December 4, 2014
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $13 Million For Economic Development, Housing, and Infrastructure Projects

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Forty-Four Projects Will Assist Businesses, Create Approximately 270 Jobs, Create and Preserve 170 Affordable Housing Units

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $13.6 million in Community Renewal Funds for 44 projects in regions around the State that will improve public facilities, create jobs and help businesses expand and succeed. The projects are being funded through five of Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils: Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier, Western New York, Mid-Hudson, and the North Country. This funding, announced by the Regional Economic Development Councils as part of the 2013 award announcement, will allow these regions to offer additional local assistance for infrastructure, housing rehabilitation, and other economic development activities, benefitting New Yorkers of low and moderate-incomes. In total, these projects will create approximately 270 jobs and create and preserve 170 affordable housing units.

“This funding will create jobs, improve housing and enhance infrastructure in communities across the state,” Governor Cuomo said. “We've made ground-up community investments a central part of our approach to growing the economy, and it's been delivering results for all New Yorkers. Today we're continuing that progress through the Regional Economic Development Councils, and I look forward to seeing these investments build stronger communities across the State."

The funding was made available through the federally-funded Community Development Block Grant Program, which is administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal.

Mohawk Valley REDC - 21 projects awarded a total of $7.998 million:

  • $25,000 in Community Development Block Grant Economic Development Program funds for the Town of Cobleskill to assist in the expansion of JT Cycles, LLC., which is expected to create two full-time jobs (Schoharie County);
  • $600,000 in Community Development Block funds for the Village of Fort Plain to correct deficiencies in the village’s sewer line (Montgomery County);
  • $550,000 in Community Development Block funds for the Villages of Fultonville and Fonda for improvements to the Joint Waste Water Treatment Facility in Fultonville (Montgomery County);
  • $250,000 in Community Development Block funds for the Village of Fort Plain to rehabilitate 19 homes (Montgomery County);
  • $68,000 in Community Development Block Economic Development funds for the City of Amsterdam to assist in the expansion of Beckmann Converting, Inc., which is expected to create three jobs and retain four jobs (Montgomery County);
  • $750,000 in Community Development Block Economic Development Program funds for Oneida County to assist in Phase II of the Interceptor Sewer Upgrade Project, which is expected to create 76 jobs;
  • $350,000 in Community Development Block Economic Development Program funds for Oneida County to assist in the expansion of the Charles T. Sitrin Health Care Center, Inc., which is expected to create 24 jobs;
  • $280,000 in Community Development Block Economic Development Program funds for Oneida County to assist in the expansion of Delft Blue, LLC., which is expected to create 19 jobs;
  • $750,000 in Community Development Block funds for Oneida County to replace 10 mobile homes;
  • $100,000 in Community Development Block funds for Oneida County to assist in the development of McDonough Hardwoods, Ltd., which is expected to create four jobs;
  • $60,000 in Community Development Block Economic Development funds for Otsego County to assist in the expansion of Morris Tent Rentals, Inc., which is expected to create four jobs;
  • $200,000 in Community Development Block Economic Development funds for Otsego County to assist in the establishment of a Workforce Development Training Program at the Susquehanna Regional Center for Growth in Oneonta, which will provide employment training for 80 people;
  • $105,000 in Community Development Block Economic Development funds for Otsego County to assist in the expansion of Northern Eagle Beverages in Oneonta, which is expected to create seven jobs;
  • $660,800 in Community Development Block funds for Otsego County to replace 10 mobile homes;
  • $250,000 in Community Development Block funds for the City of Oneonta to rehabilitate 18 housing units (Otsego County);
  • $600,000 in Community Development Block funds for the City of Oneonta to address infrastructure needs in the Market Street area (Otsego County);
  • $400,000 in Community Development Block funds for the City of Oneonta to address streetscape needs in the Main Street area (Otsego County);
  • $250,000 in Community Development Block funds for the Village of Unadilla to rehabilitate 12 homes (Otsego County);
  • $750,000 in Community Development Block funds for Fulton County to assist with the development of the Lexington Arts Center;
  • $400,000 for the City of Gloversville to assist in the redevelopment of the former Estee School, which will be replaced with 35 units of affordable senior housing (Fulton County);
  • $600,000 in NYS CDBG funds for the Village of Ilion to make significant sewer improvements to the East Street neighborhood (Herkimer County).


Southern Tier REDC – Nine projects awarded a total of $3.369 million:

  • $750,000 in Community Development Block funds for Broome County to partner with the Broome County Land Bank Corporation to establish the Broome County Home Ownership & Housing Initiative. This initiative will address blight through the rehabilitation and resale of foreclosed, vacant properties and turn them into affordable homes and is expected to provide repair assistance to 10 low and moderate-income households;
  • $225,000 in Community Development Block Economic Development funds for the Town of Delhi to assist in the expansion of Sportsfield Specialties, Inc., which is expected to create 15 jobs (Delaware County);
  •  $400,000 in Community Development Block funds to the Town of Colchester to rehabilitate 16 homes (Delaware County);
  • $400,000 in Community Development Block funds to the Town of Colesville to rehabilitate 12 homes (Delaware County);
  • $400,000 in Community Development Block funds for the Town of Groton to rehabilitate 12 homes (Tompkins County);
  • $400,000 in Community Development Block funds for the Village of Owego to rehabilitate 16 homes (Tioga County);
  • $400,000 in Community Development Block funds for Tompkins County to rehabilitate 23 homes;
  • $200,000 in Community Development Block Microenterprise Program funds for Delaware County to assist in establishment of 15 agricultural microenterprises and create 22 jobs; 
  • $194,000 in Community Development Block funds for the Village of Groton to address deficiencies with the Village’s storm water infrastructure (Tompkins County).


