AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Despite previously saying he had no money to give, Governor Paul LePage announced Monday he would give $50,000 to the Lewiston Fire Relief Fund.
The United Way of Androscoggin County administers the fund. With the $50K donation, coffers are puffed up to $176,108.
Governor LePage toured Lewiston with Mayor MacDonald last week. At the time, he told reporters he had no money to give. He suggested the Lewiston legislative delegation should instead petition the state House and Senate for relief funds.
On Monday, Governor LePage announced the donation.
From the start, the Governor has directed state agencies to assist the community in any way they can. The Department of Health and Human Services, the Maine Emergency Management Agency and the Maine State Housing Authority have all pitched in. Even the Department of Corrections sent a crew of prisoners to help clean up debris.