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Ossenfort forgoes county vehicle, supports Homework Club

Montgomery County Executive Matthew Ossenfort says he doesn’t need to lease a county vehicle, and he wants to donate $5,000 set aside in the county budget for that purpose to the W1shfu1:Th1nk1ng (Wishful Thinking) Homework Club.

A resolution to accomplish that was passed Tuesday by the county legislature’s Public Safety Committee and will go before the full legislature at its meeting April 22.

The Wishful Thinking Homework Club is a tutoring program based at the Creative Connections Arts Center on East Main Street in Amsterdam. Students can get help with their studies from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Ossenfort said had no plans to use a county vehicle at taxpayers’ expense. He said he would rather see the money spent on improved services to the county’s young people.

“The [Wishful Thinking] program has expanded to educational programming,” he said. “They have expressed a need for computer programs and hardware.”

Committee members endorsed Ossenfort’s action unanimously.

“It’s a nice thing you’re trying to do,” District 8 Legislator Joseph M. Isabel said.

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2 Responses to Ossenfort forgoes county vehicle, supports Homework Club

  1. Nancy Carr says:

    I applaud Matt for bypassing on a leased county vehicle. Others should follow him. With that said, there are many youth serving organizations in Montgomery county that could benefit from his decision as well. Why would the money not be disbursed to youth organizations through the established Youth Bureau grant application process like in past years.

  2. Rogo says:

    Just wondering wishfulthinking is a non profit, are city funds supporting them???