Bidders Guide Project Report - June 23rd

Posted 6/23/2017

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NFTA will charge fee for airport rides using Uber, Lyft

Find NFTA Bid Requests on the Bidders GuideGrabbing an Uber or a Lyft to or from Buffalo Niagara International Airport will cost riders a little more than just the regular cost of the trip. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will charge $3.50 for each pickup or drop-off, a cost that will be passed on to riders.

The fees, which go into effect when ride-hailing becomes legal in upstate New York on June 29, were approved Thursday by the authority's Board of Commissioners. The fees apply to ride-hailing services when the trip starts or ends at the Buffalo airport or Niagara Falls International Airport.

Buffalo News


Need for skilled labor grows

The Bidders Guide - A Municipal Lead Report.  Find RFP, Bid Requests, RFQ and More!A number of high school students will be crossing the stage starting this evening through Sunday.

One question facing every graduating student is what’s next.

Some students will choose college, others will choose the military. Most of those remaining will go straight to the workforce.

The New York State Department of Labor notes there is an emerging consensus about the need for more skilled tradesmen to replace aging workers. Essentially, skilled tradesmen are retiring faster than they can be replaced. This has created career opportunities for machinists, welders, tool and die makers, and other skilled tradesmen.

To help address this shortage, the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council is establishing a training institute to increase the talent pipeline for this critical area.

Observer


Faced with $40M jail estimate, Herkimer Co. officials ask firm to scale back

Looking for new opportunities?  Bidders Guide can help find Bid Requests, RFP, RFq and more!HERKIMER — Members of the Herkimer County Legislature’s Ways and Means and Public Safety committees met Thursday to review a newly released cost estimate for building a new county jail. A representative from the project’s architecture firm, Labella Associates, presented a new cost breakdown. The total project cost — $40,584,514 — was described as a conservative estimate with several placeholder values in place representing costs that could vary based on how legislators proceed with the project.

Immediate progress, however, could be delayed. Legislators considered the estimates during a 2 1/2 hour meeting that included a 30-minute executive session. Following the executive session, several legislators asked Labella’s representative to come back with a considerably lower project cost.

Legislator Raymond Johnson, District 5, called for Labella to remove the project’s administrative component that would create new space for the county Sheriff’s Office. Overall, he said he wanted to see the project scaled back by about $10 million. “Take the administration off. That’s $4.6 million. And then stick everything into 72,000 square feet. You’re the architect — make it work,” Johnson said to Mark Kukuvka, who was representing Labella. He added, “We just want something that works.”


Observer-Dispatch


City of Batavia’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative team feels confident after pitch meeting

The Bidders Guide - A Municipal Lead Report.  Find RFP, Bid Requests, RFQ and More!The Bidders Guide - A Municipal Lead Report. Find RFP, Bid Requests, RFQ and More!BERGEN — As a Think and Drink tour moved through Bergen’s Main Street, Batavia Business Improvement District Director Beth Kemp and Batavia Development Corporation Director Julie Pacatte seemed relieved to have faded into the background. After two weeks of obsessing over details, the fate of the City of Batavia’s bid for a $10 million state award for downtown redevelopment is out of their hands.

Kemp, Pacatte, City Manager Jason Molino, City Council President Eugene Jankowski Jr., and Batavia City School Board President Pat Burk finished the city’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative appeal Thursday with a presentation in Rochester.

The Daily news


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TCCC - BGP has found lots of bids from them!County legislators review housing strategy, support TC3 budget

County government officials discussed revisions to a potential county housing strategy and approved the Tompkins Cortland Community College budget. The Planning, Development and Environmental Quality Committee is pushing for the county legislature to approve the new housing strategy in July.

The plan features the creation of 100 to 200 senior apartments each year, at least one Medicaid Assisted Living Program facility, 200 new rental units per year affordable for individuals earning up to 100 percent of the area’s median income and 380 new owned homes per year. Three hundred of the new owned homes would be single-family homes. Eighty would be condos.

Ninety of the 300 single-family homes would be in the $150,000-to-$199,999 range and 210 would be cost at least $200,000. Thirty-five of the condos would be in the $150,000-to-$199,000 range and 45 units would cost at least $200,000.

Ithaca Journal


Hauler trashes city over new regulations

Find sanitation bids with us.  Truck bids too.  We are the leader in finding heavy equipment bidsGENEVA — When discussing alterations to the city’s waste hauler code, some City Council members predicted additional costs associated with the changes would be passed on to consumers.

A little over a month after those changes were approved by a 5-4 Council vote, one hauler has done just that — and has taken aim at Ward 4 Councilor Ken Camera, the man who has led the charge for hauler code changes.

Feher Rubbish Removal, which is based in Syracuse and has operations throughout central New York and the Finger Lakes, told customers in a recent letter that it is raising rates — and it blames the changes on new costs associated with updated city regulations.

Most customers are seeing a $5 monthly increase in their fees, said Kris Wasney, director of human resources for Feher, which has approximately 1,000 to 1,500 customers in the city. Most will now pay $75 to $80 for a three-month period, he said.


Hinsdale Central School District shifts focus back to capital project after passing budget

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HINSDALE — After passing its 2017-18 budget on the second try, Hinsdale Central School District officials can once again focus on their capital project plan.

The district’s Board of Education worked on revising the failed $6.8 million project proposal after residents voted it down in April, but were derailed after residents quashed the district’s $9.75 million budget proposal in May. With residents passing a revised, $9.71 million budget Tuesday, Superintendent Larry Ljungberg said the district will now try to revise and pass the capital project as well.

Olean Times Herald


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Improvements coming to Hugh Gregg Elementary

Find RFQ capital projects in the Bidders Guide!CORNING - Work is continuing on a major renovation at Hugh Gregg Elementary School. “It’s so exciting to see the renderings of what it will be like,” said Principal Ann Collins.

The completed project will add six new classrooms to the school, including dedicated space for art and music. Collins said out of her 13 years at the school, there was only one year when there was dedicated space available for art and music.

“Those are really exciting gains,” she said.

Collins said the project will also replace temporary dividers between some classrooms, in place since the time of the the 1972 flood, with permanent walls.

Other improvements will include a new alarm system and cameras for increased security; a new space for parent conferences; a renovated main office and health area; and technology infrastructure updates.

The Leader


Coalition has funds to buy team, but isn't done

GLENS FALLS — The first deadline is only a week away. But The Adirondack Civic Center Coalition is in a good place to purchase the Adirondack Thunder.

The Keep Hockey Here campaign is approaching 60 percent of its $1 million goal, which is enough to close on the purchase on June 30, as planned. Closing on the sale is only the first, although biggest, bill to pay. The campaign will continue, to cover league fees and get team operations going.

Post Star


Counties' sales tax imperiled by NY stalemate

BGP - We are in business to find you businessBGP - We are in business to find you businessALBANY - The state Legislature left the Capitol early Thursday without an agreement to extend county sales-tax rates, leaving local governments with uncertainty over their top revenue source.

The sales-tax rates for counties, which is typically 4 percent, got caught up in a fight over extending mayoral control of New York City schools.

And the Democratic-led Assembly and the Republican-controlled Senate failed to reach a deal on mayoral control, making the sales-tax extenders a casualty.

The state Association of Counties said the inaction would leave a $1.8 billion collective hole in the 53 counties that are awaiting state lawmakers to extend their current sales-tax rates.

D&C


Work underway to restore an industrial zone on East Side

BGP - We are in business to find you businessThe vast former Niagara Machine & Tool Works factory casts a huge shadow on Northland Avenue.

Inside its hulking interior, black oil-soaked wood blocks, some buckled into mounds, cover most of the dirt subfloor. Puddles of rainwater collect below gaps in the roof, while broken glass litters the ground. Rusty yellow cranes sit overhead on tracks, their unused hooks dangling free. Silver control boxes hang in the damp air. And aging equipment lingers in place – including an old grinding wheel with its cover peeling.

