January 9, 2016

11th Proposal of Governor Cuomo's 2016 Agenda: Revitalize Upstate Infrastructure to Stimulate Economy and Modernize Regional Assets

TOP 11th Proposal of Governor Cuomo's 2016...

Governor announces $200 million competition to revitalize upstate airports; 74 airports eligible to compete for funding

Governor kicks off fundamental redesign of State Fair Grounds with implosion of the grandstand

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the 11th proposal of his 2016 agenda – a $200 million competition to revitalize Upstate airports. The proposal is designed to enhance airports throughout Upstate New York, and promote new opportunities for regional economic development and partnership between the public and private sectors.

The Governor also kicked off the start of renovations that will transform the New York State Fairgrounds site into a premier, multi-use facility. The Governor marked the official start of the historic renovation project with the implosion of the grandstand today. The renovation plan will transform the Fairgrounds into a year-round facility that will attract even more events and visitors from across the nation. The project is expected to be completed by August of 2018. 

 

 

 

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“Infrastructure is the foundation of our economy – and this year we are going to build and rebuild for the future,” said Governor Cuomo. “From investing in our airports to rebuilding the State Fairgrounds, we are thinking big and making bold strides across Upstate New York. This is about stimulating the economy, creating jobs throughout the surrounding communities, and making Upstate New York stronger and more competitive than ever before, and I look forward to seeing the work continue in 2016.”

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Launch $200 Million Competition to Revitalize Upstate Airports

Building on the successful international airport design competition to transform and modernize LaGuardia and JFK airports for the 21st century, the Governor will provide $200 million dollars for an Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition to accelerate investments in commercial passenger and cargo service airports, creating thousands of well-paying jobs and promoting even more economic development upstate. 

 

This competition intends to foster innovative, comprehensive, and forward-looking development plans. The State will award five airports approximately $40 million each. Grants will fund projects that enhance safety, improve operations and access, reduce environmental impact, and create better passenger experiences. The competition will seek out the strongest proposals, ones that will create jobs, incorporate sustainable “green” building techniques, use renewable energy, demonstrate support from airlines and the community, leverage private investments, and demonstrate cost effectiveness.

 

The public-use airports eligible for the competition include:

 

Facility Name

County

ADIRONDACK REGIONAL AIRPORT

FRANKLIN

AKRON AIRPORT

ERIE

ALBANY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

ALBANY

ARGYLE AIRPORT

WASHINGTON

BUFFALO AIRFIELD

ERIE

BUFFALO NIAGARA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

ERIE

BUFFALO-LANCASTER REGIONAL AIRPORT

ERIE

CAMILLUS AIRPORT

ONONDAGA

CANANDAIGUA AIRPORT

ONTARIO

CATTARAUGUS CO-OLEAN AIRPORT

CATTARAUGUS

CHAUTAUQUA  CO/ DUNKIRK AIRPORT

CHAUTAUQUA

CHAUTAUQUA CO/JAMESTOWN AIRPORT

CHAUTAUQUA

COLUMBIA COUNTY AIRPORT

COLUMBIA

COOPERSTOWN-WESTVILLE AIRPORT

OTSEGO

CORNING-PAINTED POST AIRPORT

STEUBEN

CORTLAND CO-CHASE FIELD AIRPORT

CORTLAND

DANSVILLE MUNICIPAL Airport

LIVINGSTON

DUTCHESS COUNTY AIRPORT

DUTCHESS

ELMIRA CORNING REGIONAL AIRPORT

CHEMUNG

FINGER LAKES REGIONAL AIRPORT

SENECA

FLOYD BENNETT MEMORIAL AIRPORT

WARREN

FRANKFORT- HIGHLAND AIRPORT

HERKIMER

FREEHOLD AIRPORT

GREENE

FULTON COUNTY AIRPORT

FULTON

GENESEE COUNTY AIRPORT

GENESEE, NY.

