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Senator Seward Tours Veteran’s Outreach Center in Stamford

By Rosie Cunningham


From left: Stamford Supervisor Mike Triolo, Economic Development Director of CWC Barbara Puglisi, Becky Smith, Administrative Assistant Economic Development CWC Lynn Ann Kavangh, Senator James Seward and Jeff Ostrander were part of a tour of the Catskill Veteran’s Outreach Center Wednesday. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter From left: Stamford Supervisor Mike Triolo, Economic Development Director of CWC Barbara Puglisi, Becky Smith, Administrative Assistant Economic Development CWC Lynn Ann Kavangh, Senator James Seward and Jeff Ostrander were part of a tour of the Catskill Veteran’s Outreach Center Wednesday. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter STAMFORD - Senator James Seward visited the Catskill Veteran’s Outreach Center (CVOC) in Stamford Wednesday.

Outreach worker Jeff Ostrander and outreach center lead volunteer Becky Smith provided the tour of the former historic Delaware Inn, which was rehabilitated several years ago to the tune of $3.5 million, through the efforts of the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC).

“Since we opened the center, we have had about 100 veterans come through and utilize it,” said Ostrander. “We also have a food pantry available.”

The CWC worked closely with Delaware County Director of Veteran’s Affairs Charlie Piper and Congressman John Faso to purchase the location. Currently, the CVOC is utilizing the 56 Main Street space for two years, rent free with the option to buy, according to CWC Director Barb Puglisi The building is listed for $1.8 million.


Lead volunteer of the Catskill Veteran’s Outreach Center Becky Smith and Outreach Worker Jeff Ostrander fielded questions from an interested Senator James Seward. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Lead volunteer of the Catskill Veteran’s Outreach Center Becky Smith and Outreach Worker Jeff Ostrander fielded questions from an interested Senator James Seward. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter However, representatives of the center are looking to add rooms and a kitchen, as well as the finishing touches the structure still needs - hopefully, through grant funds.

“We have held a wedding and have hosted a band,” said Smith.

“We would like to have indi- viduals who golf or baseball families from the Cooperstown parks stay here since there are no hotels in the Stamford area,” said Ostrander.

A holiday market and a Haunted House on Halloween, handled by the Roxbury Arts Group, were additional events that have been held at the center this past year.

“It was a pricey investment,” said Stamford Supervisor Mike Triolo, who is also on the CWC board. “But, the building would have collapsed if it had gone through another winter.”

Smith admitted that so far, the outreach center has not been utilized by veterans as much as they had hoped. Some of the reasons for this could include the location, she said. Hospitals, doctors and necessary locations could be the cause, although Ostrander said transportation is available.

Smith is responsible for referring the veterans who are interested and will personally handle the paperwork involved.

“We have food and clothing for veterans as well,” said Ostrander, who added that resources are also available to aid in finding veterans’ jobs locally.

“This is a great location and center,” said Senator Seward. “It is truly beautiful here. This center is two-fold - I see a lot of opportunity for economic development and it’s a fantastic way to serve our veterans.”

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