July 9, 2015

Governor Cuomo Brings 'Capital for a Day' to Rochester, Announces Comprehensive 41-Point Plan to Advance the Finger Lakes Region

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Governor's Cabinet Travels to Rochester to Identify Opportunities to Combat Poverty, Strengthen Economy and Improve Community Infrastructure

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today traveled to Rochester to bring "Capital for a Day" to the Finger Lakes region. The Governor's cabinet met with community members, business leaders and partners in government to identify opportunities to combat poverty, strengthen the economy and improve the community’s infrastructure. As a result of feedback received, the Governor announced a comprehensive 41-point plan to advance the Finger Lakes region which includes $12 million to support a high-tech commercialization partnership at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a $6 million City of Rochester Opportunity Initiative to further drive efforts in combatting poverty.

"Today was about seeing and understanding the needs of Rochester, Monroe County and the Finger Lakes as a whole, and then designing plans to meet those needs," Governor Cuomo said. "From our anti-poverty initiative to the exciting investment in RIT, this was a prime example of how the State is partnering with local officials and business leaders to open doors for the local community. It was a very productive day, and we are going to continue that momentum in the future to continue to create opportunity in the region.”

10:00 AM - Governor Cuomo holds a Cabinet Meeting as a part of “Capital for a Day” in Rochester and the Finger Lakes region – a day-long series of meetings between the Governor, senior state officials and local leaders designed to advance local priorities for growth and improvements in the community.

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The Governor was joined by senior administration officials and members of the Governor's cabinet including Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and Empire State Development CEO Howard Zemsky. Attendees also included Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and former Lieutenant Governor and current Rochester Business Alliance CEO Bob Duffy.

Capital for a Day started with Governor Cuomo hosting a morning cabinet meeting where senior State officials and the Governor's cabinet were welcomed to the Finger Lakes region. Later in the morning, the Governor attended a meeting on combatting poverty in Rochester, in which the Governor announced a $6 million City of Rochester Opportunity Initiative, a new State-funded program to support a number of services to Rochester residents living in poverty. Later in the day the Governor attended a Rochester Institute of Technology Board of Trustee meeting where he announced $12 million in State funding to support a high-tech commercialization partnership to help grow the Finger Lakes economy. 

This afternoon, the Governor hosted a concluding cabinet meeting where senior State officials and the Governor's cabinet reported back on ways the state can help create real, lasting solutions to enhance the community. In the cabinet meeting, the Governor's announced a comprehensive 41-point plan to advance the Finger Lakes region. The plan is a result of more than two dozen meetings with community members, business leaders and partners in government, and includes the addition of new funds, programs and initiatives organized in the following categories of action items: Ensuring Economic Prosperity, Strengthening Infrastructure, Ensuring Social Justice, and Improving Healthy Food Options. The Governor’s comprehensive plan is outlined in full at the bottom of this release.

Top Announcements in the Plan Include:

  • $12 million in State funding for the public-private partnership anchored by the Rochester Institute of Technology, which will link RIT’s internationally ranked academic programs with high-tech facilities needed to commercialize computer gaming, film and animation, graphic design, and imaging sciences projects.
  • $6 million in State funding for the City of Rochester Opportunity Initiative, a State-funded program to support a number of the City’s services to residents living in poverty.
  • $600,000 in State funding to Marketview Heights Association to assist with home improvements in 20 affordable units for low- and moderate-income families in Rochester.
  • Provide $3 million in State funding for Genesee Valley Greenway Improvements consistent with the NY Parks 2020 plan to enhance trail access from the City of Rochester to Letchworth State Park. Additionally, provide $100,000 in State and Municipal fund money to the Town of Irondequoit for initiation of the Irondequoit Bay State Marine Park Facility improvements planning process, which will determine which amenities are best suited for the project including potentially a boardwalk, picnic pavilions, playground, and a kayak rental location. The Town will provide matching funding.
  • A new partnership between Sibley and the Rochester Institute of Technology to designate space in the building for additional STARTUP-NY companies to expand economic opportunity in the Finger Lakes region.
  • $3 million from the State and Municipal Facilities Fund for streetlight conversion to environmentally-friendly and cost-effective LED lights.

11:30 AM - Governor Cuomo gives remarks at the Regional Economic Development Council Meeting as part of “Capital for a Day” in Rochester and the Finger Lakes region.

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Assembly Leader Joseph D. Morelle said, “The Governor’s presence in Rochester is a testament to how collaborating with state officials can truly make a difference here at home. We have accomplished so much for Rochester and upstate New York during this year’s legislative session and the Capital for a Day initiative is proof that we still have more work to do. Together, we will focus on the issues that matter the most to Rochester and build on our recent accomplishments to create more jobs, foster more opportunities, and keep our city on the move.”