GRANVILLE AIRPORT

WASHINGTON

GREAT VALLEY AIRPORT

CATTARAUGUS

GREATER BINGHAMTON AIRPORT

BROOME

GREATER ROCHESTER INT'L AIRPORT

MONROE

GRIFFISS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

ONEIDA

HAMBURG INC

ERIE

HAMILTON MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

MADISON

HORNELL MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

STEUBEN

ITHACA TOMPKINS REGIONAL AIRPORT

TOMPKINS

JOSEPH Y RESNICK AIRPORT

ULSTER

KINGSTON-ULSTER AIRPORT

ULSTER

LAKE PLACID AIRPORT

ESSEX

LE ROY AIRPORT

GENESEE

LEDGEDALE AIRPARK

MONROE

LT WARREN E EATON AIRPORT/CHENANGO CO

CHENANGO

MALONE-DUFORT AIRPORT

FRANKLIN

MASSENA INT'L - RICHARDS FIELD

ST LAWRENCE

NIAGARA FALLS INT'L  AIRPORT

NIAGARA

NO BUFFALO SUBURBAN AIRPORT

NIAGARA

OGDENSBURG INT'L AIRPORT

ST LAWRENCE

ONEONTA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

OTSEGO

ORANGE COUNTY AIRPORT

ORANGE

OSWEGO COUNTY AIRPORT

OSWEGO

PENN YAN-YATES COUNTY AIRPORT

YATES

PERRY-WARSAW AIRPORT

WYOMING

PINE HILL AIRPORT

ORLEANS

PISECO AIRPORT

HAMILTON

PLATTSBURGH INT'L  AIRPORT

CLINTON

POTSDAM MUNICIPAL/DAMON FIELD

ST LAWRENCE

RANDALL AIRPORT

ORANGE

ROYALTON AIRPORT

NIAGARA

SARATOGA COUNTY AIRPORT

SARATOGA

SCHENECTADY COUNTY AIRPORT

SCHENECTADY

SCHROON LAKE AIRPORT

ESSEX

SIDNEY MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

DELAWARE

SKANEATELES AERO DROME

ONONDAGA

SKY ACRES AIRPORT

DUTCHESS

SOUTH ALBANY AIRPORT

ALBANY

SULLIVAN CO INT'L AIRPORT

SULLIVAN

SYRACUSE HANCOCK INT'L  AIRPORT

ONONDAGA

TICONDEROGA MUNICIPAL  AIRPORT

ESSEX

TRI-CITIES AIRPORT

BROOME

WARWICK MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

ORANGE

WATERTOWN INT'L AIRPORT

JEFFERSON

WELLSVILLE MUNICIPAL  AIRPORT

ALLEGANY

WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT

WESTCHESTER

WHITFORD'S AIRPORT

CAYUGA

WILLIAMSON-SODUS AIRPORT

WAYNE

WURTSBORO-SULLIVAN CO AIRPORT

SULLIVAN

 

 

State Fair Renovation Kick-Off

For nearly a century, the New York State Fairgrounds have remained essentially the same. No major redesign has been undertaken and investments have been for basic rehabilitation such as repairs of roofing systems, electrical systems, water and sewer mains and roadways. The current lack of green areas, storm water infrastructure and rain collection systems causes severe flooding during rainstorms.

 

Last September, the Governor unveiled a sweeping redesign of the New York State Fairgrounds complex that includes a new multi-purpose exposition center with 110,000 square feet of flexible space, an expanded festival stage to bring in larger concerts, a larger Midway to accommodate more attractions and a 400-site RV Park, as well as various parking and pedestrian safety improvements. The 2015-2016 budget included $50 million for the renovation of the State Fairgrounds.

 

Aside from the implosion of the grandstand, demolition includes the existing racetrack, the main entrance gate, and several smaller existing structures prior to the construction of storm water management facilities as part of the redesign's initial phase. Additional projects including complete reconstruction and reconfiguration of the Midway to 18 acres, the new RV Park, and the new main entrance gate are currently out to bid with work expected to start in the spring of 2016. An album of renderings is available here.

 

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "This is a very exciting time for New York State and for the Great New York State Fair. The Fairgrounds mean so much to the people of New York, and while we take a moment to reflect on the history of the Grandstand and other Fair elements as we know them today, we're also looking to the future and the Governor’s plan that will bring the State Fair to its new potential.  The redesign will help the facility better engage the community and visitors from all over the country, and ensure its future as the premier agri-tourism spot in New York."

 

New York State Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito said, "The Great New York State Fair has been a destination for families and tourists for generations. The commitment by Governor Cuomo to reinvigorate the experience and environment at this wonderful venue will help ensure that the Fair will continue to delight visitors for years to come."

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