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ILION — Aldi’s will be building a new, larger store and the Ilion village board got its first look at the site plans during a meeting Wednesday.
Project Manager Kurt Charland, of Bergmann Associates. of Rochester, said the new 21,900-square-foot store will be located on vacant land in the rear of the lot at 166 Central Ave., where the present store is located.
The present store is about 15,000 square feet and plans call for keeping it open during construction, although the space will likely be reduced to about 9,500 square feet.
“We want to keep the existing building open as long as possible,” said Charland.
Once the new building is complete, there will be a brief shutdown prior to the opening of the new store.
Plans call for the new store to have 126 parking spaces, which meets the code requirements for both the new and existing store, he said. New storm water infrastructure is part of the plan.
ROME — Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Rome Thursday to announce the city will receive $10 million in funding and investments as the Mohawk Valley winner of the second round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
“This investment is the latest step in our strategic efforts to help the Mohawk Valley’s economy grow and prosper,” Cuomo said. “The Downtown Revitalization Initiative engages local communities and creates new opportunities for growth to attract new businesses and young people and help downtowns across New York thrive.”
As in the first round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, one municipality from each of the state’s 10 economic development regions will be selected as a $10 million winner, marking another overall state goal to target $100 million in funding and investments to help communities identify catalytic downtown projects to boost the local economy.
Restoring historic buildings is nothing new for Mayshark Builders.
The architecture, design and construction company located in Mayville has been restoring historic homes on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution for more than 40 years. However, for one of their more recent restoration jobs, Mayshark is working in downtown Jamestown to restore the historic look of the Elizabeth Warner Marvin Community House.
Bridge and culvert renovation projects are expected to begin the week of Sept. 18 in the Towns of Clinton and Pleasant Valley, affecting access to the impacted roadways.
In Clinton, crews will rehabilitate Bridge C-22 on Clinton Hollow Road over the Little Wappinger Creek with the expectation of finishing the project by late fall, according to a press release from the Dutchess County Department of Public Works. Pleasant Valley’s Culvert PV-14 on Sherow Road over the Great Spring Creek will be replaced due to deterioration, and work is expected to be complete by late fall.
During construction, the Clinton bridge will have a temporary traffic signal controlling a one-lane alternating traffic pattern, while a portion of Sherow Road will be closed beginning Sept. 25 and remain closed until the project's complete.
ALBION — Niagara-Orleans Regional Alliance representatives are encouraged by Charter Communications starting broadband build-out, as well as a $13 million state settlement because it’s not happening fast enough.
Speaking from a New York State Association of Counties meeting in Syracuse, Orleans County Legislator Lynne Johnson and Niagara County Legislator David Godfrey told The Daily News that Charter’s moves are a small step toward their “last mile, last house, last child” goal.
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OLEAN — Officials hope to have the best lead in a decade to redevelop the former Manufacturer’s Hanover building.
The Urban Renewal Agency approved a resolution Wednesday morning offering the status of initial preferred developer to Savarino Companies, LLC, a Buffalo-based development group with a track record of million-dollar adaptive reuse projects.
The resolution states that in the next 120 days, Savarino will collaborate with the URA and the city to refine the proposal so a development agreement may be negotiated.
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HOGANSBURG — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $600,000 to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe at Akwesasne to improve housing conditions and stimulate local economic development.
The tribe will rehabilitate 95 homes to improve their safety and functionality with handicap accessibility, roofing, HVAC and plumbing and electrical upgrades with energy-efficient products.
The program will assist low-income families, addressing needs identified through extensive study and outreach.
LITTLE VALLEY — The Cattaraugus County Legislature on Tuesday approved a $100,000 contribution to the Seneca Nation of Indians and city of Salamanca’s 3.3-mile trail project.
The money will help in the restoration and enhancement of the Pennsy Trail on the Allegany Reservation, including pedestrian-style lighting, emergency call boxes, surveillance, intersection bollards, benches and native plantings. The contract between the county and the Seneca Nation for the contribution had already been approved by the Legislature’s Development and Agriculture Committee and the Finance Committee last week.
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KINGSTON, N.Y. >> The Common Council’s Finance and Audit Committee has endorsed using $100,000 in state funding to fit City Hall with storm windows.
The matter now goes to full council.
Julie Noble, the city’s environmental education and sustainability coordinator, told the committee on Wednesday the money is from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
“In January, ... the city of Kingston was designated as a clean-energy community because of action we have taken toward things like purchasing electric vehicles, executing a solarize campaign, participating in Energize New York,” she said. “By being one of the first four communities designated, we were eligible and applied for a $100,000, no-match grant to be put toward an energy efficiency project.”
Two top state officials will be in Auburn Friday for announcements regarding the new 7,000-square-foot welcome center across from Memorial City Hall.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Rose Harvey, commissioner of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, will join Auburn Mayor Michael Quill and other local and state officials for an event at 1 p.m. Friday in the municipal parking lot adjacent to the Seward House Museum.
Hochul and Harvey will "announce a significant investment" and unveil the welcome center's new design, according to a media advisory. The name of the facility will be revealed at the event.
The state plans to build the welcome center at 25 South St., which is currently a public parking lot. Crews conducted exploratory drilling for the project in the spring and initial designs of the center were released in May.
The wheels of the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation continue to churn. Executive Director Gina Paradis gave an update recently on the agency’s inventory.
First, the board voted on proposals for disposition of three side lots. Paradis noted the lots at 866.5 Spring St. and 220 Crossman in Jamestown and 208 Elmcrest in Lakewood are all the result of demolitions.
There were two proposals for 220 Crossman, one from a neighbor down the street for use as off-street parking in the winter and one from the rear adjacent neighbor for the extension of their yard and a possible garage. The board opted for the latter, also approving proposals from neighbors for the other two.
The former Roxy's nightclub on Main Street is still on the market, but now the owner has added the adjacent building that houses Coco bistro and four apartments for a combined $1.75 million package offering.
The two buildings sit across from the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and are among several on the street that are up for sale or lease as the neighborhood changes with construction on the campus.
"It's right across the street from the burgeoning Medical Campus," said Tyler A. Balentine, real estate agent with Pyramid Brokerage Co. "Main Street has really come back."
Balentine said owner Peter A. Rouff, a real estate developer and Tonawanda orthodontist, wants to sell the 6,718-square-foot building at 888 Main St. and the former Roxy's site at 884 Main St. together.
ROCHESTER- The $55 million renovation project at the Rochester Airport has now grown to an $80 million project. On Tuesday, Monroe County Executive, Cheryl Dinaflo made a last minute request to the county legislature for an additional $25 million for the project.
The request was made a week after bids were due from contractors interested in building an exterior canopy on the airport that would include facial recognition technology and other security features. Those bids, according to Monroe County, were much higher than anticipated and in order to maintain the original focus of the canopy, additional resources are needed.
But that $40 million was just a start. The airport authority originally planned to add $14 million to the project but on Tuesday, as a “matter of urgency,” the county legislature agreed to up that amount by another $25 million. They made the decision with little notice or discussion because, according to the county, they wanted to keep the project on schedule.
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LYONS — Julia Stewart, a spokesperson for the New York Apple Association, last week noted the “explosion in hard cider producers in New York state.”
That explosion is starting to head toward the county that leads the state in apple production.
The Wayne County Department of Economic Development and Planning and the Wayne County Economic Development Corp. announced that they recently closed on two loans to help two local hard-cider makers in Wayne County purchase equipment.
Finger Lakes Times
Amsterdam Mayor Michael Villa was “deeply upset” the city lost its bid to secure $10 million through the second round of the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative to the City of Rome.
“I think it’s a shame,” Villa said following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement Thursday afternoon that Rome will receive $10 million in state funds and investments as the Mohawk Valley region winner for the second round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).
Villa said while Amsterdam has received “a good number of grants,” being selected as the regional winner would have provided a transformational opportunity for the city’s downtown.
OSWEGO — The Oswego County Legislature on Thursday backed a plan to outsource purchasing duties to Onondaga County, a move local officials say could save the county more than $100,000 annually.
County leadership confirmed in early August that discussions with Onondaga County about a potential purchasing consolidation had been ongoing for the better part of a year, and legislators finalized the deal Thursday night.
The Oswego County Purchasing Department handles bids, requests for proposals, procurement and sale of materials and services in conjunction with the Legislature. According to officials, the purchasing department currently has three employees — a purchasing director and two purchasing clerks.
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Rep. Tom Reed announced last week that fire departments in Dunkirk and Randolph would receive $27,060 and $7,334,
“By making sure that our fire departments have the resources necessary to carry out their important work, we make our
The funding is administered through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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Lancaster village officials for years have been seeking a developer to transform a vacant section in the heart of downtown, but they have little to show for their efforts.
Now after rejecting the only proposal it received for the West Main Street project, the Lancaster Community Development Corp. is back to square one.
At issue is a meandering 5-acre parcel on the banks of Cayuga Creek. Anchored by a partially demolished building, the site is owned by the CDC and is on the market for $845,000.
The CDC was formed in the early 1990s so it could legally purchase the property and rent it out, said Lancaster Mayor William C. Schroeder.
UTICA — The city of Utica has roughly 210 miles of roads, many worn out and riddled with potholes.
