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No last-minute save for Healthy Neighborhoods Program

LOCKPORT – The Niagara County Health Department’s Healthy Neighborhoods Program shut down Friday, as efforts to save its state funding proved unsuccessful, Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton said.

The county lost out on a renewal of the grant that has funded the program since 1997. It has worked mainly in inner-city Niagara Falls, installing smoke alarms, checking for lead paint and advising residents on how to avoid dangerous home situations.

Stapleton said the program’s coordinator, Theresa McCabe, was laid off, but her two subordinates landed in other Health Department jobs, one part-time and the other filling in for a full-timer who is on leave until June.

Stapleton said there has been talk of finding county funding to reboot some of the programming. If it is classified as public health education, the county could collect 36 percent reimbursement from Albany, he said.