Built a century ago for a company that no longer exists, it’s a structure whose time came and went. Now, though, it’s about to gain new life. A $60 million effort to turn the Northland Avenue Belt Line Corridor into a new light industrial and manufacturing hub is underway after more than two years of preparation.

Buffalo News


SUNY Cobleskill aims to make local streets healthier

The Bidders Guide - A Municipal Lead Report.  Find RFP, Bid Requests, RFQ and More!A couple of local projects to create healthier communities “one street at a time” are underway thanks to an initiative through the State University of New York at Cobleskill, an official said.

Maureen Blanchard is project director with the Creating Health Schools and Communities program, which receives state Department of Health funding through the Research Foundation for SUNY at SUNY Cobleskill, she said. It is one of 25 similar initiatives around the state. Her agency is working with other groups in the area to bring health, safety and economic benefits, she said.

The agency's strategies include adopting and implementing “complete streets” policies, plans and practices to increase opportunities to walk, bike and roll, according to a state website.

The Daily Star


Seneca Turk Resort Winery proposed for former Seneca Lake Country Club property

The Bidders Guide - A Municipal Lead Report.  Find RFP, Bid Requests, RFQ and More!GENEVA — The former home of Seneca Lake Country Club could be transformed into a winery/ tasting room, nine-hole golf course and clubhouse by next year.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the town of Geneva Planning Board, Matt Newcomb — from Rochester-based engineering firm Passero Associates — went over some changes to the project. It is being called Seneca Turk Resort Winery.

Passero is working with Snell Road resident Greg Missick, who bought the property off Route 14 last year from the Iannopollo family, which owned the golf course for many years. The course has been dormant since the fall of 2015.

Finger Lakes Times


NT construction firm offers look at new headquarters

Ivy Lea ConstructionIvy Lea ConstructionThings are going better than expected following Ivy Lea Construction's $1 million move to North Tonawanda.

Just over a year ago, when the company broke ground on its new headquarters on Walck Road, officials said they were growing quickly and needed to expand to accommodate that growth.

In addition to bringing 50 employees to the Lumber City from their old Town of Tonawanda location, Ivy Lea had expected to hire 15 to 20 more people withing 12 to 18 months.

Niagara-Gazette


All systems go for Meadowbrook bridge in Arkport

The Bidders Guide - A Municipal Lead Report.  Find RFP, Bid Requests, RFQ and More!The Bidders Guide - A Municipal Lead Report. Find RFP, Bid Requests, RFQ and More!ARKPORT — Prospects are looking good for restoring the Meadowbrook Road bridge in Arkport before the weather turns cold again, village trustees were told Tuesday night. Mayor Charles Flanders said the long awaited bridge project, which will be done by Steuben County crews, won’t get started in July as was previously planned, but should begin during the first part of August.

The county had a problem on another job, necessitating the month delay, Flanders said at a board meeting Tuesday night.

The project is on track for August first,” Flanders said. “They will put the temporary bypass up, and then tear (the bridge) out, then put it in and cover it up. So that’s working along pretty good. The project originally had a price tag of about $260,000. Arkport tried for a $200,000 grant through the Bridge NY program, but that did not come through.

Evening Tribune


 Torge Building demolition expected soon

The Bidders Guide - A Municipal Lead Report.  Find RFP, Bid Requests, RFQ and More! SALAMANCA — The rapidly deteriorating condition of the Torge Building at the corner of Main and River streets is expected to be the subject of conversation Friday amongst city officials and representatives of the building’s property owner.

The 117-year-old building, perhaps best identified by its faded pharmacy awning, could be the subject of an emergency demolition after bricks from the structure fell last week and damaged a parked car.

“It’s coming down one way or the other,” said Mayor Michael Smith on Tuesday. “It appears an emergency demolition will be ordered. We are just going through the procedures with the building owner. “We are going as fast as humanly possible,” he added. “Right now it’s an eyesore on Main Street.”

Salamanca Press


 

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Harris Corp. Awarded $255M Pentagon Radio Contract

Harris Corp., which makes military and aerospace communications systems, has been awarded a $255 million contract to build radios for U.S. special operations forces.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Monday that Harris was awarded the contract by the Pentagon to produce two-channel tactical radios that will enable special ops units to communicate better in the field.

Known as man packs, the radios are designed to fit in a soldier's backpack.

D&C


Wheels, BBQ highlights at BOCES event

HERKIMER — Guests had an opportunity to support the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES chapter of SkillsUSA on Thursday evening at the annual Cruise-In Bike Night & Chicken BBQ at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex.

SkillsUSA is a national organization for students who are enrolled in technical or trade programs. It aims to help students develop leadership abilities through participation in educational, occupational, civic, recreational and social activities.

The event featured a chicken barbecue, a car and motorcycle show, a Chinese auction, a bake sale and music.

“We are trying to put together an activity that has something for everybody while supporting a good organization,” said Holly Fischer, a cosmetology teacher at the Herkimer BOCES and adviser for SkillsUSA.

Times Telegram


$49 million in 'sloppy' billing on Buffalo Billion, other projects

The Manhattan attorney hired by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office to review state procedures in the aftermath of subpoenas related to the Buffalo Billion project has identified “systemic problems” in the state’s handling of $49 million in bills.

Bart M. Schwartz, chairman of Guidepost Solutions LLC, also refers to the state’s “sloppy process” while recommending that $49 million of the $417 million analyzed in money owed to vendors be withheld. The conclusions are included in a report obtained by The Buffalo News under a Freedom of Information request filed with the state comptroller.

Buffalo News


Arc of Chemung receives over $30K in grants

The Arc of Chemung has received $30,500 in grants from NYSARC Trust Services for the chapter's recreation and guardianship programs.

The Arc of Chemung's Recreation Program received $15,000. The program creates recreation, socialization and leisure opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Guardianship Program received $15,500 and administers guardianship services through the NYSARC Inc. Corporate Guardianship Program. The program provides guardianship supports to individuals who don't have family others to serve as a guardian.

Stargazette


Newberry Building, future home to brewery and apartments; added to Historic Registry

BATAVIA — A historic designation crucial to the $2.67 million redevelopment of the J.J. Newberry Building was awarded Thursday.
The State Board for Historic Preservation recommended the future home of the Batavia Brewing Company, freshLAB and seven upper-floor apartments as meeting the requirements for the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

The Daily News


Act passed to accelerate utility response to disasters

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - The New York State Senate passed S5242A on Wednesday, a bill designed to remove barriers to the deployment of in-state and out-of-state utility workers in response to a disaster. The Facilitating Business Rapid Response to State Declared Disasters Act of 2017 would waive or delay certain licenses, registrations, taxes, and fees for utility companies and crews, while exempting state income tax on overtime hours accrued by in-state workers.

The bill would codify in part a policy used by the Department of Taxation & Finance in response to Hurricane Sandy. The bill passed with unanimous, bipartisan support.

RochesterFirst.com


Biorefinery adds $1.5M to grant total thanks to ARC

WELLSVILLE — Another $1.5 million has been added to get the boilers lit on Alfred State College’s biorefinery project. Announced Wednesday that the Appalacian Regional Commission has granted $1.5 million to the project.

“This is great news for Alfred State and the entire Southern Tier. This federal investment will help bring 15 new businesses and 125 good paying jobs to the Southern Tier and push this region’s econ- omy into the future,” Schumer said. “The work done at BDCC will help create a ‘New Forest Economy’ by working with local partners and using the region’s abundant natural resources to spur long term economic devel- opment. I will fight tooth and nail to make sure Alfred State College continues to have the resources
it needs to leverage the region’s workforce and grow private enterprise.”

The latest grant brings the total for outside funding to $4.5 million of the $10.6 million esti- mated cost.

Olean Times Herald


Hotel Proposed For Amsterdam’s South Side

Owners of the Knights Inn on Amsterdam’s South Side are proposing to construct a new hotel on vacant land not far from the existing motel, formerly known as the Valley View Motor Inn.

