State and local officials attended the ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday at the Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue Squad's new station. From left are Assemblywoman Addie Russell, USDA Rural Development State Director Lee Telega, OVRS Project Coordinator Grover Katzman, Mayor of Ogdensburg Bill Nelson, NYS Senator Patti Ritchie, OVRS Driver Joanee Foster, OVRS Treasurer Storm Cilley.
OGDENSBURG -- The Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue Squad (OVRS) held an official ribbon cutting Tuesday to celebrate the completion and grand opening of its new Pickering Street, location.
The building project, which started in 2010, is the result of a lot of hard work and community support, according to Ken Gardner, OVRS Executive Director.
“Without the dedication of the OVRS volunteers and staff as well as the generous support of the community, this project would have never made it off the ground,” he said.
The OVRS has contributed $325,000 toward the $1.925 million dollar project.
The remaining $1.6 million was provided through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program.
“Being able to provide financial assistance to OVRS, as well as rural communities and organizations across NYS, is not just financing a project. It is investing in the organization’s continued success as well as improving the lives of the many people living, working, and visiting the greater Ogdensburg area," USDA Rural Development State Director Stanley Telega said. "USDA Rural Development is proud to have been able to assist OVRS with their new headquarters project so that they may provide better service to their community.”