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Greenburgh Taxpayers To Save $70K After Arts Grant

Greenburgh taxpayers will save $70,000 as the town's arts and culture programs are receiving a grant to cover the costs.

In the coming week, Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner expects to receive a grant from a private donor that will fund the 2012 programs at the Theodore D. Young Community Center, arts programs throughout the town, and a special disabled recreation service.

"That's very exciting because the arts programs are really important," said Feiner. "Some people feel that with the economy, it wasn't essential, but I think it really adds to the quality of life. So I'm really thrilled that the programs will continue."

As Feiner strives to keep valuable arts programs in Greenburgh while keeping taxes low, he wants to raise money from private foundations so that taxpayers do not have to fund them.

The County Legislature is also looking for outside donors to fund their arts and culture programs. In January, over $53,000 was endowed by the New York State Council on the Arts to 37 organizations in the county so that they can further their programs and continue to provide Westchester with educational and recreational activities.

At January's grant ceremony, County Chairman Ken Jenkins said that arts programs are just as valuable an investment to a child's life as their education because they expand a child's mind and allow him/her to be creative.

More information on the $70,000 grant will be made once Feiner officially receives the donation next week.

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