J. Paul Kolodziej, an attorney representing property owners Kuldip and Sunita Singh, presented the Amsterdam Planning Commission with a concept proposal to construct three-story hotel with 66 to 82 rooms along Route 5S. The proposed hotel would be built on an about 2.5-acre parcel the Singhs own between the Stewart’s Shop and Mobil gas station.


The Recorder


Oswego County calls on state to establish flood recovery grant program

OSWEGO — The Oswego County Legislature unanimously backed a resolution calling on state leaders to establish the Great Lakes Flood Recovery Grant Program in response to the destructive flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline this spring.

Supported by State Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, the grant would give a boost to small businesses, farms, homeowners, nonprofits and municipalities dealing with record-high water levels near Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence River.

The $55 million recovery grant program is one of several state and federal legislative efforts to provide damage and tax relief, prevent fraud and protect infrastructure in areas hit hard by unprecedented flooding.

Valley News


Webb Community Health And Wellness Fund Gets Grant

The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Inc. has awarded a grant totaling $11,500 to the Town of Webb Community Health and Wellness Fund. The grant was submitted with the assistance of CAP-21’s community grant writing program. This grant will accomplish two objectives: conduct a comprehensive analysis of the region’s social, recreational and wellness needs, particularly among our senior residents; and will do a feasibility study of local site options to establish a community/senior center within the Town of Webb.

Within the next several weeks, The Health and Wellness Fund and CAP-21 will announce the web link for a community-wide, on-line survey that all permanent and seasonal residents are encouraged to participate in. The survey will be administered by Research & Marketing Strategies, Inc. (RMS). RMS, a full-service market research firm located in Baldwinsville has considerable experience in hosting online surveys.

Adirondack Express


 

Fleischmanns among top recipients of Delaware County bed tax funding

The much-reviled occupancy (bed) tax adopted in Delaware County last year became a cash cow this month with the announcement of 19 grants to communities throughout the county to fund advertising and promotion initiatives designed to bring additional tourists to the region.

Big winners in the grant sweepstakes included Fleischmanns which will get $4,000 to promote its spring time Trout Tales event and another $4,000 to promote the Great Catskill Mountain BBQ Fest that kicked off last year to rave reviews. The community of Andes was awarded $2,296 for a new website and the Stamford Golf Club will promote play and stay packages to the Hudson Valley and down state regions with its $2,175 award.

Catskill Mountain News


Burdett building comes down for expansion

BURDETT--A long-vacant pair of buildings that long ago served as Burdett's post office, a furniture store and casket warehouse, later an office building and apartments, came down the first Monday of June. Abandoned for decades and dilapidated--"eyesores" is one word the owner used to describe them --they came down without much fanfare or trouble. Improvements to the now-bare ground are slated to begin immediately.

Jan Arcangeli and Ray Neira, owners of "Smok'n Bones BBQ and Brews" restaurant on Burdett's Main Street, the adjacent property, were approached by county and village officials who asked whether they wanted to buy the buildings. The buildings had been previously sold about five times, Neira says. "And people walked away from them," he adds. With their 60-seat facility often filled on weekends, and parking only available on the street, the Neira family saw a way to make their place more pleasant for customers.


Observer-Review


Cobleskill, Sharon Springs going after Gov's grant

Hoping to become the next Oneonta or Plattsburgh, or Elmira, both the Village of Cobleskill and the Village of Sharon Springs are racing to fill out their applications for a $10 million state Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant.
This is the second year for the DRI, billed by some in 2016 as the Governor’s Hunger Games.

One winner in each of the state’s 10 Economic Development regions will take home $10 million to develop and then begin implementing a plan for its downtown; both Cobleskill and Sharon think it would be them.

Wednesday, the Town of Sharon agreed to write a letter of support for the village’s application; Thursday, Cobleskill Mayor Linda Holmes—who’d already begun seeking her letters—explained the process to about a dozen people at Teen Town.

Times Journal


Birnie Bus to join Pa. Krapf Bus Company

Rome-based Birnie Bus Service has announced that they have become part of the Krapf Bus Companies in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and will be Krapf’s largest division, according to a Thursday night news release.

Birnie Bus operates 1,000 vehicles including school buses, transit and para-transit vehicles, and commercial motor coaches. Combined, the Krapf enterprise will operate 2,500 school buses across four states – Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, and Virginia. Birnie brings more than 70 school districts and pre-schools, as well as transit, para-transit and motor coach operations to Krapf.

“The Birnie name and brand will continue unchanged, and no jobs will be affected,” said Tim Birnie, President and CEO of Birnie Bus. “We are both lean organizations and we need and want everyone to stay. While I will be joining the Krapf Board of Directors in a more strategic role, I am delighted that the Krapfs will not only be taking charge, but will be taking Birnie Bus to whole new levels in the years ahead.”

Observer-Dispatch


Councilor says Bicentennial Park not best location for proposed skateboaring site

GENEVA — A city councilor likes the idea of a new skatepark, but does not like its proposed location, Bicentennial Park on Exchange Street.

“That’s not the place to do it,” said Ward 4 Councilor Ken Camera, who said he presented his concerns to skatepark boosters Joe Marone and Gabriella D’Angelo, as well as City Manager Matt Horn, by email.

The FLX Skateboard Club is hosting a forum on Monday night in the second floor conference room at City Hall, 47 Castle St., to outline its skatepark plans, and Marone encouraged input, pro and con.

Finger Lakes Times


Fremont amending wind law

FREMONT — The winds of change blew in Fremont on Tuesday, as the town board voted on five proposals regarding wind generation within their jurisdiction.

The five proposals included: Raising the maximum height of turbines to 500 feet, removing decibel requirement from properties that signed leases with the wind company; expanding work hours on the project to 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; changing setbacks from property lines from 1.5 times the height of a turbine to 1.1 times the height; and subtracting salvage value from decommissioning costs.

The Tribune


Essex Co. agrees to pay settlement over Safety Building work

ELIZABETHTOWN — A longtime wrangle over construction costs for Essex County's Public Safety Building has ended with Board of Supervisors' OK to cut a check.

The $179,192 will settle a lawsuit brought by the Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland.

Initially, the firm sought $1.45 million.

The case stemmed from the 2006 bankruptcy of Tougher Industries, the firm that had, a year earlier, won the contract to supply the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning work for the new County Jail site in the Town of Lewis.

Press Republican


Giglio visits city to talk State Park Avenue

SALAMANCA — More than a decade after the city purchased 202 acres of land on State Park Avenue, a new approach to accessing the property via Interstate 86 has been the subject of conversation at both the city and state levels.

Following the halt of a $4.49 million project two years ago to rehabilitate State Park Avenue to the city’s land — and after talks with the Seneca Nation of Indians to extend the casino’s access road have stalled, according to city officials — a new approach seeks to build new exit ramps off Interstate 86.

Salamanca Press


Highway superintendents receive increase in infrastructure funding

Local municipalities have received significant increases in funding for paving and other road repairs.

According to state Sen. Chris Jacobs, $29 billion in total infrastructure spending was secured in the 2017-18 state budget. This is a $1.7 billion increase from the last fiscal year.

The towns and villages in Jacobs’ 60th Senate District, which includes Kenmore-Tonawanda and Orchard Park, will receive nearly $1 million more from the new budget.

“Our investment in our state highways and our local roads and bridges is one of the most important things that we do in the budget each year,” Jacobs said. “Committing these dollars to the maintenance and improvement of our infrastructure is a matter of public safety and an investment in our economy and the quality of life in our communities.”

Ken-Ton Bee


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Posted 6/16/2017

Town of Clayton Fire District: Authorizing the issuance of $1,000,000 in Serial Bonds to purchase of an Aerial Truck

Town of Macedon: Highway Superintendent has recommended that the Town purchase a 2018 Volvo dump truck authorizes
the purchase for a total purchase price of $217,577.04

Town of Geneseo: Approve the purchase of the excavator at a cost of $207,263

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Jobs at a price: $695M in tax breaks but only half reach promised growth

New York taxpayers have to make up for nearly $700 million in tax breaks given to private companies, part of an economic machine that promises to create thousands of new jobs in return.

