PLATTSBURGH — Although she did not bring back the millions of pork dollars that legendary State Sen. Ronald B. Stafford was known for, freshman Assemblywoman Janet Duprey did not come up empty-handed.

Duprey was able to dole out about $100,000 in member items for her North Country constituents in this year’s budget.

As a member of the Assembly minority, it is tough to get any more money for local projects.

“Maybe this (pork allocations) is not the right way to do things, but some of these projects would be difficult to fund otherwise,” Duprey said during a recent meeting with the Press-Republican Editorial Board.

The funds are used for specific projects that organizations are undertaking.

“Some groups ask me if they can use the money for new positions, and I tell them absolutely not,” Duprey said. “This money is not for operations.”

Duprey’s 114th Assembly District covers all of Clinton and Franklin counties and the Town of St. Armand in Essex County.

Here is a list of projects Duprey was able to obtain funding for:

Saranac Lake Adult Center: $10,000 for renovations of basement to increase delivery of services to seniors and disabled people residing in and around Saranac Lake.

Tupper Lake Adult Center: $10,000 for the purchase of kitchen equipment and mileage reimbursement for some of the 60 home-delivered meal volunteers.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving: $2,500 to sponsor preventive education program and public-awareness campaigns and train volunteers.

Plattsburgh YMCA: $5,000 for funding toward new facility.

Greater Malone YMCA: $5,000 for installation of Indoor Playground, a program that targets children age 1 to 10.

North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross: $10,000 to train volunteers to open and staff emergency shelters.

Rescue Hose No. 5: $9,000 to purchase containment fill stations for rescue trucks.

FRACO Drill Area: $9,000 to replace drafting site and install yard hydrants for training facility.

Greater Plattsburgh Interfaith Hospitality Network: $10,000 for equipment and support services for homeless families with children.

Town of Brighton: $10,000 for restoration of historic Town Hall.

Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County: $9,500 for furnishings and office equipment for the Senior Center.

Plattsburgh State: $10,000 for Nexus Program for autistic children, additional children participation and conference for families of autistic children.

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