spear after the World Trade Center was attacked. They were one of the first units deployed in support of our country, and they have been deployed nearly continuously since that time," Assemblywoman Jenne added, calling for another round of applause for the members of the 10th Mountain Division in the Conference Room at the Thousand Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton. "It seems timely that we are here at an airport conference on this day."

She recalled she was in a lecture hall at the Syracuse University College of Law on the morning of the attacks on the United States 17 years ago.

"The first thing that came into my mind was I wanted to get home where I know the 10th Mountain Division is, and I would be safe," the Philadelphia native recalled.

"They are a fantastic asset, and they are also a large part of why are airport in Watertown is so successful. It's because of a strong relationship the airport has with the installation," she said.

Assemblywoman Jenne said she is proud to represent a district that has airports in Watertown, Ogdensburg and Massena that have service to airports around the East Coast.

"We really have seen the benefits of what local airports can do for economies in rural parts of the state," she said, noting the airports in the three communities have made significant improvements to their facilities in recent years.

The assemblywoman said she wanted to welcome the airport officials from around the state to the North Country on behalf of her colleagues in the state Assembly.

"I wanted to let you know how committed we are in the New York State Assembly to our airports. We have an aviation caucus, led by Assemblymember Donna Lupardo of Binghamton. She's a go getter. The issues that are important to you are ever present in our minds as we work in Albany," Assemblywoman Jenne said.

She noted she was serving on the Jefferson County Legislature when the county took over control of the airport from the city of Watertown.

"I know first hand the challenges of a struggling airport, the importance of making wise investments and having partnerships through different layers of government to unlock the potential of the local airports and the state's economy," Assemblywoman Jenne said.

She stressed air service is critical to growing the state's economy, from small airports in Massena to the state's largest airports in New York City.

"You all make a difference, and I, as a state level official, really appreciate the hard work you do. Thank you for the work you do to support the people in your communities," the assemblywoman added.

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Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne visits with OBPA Board Member Sam Burns and OBPA Executive Director Wade Davis at the New York State Aviation Management Association Fall Conference Tuesday in Clayton.

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Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne chats with OBPA Executive Director Wade Davis and Hi-Lite Airfield Services President and Chief Executive Officer John McNeely at the New York State Aviation Management Association Fall Conference Tuesday in Clayton.

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne and Jefferson County Legislator Phil Reed visit at the New York State Aviation Management Association Fall Conference Tuesday in Clayton.








Sunday, September 9, 2018

Assemblywoman Jenne endorsed by AFL-CIO

The New York State AFL-CIO has endorsed Addie A.E. Jenne in her race for re-election to the New York State Assembly.

The New York State AFL-CIO is a federation of 3,000 affiliated public sector, private sector and building trades unions throughout the state.

"The freedom of working people to join together through their union is under attack. This requires strong leadership from elected officials, who recognize that unions improve the lives of not only their members but raise the standard of living of all working people," Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO, said in a letter to Assemblywoman Jenne about the endorsement.

"We are confident that you share the belief and will stand with us in the fight to strengthen and build new ladders to the middle class," he added.

Assemblywoman Jenne, who spent Monday at the Solidarity Day parade and picnic in Massena with local AFL-CIO members, said she is proud to carry the endorsement of an organization that represents 2.5 million union members, retirees and their families in New York State.

"I'm always proud to have the support by organized labor. Our unions built the middle class in this country, and their role remains critically important today as our economy favors the rich getting richer while the hard working men and women of the middle class work longer hours and still fall further behind. I will continue to fight for fair wages and benefits for all workers," Assemblywoman Jenne said.

The North Country Trades Council had recommended the state AFL-CIO endorse Assemblywoman Jenne.

Ronald P. McDougall, president of the Central Trades Council representing members of organized labor in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties, said Assemblywoman Jenne had unanimous support at the AFL-CIO’s annual
Committee on Political Education (COPE) convention.

"Addie has been an outstanding supporter of organized labor and the beliefs and values of working men and women and their families across the 116th Assembly District and the entire North Country," Mr. McDougall said.

The assemblywoman has also been endorsed by the state 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), Public Employees Federation (PEF), Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) and the Police Benevolent Association of New York State Law Enforcement (PBA of NYS).

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Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne visits with Ronald P. McDougall, president of the North Country Central Trades Council, at the recent Solidarity Day picnic in Massena.

