UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon was joined by the speaker of the New York State Assembly’s 83rd District, Carl Heastie, to announce that the two politicians have teamed up over the past year and have successfully secured $1 million for the House of Good Shepherd.

According to those involved, this funding will be used for renovations and expansions, which are necessary for allowing the house to grow resources and services for children and families in crisis, across Oneida County.

“We do need to make sure that we have places for intervention and for help, and like I said, I know sometimes young people make mistakes, and sometimes they make very violent mistakes, but I think it takes a responsible and mature community to not give up on them,” said Speaker Carl Heastie. “I think that the services that are provided here, help to do that.”

“There was a need for the time and a time for the need,” said Heastie, “And so I really just want to give Marianne all the credit for saying that this is an organization that she thought is very important to the Mohawk Valley and Utica.”

The CEO of the House of Good Shepherd says they are excited to use this initiative to expand their programs and continue to provide positively influential services to children and teens in crisis across the county.  As always, Eyewitness News will keep you updated with any new developments.