But over the last several months, some of the streets have been getting attention as part of the city’s efforts to pave
“Despite the fact that we didn’t have a lot of time to plan out this year because it got voted on in November, so it
JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on a local law establishing a sustainable
The hearing will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. in the Supervisor’s Chambers.
Supervisors will vote later in the session on two related matters. A resolution is on the agenda adopting a local law
The new law will amend County Code to establish an Energize NY Benefit Financing Program in the county. The program would
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KINGSTON, N.Y. - The city and the owner of Kingston Plaza announced a plan Thursday to develop apartments, a hotel and a
The plan, dubbed The Kingstonian, would incorporate the site of the city’s former Uptown Parking Garage and a warehouse
An elevated walkway connecting the former garage site to the plaza property also is part of the plan.
GREENWICH — In the last decade, George Bell has spent more time than he cares to count dealing with trucks jammed under
“I’ve spent 45 minutes backing a truck up and backing up traffic at the same time,” said Bell, chief of the Cambridge and
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In June, city officials purchased the new CAT AP1000F asphalt paver after bad luck struck the Public Works Department at the wrong time of the year. During the height of paving season, the city’s 23-year-old asphalt paver bit the dust and no longer would run. With no paver and a short time frame to get asphalt laid during the heat of the summer, city officials went to work to assess all their options.
In June, Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, said Public Works Department administrators led by Jeff Lehman, approached him about the situation and their best option. With City Council’s approval, they purchased the new asphalt paver.
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Dunkirk - Thursday was the day the sale of the former Bertges property on Lake Shore Drive would close, divesting the Dunkirk Local Development Corporation of half a million dollars in liability, or it would leave the city on the hook.
Luckily, the deal was sealed in Jamestown Thursday, according Mayor Willie Rosas.
“We did close the sale today and I am very, very pleased,” he told the OBSERVER. “I want to thank our new city attorney, Richard Morrisroe, for his time work and effort he put into closing the deal. I think this is the beginning of the development on our waterfront area. I also want to thank the Chautauqua County IDA for their help.”
MEDINA — The Medina Fire Department will be able to hire four new firefighters.
On Thursday, the senators announced $530,661 in federal funding for the Medina Fire Department, described by Fire Chief Tom Lupo as the busiest fire department in Orleans County.
Allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program, the money will be used for hiring four new firefighters and support the department’s “Fast Team,” which rescues any downed firefighters elsewhere in the county and provides back-up. The funding will also help Medina staff the engine, ladder truck and the ambulance with more than one person on the initial response.
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DRESDEN — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed that the Greenidge Generating Station will be required to install screening equipment on its water intake pipe to reduce fish mortality.
The Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes had raised concerns about the plant being allowed to resume electrical generation without having the screening.
Finger Lakes Times
SENECA FALLS — School district officials are putting the finishing touches on a $12 million to $13 million facilities renovation project that could go before voters in December.
Meeting Thursday, the school board voted to designate itself as the lead agency for the mandatory State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) process for the project.
The district has identified the project as a Type I action under SEQRA, requiring the district to prepare Part 1 of the Full Environmental Assessment Form.
Finger Lakes Times
OLEAN — The Olean Public Library is preparing for a round of renovations that officials hope will give the facility a more contemporary look and help it run more efficiently.
The approximately $245,000 project is expected to begin Sept. 12 with several changes to the North Second Street library, including new carpeting, information desk, emergency windows and partial wall for the children’s area. New York state construction aid will provide $181,000, while the remaining costs will come from the library’s $1.15 million budget that was passed in May.
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Since taking over the high school equivalency program at Niagara County Jail, Orleans/Niagara BOCES has introduced a number of vocational programs including landscaping and small engine repair classes.
“We look for non-violent, locally sentenced people that have an interest,” Chief Jail Administrator Kevin Payne said. “If we can provide them with a foundation to build on, it’s a little easier for them to go out and find a job.”
“They try to pick the right mix of people that’ll work well together and can get out and use the skills,” said Chuck Diemert, Literacy Zone coordinator for Orleans/Niagara BOCES.
WELLSVILLE — Now that a contract with an engineer is in place for the replacement of a Madison Street culvert following the collapse of a driveway last April, the village hopes the contractor, MRB Group, can get going on the design as soon as possible.
“We’ have asked them to start as soon as possible. We’re looking for a report from them as soon as they can,” Mayor Randy Shayler said Tuesday. However, he added, “Let’s all be realistic. That project is not going to be complete until after the first of the year.”
On Monday night, the Village Board approved an agreement with MRB to design the culvert replacement for a cost of no more than $96,900. Last month, the village was told that state Sen. Catharine Young secured $700,000 to have the road and area fixed.
“We have some preliminary stuff that was done when we had the assessment of the damage. Ultimately it’s a relatively simple design, I think,” Shayler said. “They need to go through their due diligence, core samples, environmental, all of that stuff.”
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CORNING - The demolition of the century-old former Corning Hospital site is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Jack Benjamin, Guthrie Corning Hospital board chairman, said plans have always been to completed the demolition and remediation at the site by the end of the year so the developer, Rochester-based Riedman Companies, can start construction at the site in the spring of 2018.
“We’re getting close,” Benjamin said. “I can’t give you a specific date, but (the demolition) is still on schedule.
LAKE GEORGE — Prohibiting use of fertilizer within 50 feet of any water body, requiring a minimum 35-foot buffer from streams and requiring residents to reduce stormwater runoff when upgrading their properties are among changes the Lake George Park Commission are considering to improve water quality.
The commission is in the process of revising stormwater regulations for the first time in 20 years. The changes are now in draft form and commission Executive Director David Wick is going around to lakeside communities to get input and feedback from local officials.
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A little vacant lot in the Allentown historic district that sits directly across from University at Buffalo's new medical school is becoming a magnet for offers from real estate developers.
The grassy plot at 942 Main St. – which has an overgrown community garden, a bench and a decorative stone wall that proclaims "Allentown" – is worth only $29,861, according to city property records.
But because of the uptick in developer interest surrounding the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and nearby neighborhoods, an owner of the 32.5-foot-by-118-foot parcel says he's received offers hovering in the $500,000 range.
News of the demolition of the former Quality Inn to allow a new hotel to be built on the same site has prompted local business owners to contact Greene County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director Rene VanSchaack to share their stories about how the disused hotel has affected them.
“We knew it, but since it hit the street other people have come forward,” VanSchaack said. “I’ve been given more real-life examples.”
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Developers unveiled a multipronged plan to revamp Medley Centre Tuesday, which included space for a town community center and an open interior to accommodate a variety of uses, including offices or warehouses.
The first phase of the development, christened as Skyview on the Ridge, will cost approximately $11.4 million and take between 12 and 18 months to complete. It covers two floors of mall space between the former Macy's and J.C. Penney locations. Heading the project are developers Angelo Ingrassia, Bob Morgan and Frank Perticone.
The community center will fill 40,000 to 50,000 square feet on the lower level in the mall.
Federally funded work to remove radioactive gravel from numerous hotspots in Niagara County has run out of money and come to a halt.
Left in limbo are property owners in Niagara Falls and Lewiston, who were told by Environmental Protection Agency officials that there is no firm date of when - or whether - they will return to finish the clean up.
Eric Daly, the EPA’s project manager, said he gave his superiors “options of what I could do and what I needed to do.”
“What came back to me was we want you to shut down, meaning trailers out everything done. We don’t have the money and they have to figure it out,” he said.
HORNELL — Exploration into a $5 million investment in a vacant building in Hornell continues as Park Grove Realty, the City of Hornell and the Hornell IDA look at ways to assemble state funding to bolster the project.
At Thursday’s meeting of the Hornell Industrial Development Agency, CEO Jim Griffin told board members that they were shopping for a new insurer on the agency-owned property at 18 North Main St. Currently, the IDA is paying $9,000 a year for $3 million worth of fire and liability coverage on the building.
“We’re shopping for someone who will cover it at market value,” Griffin detailed.
Shawn Hogan, Hornell mayor and IDA treasurer, has been working with the proposed developer of the site, Park Grove Realty of Rochester, to find financing to move forward a plan to build 21 apartments and conduct a historic preservation study of the building.
The project was facing a $1 million shortfall, due to limitations on desired state grant funding. RESTORE NY funding for communities the size of Hornell had been limited to just $500,000.
RANDOLPH — A new traffic pattern at Randolph Central School is hoped to make for a safer campus when school starts up again on Tuesday.
Students, staff and anyone else arriving by car will find the traffic flowing two ways on both the east and west driveways at the school. The old, one-way pattern — that had commuters entering on the east drive and exiting on the west drive — no longer exists.
District residents voted in March 2015 on a capital project that was designed to address critical facilities and equipment needs in each of the buildings, along with vehicle and pedestrian safety concerns throughout the campus.
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Anthony Demiglio knows the ins and outs of the region's major construction projects like few other people. After all, he makes sure they're cleaned up first.
Demiglio is founder and president of AMD Environmental Consultants, a local firm that investigates, directs and monitors environmental cleanup and contamination projects in Western New York. The seven-year-old company does not do the actual cleanup work for its clients, but advises them on handling asbestos, lead, mold and related hazards.
A Niagara County native, Demiglio originally wanted to be an art teacher or chef, and even went to culinary school. But instead he found himself working as a laborer in construction and cleanup work. At the suggestion of a friend, he took a class to further his skills, passed a certification test and got a job as an environmental technician, taking air samples and recording results. Over time, he gained more experience, began teaching classes, and eventually went off on his own.