It’s a system that revolves around more than 100 local, quasi-public entities known as industrial development agencies, or IDAs, that are peppered throughout the Empire State – and are at the heart of a debate over taxpayer-funded private development.

In 2015 there were more than 4,400 active IDA projects in the state valued at $88.7 billion, which is the cost of the projects. They include construction, leases, loans and other IDA transactions with private companies that received state, county, local and school tax exemptions totaling $695 million.

D&C


Kingston school district will open bids for Cioni building in July

KINGSTON, N.Y. - The Board of Education will open bids July 14 for the purchase the Kingston school district’s Cioni administration building on Crown Street.

The board voted 8-0 at a meeting Wednesday to open the bids at 1 p.m. that day. Trustee James Shaughnessy abstained over his concern that the bid documents did not specify the district does not want to lease the building after it changes hands.

“I don’t see any conditions in there on not leasing ... or anything like that in the [real estate listing] agreement,” Shaughnessy said.

Daily Freemon


North Washington Street project continues in Herkimer

Find road bids with a subscription to the Bidders GuideHERKIMER — The North Washington Street sidewalk and paving project that started last fall has resumed.

Anthony Carlisto, of John McDonald Engineering, told the Herkimer village board Monday the work could be finished in a little more than a month, but progress would depend on the weather.

The contractor, Central Paving is currently working to replace curbs along the east side of the street. Sidewalks will then be replaced, according to Village Superintendent James Franco. Milling and paving of the street will follow.

Curb and sidewalk work on the west side of North Washington Street was completed last fall, but the remainder of the project had to wait until spring. The village plans to use $250,000 in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program funds to cover its share of the project.

The North Washington Street project, which includes new sidewalks and paving along North Washington Street, from State to West German streets, is being funded through the Transportation Alternatives Program of the state Department of Transportation. Recipients are reimbursed for 80 percent of the eligible project costs.

Central Paving submitted a bid of $846,170 and was awarded the contract for the work.


Bassett Health building latest in downtown renovations

UTICA — Efforts to transform the former M&T Bank office building in downtown Utica are almost complete.

For the last couple of years, Cooperstown-based Bassett Health Network has been renovating the building at 231 Genesee St., next to the historic Gold Dome, in order to locate an operational support center at the site.

Karen Huxtable-Hooker, a spokeswoman for the health system, said that construction at the Utica Operations Center is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

“The interior HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning system), electrical and office modifications are complete,” Huxtable-Hooker said in an email. “There is still some exterior work that should wrap up soon. Outside of the building are new generators, which can be seen from the sidewalk, and we installed new equipment on the roof.”

Observer-Dispatch


 ROAD WORK: Broome summer plans announced

With sunshine and summer days comes the construction season.

On Thursday, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar and Director of Highways Sue Brown announced the roads scheduled to receive repairs this season.

Work this summer is expected to cover over 60 miles of road in the county, Garnar said.

"There are a lot of roads in Broome County that are in desperate need of repair, especially when you have harsh
winters," he said. "Roads are our first impression, and it's extremely important that we invest in our infrastructure."

PressConnects


‘Project Dairy’ will seek incentives to revive Muller Quaker Dairy plant in Batavia

BATAVIA — The idled Muller Quaker Dairy processing plant will receive significant upgrades as part of a plan to re-
open the facility under a new owner, according to the agenda for a June 12 special meeting of the Genesee County Economic Development Center.

The $205 million project, identified only as “Project Dairy,” will purchase milk supply through regional networks and is pledged to employ 230 full-time workers. It would begin construction this summer and be in operation by the first quarter of 2019, according to a tax exemption
document.

The Daily News


Cattaraugus County plans to expand broadband internet connection availability

ELLICOTTVILLE — By the end of 2020, much of Cattaraugus County currently without a broadband Internet connection should be connected under New York’s broadband plan.

In an update to members of the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency Tuesday, Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board Director Richard Zink estimated 85 percent of county residents have broadband access. The remaining 15 percent are in rural areas beyond the reach of fiber optic cable.

Some homes and businesses in the northern part of the county are using new Wi-MAX microwave Internet equipment, while others use a satellite Internet service.


Salamanca Press


‘Beauty contest’ for huge recovery trucks held in Lake George

Photo by Thom Randall Photo by Thom Randall LAKE GEORGE — Some of the most powerful vehicles cruising on the nation’s highways pulled into Lake George this weekend, and both their beauty and brawn wowed a crowd of tourists and residents.

The Empire State Towing & Recovery Association’s 34th annual “Tow Show” was held June 3-4 in Lake George’s Festival Commons, and the show hosted a half-dozen massive heavy-duty recovery tow trucks as well as conventional versions.

Equipped with booms 35 feet in length or higher and up to 22 wheels, these sow trucks have 65- to 75-ton capacities and can pick up an overturned 18-wheeler and put it back upright.

Such metallic muscle wasn’t all that impressed the gathered tow truck drivers and the public this weekend. It was also the chrome, custom paint jobs and decorative lighting as well as the impressive hulk and hydraulics.

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The future of waste: landfills reaching capacity

ALBANY COUNTY — As the two landfills in the county begin to fill up, municipalities are starting to think — fast — about the future. One resolution passed unanimously in the legislature suggests that the issue should be handled on a regional, or at least county-wide, level.

It’s time, says first-term Legislator Frank Mauriello (R-Colonie), to update Albany County’s 2011 feasibility study  on recycling and solid-waste management. The study was conducted six years ago for the county by Barton and Loguidice, but its final recommendation — that a regional solid-waste authority be created — was never adopted.

Altamont Enterprise


State AG: Contractor banned from working in New York state

A Rochester-based contractor has been effectively banned from conducting business in New York state, state Attorney
General Eric Schneiderman announced.

George Frisch, president of Dynabuild Construction Group, was ordered Friday by the state Supreme Court to pay
restitution, penalties, and costs of $63,000 and banned him from owning or operating a home improvement business in the
state.

According to Schneiderman's office, Frisch is barred from operating a home improvement business again unless he posts
a $100,000 bond.

D&C


Want to buy a firehouse?

JOHNSBURG — If you have always dreamed of owning a fire station, you may have the opportunity later this year.

The former Wevertown Fire Department station on Route 8 is on the list of properties headed for auction for unpaid
taxes this fall, and a lot next to it that the fire department owned will likely be available as well.

Fire stations generally are not subject to property taxes, but the fiery dissolution of the Wevertown Fire Department
in 2012 led to its administrators selling all of the department’s equipment and walking away from the building.
A testy hearing in state Supreme Court followed, but the department has not resumed operations since.

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County studying Clean Energy Community Program

MAYVILLE — Municipalities throughout Chautauqua County are taking steps toward implementing clean energy solutions.
Now, Chautauqua County officials are beginning to examine possible participation.

The idea to take part in the state’s Clean Energy Communities Program was recently brought forward by county legislator Mark Odell, R-Brocton. Under the program by NYSERDA, local governments designated as a clean energy community can obtain grant money to implement projects and save on energy costs.

The program provides the opportunity for counties with over 40,000 residents to apply and potentially receive up to $250,000 in grant money.

Observer Today


State program boosts local dairy farms, products

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - A new state initiative is designed to help local dairy farms by putting a visible stamp of approval on the milk they produce.

The New York State Grown & Certified program kicked off last August with fruit and vegetable producers, and now encompasses dairy, which comprises more than half the state’s $5.4 billion agriculture industry.

Saratogian News


 Standard & Poor's upholds Bridge Authority bond rating

Standard & Poor’s Rating Service cited steady finances in reaffirming its bond rating of AA- for the New York State Bridge Authority.

