Assemblymember Cahill: Passage of Vote for Construction of New Red Hook High School Auditorium is a Moment of Pride for the Community

December 5, 2017

Kingston, NY – Assemblymember Cahill released the following statement in response to the news that voters in the Red Hook Central School District have authorized a bond for the construction of a new auditorium:

“Red Hook voters tonight affirmed the foresight of the Board and administration of the Red Hook School District to authorize construction of a High School Auditorium. From being the only district in the Hudson Valley without such a facility, students in the community will now have the most modern, state of the art auditorium in the region.

It was a privilege to work alongside partners on the Board and administration, along with town, village and county officials to secure a $3.5 million State commitment for this project. As a result of this grant, local taxpayer impact will be significantly reduced.

Neighbors worked together to educate each other about the merits of the project and the result is a shared vision for a better future. This wonderful new facility promises to provide a venue for musical and theatrical talents, as well as a much-needed space for the community to gather.

Though the cost to local taxpayers will amount to about a cup of coffee a month, we are at a time when any financial decision is tough. It is truly a testimony to the people of the Red Hook school district that they chose to make this important investment for our kids.

A special thanks goes to the Red Hook Education Foundation, Superintendent Paul Finch, the Red Hook School Board and community leaders, especially Tom Mansfield, retiring County Legislator Micki Strawinski, County Executive and Red Hook native, Marcus Molinaro and all who worked tirelessly to make this project a reality. We all look forward to the bright promise the new auditorium offers.”