ROME — The Rome Common Council had yet another tour this week of Old City Hall at 207 N. James St. to see the progress that has been made on the iconic building.
Matt Varughese, who has been working on the project for about four years now, toured a handful of the council members around the building, showing off a handful of nearly finished parts of the planned apartment units — such as the bathrooms.
“I’m fairly confident I will get the third apartment done (by the deadline),” Varughese said. “I’ll have the hallways done and we’ll be working upstairs. ... I think once the finishes are coming together, people are appreciative of the fact that it isn’t just a matter of just tossing sheetrock on the walls and such. To get this done, man, this is going to be such a good thing for all of us as citizens.”
The roughly 18,000-square-foot building was built in 1894 and home to city government for more than 80 years. It was designed in the Flemish style by Walter Dickson and features three floors, an attic and a steep, hipped roof leading up to the copper cupola. YES Development purchased Old City Hall from the city for $25,000.
City administrators hope a resolution can prevent the city from owing the federal government $1.6 million, a bill Mayor Rob Rolison says will result in either government layoffs or increasing taxes.
The fee would come as a result of the Common Council’s decision last month to keep assets pertaining to the city bus system, rather than turn them over to Dutchess County as required under the conditions of the bus service consolidation, set by the Federal Transportation Administration.
The resolution, which is on the agenda for Monday’s Common Council meeting, would essentially reverse that decision and allow the city to transfer its assets to the county, according to Rolison.
Five years after the idea for a STEM park at Kopernik Observatory & Science Center was first discussed, the half-million-dollar project has hit a major funding goal.
At the observatory in Vestal on Thursday, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced Kopernik Science Park was unanimously approved for $30,000, courtesy of the county's Hotel Motel Funds for Marketing and Economic Development. The award raises total funding to around $500,000.
LITTLE VALLEY — Plans by Cattaraugus County Legislature committees to approve $200,000 for renovations to three Forness Park baseball fields were put on hold Wednesday pending further information.
The questions centered on whether there would be enough of the original $550,000 in county funding left to take care of baseball fields in Allegany, Salamanca and Ellicottville and if other bids had been received.
The County Legislature’s Development and Agriculture Committee narrowly approved a motion to approve the funding despite the questions.
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The hum of a bypass pump’s engine and an excavators digging into the ground are welcomed sounds for Pershing Road residents who have dealt with somewhat regular sewage backups into their homes.
Construction crews were on Pershing Road, where workers had removed a portion of the clay sewer line underneath the roadway and set a new manhole structure in place as of Thursday afternoon. A bypass had been installed, so residents would not have an interruption in sewer service.
WELLSVILLE — The word among employees of McDonald’s on Bolivar Road is that the fast-food restaurant may close Sunday. McDonald’s ownership has been promising a demolition and rebuilding to modernize the decades-old structure.
Enrico Francani, owner of the Wellsville McDonald’s, could not be reached for comment Wednesday, but has said earlier this year that the tentative date to begin the project is around Labor Day, with a reopening in roughly mid-November.
Town of Wellsville Code Enforcement Officer Rob Marsh said he has has had continuous conversations with T.Y. Lin International, the engineering firm on the project, as well as communicating by e-mail. The topic has been project information to include site plan, building plan, estimated start date and change orders.
“I was told the project is planned to take three months. The anticipated start date I was told was Aug. 27 (Sunday),” Marsh said.
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The Orchard Park Railroad Depot’s revitalization took a significant step forward on Thursday when the Western New York Railway Historical Society received $150,000 in grant funding from state Sen. Chris Jacobs to aid the ongoing planned restoration of the landmark.
Jacobs secured the money as part of the 2017 state budget. Trustee Francis Hogenkamp initiated conversations with Jacobs to see if funding could be acquired for the depot.
The depot, which was built in 1911 and has been watched over by the society since 1982, has been in need of renovations for years. The society currently is in the midst of a two-phase restoration totaling $2 million. One phase involves fixing the platform behind the depot, while the other deals with a roof replacement for the building.
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Efforts to revitalize the southern portion of Huntington Station received a much-needed push forward last week.
Huntington Town Board members voted to approve spending $1.25 million in bond funds received from the Suffolk County Legislature to conduct an extensive sewer study as part of the Huntington Station
The lack of sewers in Huntington Station is one of the areas that is desperately in need of improvement to make revitalization possible, as the land north of the Long Island Rail Road tracks in Huntington Station is served by the sewer district, but the south side is not, which has limited development and economic opportunities.
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Congressman Tom Reed has announced that the Chautauqua County/Dunkirk Airport is the recipient of a United States Department of Transportation grant for $1,254,174 for projects to improve and upgrade the facility.
“Airports are an important driver in our regional economy and a vital part of our national transportation infrastructure,” Reed said. “I care about making sure they have the funds necessary to operate in a safe and efficient manner, and this grant will help the Chautauqua County/Dunkirk Airport to continue to do that.”
The grant funds will be used to reconstruct the airport’s taxiway, as well as the taxiway lighting.
U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $6,400,528 in federal funds for 62 New York community health centers.
The funding will be allocated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. These Health Center Quality Improvement funds are rewards for health care centers who have exceeded or met quality standards and patient care goals. The funds will support high-quality health centers across the state in continuing to increase access to comprehensive primary health care services and further invest in care for the communities and patients they serve.
The Chemung County Department of Public Works will conduct two major paving projects on county roads in the towns of Horseheads and Big Flats, starting Thursday.
The projects will consist of milling and paving portions of Colonial Drive (county Route 74) and Chambers Road (county Route 35).
The work will include removing the top two to three inches of asphalt and replacing it with a new asphalt wearing course. The procedure typically adds 10 years to the life of roads with routine maintenance.
HUDSON — Concerned city residents said they felt left out of the process of applying for the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant from the state and demanded there be a more open process as the city enters the year-long planning process.
Claire Cousin struggled to talk through her frustration and sadness before a room full of city and county officials, advocates and other Hudson residents about how she feels out of place in her home neighborhood in the first ward.
Kamal Johnson, who is running for first ward alderman, hosted the meeting to have a community discussion about what the state’s $10 million grant should be used for at the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood on Wednesday night.
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State and federal law enforcement authorities have launched a criminal investigation that's examining the town of Prattsville's use of more than $5 million in government aid that flowed into the small community following a series of devastating storms in 2011 and 2012.
The grant program was created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to help more than 100 communities, including Prattsville, rebuild following three devastating storms — Tropical storms Irene and Lee and Superstorm Sandy — that wreaked havoc across New York with their record flooding.
LYONS — Wayne County won’t be auctioning off a building once envisioned as a cultural center.
Well, at least not anytime soon.
County Administrator Rick House said the county has been unsuccessful — despite working with state officials representing the county — to get a state easement on the property removed.
The county began efforts to put the property on Water Street up for sale earlier this year, when it learned some local business owners were interested in purchasing the site with the idea of redeveloping it
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LITTLE VALLEY — Cattaraugus County lawmakers were unanimous in their support Wednesday for the Shared Services Plan county officials crafted along with town supervisors in recent months to comply with a state directive to find efficiencies and save taxpayer dollars.
County Administrator Jack Searles, who co-chaired the Shared Services Panel along with Legislature Chairman Paula Stockman, R-South Dayton, outlined the group‘s proposals to legislators.
Members of the panel are scheduled to meet to vote on the final Shared Services Plan on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Ellicottville Town Center on Parkside Drive.
OSWEGO — The city of Oswego is set to join a long list of central New York municipalities consolidating their purchasing departments with Onondaga County.
Mayor Billy Barlow and other officials announced recently that like Oswego County, the Port City had been in talks with Onondaga County for the better part of a year on the consolidation deal, which will be part of the 2018 budget package up for a public hearing and final vote Monday.
Councilors did not propose any amendments to the agreement during recent budget workshops at city hall, so beginning officially Jan. 1, 2018 it’s likely Onondaga County will be responsible for developing and administering a central purchasing system to process all purchases, leases, rentals and servicing of materials, supplies, equipment and services in every city department.
Residents of Prairie Lane in Lancaster addressed the board Monday night about a five-year dilemma: a street without lighting.
With 27 children scattered amongst roughly 20 homes, that becomes a problem when kids want to play once the sun goes down.
Amanda Schaal, a resident of Prairie Lane for five years, has been appealing to Clover Management, Ryan Homes and the Town of Lancaster since her time on the cul-de-sac, with no success.
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The village of Granville now owns 2.1 acres of the former Mettowee Fields subdivision off North Street, so now, after 20 years of neglect and complaints from residents, the roadways can be improved and maintained by the village.
The Washington County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at its meeting last Friday to transfer ownership of the parcel to the village.
Town Supervisor Matt Hicks, the village’s liaison on the property with the county, said there was no objection by the board regarding the transfer.
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Water and sewer lines throughout Cayuga County are finally on their way to being mapped after more than four decades.
The Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority received a $100,000 grant through the state Department of State's Local Government Efficiency Grant Program in December 2016. The Cayuga County Legislature agreed to match those funds so the authority could make a new map to replace the last one created in 1970, as well as explore alternative sources of drinking water.