The rating is one of the highest in the nation for a self-supporting bridge/transportation entity, according to a bridge authority press release. It indicates a “very strong capacity to meet financial commitments.”

Poukeepsie Journal


Why is it so costly to do business in NY? Here are four hurdles

Charlie Griffiths, the fourth-generation owner of BSR Roofing in Binghamton, has seen a lot of promises about improving the business environment in New York.

What he hasn't seen since taking over the family firm in 1976 is results.

"We have seen no positive impact from those incentives the governor and New York state claim to be making to help the business climate," he said. "All the incentives I have seen have been like prescribing an aspirin to a cancer patient. My impression is a lot of this has been for show."

Star Gazette


City Hears Another Pitch To Purchase, Upgrade Street Lights

Amsterdam officials heard another company’s pitch to improve energy efficiency within the city, but its plan was more limited than prior proposals.

Albany-based Abbott Energy, Inc. is the fourth company vying to secure a contract with Amsterdam to assist the city with purchasing streets lights from National Grid and upgrade them to LEDs. However, unlike prior proposals it’s not a more encompassing energy performance contract.

Amsterdam Common Councils members listened Tuesday to Abbott Energy representatives propose a project holding an overall cost of about $4.4 million to purchase and upgrade street lights throughout the city. The estimated savings over 25 years for the city would total $9 million under the proposal.

The Recorder


Fulton officials seeking proposals to establish walking trails

FULTON — The city of Fulton is seeking proposals for a feasibility study for the creation of eight multi-use trail segments that officials say will make the city more pedestrian friendly and increase recreational opportunities in the area.

Fulton was awarded $61,500 from the state in December through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process to fund a feasibility study for Fulton Footpaths, a project that seeks to create eight interconnected walking trails throughout the city.

“We are very excited. It’s definitely becoming a reality,” Footpaths committee member Marie Mankiewicz said of the proposed project.

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More apartments planned for Bay Shore

BAY SHORE—At the Islip Town change of zone meeting Thursday night, the board approved an application by Gregory Collins to allow for a change of zone from Business District to Downtown Development District in order to construct a five-story mixed-use building with 122 apartments on the southeast corner of Oak Street and Fifth Avenue (91 Fifth Avenue and 22 Oak Street).

Islip Bulletin


Compost facility holds Orchard Park’s hidden gems

A gravel pit that covered acres of land at 6909 Milestrip Road has transformed since 2003 to become the Orchard Park Compost Facility, a site focused on taking Orchard Park’s brush and leaves and turning them into a useable product.

The town purchased the total 19 acres of land and created the Orchard Park Soccer Complex on the front nine acres and the compost site on the back 10 acres in 2003.

Highway Superintendent Fred Piasecki, who is the facility manager from the department, said former town officials John Mills and Nan Ackerman were instrumental in making the facility become a reality, and that former Town Engineer Michael Merritt handled the layout of the site at its inception.

Orchard Park Bee


 

Resolutions for the week of June 5th, 2017

Posted 6/9/2017

The Warners Fire District: Subject to permissive referendum, wish to spend $40,000 New Chief's vehicle

Town of Kingsbury: Transfer $50,000.00 into the Town of Kingsbury Highway Equipment Fund to purchase a stainless steel dump box.

Town of Cornwall: The object or purpose for which the bond are authorized is the acquisition of highway equipment at the estimated maximum cost of $359,000 for Highway Equipment

Town of Cornwall: purpose for which the bond are authorized is the acquisition of a rear load packer truck for the Sanitation Department at the estimated maximum cost of $230,000

Town of Geneseo: Approve and authorize the expenditure from the Reserve Fund of the Town of Geneseo a total amount of $207,263, for the purchase of said excavator

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Developer plans another Uptown Kingston boutique hotel

KINGSTON, N.Y. - A New York City developer already creating a boutique hotel in Uptown plans another one in the same neighborhood, according to documents and the architect designing it.

According to a narrative with the city’s Planning Office and Kingston Architect Scott Dutton, developer Charles Blaichman has set his sights on creating a 14-room extension of the under-construction Wall Street hotel at 41 Pearl St., a former Dutch homestead first built in the 17th
century.

Daily Freeman


Airports to get $17 million from U.S. government

ALBANY — The federal government is contributing about $17 million to upgrade airports across the state.

The money is being allocated through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. It will be used for renovations and improvements in 36 projects at facilities in the Hudson Valley, Albany area, Southern Tier and central, western and northern New York.

In the Capital Region, Albany International Airport is set to receive around $3.2 million, Saratoga County Airport, $277,281 and Schenectady County Airport, $279,000. Western New York will get about $2 million, central New York around $1.5 million, northern New York about $2 million, and Edwin A. Link Field in Binghamton just more than $587,000.

The Post Star


Freeze facility reconsidering city location

A decision to have the Great Lakes Cold Storage facility locate within the city limits could be coming soon, according to Kevin Sanvidge of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency.

Sanvidge, administrative director and chief executive officer, reported the IDA met with representatives from the cold storage facility, the city of Dunkirk and Fieldbrook Foods on Thursday. The site now being considered is the former Edgewood warehouse, which is located on Roberts Road.

“Fieldbrook Foods is truly committed to the city of Dunkirk,” Sanvidge said Thursday in a phone interview.

Observer


Carousel Destined For Canalside Heads Home

To Nt For Restoration

After 93 years, the animals in the park-style carousel coming to Canalside in 2018 are back in North Tonawanda, a few blocks from where they were built.

On Thursday, a dozen volunteers for Buffalo Heritage Carousel were at work restoring three of the 31 Spillman Engineering Co. animals that until recently had been stowed away in storage since 1956.

"They will leave this building just like they left the factory down the road here in 1924," said Patrick Stanczyk, a master carver and carousel restoration specialist.

He's responsible for repairing the wooden animals and preparing them for final painting.

Buffalo News


Corning brewery hopes mural will brighten neighborhood

A new Corning brewery has an ambitious plan to draw attention to itself and to the city's Northside.

Brick House Brewery is conducting an online fundraising campaign to pay an artist to create a mural on the side of its building that will celebrate Corning's history and heritage.

The brewery, which opened last September, sits at the corner of Bridge and Pulteney streets.

Star Gazette


AmeriCorps gives art center a lift

PRATTSVILLE — AmeriCorps volunteers are helping to rebuild the Prattsville Art Center in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, which devastated the town in 2011.
The volunteers have been in the area for three weeks and will continue to work for another two weeks, Art Center Director Nancy Barton said Wednesday.

Barton applied for a grant through AmeriCorps, which was recommended by Community Action of Greene County. Barton said the volunteers have built new rooms and used a table saw, where they never have before, she said.

The Daily Mail


Scio Central School explains $5.7M proposed project

SCIO — On June 8, from noon to 8 p.m., district voters will consider approval of a $5,731,700 project that includes building and athletic facility renovations and purchases of furnishings and equipment. The public vote on the project will be in the school building front foyer.

The project includes proposed improvements to the main building and bus garage and site improvements.

“Part of this project includes a roof on the main, old section of the building and over the gym — over where we are right now. The warranty’s going to run out on that, so if there’s a problem, it comes out of pocket. There are lots of things like that in the five-year plan,”
Superintendent Greg Hardy said at Wednesday’s public hearing. “We want to get that replaced ... it’s getting old and we need to take care of that.

Wellsville Daily


Canandaigua Airport to get federal money for upgrades

CANANDAIGUA — The Ontario County Industrial Development Agency will be getting more than $1.6 million in federal funding for infrastructure projects at the Canandaigua Airport.

Ontario County Economic Director Michael Manikowski said the funding will go toward the construction of a “badly needed” facility to house snow removal equipment, which is used to keep runways and taxiways clear.

Also, a large portion of the funding will help fix up the airport’s apron area, he said.

Daily Messenger


Committee moves 11 properties to land bank

OSWEGO — The Oswego County Land Bank moved one step closer to assuming control of 11 more properties Thursday when a county legislative committee authorized transferring the tax delinquent properties to the agency.

