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Senator Maltese secures grant for five Parochial Schools - School Security to be Improved

October 12, 2008

State Senator Serphin R. Maltese (Queens) has secured $100,000 in grants for five parochial schools in his district to help improve security and safety.

The Senator announced the grants at a conference at St. Helen’s School in Howard Beach, attended by His Eminence Edward  Cardinal Egan, the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio and Reverend Monsignor Al LoPinto.

Each school will be receiving approximately $20,000 to upgrade their security systems. The other schools in the Senator’s district that will be receiving grants include Sacred Heart School in Glendale, Our Lady of Hope School in Middle Village, Our Lady of Grace School in Howard Beach and St. Matthias School in Ridgewood. The schools are currently evaluating their individual security and safety needs and where the improvements will be made.

“I am very pleased to be able to provide these grants to these schools in order to help them ensure the safety and security of everyone in the schools,” said Senator Maltese.  “I know it is often hard for parochial and private schools to afford state-of-the-art systems that are necessary in today’s world.”

“The health, safety and security of our children, staff and visitors are paramount and it is unfortunate that in this day and age we need to take extra steps to secure their wellbeing.  It is heartening, however, to know that Senator Maltese believes in helping all children, regardless of the school they attend,” said Edward Cardinal Egan.

Peter M. Doran, Principal of St. Helen’s School said, “I would like to thank Senator Maltese for his support of our school and our children and the opportunity to improve the safety and security of Saint Helen School.”

PICTURED ( L-R): Reverend Monsignor Al LoPinto, The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, City Councilman Anthony Como, Senator Serphin R. Maltese, Mrs. Constance Maltese, His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan and St. Helen’s Home School Association President Maria Pizzo.

Victoria Vattimo
Chief of Staff for Senator Maltese
Room 413 Capitol, Albany, NY 12247