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According to library board Treasurer Frank Kucerak, the library hopes to obtain a $3,000 grant with the library or village to provide a $500 match, but the village, rather than the library, would have to file the application.
He said the restroom is not up to accessibility standards and if the library is awarded the grant, once the study is done, additional funding could be sought to move ahead with the project.
Mayor Terry Leonard expressed concern during the board’s Aug. 9 meeting that the funds the library has been using to provide a portion of the money needed to provide matching funds for various projects could eventually run out.
BUFFALO - The effort to build a new Seneca Babock Community Center at the site of former Buffalo Public School 26 received a major boost Thursday.
Businessman Roger Hungerford announced he would match the $1 million donation made in March 2016 by Dr. Daniel and Gail Alexander for a new community center at 82 Harrison St., off Seneca Street.
The City of Buffalo has allocated $600,000 for demolition and site preparation costs.
“Growing a city of opportunity for all people in Buffalo requires the public and private sectors to work together to ensure that prosperity reaches all of our residents in every single neighborhood citywide," Mayor Byron W. Brown said in a statement.
U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $82,200 for Griffiss International Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration.
The grant will be used to fund the removal of runway obstructions to improve safety.
Planners have renewed hope that developers can breathe new life into Broome County's largest white elephant.
County officials will solicit redevelopment proposals for Endicott Johnson's Victory plant, 59 Lester Ave., Johnson City, which has sat largely dormant for 40 years.
This is no pipe dream, county officials said, even though last year officials were certain the site must be razed. Serious inquiries have been fielded on this five-story, 250,000-square-foot building that once housed hundreds of employees manufacturing military boots.
Albany - A longtime eyesore on the Albany skyline is being seen as a kind of massive art project by its new owner, a New York City man who holds one of the nation's largest collections of recovered architectural treasures.
Evan Blum recently purchased the hulking, vacant Central Warehouse, off Montgomery Street, with plans for its revival as part of his growing eclectic business, which involves plucking pieces of history from buildings in New York City before demolition.
Jeannine Shao Collins took her 16-year-old daughter’s idea for a way to champion young women entrepreneurs and ran with it in 2014.
Girl Starter is a reality television show that centers on 18- to 24-year-old entrepreneurs who compete for $100,000 and guidance from a network of mentors. Fresh off its first season on Discovery TLC, the show toured several cities casting for its second season in May and June.
SPRINGVILLE — The $7 million Scoby Dam project is designed not only to improve the safety of the Cattaraugus Creek dam by lowering it 25 feet, but to restore a habitat severed nearly 100 years ago when it was built to generate electricity.
The dam has served as an effective barrier in the upper part of the 70-mile-long creek to the sea lamprey, an invasive species that comes up from Lake Erie to lay eggs.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation has an annual program of applying a larvicide that targets sea lamprey larvae along the lower Cattaraugus Creek to help control them.
The 38-foot height of the spillway prevented sea lamprey from getting upstream to spawn further up the creek and its tributaries — some 572 miles.
The dam has also prevented steelhead trout from moving further up Cattaraugus Creek and its tributaries including McKinstry Creek, Lime Lake Outlet, Elton Creek and Clear Creek, all east of the dam.
BATH | “Last year’s drought put us behind the 8-ball,” Bath farmer Phil Weaver said.
He’d had plans, along with his brother, John, who operates Bluegill Farms with him, for a new grain transport and storage system. “We never had a way to store grain before it got to the dryer,” Phil Weaver said.
With a bad year behind them, “it could have been five years out” before the improvements were made, he said.
“They had encouraged us to submit an application,” Weaver said.
The state Department of Agriculture and Markets has worked in coordination with the county Soil and Water Conservation Districts to administer the grant program, which promised $25 million in farm funding across six counties: Broome, Cattaraugus, Chenango, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins.
AUBURN — Some extra construction work has put the Auburn Police Department's command center repair project over its original budget and drawn out its timeline.
During Thursday's Auburn City Council meeting, council members approved a change order for the project in the amount of $53,274. The extra money will go toward costs associated with additional tiling in the command center and new exterior doors, Police Chief Shawn Butler said.
MAYVILLE — Changes to the North Chautauqua County Water District, as proposed by engineers to bring more projects into phase one, will go to a public hearing next month.
County legislators on the Audit and Control Committee authorized a hearing at the County Legislature’s September meeting regarding plans to extend water transmission line to Silver Creek. A new water tank would also be installed in the town of Dunkirk in a move to decommission an old one that serves the North County Industrial Water District.
JAMESTOWN — In order to protect water quality, Chautauqua Lake watershed stakeholders are engaged in efforts on many fronts to minimize nutrient runoff from entering the lake.
Watershed farmers have been implementing nutrient and sediment control best management practices for several years in order to address agriculture’s potential contributions.
HUDSON — Columbia County is working to share certain services with most towns, a few villages and the city of Hudson to comply with a state requirement and save costs.
The Columbia County Board of Supervisors held three public hearings Wednesday to gather comment on its proposed plan to consolidate several county, town and village services.
“Three public hearings is the minimum number of public hearings the state requires us to hold,” said Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell of Ghent. “We decided to have them in one day because our time is limited.”
The DeWitt House Project took another step forward on Wednesday night when the Tompkins County Legislature's Old Library Committee advanced consideration of disposition of the old library site to the full Legislature.
The site, which is located at Cayuga and Court streets in the city of Ithaca near DeWitt Park, has been eyed by Travis Hyde Properties. The Ithaca-based developer wants to break ground this fall on the 58-unit Dewitt House, which are designed for independent-living middle-income seniors.
The Tompkins County Legislature will discuss the matter on Sept. 5
A Niagara Falls hotel owner who has expressed interest in building a water park downtown has applied to the county's lead economic development agency for a tax break to move the project forward.
Michael DiCienzo, owner of the Sheraton at the Falls hotel on Third Street, submitted to the Niagara County Development Agency an application for a 12-year property tax and sales tax abatement for the so-called Niagara Daredevil Waterpark.
ALLEGANY — Reports on the capital project for campus upgrades as well as a current garden project were provided Tuesday during the Allegany-Limestone Central School District Board of Education meeting.
Dr. Karen Geelan, the district superintendent, said meetings have been ongoing this summer for staff input on the $16.1 million capital project that would bring improvements and upgrades at the district’s two campuses.
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OSWEGO — The Workforce Development Board of Oswego County Inc. earlier this summer awarded local training providers several contracts to provide employment, training and supportive services to local youths ages 16-24.
The board, located in SUNY Oswego’s Business Resource Center at 121 E. First St., Oswego, oversees the federal Workforce, Innovation and Opportunities Act funding that supports local employment and training.
The Oswego County Division of Employment and Training (DET) was awarded $126,300 as the designated agency to provide outreach, eligibility determination and case management services.
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SYRACUSE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for loans to provide and expand broadband service in rural areas, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced recently.
“Modernizing the nation’s infrastructure to deliver high-speed internet service is essential in today’s global marketplace,” Hazlett said. “Broadband helps create jobs. It also helps rural areas offer the programs and services that strengthen economies and encourage growth. These loans will help maintain America’s economic competitiveness and connect rural communities to more opportunities.”
USDA plans to make at least $60 million in loans available through today’s announcement. Loans can range from $100,000 to $20 million.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The Peerless Pool Bathhouse complex will undergo a $2.9 million renovation project, state officials announced Tuesday morning.
The construction work is expected to be begin next week. The pool, located at Saratoga Spa State Park, will close early this season to accommodate the work schedule.
Southtowns residents are being asked to restrict their water use for another week, at least until next Thursday.
But this is short-term inconvenience is likely to be followed by more extended pain — in the pocketbook.
The water main break at the Sturgeon Point Water Treatment Plant is now pegged at over $1 million.
"This is, by far, the worst incident that's ever occurred with the Erie County Water Authority," said Earl Jann, the agency's executive director, Thursday.
HYDE PARK - The sound of hammering metal on concrete is often loud enough to make it into Linda Haag's art consignment shop along Route 9, Harvest Moon Gifts.
But, the 59-year-old said she welcomes the occasional rattles.
Each one signals progress on the Town of Hyde Park’s plans to renovate its downtown pedestrian foot paths, as crews excavate the area where new, wider sidewalks and a “buffer space” lined with trees are going. The alterations are part of the Hyde Park Downtown Initiative, a multi-million-dollar undertaking to transform a historic district on a busy roadway that has long struggled to attract businesses.
PRATTSVILLE — Several towns across the state, including Prattsville, will share $60.7 million in grants and interest-free and low-cost loans to help support drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects.
The loans were improved by the state Environmental Facilities Corporation Board of Directors.
Prattsville is receiving $1.45 million which includes a $872,672 Drinking Water Grant and a $581,782 zero-interest loan to develop a new groundwater well to provide required source redundancy for the water system, according to a statement from the governor’s office.
Bright Hill Press & Literary Center of the Catskills has received a state grant of $15,000 from State Sen. James Seward, according to a media release.
The grant will be directed toward the center's educational programming, Bright Hill Executive Director Beatrice Georgalidis said. She noted that the organization conducts at least seven workshops serving area youths each year.
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Construction is underway for the creation of a 87,000 square-foot, 50-unit senior apartment community in Lansing, providing more housing stock in a market where there is a great demand, especially for seniors.