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Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne catches up with Ernie LaBaff, president emeritus of the Aluminum. Brick and Glass Workers International Union, at the recent Solidarity Day picnic in Massena.


























Friday, September 7, 2018

Assemblywoman Jenne Cuts Paperchain Ribbon as SUNY Potsdam Celebrates Grand Opening of Child Care Center

POTSDAM - Families, children, faculty, staff and community members gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the brand-new SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center building Friday.

Assemblywoman Addie A. E. Jenne, who secured the $6 million in funding for the project, got to do the honors and cut the "ribbon" along with campus officials, before attendees gathered for speeches, tours and refreshments.

The assemblywoman remembered touring the old SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center, located in a renovated space in Merritt Hall, the oldest building on campus, years earlier with SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center Director Lori Moulton.

"This building is not here because of me. I was part of it, but it really comes down to Lori," she told the crowd gathered in a playroom at the new childcare center.

"Lori had figured out how to have quality programming in a place that wasn't designed for anything that she was doing. It was really remarkable, and to me, it was just like, she's a North Country woman! She's going to make do with what she's got, and she's going to make it the best," Assemblywoman Jenne said.

"Well, it was time to do better, give respect to the profession (of childcare providers), give this program that space that it needs. … This community, this campus and your elected officials know that child care needs to be a priority -- and it is. Working together is how we got this accomplished," she said as she stood with SUNY Potsdam President Kristin G. Esterberg, SUNY Potsdam College Council President June O'Neill and Director Mouton.

The ceremony opened with the ribboncutting, featuring a chain of colorful construction paper links held aloft by children who attend the center.

"From the smiles we have seen, we know that this facility will impact generations to come," Dr. Esterberg said. "It seems like just yesterday that we were standing here breaking ground, and now today, the Child Care Center is filled with children who are so excited by their new place to play and learn."

In its new location, at 185 Outer Main St., across from The Crane School of Music, the 13,000-square-foot SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center building offers easy access for busy parents to drop off and pick up their children without driving through campus. The newly opened facility features seven classrooms specially designed for every age group served by the center, as well as both outdoor and indoor play areas, a commercial kitchen, laundry area, stroller storage, reception space, parent waiting area, break room and library.

Director Moulton wasn't sure if she and the staff, or the children and their families, were more excited about the center's new home.

"Thank you to the SPCCC staff for working so hard with packing, moving and setting up your new classrooms and kitchen to optimize our new space for learning and growing. The children have been very excited to see their new classrooms and to show their parents where they will learn and play," Ms. Moulton said. "We will continue to provide high-quality care, and are now able to do so in a high-quality facility."

She described in detail some of the enhancements and improvements that the new space offers, like separate indoor motor spaces for younger and older children; a new preschool project room; classroom doors and bathrooms that open directly onto the outdoor play spaces; central air, and much more. Moulton also shared that playground structures with a rubber poured-in-place play surface and shade canopies will be added outside, in the last phase of the project.

Following the ceremony, guests and families gathered to enjoy refreshments and to take tours of the new facility, peering in the glass doors of the classrooms and stopping in to say hello to the youngsters about to be picked up for the day.

"It does my heart good to see the children here in this beautiful new facility. It's the best thing," Ms. O'Neill said. "Education is our foundation here at SUNY Potsdam, and you know what? We have some future Potsdam Bears here in the crowd here today."

The new SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center facility was designed by Architectural Resources PC, and the general contractor for the project was Bette & Cring LLC.

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Assemblywoman Addie A. E. Jenne leans down to cut the ribbon to mark the grand opening of the new $6 million SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center facility, located at 185 Outer Market St., Potsdam.:

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Clockwise, from top left: SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center Director Lori Moulton, College Council Chair June O'Neill, SUNY Potsdam President Kristin G. Esterberg, Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, Child Care Center Board President Roberta Greene, Assistant Vice President for Facilities Andy Martin, and children Andrea Cai He, Liam Spriggs, Sylvie Hendrickson, Owen Spriggs and Kristofer Norrell.

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne visits with Josh Snyder and his daughter, Esme, during a visit to the SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center.

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne tours the new SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center with college President Kristin G. Esterberg.

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne and SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center Director Lori Moulton discuss the layout of the new 13,000 square foot facility.