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Yorktown Little League Receives $150,000 Grant

The money will be used to fund renovations to multiple athletic fields across Yorktown.

The Yorktown Little League has received a $150,000 capital grant, the check for which was presented by Senator Greg Ball Tuesday night at Yorktown Town Hall. 

"There are a lot of fields in town that will be revamped with this money," Yorktown Athletic Club president Rich Campanaro said. "The Yorktown Athletic Club supports anything that has to do with kids and athletics."

The money, which was a result of a three-way agreement between the governor, Senate and Assembly, will go toward projects such as the renovation of a 90-foot baseball field on Route 202 and the in-line skating rink at Shrub Oak Park.

Ball said he was happy the town has received the grant money, which would help the town make some needed renovations at multiple fields across Yorktown. 

Town board members thanked Ball for having worked with them on securing the grant. 

"This money will be vital to making field upgrades and continuing the great youth programs we have here in Yorktown," councilman Terrence Murphy said.

Yorktown councilman Nick Bianco also echoed the sentiments that the money will benefit the children of Yorktown and it would help the town keep its sports programs alive.

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bertie September 06, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I'm not aware that Yorktown has a Little League? How many teams?
Bill September 08, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Glad to see that Greg hasn't stopped giving out his bogus big checks. Of course I'm sure the real money has not been received yet. I'm also not sure why a so-called fiscal conservative should be giving out money like this.
bertie September 10, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Is this an earmark?
Active Yorktowner September 10, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Wow, how long have you lived in Yorktown. The YAC has been around forever. They have youths playing baseball from 5 - 18 years old. Not to mention all the other sports. I can't believe you are actually asking this question. We should be really telling the YAC though not to plan anything yet until they have the actual money, and are sure that it is not going to be pulled from them. Mr. Ballhas a habit of giving out Big Checks without a confirmation of the money,
Plamena Pesheva (Editor) September 10, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Deena, sorry for the late response. The youth baseball in the town is run through the Yorktown Athletic Club and Shrub Oak Athletic Club. Both clubs run in-house and travel programs. You can check out their websites for more information http://www.yacbaseball.com/ and http://shruboakac.org/.
Bill September 10, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I believe the technical term is "member item"
bertie September 10, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I was referring to the official Little League Baseball organization, which has rules and regulations for play and screens their adult participants for criminal activities, etc., and which sponsors different teams (in other towns, but not Yorktown), and does a Little League World Series. I don't believe Yorktown has a Little League, although the YAC does sponsor youth baseball teams. You, I think, are using the term "Little League" as a generic term. And I've lived in Yorktown long enough to qualify as a cave-dweller, and I use language very specifically. Senator Ball presented a "check" to Yorktown Little League, a group that does not exist. I hope the *real* check is made out correctly. Clearly, he didn't bother to check that out. And thanks, Plamena, for the information.
Bill September 11, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Good point! I hope he does a better job with the name on the check, if it ever materializes, since otherwise no one will be able to cash it. Of course, it would have been nice if he also gave some to the Shrub Oak Athletic Club, given that our taxes are paying for this, anyway.
bertie September 11, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I believe that proponents of good government are against earmarks - they can be used for so many reasons. In this case, Senator Ball is using earmarks as a campaign tool. It would be interesting to know the history of this "grant," and others like it - e.g., when the original grant monies were issued.

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