Cayuga View Senior Living is on schedule to be completed in late May or early June, said contractor TAYLOR's President Karl Schuler. The apartments are being constructed at 16 Cinema Drive, which is near Triphammer Marketplace, several banks and credit unions, and Cayuga Mall.
OLEAN — City officials are re-warning motorists to watch for congestion as a result of several street projects underway near Wayne Street and Buffalo Street.
The contractor working on the portion of Wayne Street from North First to North Ninth streets will begin milling Thursday. This will cause very heavy congestion and while the street will remain open, public works officials urged motorists to take a different route.
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A document from the Niagara County Legislature dated Aug. 1 states that Apex Clean Energy’s plans to erect up to 70 new wind turbines, “could interfere with flight and radar operations and constitute an encroachment to base operations.”
The document expresses concern that the turbines — some that might reach 600 feet in height — would directly impact the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station
Keuka Lake became one of the latest Finger Lakes this summer to fall victim to harmful blue green algae. While some beaches on that lake were reopened within a few days, on Aug. 9, after health officials deemed them safe, the threat remains on Keuka and other waterways statewide.
So far this summer, Canandaigua hasn’t joined the list of now 60 waterways — including Honeoye Lake — affected statewide by blue green algae.
One of the projects is a $600,000 initiative to study algal blooms and do projects to reduce pollution in the Owasco Lake watershed. Late last year, harmful algal blooms infected Owasco Lake and infiltrated the water supply going to residents in Cayuga County, though the DEC ruled that the water was still safe to drink.
OSWEGO — Port City officials have identified specific damage areas impacted by high water levels in Lake Ontario and flooding along the shoreline, and announced Tuesday they will seek assistance to help fund repairs and prevent further damages.
City officials recently hired Vernon-based Delta Engineers under an emergency work order to conduct preliminary surveys of the damages caused by the high water levels. In late July, as part of an effort to determine if public infrastructure damage warrants federal assistance, federal and state representatives toured several Port City sites impacted by record-setting Lake Ontario water levels.
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ILION — Keeping and maintaining Ilion’s Reservoir 3 would be far less expensive than removing it, engineers from Barton & Loguidice told the Ilion village board during a meeting Wednesday.
The board had asked the firm to look into the matter after the state Department of Environmental Conservation advised the village to make the reservoir operational or shut it down.
Reservoir 3 is currently not in use.
Eric Schuler and Wendell R. Buckman, of Barton & Loguidice, said the engineers had reviewed an earlier report by McDonald Engineering but also did their own inspection and brought in one of the firm’s senior environmental scientists to take a look at the reservoir.
For the second year in a row, Jamestown storefronts along the Main Street corridor might see a disruption to summer business due to planned construction.
The City of Jamestown Department of Public Works issued a release regarding a scheduled cold milling and overlay of Main Street’s northbound lane between Second and Third streets from Friday through Wednesday. While understood to be a necessity for downtown motorists, the businesses occupying the stretch of road under repair are generally taking the biggest hit.
The Amherst town supervisor wants to jump-start its long-delayed review of the proposed redevelopment of the former Westwood Country Club, a move that is raising the ire of the developer and the Planning Board chairman.
The developer's complicated plan to transform the 171-acre site into a $250 million mixed use development has stalled since the Planning Board last held a hearing on the controversial proposal in January.
But Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein and Town Attorney Stanley J. Sliwa now say the town is ready to restart its review, with a goal of concluding that process by the end of the year. Weinstein wants the Town Board to hold a public hearing as soon as next month on the project's impact on the environment.
A 94-year-old World War II veteran from Onondaga County who was still repairing watches part time to make ends meet came to Feed Our Vets for help.
The Utica-based, national nonprofit runs a food pantry in Utica. When volunteers heard the man’s story, they looked for more ways to help him. They discovered that 17 years ago he had qualified for a military pension, but never received a letter telling him, said Richard Synek, founder of Feed Our vets and a Navy veteran.
“This opened up a lot for him. We got him into senior housing now instead of paying rent in some apartment he was in. That’s just one World War II veteran,” he said.
His organization helps a lot of veterans, including many from World War II and the Korean War, struggling with food insecurity. And as the veterans confide in veteran volunteers, the organization helps them find services to help with other needs, too, Synek said.
BATAVIA — Two Batavia projects have received nearly $600,000 in Community Development Block Grants.
The grant funding will support the establishment of a truck service and education facility in the town, along with a downtown brewery in the city.
• Resurgence Brewing Company: which plans to develop the Resurgence Powerhouse and Beer Garden, is receiving a $225,000 grant in addition to $145,000 in Empire State Development funding. The company aims to open a brewery to produce sour ales alongside a biergarten in the Ellicott Station development
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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned hydrofracking in 2014, but that hasn’t brought an end to controversies over the natural-gas drilling technique.
GENEVA — State Sen. Pam Helming has provided additional details on local food and agricultural projects receiving funding through the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority.
Funding was awarded to Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, the New York Wine & Grape Foundation in Canandaigua, the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park Corporation in Geneva and the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua.
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Agreement will require union contractors on expansion construction.
PLATTSBURGH — Before a packed house, Clinton County legislators approved a Project Labor Agreement for work on a $40 million project at Plattsburgh International Airport.
After an hour of testimony from people both for and against a PLA, legislators voted 7 to 3 to approve the deal, which calls for two union workers for every one non-union worker.
"I really do think this is the right thing to do and in the best interests of the entire county," Legislature Chairman Harry McManus (D-Area 1, Champlain) said following the two-hour meeting.
SALAMANCA — The city’s on-going campaign to beautify Main Street continued last week with portions of sidewalk being repurposed as flowerbeds in the business district.
Salamanca Department of Public Works crews jackhammered and removed several sections of sidewalk along Main Street between River and Atlantic streets to be transformed into gardens for flowers and other plants.
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The Bethesda Foundation recently awarded Turning Point Hornell $3,835 to purchase a new large capacity, commercial freezer for its food pantry.
The freezer will increase available space from 21.95 cubic feet to an additional 49 cubic feet and will allow Turning Point Hornell to offer healthier food choices to more low-income families.
Studies show that low-income people lacking resources to access healthy food choices experience higher rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
KINGSTON, N.Y. >> The Board of Education has approved selling the Kingston school district’s Cioni Building to a New York City-based developer who wants to create a hotel and spa there and also establish hotel amenities, including a pool, in a building across the street.
It would be the third hotel under development in a span of just a few blocks of Uptown Kingston.
The board voted unanimously Wednesday night to sell the building at 61 Crown St. for $4.25 million to a group called 61 Crown Street LLC, whose principal is Neil Bender of BRE Properties in Manhattan. Bender’s $4.25 million offer, submitted under the BRE name, was the highest of four bids opened by district officials last Friday.
"It was payback time," Richard Hastings explained Thursday afternoon.
The "payback" was the gift of a city building that will allow the local chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul charity to resume retail operations in the city of Niagara Falls.
Hastings, the Village of Youngstown real estate businessman said he has had a connection to the charity for nearly 70 years.
"They were good to me and a lot of the kids in the neighborhood," Hastings said about his childhood in the city of North Tonawanda.
ANGELICA – The county's wireless broadband project has four subscribers less than two months before work has to be done, but officials expect the situation to change shortly.
The Allegany County Board of Legislators voted 13-1 to enter into lease agreements with seven area fire departments: Andover, Rushford, Oramel, Short Tract, Wiscoy-Rossburg, Belfast and Cuba fire departments; AT&T, Auxiliary Campus Enterprises & Services at Alfred State College and WXXI Public Broadcasting Council.
Those agreements would allow the county to install smaller “microcell” equipment on existing towers owned by the entities, allowing better service for areas not served directly by one of the county's 13 main towers.
HORNELL – St. James Mercy Hospital will receive $7.9 million in funding to support the development of its planned new facility on Seneca Road in Hornellsville.
The top hospital official called the award evidence that the state is committed to quality rural healthcare.
“Transforming health care in Hornell has been the focus of much time and effort for us and our colleagues at the University of Rochester Medical Center,” said Jennifer L. Sullivan, President and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital. “Today’s announcement further illustrates the state’s commitment to rural health care, and its support of our vision for a Medical Village that provides convenient, accessible care to the residents of the Hornell area.”
Bids have been awarded for the next phase of Greater Amsterdam School District’s capital improvements, but construction activities are kicking off later than initially planned.
Greater Amsterdam Board of Education members Wednesday evening approved seven construction bids totaling $11.05 million for the second phase of its capital plan improvements. This phase addresses improvements and repairs at William B. Tecler Arts in Education Magnet School, William H. Barkley MicroSociety Magnet School and the Lynch Literacy Academy Annex housing district buses.
Michael Greco, project manager for GASD, said the bids overall were around $3 million less than what the district had estimated for scope of work to be completed. Greco said the district could not seek additional work because the bids came under budget.
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LEWIS — A crowdfunding effort is now underway to fund improvements to the Lewis Wee Care Center.
WoodmenLife Chapter 1016 in Plattsburgh is asking for community support in helping Adirondack Community Action Programs (ACAP) improve the Lewis facility. The organization has launched a campaign on redbasket.org, a crowdfunding website.
ACAP worked with the Town of Lewis and local foundations to open a child care center in the old school building in Lewis last September.