The county Government, Courts and Consumer Affairs Committee approved sending 11 properties slated for the county tax auction to the land bank, which will demolish structures on seven properties and rehabilitate buildings on four, according to land bank Executive Director Kim Park.

Valley News


Depew, DEC make plans to clean, demolish hut

Headway is being made on Depew’s Quonset hut, at 3322 Walden Ave., which has been condemned by the village since August 2015.

Village officials discussed property cleanup and demolition at Monday night’s work session prior to the scheduled board meeting.

Envirosense, the listed property owner, was issued a permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation for waste oil recovery and recycling operations in 2006, but it was not monitored closely according to Anthony Fischione, Depew code enforcement officer.

“Because [the DEC] failed to monitor the reporting requirements and all of that for the business, it was running uncontrolled. When we closed them down in 2012 because of the holes in the roof, that’s when we informed the DEC of the situation,” said Fischione, referring to an onsite oil spill the village responded to, which shut down operations at that time.

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City streets on the improve

CORNING - Public complaints about the condition of city
streets are significantly down thanks in part to the City Council adding $100,000 annually to the budget the past six years to upgrade ailing roads.

“It’s a noticeable improvement to the streets,” Mayor Rich Negri recently told City Council colleagues. “I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about the street paving program now that we continually add $100,000 each year. I would love not to have to do that, be we still have a serious problems with our streets.”

City Manager Mark Ryckman said the condition of city streets is making progress each year.

The Leader


No more Hudson River dredging needed for now, EPA says;  environmentalists disagree

ALBANY, N.Y. - A $1.7 billion cleanup of the Hudson River
is working so far and while PCB levels in fish remain high, more dredging doesn’t seem necessary for now, federal regulators said Thursday in a review that drew harsh criticism from New York officials and environmental groups.

Boston-based General Electric has removed 2.75 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment from a 40-mile stretch of the upper Hudson, north of Albany, through 2015. Until the mid-1970s, GE factories discharged more than 1 million pounds of polychlorinated biphenyls into the river. The probable carcinogen, used as coolants and lubricants in electrical equipment, was banned in 1977.

Daily Freeman


Timeline of sharing services in Herkimer Co. questioned

HERKIMER — Several officials across Herkimer County have
mixed feelings about a call from the state to share municipal services among their governments to cut costs.

Representatives from more than 15 municipalities gathered Thursday in the county Legislature chambers in Herkimer regarding the state’s County-Wide Shared Services Initiative. The program calls for county municipalities to develop plan that demonstrates property tax savings through shared costs. Participants may then be eligible for a one-time match of the net savings.

The county municipalities have until Friday, Sept. 15, to vote on a plan. Bernard Peplinski, chairman of the Herkimer County Legislature, said he has been happy with the turnout at the meetings thus far.

Times Telegram


County Airports Awarded More Than $1 Million For Upgrades

Chautauqua County’s airports are receiving over $1.2 million in Federal funds for infrastructure upgrades.

Announced Wednesday the securing of just over $17 million for projects at upstate airports. The Chautauqua County-Dunkirk 

Airport received $437,310 while the Chautauqua County- Jamestown Airport obtained $816,269.

Funding is allocated through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. Grants are provided to public agencies for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.

The Post Journal


Griffiss International Airport has received $256,581 in
federal funding for upgrades.

The Department of Transportation funding is part of more  than $17 million being risbursed throughout Upstate New  York, for more than 36 infrastructure projects.

The funding was allocated hrough the Federal Aviation  Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. AIP provides  grants to public agencies for the planning and development  of public-use airports that are included in the National  Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Funds obligated for the  AIP are drawn from the Airport and Airway Trust fund, which is supported by user fees, fuel taxes, and other similar revenue sources.

Observer-Dispatch


On the Bright Side: State funds to aid local libraries

Nine local libraries will be able to better address their building needs thanks to recently announced state funding, a state official said on Wednesday.

Nearly $700,000 in public library construction grants were announced by Sen. James L. Seward, R-Milford in a media
release.

The grants, for libraries in Seward's 51st Senatorial District, are from $19 million in capital funds for public library construction and broadband initiative projects in the 2016-17 state budget.

The Daily Star


Memories, emotions surface as demolition of Seneca Knitting Mill office building begins

SENECA FALLS — As workers were getting ready to begin demolishing buildings around the former Seneca Knitting Mill Tuesday, Anne Marrapese Kaye of Seneca Falls paid an emotional visit to the site.

Camera in hand, she asked National Women’s Hall of Fame officials Jeanne Giovannini and Betty Bayer if she could see the inside and take some photos of the 1844 limestone mill building where her father worked from his teens until his retirement.

“I told her I understand,” Giovannini said. “My mother worked here for many years too.”

Finger Lakes Times


Jamestown grant could spur rail plan

through Cattaraugus County

A Jamestown infrastructure grant announced Tuesday is a first critical step in developing a rail excursion corridor  from Niagara Falls to Jamestown utilizing a little used Cattaraugus County rail line.

Hochul announced nearly $10 million in state grants for Jamestown in an appearance at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. The grants include a $670,000 award for rail infrastructure at the Jamestown Gateway Train Station.

“It’s all part of the grand plan,” said New York & Lake  Erie Railroad CEO Robert O. Dingman Jr. “I call it the great leap forward.” Others call it the Western New York  Rail Corridor Project.

Salamanca Press


City issues emergency demo

permit for building ruined by fire

OSWEGO — The city of Oswego has issued multiple emergency
permits for the site of Saturday’s devastating downtown
fire and adjacent structures, with Port City officials
hoping to see the site fully demolished and rubble removed
by next week.

City Codes Director Susan Gentile Deary said she received a letter from Oswego Fire Chief Randy Griffin calling for an emergency demolition at what was formerly Paura’s Liquor Store, Vapor J’s and several apartments.

The Palladium-Times


Bill to prevent state mandates from affecting schools,
governments

The New York State Senate has passed legislation co-
sponsored by Sen. Patrick Gallivan to prevent local
governments and taxpayers from being burdened by unfunded mandates.

According to a press release from the senator’s office, the bill helps prevent possible property tax increases or cuts to existing services by requiring the state to fund mandated programs that come at an additional cost for municipalities or school districts.

“State mandates put enormous financial pressure on local governments and school districts,” Gallivan said. “One reason local property taxes are so high across New York State is because Albany puts mandates in place without providing the necessary funding to implement them. That’s unfair to local leaders and taxpayers.”

East Aurora Bee

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Group seeks eligible Saratoga County homeowners

for program

SARATOGA COUNTY, N.Y. - Low-income homeowners in Saratoga County may be able to get health and safety repairs made at their residences, a news release said.

Rebuilding Together Saratoga County, a nonprofit organizations that helps renovate homes and nonprofit centers, said it was recently awarded grants that will enable it to provide health and safety repairs and accessibility modifications for low-income homeowners in sites across Saratoga County, at no cost to the homeowners.

Efforts will be focused on homeowners living in traditional, stick-built homes who are older adults, individuals living with a disability, families with children or active or retired members of the armed services, the release said.

Saratogian News


Beer tanks barrel along canal

Beer fermentation tanks aboard a barge on the Erie Canal passed through the Mohawk Valley Thursday on their way to the Genesee Brewing Co. in Rochester.

The brewery is undergoing a $40 million expansion project and will use the new tanks for fermentation.

On Thursday, the barge traveled from Little Falls to Frankfort to Utica. Friday, it’s scheduled to head west to Rome and New London.

The 20-foot-by-60-foot tanks arrived earlier this month at the Port of Albany, where they were placed on barges. They’re too large to transport long distance by truck or rail, so they’re being hauled the 225 miles to Rochester via canal.

Times Telegram


More Lake Forest duplexes OKed

PLATTSBURGH — Lake Forest Senior Living Community has approval to build five new duplexes. The new units are to be constructed on a 3.3-acre lot on the east side of Nevada Oval, near the other nine duplexes owned by Lake Forest.

