The Town of Maine is getting the green light to help expand natural gas service into the Hamlet of Maine.

The Broome County Legislature Finance Committee has approved $40,000 in Small Community Grant funds for the extension of a New York State Electric and Gas line on Route 26 that supporters say could help existing businesses in that area.

The path of the close to 12,000 foot expansion runs from about Shadowbrook Road to Maine Memorial Elementary School.

The full Broome County Legislature would have to approve the measure for it to move forward. The panel's next meeting is scheduled for August 16.