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Four partners of UR Medicine—including Strong Memorial Hospital—will receive a total of $21.8 million in state grants, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.
The grants are part of the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program that aims to create financially stable health care systems.
“Now, more than ever, we need to protect health care in New York and ensure the system in place is meeting the needs of current and future generations of New Yorkers,” Cuomo said in a statement. “While others seek to decimate our hospitals and reduce access to quality health care, we are investing to help ensure a stronger, healthier New York for all.”
Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority Inc. will receive nearly $10 million to upgrade and enhance public transportation services in the Finger Lakes region.
RGRTA provides more than 16 million passenger trips annually. Public transportation systems statewide provide more than 292 million passenger trips annually.
SOUTH GLENS FALLS — The village infrastructure may not be able to support more high-density apartments and townhouses, officials said as they began to consider a moratorium on building this summer.
“We’ve got a new (water) filtration plant but we’re out trying to buy water,” said Mayor Harry Gutheil. “People are looking for land all the time, especially if there’s water and sewer. I think we need some breathing room.”
The Village Board will discuss — and possibly vote on — a village-wide moratorium on new buildings on Aug. 2. The moratorium appears to have majority support.
ILION — The village of Ilion is moving ahead with funding applications for a project at the Ilion Marina and for a study of its water infrastructure.
The village board decided last week to request an extension on an application for a grant to upgrade the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the village municipal hall, however.
The capital improvement project at the Ilion Marina would include paving the driveway and parking area in a way that would prevent runoff from flowing into the canal and river, according to Mayor Terry Leonard.
Underground storage tanks at the site are also a concern.
GENEVA — A company with a lab and greenhouses in Geneva and led by a former Cornell scientist has received a National Science Foundation Grant.
Advanced Biological Marketing, or ABM, based in Van Wert, Ohio, said it has been awarded a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research grant to conduct research and development work aimed at developing new products that are expected to provide season-long improvements in plant productivity, including greater crop yields, enhanced root growth and resistance to a variety of stresses, including drought.
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WELLSVILLE – Jones Memorial Hospital has received a $5.7 million grant from the state Health Care Transformation Program.
One of three hospitals currently affiliated with UR Medicine to be included in the award, JMH will use the funds for a multi-year project to implement a new electronic medical record system (EMR) that will integrate Jones into the UR Medicine EMR system.
The EPIC System will allow patient information to flow seamlessly between Jones Memorial Hospital and its Rochester partners, including Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals.
SANDUSKY — Developers of the proposed 107-turbine Alle-Catt Wind Farm will seek a payment in lieu of taxes — or P.I.L.O.T. — agreement valued at $1.9 million a year.
That amount would be split between the towns of Freedom and Farmersville in Cattaraugus County; Centerville and Rushford in Allegany County; the town of Arcade in Wyoming County; school districts within the area and the three counties.
OSWEGO — Oswego Health will receive $13 million in state funds to help improve its behavioral health services in Oswego County.
Part of almost $74 million in grants awarded throughout central New York by the state Department of Health, Oswego Health officials said the funding would be used to restructure its inpatient and outpatient services to improve access to behavioral health services.
President and CEO of Oswego Health Michael Harlovic thanked Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who announced the awards this week, “for recognizing the importance of providing exceptional behavioral health services locally and (that this) health system is the health care leader to deliver these important needed services.”
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Five road paving and repair projects in the 54th Senate District, totaling $6.24 million and 30.3 miles, will be completed this summer and fall with support from capital construction funds in the state budget as well as new funding for infrastructure improvements.
These projects, meant to enhance safety and improve traffic flow, complement Finger Lakes Forward, the region’s comprehensive plan to drive economic growth and community development.
The following local paving and repair work project in the 54th District received approval and will take place this year:
• 6.9 miles on Route 14 from Route 104 to the village of Sodus Point in the town of Sodus in Wayne County in the amount of $600,000
• 3 miles on Route 370 between Route 104 and Westbury Road in the towns of Wolcott and Butler in Wayne County in the amount of $1 million
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KINGSTON, N.Y. - The first phase of the city’s “Safe Routes to School” project is largely done, capped off with the installation of three “speed feedback devices” that inform drivers how fast they’re going.
The completed work is in the areas of Harry L. Edson Elementary School, J. Watson Bailey Middle School and John F. Kennedy Elementary School. Still to be carried out is a separate phase of the project near George Washington Elementary School.
City Engineer Ralph Swenson said Thursday that the three electronic signs alerting drivers to their speeds are installed and operating on Hurley and Lucas avenues, near the Edson and Bailey schools, and Delaware Avenue, near Kennedy. The signs are permanent, unlike the portable ones that city police can set up at various locations.
Swenson said city lawmakers have authorized spending $26,000 to hire a firm to design the plans for the Henry Street work.
The federal government has approved a major disaster declaration for nearly 30 New York counties that were affected by Winter Storm Stella in March.
The blizzard slammed upstate New York and dumped more than three feet of snow in some areas. Broome County and the city of Binghamton, which were considered the epicenter of the storm, broke 24-hour snowfall records.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said state and local governments calculated more than $31.4 million in costs and infrastructure damage from the winter storm. Based on the 28 counties impacted by the storm, the threshold for federal financial assistance was $27.7 million.
Motorists may not like the delays, but vehicles are likely in for a smoother ride as road construction season has kicked into high gear throughout the county and state.
In Fredonia, Main Street is getting a makeover of sorts as crews have been taking paint off the road since last week. Other projects are taking place on the state Thruway as well as Route 20 in Evans and Hamburg and Route 39 in the town of Collins.
A year ago, Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. laid out its grand vision to transform the soon-to-be-vacant Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo campus in the Elmwood Village.
There would have been hundreds of apartments and condos, a charter school, a daycare, hotel, shops and a soccer club.
Much of that is still envisioned, although with significant changes. But it will no longer be Ciminelli and its team leading the way.
Kaleida Health on Thursday announced it had replaced Ciminelli Real Estate as the project's lead developer and instead tapped Nick Sinatra's Sinatra & Co. Realty and Ellicott Development Co., owned by Carl and William Paladino.
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UTICA – More than $100,000 in state funding he has secured to help enhance the Utica Police Department’s ability to keep the public safe.
At a news conference in front of the State Office Building with Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and police Chief Mark Williams, Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, announced he has secured $105,000 in state funding to purchase the following:
* $55,000 to equip Mobile Command Center: It will be used to purchase several multiband radios and laptop computers. Utilizing the upcoming Oneida County Emergency Services radio network, the multiband radios will allow the center to communicate with multiple federal, state and local police agencies. The laptops also will be essential in allowing officers to access in the field all of the files and programs on their office computers.
Will and Allison Beyer looked for three years for a house to buy in the $150,000 to $200,000 range. The house they found wasn't everyone's idea of a dream home.
"When we walked in, we loved it even though it seemed like a disaster to everyone else," Allison Beyer said.
The house was a foreclosure, a bungalow built in 1938 on Watervliet-Shaker Road in Colonie. It had been vacant for six years and, lacking working plumbing and heating, it was unlivable. None of this scared away the Beyers from their first house, and a special mortgage allowed them to buy the house and pay for the work they couldn't do themselves.
HORNELL — Building community is a literal goal of Lowe’s Heroes program.
The organization has undertaken several projects that have sought to unite communities around a central meeting place.
They recently completed a pavilion dedicated to the Memory of Sgt. Joseph Barillo in North Hornell, they’ve also been responsible for building the fishing deck at Hornell’s Shawmut Park, as well as several other projects over the years.
On Monday, nearly 20 volunteers helped raise another community meeting place in the City of Hornell. Partnering with the Hornell YMCA and several area churches, the new pavilion located at the YMCA will supplement efforts in the new community garden.
SALAMANCA — Repair work to the Main Street Bridge could begin later this summer, according to Salamanca Mayor Michael Smith.
The $620,000 repairs to the bridge would be the first major work done in about 25 years, Mayor Smith said.
“You’ve seen the bridge, it’s deteriorating,” he said. “The granite rails are falling apart, and that’s just cosmetics.”
Years of road salt has gone through the cracks has worn out the structure and joints underneath the bridge, Mayor Smith said, which is where the repairs are primarily needed.
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Sheldon Silver’s 2015 Corruption Conviction Is Overturned
This sends the wrong message. It is becoming epidemic in Albany & NYC with corruption and waste all done with self interest in mind!
Bidders Guide for years has helped stem this by providing municipalities with a wide range of vendors bidding on the projects they put out. Bid rigging, kick backs and just bad management are hurting this state. We have high taxes and poor services.
Politicians pay lip service to cleaning it up but nothing gets done. It is our opinion that it is time for the citizens of this state to say enough is enough!
Term limits seem to be the only solution, but to get that done the corrupt self serving NY State Government has to pass legislation to do so. Good luck with that. The trough is deep in this state and I doubt a solution will present it's self any time soon.
Launch New York has been awarded $100,000 from the M&T Charitable Foundation.
Launch NY aids entrepreneurs through one-on-one pro bono support before, during and after they receive investment capital. The grant promotes potential high-growth entrepreneurs in Upstate New York through seed funding and pro bono business mentoring programs.