Lake Forest Executive Director Kevin Defayette was pleased with the City of Plattsburgh Planning Board's approval of the plans this week. They can now move forward to finalize specifications so the project can go out to bid in the next few weeks, he said.

The overall construction timetable will depend on the availability and schedule of the firm that is awarded the contract.

Press Republican


$35,429 grant for Belmont Fire Department

BELMONT – The Belmont Fire Department will receive a $35,429 federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), Congressman Tom Reed announced today.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program will award approximately $310.5 million directly to fire departments, state fire training academies and nonaffiliated EMS organizations to enhance their response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.

Daily Reporter

Grants available for small businesses affected by flooding

Small businesses affected by recent flooding along Lake Ontario will be able to tap into a $5 million pot of state grant funds announced on Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The program will provide up to $20,000 to small businesses to help pay for the repair or replacement of damaged or destroyed real property and other assets including equipment, fixtures, supplies, furniture and inventory.

D&C


Campbell plant extension underway

CAMPBELL - The Kraft Heinz plant in Campbell is in the process of extending another 90-day WARN notice to its employees as the plant continues to look for a buyer.

The plant previously issued a WARN notice to approximately 330 of its employees in February to inform them they could be laid off on May 26 if Kraft Heinz couldn’t sell the factory. Officials said another notice is expected to be issued soon, which will delay possible layoffs by another three months to Aug. 23.

The extension comes as efforts continue to try and reach a deal to sell the plant, which would mean keeping employees there.

The Leader


Harold's Square changes, retail expansion, housing for students approved by planning board

Changes to the Harold's Square apartment complex project, as well as several other notable development actions, were approved by the City of Ithaca Planning Board on Tuesday night.

Harold's Square developer L Enterprises has decided to nix the atrium space to the west of the existing Sage building. Instead, there will be an outdoor entry court to the main building entrance.

L Enterprises also plans to create additional apartment units and storage space for mechanical equipment, both planned for the 12th floor, and is exploring whether solar panels could be placed.

Ithaca Journal


Housing developments gain final approval

HORNELL — Following a failure to achieve a quorum needed to meet last Monday, the Hornell Common Council reconvened with enough members yesterday to advance the ball on two major housing projects in the city.

Deputy Mayor John Buckley again, presided over the meeting, as Mayor Shawn Hogan had previously committed to a panel discussion on the first 100 days of the Trump Administration in Elmira.

During the resolution portion of the meeting, aldermen accepted lead agency status for environmental reviews, and gave final approvals for site plans for a housing project by Reidman Development, a Rochester-based firm, to be located at Fairlawn Ave.

The Evening Tribune


Here comes the solar power in Canandaigua

CANANDAIGUA — On the first day the city’s solar array went online, gray skies and rain ruled the day. But the city’s use of solar power is expected to generate much sunnier fiscal and environmental news over time.

The city’s 4.1 MW solar array, which earlier in the year earned Canandaigua an honor from the New York Conference of Mayors, was officially commissioned Thursday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the occasion.

Everyone has a right to a healthy environment and bright future, said Canandaigua Mayor Ellen Polimeni. And this step to provide it was a collaborative effort among the city and town of Canandaigua, as well as other government agencies and private partners.

Daily Messenger

Resolutions for the Week of May 22nd

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Fire Commissioners of the Glasco Fire District: permissive referendum, approving the purchase of one (1) 2017 Ram 3500 crew cab pick-up truck with Fisher stainless steel snow plow after trade in $33,422.

Town of Martinsburg: Resolution authorizing the expenditure of up to $134,136 to put towards the purchase of a new Western Star Plow Truck

Town of Sweden: Authorized Purchase of 2017 Caterpillar Backhoe Loader and Attachments.

Town of Geneseo: approved the purchase of the excavator at a cost of not to exceed the cost of $207,000.

Town of New Bremen: Has authorized the advertising for and the purchase of a new plow truck 2017 International plow truck with Viking plow equipment and has entered into a Installment Purchase Contract with Key Government Finance, Inc. for a total of $176, 926.

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Officials hope vacant building will be sold at auction

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. - The 6.3-acre parcel of land and 80,000 square foot building located on Bath Street in Ballston Spa is part of a large group of properties that have been purchased by an affiliate of KKR, a large private equity firm in New York City and Angelica’s largest investor. The property is part of an asset purchase agreement (APA) between the KKR affiliate and Angelica Corporation, which currently owns the Bath Street property. The company recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as part of a reorganization effort.

The Bath Street property has stood idle since 2010 and was condemned by the village in 2015. It is also the site of ongoing and extensive cleanup under the Brownfield Cleanup Program. The buildings and property originally operated as a tannery in the late 1800’s and the land has been contaminated with several chemicals that are human carcinogens. In addition to the clean-up, the half dozen ancillary buildings also located on the property will be demolished.

Saratogian


Herkimer Fire Department unveil new pumper

HERKIMER — Earlier this month, two residents of 210 N. Main St. were rescued by firefighters after the apartment building caught fire. “These were real-life heroics of our firefighters,” said state Sen. James Seward, R-Oneonta.

Seward was at the Herkimer Fire Department on Thursday to unveil the department’s new pumper engine, which was purchased with the help of a state grant.

“This new pumper will improve the department’s ability to respond the next time an emergency call comes in,” the senator said.

Seward secured a $250,000 grant through the State and Municipal Facilities Program to help purchase the new Pierce Saber 70 pumper truck.

Times Telegram


County to study shared services

CATSKILL — Greene County lawmakers voted on a resolution Wednesday to hold public hearings to gather comment on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s shared services initiative.

The initiative, which asks counties across the state to look into consolidating duplicate services, was included in the adopted state budget by Cuomo on April 1, Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said Thursday.

Groden had the responsibility of gathering supervisors from the county’s 14 towns and leaders from five villages for a committee to discuss which operations or services in the county could be consolidated.

The Daily Mail


Norwich firefighters get $89K for upgrade

Norwich Fire Department will get $89,524 in federal funds through through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, according to a media release from U.S. Sens. Charles Shumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

The funds will be used by the department to purchase a vehicle exhaust extraction system.

“We applied for the AFG grant because we have firefighters that live at the station during their 24-hour shifts, our station is regularly used by the community, and there is the potential for Norwich City offices to move into the fire-station building,” Norwich Fire Chief Tracey Chawgo said in the release.

The Daily Star


Allegany-Limestone voters approve $16.1 million capital project

ALLEGANY — Allegany-Limestone Central School District administrators and officials were pleased with district voters’ overwhelming approval of the $23.1 million budget and the $16.1 million capital project for the 2017-18 school year.

Both propositions represent no tax increase.

The district’s superintendent, Dr. Karen Geelan, said the landslide approval for both the budget (260-30) and the capital project (250-45) will give the district the opportunity to continue on with services to students as well as begin the process for upgrading its campuses.

Olean Times Herald


Salamanca schools to host capital project meetings

SALAMANCA — Residents of the Salamanca City Central School District have the opportunity to attend four meetings to learn about the planned $27.5 million capital project before the June 20 vote.

The project, which has no additional tax impact, includes necessary repairs and complete preventative maintenance to buildings and facilities. Necessary upgrades to provide students with a “21st century educational experience” are also planned, said District Superintendent Robert Breidenstein in a statement to the Press.

Salamanca Press


Changes made for Hamlin Avenue property
Developers, neighbors reach agreement on future of site

East Aurora - Some residents of the Hamlin Avenue neighborhood had a change of heart on Monday regarding a proposed apartment complex. The group of concerned residents met with developers and reached a compromise regarding the future of the property.

The property, located at 41 Hamlin Ave., has been a point of contention among the neighbors for the past few weeks, after developers RAS Development I LLC proposed building a two-story, 15-apartment complex on the 1.5-acre parcel of land.

