BRASHER FALLS Brasher Town Supervisor M. James Dawson is investigating to see whether the town would be able to use some of its casino gaming compact funds to support keeping St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center open in Ogdensburg.
Ive been toying with the idea, Mr. Dawson told town board members Wednesday.
He said the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force had scheduled a spaghetti dinner at the Knights of Columbus in Ogdensburg to raise funds that would help its efforts to preserve or expand the services offered at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center.
And he wondered whether the town could help the cause.
I thought, Would we consider giving them some money from the casino? Mr. Dawson said.
He said the potential relocation of some services would affect more than 500 people employed at the Ogdensburg facility, and providing funding could help in efforts to keep those jobs here.
Thats certainly economic development, he said, suggesting board members might want to consider a one-time contribution from town casino funds.
I hate to see those jobs go out of the north country, Mr. Dawson said.
The town of Brasher received about $960,000 this year after the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe agreed to resume giving the state proceeds from its gaming operations in Franklin County.
That money must be used for economic development initiatives and, in the past, Brasher has used it for such ventures as a cruise-in and car show and a muskie challenge and to support FISHCAPs efforts.
It doesnt have to be in Brasher, Mr. Dawson said, since it is money designed to keep the north country viable.