Senator Joe Robach said, “Today’s discussion in Rochester exemplifies the progress we can make when leaders from both sides of the aisle come together and focus on what matters most – moving this city forward. I am pleased to bring State government to our region today and I am confident that this initiative will bring with it a new focus and vision for Rochester. I thank the Governor and his staff for being here today and I look forward to seeing the results of our hard work pay off.”

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks said, “The Capital for a Day initiative has furthered our spirit of cooperation and provided local leaders a unique opportunity to work directly with New York State officials. Our community welcomed Governor Cuomo and his cabinet wholeheartedly, and I am thrilled they took the time to listen to our local concerns and priorities. I am confident that together, we will keep moving Monroe County and the rest of the Finger Lakes moving forward.”​

City of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said, “Rochester is honored to be the first city to host the Capital for a Day initiative. Having the Governor and his staff here today sends the message that investments in Rochester help us create more jobs, revitalize our neighborhoods and improve our educational systems. Ultimately, these investments will benefit all of New York State.”​

The Governor’s 41-Point Plan to Advance the Finger Lakes Region Includes:

Ensuring Economic Prosperity

  • Provide an additional $12 million in State funding for the public-private partnership anchored by the Rochester Institute of Technology, which will link RIT’s internationally ranked academic programs with high-tech facilities needed to commercialize computer gaming, film and animation, graphic design, and imaging sciences projects.
  • Begin a new partnership between Sibley and the Rochester Institute of Technology to designate space in the building for additional STARTUP-NY companies to expand economic opportunity in the Finger Lakes region.
  • Provide $6 million in State funding for the City of Rochester Opportunity Initiative, a State-funded program to support a number of the City’s services to residents living in poverty.
  • Provide $40 million in State NYSERDA funding for farms, food processors, wastewater treatment plants and private organics treatment companies to support installing and operating Anaerobic Digester Gas (ADG)-to-Electricity Systems in communities New York, including the Finger Lakes region.
  • Implement regulatory changes to promote the construction of anaerobic digesters at landfills and wastewater plants by proposing, through the DEC, State Environmental Quality Review regulations changes to streamline environmental review of these facilities.
  • Provide $6.5 million in State NYSERDA FlexTech grants to support energy efficiency upgrades at public and private institutions across New York, including in the Finger Lakes region.
  • Provide $200,000 in State funding and help direct $133,242 from the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority for hops and barley research through Cornell University to address a possible shortage in hops.
  • Begin providing regular and automatic updates and reminders to craft brewers of funding available through the Craft Beverage Tourism Grant Program.
  • Initiate a new partnership between Taste NY and the New York Wine and Culinary Center to promote New York food and beverage products and boost tourism in the Finger Lakes region and across the state.
  • Operationalize the Rochester Business Alliance's One-Job Program in conjunction with the Department of Labor to make the State's support official for the Rochester-specific jobs program.
  • Provide $500,000 in funding from the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance for the Educational Resources and Wage Subsidy awards: $100,000 award to the Rochester City School District to operate Educational Resources Programs and $200,000 each to RochesterWorks, Inc. and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester.
  • Use feedback from a non-profit clinic hosted at today to assess not-for-profits' use of the grant application process and service delivery, and provide a report to the Governor.
  • Create a new partnership between the Department of Labor and faith leaders working with the Office of Faith-Based Community Development Services to connect youth to jobs in the greater Rochester region and provide mentorship services to help them stay employed. The partnership will include a pre-employment assessment and training for youth to ensure they are matched to available positions.
  • Approve the Department of Labor's direct-entry status for the Rochester Building and Construction Trades Council’s Multi-craft Apprenticeship Preparation program to expand opportunities for women and minorities by allowing candidates that meet qualifications direct entry into building trade apprentice programs.
  • Schedule a summer tour of New York's 10 regions for the Strategic Implementation Assessment Team (SIAT) to provide an update on the progress and impact of projects funded through the regional council process.
  • Establish the Department of State Local Government Innovation Summit where, later this year, local officials will share best practices about efficiency measures that have reduced costs in other jurisdictions.