Western NY REDC - Four projects awarded a total of $780,000:

  • $200,000 in Community Development Block Economic Development Program funds for the Town of Mina to assist in the restoration of Findley Lake Dam. The proposed project will retain at least 22 jobs with local businesses throughout the community (Chautauqua County);
  • $180,000 in Community Development Block Microenterprise Program funds for the City of Lockport to assist in the establishment of 12 hospitality/service industry microenterprises, which are expected to create approximately 15 full-time jobs (Niagara County);
  • $200,000 in Community Development Block Microenterprise Program funds for the City of Lockport to assist in the establishment of the Lockport Microenterprise Assistance Program that specifically targets the city’s downtown. The program proposes to assist 12 microenterprises and create approximately 22 full-time equivalent jobs (Niagara County);
  • $200,000 in Community Development Block funds for the Town of Sheridan to perform various capital improvements to the Silver Creek Senior Center (Chautauqua County).

Mid-Hudson REDC - Five projects awarded a total of $750,000:

  • $200,000 in Community Development Block Microenterprise Program funds for the Village of Kiryas Joel. The program proposes to assist nine microenterprises and create nine jobs (Orange County);
  • $200,000 in Community Development Block Microenterprise Program funds for the City of Port Jervis to assist 10 microenterprises in the Downtown Central Business District and create 10 jobs (Orange County);
  • $200,000 in Community Development Block funds for the Village of New Square’s sidewalk program, which includes replacing 1,110 linear feet of sidewalk, adding concrete curbing, lighting, and signage (Rockland County);
  • $100,000 in Community Development Block Economic Development funds for Sullivan County to assist in the expansion of Catskill Mountain Dairies, LLC. The proposed project will allow the company to expand into producing whole milk farmstead yogurt derived from the state’s only organic kosher dairy farm. The project will create 10 full-time jobs, eight of which will be available to low and moderate-income people;
  • $50,000 in Community Development Block Small Business Program funds for Sullivan County to assist in the expansion of Maranatha Farm in Neversink, creating six full-time seasonal jobs, four of which will benefit low to moderate-income people.


North Country REDC - Five projects awarded a total of $800,000:

  • $200,000 in Community Development Block funds for Lewis County to provide homeownership assistance to five low and moderate-income households;
  • $200,000 in Community Development Block Microenterprise Program funds for Essex County, which is expected to assist eight microenterprises and create 2 jobs;
  • $200,000 in Community Development Block funds for the Town of Jay to update the Town’s Ausable Forks Community Center facility (Essex County);
  • $100,000 in Community Development Block funds for the Village of Port Henry to address infrastructure needs on Elizabeth Street, including storm water sewer updates and sidewalk replacement (Essex County);
  • $100,000 in Community Development Block funds for the Town of Ticonderoga to install Americans with Disabilities Act- compliant entranceways to the Ticonderoga Armory Community Center and the Community Building Town Hall (Essex County).

Darryl C. Towns, Commissioner and CEO of New York State Homes and Community Renewal said, “When Governor Cuomo established the Regional Economic Development Councils, he built an effective mechanism for investing resources strategically in projects that make a difference in communities. The awards announced today will create jobs, improve public facilities, and help businesses grow and succeed in New York State.”

About the Regional Economic Development Councils
The Regional Economic Development Council initiative is a key component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s transformative approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources. After three rounds of the REDC process, more than $2 billion have been awarded to job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans, supporting the creation or retention of more than 100,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

Congressman Paul Tonko said, “Governor Cuomo’s Mohawk Valley REDC is a critical part of our revitalization strategy for communities in Montgomery County. These funds will go a long way to update and improve local infrastructure, making the area more attractive for economic expansion and job retention. When the private and public sectors work together to boost small businesses and middles class families, everyone wins. And that’s what we’re seeing here today. I thank the Governor for his continued recognition of the unique infrastructure needs of Capital Region and Mohawk Valley communities.”

Congressman Bill Owens said, "Investments like these help sustain North Country communities and make our region more attractive to investors, small business owners, tourists and many others, encouraging continued economic growth and job creation. I applaud New York State and Governor Cuomo for supporting these critical projects."

Congressman Chris Gibson said, “The Community Development Block Grant program is a powerful tool for economic growth in rural New York, supporting projects that improve housing and the quality of life in our towns and villages. I am also pleased with this program’s focus on workforce training and small business growth, two vital components of our efforts to revitalize the Catskills region. I appreciate the state’s close collaboration with local officials to help carry out these federally-funded projects.”

Congressman Richard Hanna said, “These funds will help improve our infrastructure, create jobs and make much-needed upgrades to our older housing stock. We should always be committed to investing in our communities and providing a stronger, more vibrant place for upstate New Yorkers to work and live.”

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