YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The town of Yorktown has purchased a new van to transport seniors to and from the Yorktown Senior Center.

The purchase was made possible with a grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5310 Program (administered by New York State Department of Transportation), which seeks to enhance mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities. The cost of the van was $50,749; $40,599.20 came from the grant and $10,149.80 was paid by the town. The town’s share came from a trust left by Yorktown resident Katherine Frost to be used to benefit seniors at the center.

Dozens of seniors waited with anticipation outside of the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center on Wednesday, March 8, as the brand new van was delivered. The vehicle will be able to seat 11 passengers (10 ambulatory and one wheelchair) and has a wheelchair lift.

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The seniors threw a party to celebrate this long-awaited vehicle replacement.

“What an asset this is for the senior center,” said Noreen O’Driscoll, director of Yorktown Senior Services. O’Driscoll said Yorktown’s fleet of senior vans left something to be desired.

O’Driscoll thanked Town Planner Robyn Steinberg, who worked for almost two years behind the scenes to have the grant approved.

“I’m just glad that it’s actually here,” Steinberg said.