“M&T’s $100,000 grant will help Launch NY provide equal access to best practices in business mentoring and seed capital for all high-growth entrepreneurs, and will build and expand on its successful track record of helping innovative startups grow into economically viable businesses that create jobs and economic vitality,” said Shelley Drake, president of the M&T Charitable Foundation, in a statement.
Visitors to the Rochester Public Market on Saturday will find a welcoming site with vendors returning to the new and improved winter shed.
The "B" Shed — as it is known — returns with an all-glass front and about 35 percent more vendor space than the old one, translating to larger and more spots (there were 56 spots, now there are 64). There also are large, new restrooms.
Mayor Lovely Warren and other officials marked the occasion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Wednesday. The $8.5 million state and locally funded improvement project kicked off in spring 2016.
LAKE GEORGE — The Lake George Gateway project is complete, but Supervisor Dennis Dickinson is expressing concern about the durability of a fence.
The roughly $7 million state Department of Transportation project reconstructed a nearly mile-long section of road east of Route 9, from the intersection of Route 9L off the Northway to the intersection with Westbrook Road. The work includes new drainage systems, paving, crosswalks, landscaping and lighting.
Construction on the project began in April 2016. Town officials recently completed a walk-through of the project with Transportation Department staff as part of the close-out process.
Dickinson said he wants a couple of issues resolved before the state turns that section of road over to the town. He said the first fence that was put up near the Route 9L intersection did not hold.
The Post Star
Jamestown city officials are working to save the building that was engulfed in flames less than a month ago.
On June 22, a towering blaze lit up 24 Main St., which is located south of the Arcade Building and next to the railroad viaduct. Thanks to the quick work of the Jamestown Fire Department and neighboring departments who provided assistance, city officials and the building’s owner — Prideful Property Group LLC — are still trying to save the building from being completely demolished.
The Post Journal
The state Department of Transportation will launch a major rehabilitation of Interstate 86 in the Corning area starting Monday.
Eastbound I-86 traffic between Exit 46 and Exit 47 will be detoured onto state Route 352 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. for work involved with the I-86 pavement rehabilitation project.
Detour routes will only be implemented when work requires and will not be every night. Occasional nighttime detours are expected to continue through late October.
ATTICA — Terry Myers and his neighbors watched helplessly Thursday as torrents of water roared by.
Myers and his neighbors are blaming two deteriorated pipes from the nearby Attica Correctional Facility for the raw sewage they said was washing over their properties.
The Daily News
GENEVA — Cory Barrett left Wednesday afternoon’s meeting with state officials at The Salvation Army citadel with a better idea of how his contaminated soil at 38 State St. will be remediated.
But that doesn’t mean he’s happy.
Barrett was one of about a dozen property owners to sit at a table with representatives of the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Health to get information and get his questions answered.
Finger Lakes Times
Mayor Paul Dyster said a Niagara Street redevelopment project announced Thursday is what he envisions as the step toward making the city of Niagara Falls the "tourism-tech capital of the world."
The phrase was locally coined by Patrick Whelan, the director of the Niagara Global Tourism Institute, Dyster said.
Whelan's organization, a part of Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, is currently housed on Old Falls Street, but is slated to relocate to the Montante Group's project at 624 Niagara St., a multi-parcel acquisition that includes properties on 7th Street, according to Chris Campos, the president of company's development arm, TM Montante.
A facility constructed more than a century ago to power Amsterdam’s booming manufacturing industry is slated to fuel tourism as a centerpiece of a recreational trail in the city.
The Preservation League of New York State formally awarded Amsterdam officials Thursday with a $8,900 grant to complete a building condition study of the former Mohasco Powerhouse located on the North Chuctanunda Creek. The historic structure, also known as the McCleary, Wallin and Crouse Powerhouse, is planned to serve as the northern endpoint of the formalized Chuctanunda Creek Trail. A small portion of the structure is eyed to be publicly accessible as part of the trail.
Jay DiLorenzo, president of the Preservation League of NYS, handed a ceremonial check Thursday morning to Amsterdam Mayor Michael Villa on a bridge spanning the creek to the former power plant.
Finding Projects and Grants in New York State
ILION — The Ilion Municipal Building could get a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system if the village puts together a successful grant proposal.
The village completed four “high impact actions” to be designated as a Clean Energy Community under the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority program and village officials are now working on a proposal for a $100,000 grant for additional energy saving projects.
Amanda Kaier, of Patrick Heating in Rome, was on hand at last week’s village board meeting to discuss upgrades the company could make. The municipal building currently has a steam distribution system.
Two new trails and two pedestrian bridges will be be added this year to the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk.
Work will continue this summer on Phase V of the Riverwalk, which is the Chadakoin Park trail and bike path between McCrea Point Park and Clifton Avenue. When completed, this section of the Riverwalk project will be a blacktop bike and pedestrian path over the former J&W railroad bed that runs along the Chadakoin River from West Eight Street to Clifton Avenue. The cost of Phase V is $525,162.
A state Environmental Protection Fund grant of $262,581 has been matched by the city with labor, materials and equipment.
Administrators with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority say they support ride-hailing services and scrambled on a short timetable to make sure Uber and Lyft could offer rides to and from the Buffalo and Niagara Falls airports.
But the services could drain more than $2 million in revenue from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport each year.
Lost taxicab, car rental and parking fees, as well the potential for increased staffing costs to oversee ride-hailing operations and increased curbside congestion, mean less money for the airport and other public transportation services that airport revenue subsidizes, said NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel.
UTICA — A project to upgrade Oneida County’s Water Pollution Control Plant on Leland Avenue has three goals:
* Eliminate sanitary sewer overflows into the Mohawk River.
One of the biggest changes is that instead of incinerating the sludge from the facility, the plant will produce methane gas and make electricity for the facility, said Steven Devan, commissioner of the Oneida County Department of Water Quality and Water Pollution Control.
HERKIMER — With just three weeks before mayors, supervisors and other officials in the state have to finish conceptualizing plans that show shared governmental services within their counties, Herkimer County leaders have decided to punt for this year.
Herkimer County municipalities will focus on creating a plan for next year to participate in the state’s County-Wide Shared Services Initiative. The program, newly launched with the approval of this year’s state budget, requires municipalities to develop a plan that demonstrates property tax savings through shared costs.
By Tuesday, Aug. 1, municipal leaders in Herkimer County would have had to generate a shared-services plan to submit to the Herkimer County Legislature for review. Had they chosen to create a plan this year, participating municipalities could have been eligible sooner for a one-time match of funds equal to the net savings from the shared services.
HOLLEY — A public information session about the clean-up of the Diaz Chemical spill site will be conducted July 11.
“It’s an opportunity for neighbors who live near the former site to come out, so we can explain to them with our contractors how we’re going to remediate the soil and groundwater at the site.”
The Daily News
A public informational meeting about the ongoing process of relocating the Delaware County Department of Public Works headquarters will be held 7 p.m on Wednesday at Delaware Academy in Delhi, an official said Thursday.
A new site would replace the facility on Page and Gallant avenues, which is in a floodplain and has one building with a failing roof.
The meeting is intended to present information on the ongoing process, Department of Public Works Commissioner Wayne Reynolds said. The county is currently working to determine the best location from four sites selected, working with engineering consultants Wendel Companies of Williamsville, he said.
The Daily Star
LYONS — Wayne County supervisors on Wednesday got a peak at numbers from a still-active survey of Lake Ontario shoreline owners on the impact of high lake levels.
And the news wasn’t good for homeowners or businesses.
Scott Steinschneider, a professor of biological and environmental engineering at Cornell University, which is conducting the survey, addressed members of the Economic Development and Planning Committee. He provided data that — assuming there is funding — could result in a more detailed study to identify areas most vulnerable to high water levels in the future and could also assist in flood-risk planning and flood-resiliency efforts for the county and shoreline communities.
Finger Lakes Times
A bid was awarded to Master’s Edge Inc. of Cheektowaga for the repair and replacement of sidewalks in the northeast zone of West Seneca. The section included in this zone of the project will encompass the sidewalks north of Seneca Creek Road, from Union Road to Transit Road. The work is expected to be completed by the end of August.
Four bids were received and reviewed before Master’s Edge, with a bid of $29,128, was chosen as the lowest responsible bidder.
John Gullo, senior code enforcement officer for the Town of West Seneca, said approximately 110 slabs of sidewalk will be replaced in this zone. He added that roughly 55 residents responded to the replacement offer put out by the town.
Bid Request was published in the Bidders Guide on: 6/15/2017
KINGSTON, N.Y. - New York City developer Charles Blaichman, who already is turning two Uptown Kingston buildings into boutique hotels, is part of an investment group that has bought three more buildings in the area.
The group has purchased 273 Wall St., a 12,000-square-foot building where a Citizens Bank branch is located; 275 Fair St., known as the Kingston Opera House; and 10 Crown St., formerly home to a restaurant called The Tappen, according to Nan Potter, of Potter Realty Properties, the investors’ real estate representative.
Potter, who will manage all three properties, said that the Citizens Bank building and the 10 Crown St. property, directly behind the bank, sold for a total of $1.4 million at a bankruptcy sale.
AUBURN — During a walking tour Thursday morning, the city of Auburn highlighted some of the 12 proposed projects and the 528 jobs that would be created if the city wins Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant.