Neighbors in the Hamlin Avenue area said the apartments would add to the already congested traffic situation. They also argued that the complex did not comply with the village’s Comprehensive Plan. Despite the backlash, the East Aurora Village Planning Commission voted to recommend the property for rezoning.

East Aurora Bee


Rochester's re-emerging downtown takes shape

Walk downtown these days and you will hear the sound of construction. Beep. Bang. Rumble. Whir. East Main Street itself is a work zone. And buildings on either side are fenced, barricaded, boarded or adorned with a dumpster.

There are renovations ongoing or upcoming at Sibley Square, 88 Elm, the former Chase Tower (now The Metropolitan), at the Hyatt Regency, Lincoln Alliance Building, the former McCrory's building and the old Atrium and Gateway buildings. Plus there is planned construction at Parcel 2 and an envisioned mixed-use development anchored by a Broadway theater on Parcel 5.

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Road work projects named

BIG FLATS - About $960,000 of road work will be completed this summer in Big Flats including drainage, general maintenance, oil and stone work, overlay and milling and full depth reclamation projects.

The work, already underway at several locations, will be completed by town crews, contracted labor, and shared services.

Chris Austin, town highway supervisor, said work that will be completed this season is “status quo” with the amount of road upgrades completed each summer season.

The Leader


Rep. John Katko tells federal agency: Steel rebar imports hurting Nucor in Auburn

U.S. Rep. John Katko testified at an International Trade Commission hearing Thursday in support of Nucor Steel in Auburn and warned of the impact steel rebar imports are having on the local mill.

Katko's remarks come as the commission is on the verge of determining whether rebar imports from Japan Taiwan and Turkey are having a negative impact on the U.S. steel industry.

In his testimony, Katko, R-Camillus, noted that the three counties have flooded the U.S. market with rebar. Over the last three years, rebar imports from Japan, Taiwan and Turkey have increased by 160 percent.

The Citizen


Hamburg gives residents a look at plans for multisport complex

Hamburg town officials revealed preliminary drawings for a proposed $30 million sports facility on Thursday evening.

The reaction from residents was mixed.

"Fantastic!" Laura Reynolds said of the proposal for the town to enter into a public-private partnership for a multi-use facility with twin rinks, field house and indoor court space on a section of the old South Shore Golf Club. "I love the renderings. I think it's the only way to go."

But others were not so sure – and questioned how much taxpayer money might be needed to underwrite the facility over the 30-year contract with the developer, Sportstar Capital of Toronto.

Buffalo News


West Side to get $11M affordable housing project

An $11 million, 40-unit affordable housing project will come to the West Side of Binghamton by late 2018, Mayor Richard David announced Thursday.

The project, which will receive state, local and private funding, will include rehabilitation of 11 multi-family properties on Crandall St. and restoration of the house at 47 North St., built in the 1870s.

"This project ... will create a tipping point to stabilize the neighborhood," David said. "I believe (property owners) would have ultimately divested of their properties" without the project, putting "the final nail in the coffin of (the) neighborhood."

PressConnects


Seneca Town Board board puts off solar moratorium vote

SENECA — The Town Board Tuesday delayed a vote on a local law imposing an indefinite moratorium on the installation of new commercial solar energy projects in the town.

The board will meet in special session at 5 p.m. May 30 to consider the local law.

The decision followed a public hearing at which some 10 people commented, most favoring adoption of the moratorium.

Finger Lakes Times


City considers adding sludge drier to wastewater plant

LOCKPORT - Technology would replace compost facility.
The City of Lockport is considering adding new technology to its wastewater treatment plant that would dry sludge into compost and replace the city's current composting facility.

The technology, simply named sludge driers, can reduce the water content of the sludge so that it contains 90 percent or more biosolids, far beyond more conventional methods. A belt press can squeeze the sludge until it's about 20 to 25 percent solids, while a solid bowl centrifuge can produce 25 to 30 percent solids.

The end result of sludge drying is solid enough that wood-chips do not need to be added to produce compost.

Union-Sun Journal


 A “field of dreams” officially opens in Canandaigua

CANANDAIGUA — Do dreams really come true?

They do for Canandaigua City School District residents, students, faculty and administrators who gazed out over Braves Field Thursday night.

May 18 marked the end of a decade-long journey to upgrade athletic fields and resources at Canandaigua Academy, as a grand opening was held to officially launch the district’s new facility.

Three capital project votes and $13.4 million after planning began, the new Home of the Braves athletic complex now includes a new exhibition field, a Section V-compliant track and field, tennis courts, a multi-purpose turf field, stadium seating for 1,000, field lighting, a spacious two-story locker room facility, a shiny new press box, a top-of-the-line concession stand, a two-story equipment storage facility, public restrooms, and a new parking lot accessible by North Road.

Daily Messenger


Town Moves Toward Buying Camp Boyhaven

MILTON – The Town Board passed unanimously on Wednesday a resolution “authorizing the submission of a proposal for the potential purchase by the Town” of the 297-acre former Boy Scout facility, Camp Boyhaven.

According to Planning Board Chairman Larry Woolbright, who addressed the Town Board, and other town officials and volunteers involved in the project, the plan is for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to provide about 75 percent of the purchase price, which could be as much as $1.5 million. The state would use most of the property to expand the Middle Grove State Forest in Greenfield, which is adjacent to Boyhaven to the northwest. The state would pay property taxes on the forest land if the combined expanded acreage exceeds 500 acres, Woolbright said.

The Ballston Journal

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Roadblocks hinder Whitehall’s blight fight

Whitehall - It’s a building that should need no introduction to village residents – it sits but a stone’s throw away from the heart of Whitehall’s government, cordoned off with caution tape as though some horrible crime had been committed there. The windows are boarded up and one brick wall is broken and bowed.

It’s the symbol of the blight Whitehall faces – the Flatiron building.

Yet despite years of effort, village officials have no good answer about what to do about it. Since taking office in March, Mayor Phil Smith has dedicated a great deal of time investigating the building’s background, including ownership and what avenues the village can take to hold people accountable and remedy the situation. Smith’s inquiries into the property are not new; the village has been attempting to hold the property owners accountable for years, left only with headaches.

“There’s a long paper trail on this,” Smith said.

Whitehall Times


 

Resolutions for the week of May 15th

Posted 5/17/2017

Dickinson Fire District: To issue its serial bonds or statutory installment bonds in the aggregate principal amount not to exceed $240,000 for the purpose of purchasing a 2015 or newer pumper truck, the total cost of which is not to exceed the sum of $300,000

Washingtonville Fire District: proposes to expend no more than $10,000.00 for the purpose of conducting repairs on a rescue fire truck designated as R581

Town of Farmington:  transfer funds from the Highway Equipment Capital Reserve Account to the Highway Savings Account for the purchase of a 2017 Cat Loader for the Town of Farmington Highway Department at an amount not to exceed $215,000

Village of Avon: expenditures of monies from the capital reserve funds is for monies needed for a Pickup Truck maximum estimated costs of the aforesaid specific object or purpose is $35,000

Village of Avon: capital reserve funds is for monies needed for a Zero Turn Lawn Mower. The maximum estimated costs of the aforesaid specific object or purpose is $12,500

Town of Tonawanda: authorizing the expenditure of $35,000.00 from the  General Fund Equipment Capital Reserve Fund for the purchase of a new pickup truck

Village of Geneseo: authorizes the expenditure of up to $75,000 towards the purchase of various pieces of equipment

Selkirk Fire District: Board of Fire Commissioners authorizes the expenditure of up to $100.000 to purchase Fire Equipment and Apparatus

Town of Lewisboro: Resolution Authorizing The Issuance Of $105,000 Bonds To Pay The Cost Of The Purchase Of Pick-Up Trucks With Plows For Road Work

Town of Wilna: issuance of Serial Bonds not exceeding $85,530 for the purchase of a 2017 Case IH Farmall Tractor with Cab and attachments

 
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