2:30 PM - Governor Cuomo Attends Rochester Institute of Technology Trustee Meeting

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Strengthening Infrastructure

  • Develop the application for the Department of State’ DOS $150 million Municipal Restructuring Fund to assist local governments with capital and other expenses related to the implementation of local government and school district efficiency projects aimed at reducing operational costs and related property tax burdens on a permanent basis.
  • Begin the solicitation process for the $17 million Passenger and Freight Rail/Port Assistance Program, a State-funded program that will support track rehabilitation, railroad bridge repairs, improved emissions, expanded capacity, and economic development opportunities.
  • Provide $4.2 million in State funding to support the repair and rehabilitation of portions of the West River Wall, as well as incorporate new flood control berms.
  • Provide $3 million in State funding from the State and Municipal Facilities Fund for streetlight conversion to environmentally-friendly and cost-effective LED lights. Anticipated annual savings from this one time replacement is more than $722,300, with a payback period of just over 4.5 years.
  • Provide approximately $150,000 in State funding to install 8 safety ladders in the Fairport Canal to help someone who has fallen into the Canal accidentally remove him or herself quickly without waiting for emergency responders to arrive on scene.
  • Provide $100,000 in State and Municipal fund money to the Town of Irondequoit for initiation of the Irondequoit Bay State Marine Park Facility improvements planning process, which will determine which amenities are best suited for the project including potentially a boardwalk, picnic pavilions, playground, and a kayak rental location. The Town will provide matching funding.
  • Expand accessibility of vehicles for sale to municipalities by the Office of General Services, including by creating an online Truck and Heavy Vehicle Marketplace (Class III-Class VIII) to allow municipalities browse on the web and for multiple vendors to submit a bid specific to each municipality.
  • Provide $3 million in State funding for Genesee Valley Greenway Improvements consistent with the NY Parks 2020 plan to enhance trail access from the City of Rochester to Letchworth State Park.
  • Secure an agreement with the Department of Transportation to support the rehabilitation or maintenance of select Greenway State Parks trail crossings, surfacing improvements and repair of numerous culverts and drainage structures.
  • Relocate a portion of the Genesee Valley Greenway trail, thereby removing an inaccessible gap on State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision property, to connect to the Department of Environmental Conservation-owned Sonyea State Forest; and reroute a portion of the Genesee Valley Greenway Trail, by using a portion of the forest and local roads, to connect with the Town of Mount Morris at mile marker 42.

Ensuring Social Justice

  • Provide funding to develop 7 Veteran Business Assistance Centers across New York, including one at the IBERO American Action League in Rochester, to assist veterans with starting a new business and train veterans in the practices of entrepreneurship to pursue self-employment opportunities. Each center will receive a grant of up to $42,000 for the current program year.
  • Begin a new regional partnership between HCR and the Greater Rochester Housing Partnership under SONYMA, the $22.5 million New York State Neighborhood Revitalization Purchase Program, to address vacant properties and increase home ownership.
  • Provide a $600,000 Affordable Housing Corporation Home Improvement Award to Marketview Heights Association to assist with home improvements to 20 affordable units for low- and moderate-income families on scattered sites near East Main Street in Rochester.
  • Strengthen the WIC program to: streamline the enrollment process; increase the types of food available; and boost access to nutrition for vulnerable women, children and infants.
  • Amend an existing contract with Anthony Jordan Health Clinic allowing for increased security in facilitates to ensure a safe and positive WIC experience for community members.
  • Expedite a contract extension with the Office of New Americans to allow Catholic Family Center and the Rochester Public Library to teach English and provide naturalization assistance to another 50 immigrants and refugees, bringing the total number of people served this year to 250.
  • Expand the Office of New Americans Legal Counsel Program to provide additional immigrant legal services for refugee and immigrants in the Finger Lakes region, providing an additional 125 immigrants legal assistance to become U.S. citizens.


Improving Healthy Food Options

  • Secure a commitment by New York City schools to expand their purchase of local New York State products, including those from the Finger Lakes region.
  • Expand the Office of General Service’s “Farm-to-School” pilot program with the USDA in the Finger Lakes region.
  • Create the "Healthy Schools and Communities Awards" through the Department of Health to promote wellness in communities across New York like Rochester.
  • Issue a request for proposals (RFP) with $350,000 in grants available to school districts in the Finger Lakes region to serve healthy, locally produced foods on school menus.
  • Provide $100,000 in State funding for the food box program to Foodlink, a Rochester-based company.
  • Create a partnership between the Department of Environmental Conservation, NYSERDA, Empire State Development and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute to improve energy efficiency and reduce food waste through Food Waste and Energy Efficiency Audits.
  • Create a partnership between the Department of Environmental Conservation and Empire State Development to evaluate the economics of organics waste composting and recycling and support capital projects, which will be funded from P2I/NYSERDA audits.
  • Expand the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute's food waste audit program beyond grocery stores to include other large generators of food wastes, such as colleges, and which can also be coupled with NYSERDA’s Flex Tech energy audits.

 

4:30 PM - Governor Cuomo Holds a Cabinet Debrief Meeting 

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