The tour started at Memorial City Hall, where representatives from Prison City Pub & Brewery, Auburn Public Theater, Auburn Schine Theater, KyleCroft Development, R & M Associates and Cayuga Community College all spoke about their proposed DRI plans.
"This DRI would affect everyone locally," Mayor Michael Quill said.
CELORON — Construction of a $30.8 million hotel is progressing on the southwestern edge of Chautauqua Lake.
Trees were cleared from the site, located on Dunham Avenue in Celoron, at the beginning of the year to make way for the 135-room Chautauqua Harbor Hotel. Since then, work began to lay the foundation.
The project is led by developers Peter Krog, CEO of Krog Corp, and Dave Hart, CEO and president of Hart Hotels. The idea to bring a hotel to the Celoron waterfront formulated in 2014 when Krog and Hart purchased 9 acres of land.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Two major projects inched closer to the finish line during Wednesday’s city council meeting.
Lawmakers unanimously accepted SEQRA determination for the Geyser Road Trail.
“The SEQRA review is really an important step in the completion of the process that the city must undergo in order to put this out for bid and start construction, so we’re getting really close to the finish line now,” said Mayor Joanne Yepsen. “This is a trail has been designed so carefully to make it so safe and to been completed approved with a negative declaration from SEQRA and completed improved by State and Federal agencies has been massive undertaking.”
New and renovated buildings, refreshed public spaces, and boosts to existing downtown assets are among the priorities to be boosted with $10 million in state revitalization money earmarked for Elmira.
Nearly a year after announcing the city as the Southern Tier’s $10 million winner in New York’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul returned to the Clemens Center on Wednesday to unveil the nine projects that will receive funding.
GHENT — The Columbia County Board of Supervisors finalized a plan the build a new sewer line connecting Ghent to the Town of Greenport’s expanded waste processing facility.
The $8.5 million plan — one of two that were considered — is a response to a Department of Environmental Conservation consent order issued in March 2016 requiring the county to find a permanent solution to the sewage problem at the Gerald R. Simons Commerce Park on Route 66 in Ghent.
Two county facilities for the sewer district serve the commerce park — a larger one that serves the commerce park and a smaller sand filter that serves the Columbia County Airport, which will be decommissioned, connecting the airport to the pipeline.
The Daily Mail
More than $13 million in state paving projects covering more than 130 miles of roads in Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties will be completed by the end of the year, according to a series of media releases from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.
The funds are part of a total $403.3 million for pavement improvements on nearly 1,700 miles of roadway across state, including budgeted capital construction funds and $100 million in new funding.
The Daily Star
GENEVA — State environmental officials next week will detail cleanup plans starting this month for selected contaminated neighborhoods near the former Geneva Foundry at 23 Jackson St.
The cleanup will include removal of contaminated soil from residential and commercial parcels near the former foundry. “Public availability sessions,” as the state Department of Environmental Conservation is calling them, will be held July 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Salvation Army of Geneva, 41 North St.
Much of the cleanup information announced by the DEC Wednesday has been previously touched on by City Manager Matt Horn, but this is the first DEC public session in quite some time focusing on the cleanup.
Finger Lakes Times
ALBANY — New York state says it will spend more than $400 million this year to repave nearly 1,700 miles of roadway.
The projects are scattered around the state. More than a quarter of the total funds will go toward paving nearly 200 miles in the mid-Hudson Valley. Other projects are in the Albany area, central New York and the North Country.
SALAMANCA — The ongoing renovation project at Hillview Manor begun earlier this spring is “on target,” according to Salamanca Public Housing Director Rich Zurat.
Many of the smaller replacement projects, which took place in individual apartments, are now complete.
Recently, John E. Newhall of Inscale Architects inspected this work, namely the replacement of shut-off valves in kitchens and bathrooms. Upgraded electrical outlets were also added to these areas, as well as brighter bathroom lighting.
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Olean — Congressman Tom Reed announced the approval for a $30,000 grant from the Appalachian Development Commission to the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism. The funding will help the Community Development Initiative project to train participants across Cattaraugus County to revitalize their community centers and bring business back to the area.
“This grant is a great outcome for the CCEDPT and Cattaraugus County. It will empower individuals and communities and as a result help the local economy,” Reed said.
The CDI project will offer a two-day intensive training workshop and follow-up activities for stakeholders. It will also provide community assessments, review of local marketing efforts and assist in development and implementation of a strong vision for community centers. In total, 80 participants are expected to be trained and 25 communities will be improved.
I was curious to see how construction is coming along on the Niagara Street Gateway project – a $20 million multiphase enhancement plan.
Staffers from Niagara District Councilman David A. Rivera's office tell me the project includes a complete street overhaul that will reduce the number of lanes to two from four with a center turn lane. Plans also call for adding bicycle lanes where possible, milling and asphalt overlay, street lighting and traffic signal replacements at a few intersections.
What’s more, sidewalks will be redone to provide better parking, and in some cases more sidewalk space will be added.
The Buffalo News
A new buyer has been found for the Kraft-Heinz food plant in Campbell, but the deal isn't finalized and the buyer has not been named.
The plant was slated to close in late May but got a reprieve until August.
State, local and federal officials have worked with Kraft-Heinz in an attempt to find a new buyer and preserve the hundreds of jobs that are in jeopardy.
BATAVIA — Sampling and excavation of contaminated soils at the former Batavia Iron and Metal site and adjoining city-owned land on Bank Street will start next month.
Both the Department of Environmental Conservation and City of Batavia confirmed the work is nearing, following the city’s competition of an Environmental Restoration Program investigation at the site.
“Recently, the DEC has contacted the City and advised that further sampling suggests that a portion of the on-site impacts extend onto the City parcel to the west,” City Manager Jason Molino said, “as a consequence, DEC intends to conduct a limited remedial excavation on the property.”
The Daily News
Local and state officials have scheduled a press conference for Friday afternoon where they are planning to discuss the details of a new effort aimed at using $1.6 million in state funding to spur economic growth in downtown Niagara Falls.
State Sen. Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, announced plans for the press conference on Thursday, saying the money has been allocated to the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency to establish what he described as the "Downtown Niagara Falls Tourism Target Zone Program."
TOWN OF FLORIDA — Dollar General has officially broken ground at the Florida Business Park Extension on Route 5S for its new northeastern distribution center.
“To see the work starting and the dirt moving is certainly really exciting,” Montgomery County Executive Matthew Ossenfort said. “It took a lot to get to this point and I’m proud of the effort that was put forth by the county economic development office. Everybody worked together to get what is a very, very, big project done. It is certainly good to be at the final stage and look forward to the opening and the employment of hundreds of people.”
The facility, which makes for the 16th distribution center, is expected to create 430 new jobs, as well as approximately 200 temporary construction positions.
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COOPERS PLAINS - The Coopers Plains-Long Acres Fire Department expansion project is set to go out to bid Wednesday.
Department secretary Byron Paris said the fire district board of commissioners is scheduled to meet with HUNT Engineers that afternoon.
The project will add a 2,300-square-foot expansion to the current fire hall to house two additional truck bays. “We will be meeting to open bids for our revised building project,” Paris said.
The project has gone out to bid before but came in too high by the end of the bidding period. Paris said the lowest bid then was around $600,000.
The department hopes to stay within the project’s expected price tag of $475,000, partially funded through bonds.
“Hopefully we’re back down to our projected cost,” Paris said.
Bid Published in The Bidders Guide 6/2/2017
SALAMANCA — With safety and efficiency paramount in the Salamanca Fire Department, the Common Council Wednesday approved the submission of two grants by the department for about $45,000 for new gear and fire access key boxes.
The council approved the submission of a Federal Emergency Assistance Grant for the purchase of fire access key boxes in the amount of $40,088 with the city matching $2,004 for a total purchase of $42,092.
SAUGERTIES, N.Y. >> Village and town officials on Thursday marked the completion of more than $300,000 worth of improvements at the local beach.
An afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony included representatives from the state, which funded the work through its New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program. The program aids communities that were hard hit by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee in 2011.
The Saugerties project included the installation of two new docks on the Esopus Creek and new sand on a section of the beach that was washed out by the storms.
ALBANY — State lawmakers ended an impasse over more than $1.8 billion in local tax revenue, approving a three-year extension of various tax rates Thursday as part of a larger deal to end a special session.
The wide-ranging bill passed Thursday by the legislature gave various counties and municipal governments the ability to continue charging certain tax rates at their current levels through 2020, including county sales taxes.
Press & Sun Bulletin
ALBANY — A reworked deal at the state Capitol on Thursday will mean $55 million in aid to help victims of Lake Ontario flooding, instead of $90 million approved by the legislature earlier this month.
Lawmakers reached an agreement with Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week to allocate the $55 million for homeowners, businesses and municipalities who have dealt with extraordinary lake flooding in Monroe County and neighboring counties.
The final package, which was approved Thursday, is a compromise with Cuomo, who balked at the $90 million and questioned whether the state had the money to fund the original bill.
SARANAC LAKE — The Lower Locks on the Saranac River will reopen Saturday, July 1.
They had been closed for repairs and rehabilitation work.
The Lower Locks provide passage for boaters to access the waters between Lake Flower and Lower Saranac Lake.
(DEC) Regional Director Robert Stegemann announced today.
• Rehabilitating the fill and release doors and the wicket (main) doors, including replacing all seals and bearings.
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