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KINGSTON, N.Y. >> Ulster County lawmakers have taken a giant step
The Legislature on Tuesday approved entering into a $943,000 contract with Taylor-Montgomery LLC for removal of roughly 11.5 miles of rail, hardware and railroad ties.
Lawmakers also authorized the county increasing its contract with
QUEENSBURY — Right now, the future of education at Queensbury High
In two years, according to Superintendent Douglas Huntley, it will look completely unlike what the school’s alumni remember from the first 54 years.
“The entire building is going to be transformed into a new kind of
$2.5 million in Empire State After-School Program funding has been
The Dunkirk City school District was awarded $454,400 to serve 284
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> GlobalFoundries, which manufactures
But a truly thriving semiconductor industry must also have firms
That’s what industry leader Jodi Shelton told 150 area business
“It’s the right time to be in this industry,” said Shelton,
It's almost closing time for KeyBank at 3920 Main St. in Amherst.
The last of its employees who worked there will move out this weekend, said Matthew Pitts, a Key spokesman. The office building had housed contact center employees, as well as some other administrative and operations employees.
Key's next step will be to start preparing to return 3920 Main St.
The abandoned building at 301 Payne Ave. in North Tonawanda will
It's the last of three properties that were taken from the city's in rem auction list as part of a program aimed at fighting blight in the city. The properties were handed over to the Lumber City
"Our board has reviewed a renovation and use plan from Charles
LITTLE VALLEY — Initial indications are that damage to the County Public Works Department highway barn in Franklinville was severe enough to warrant its replacement, not repair.
That assessment came from county Personnel Director Julie Carr, who oversees the risk management department.
The Franklinville Highway Barn fire occurred late Oct. 31. Two
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By a vote of 5 to 3 on Tuesday, Rochester City Council rejected a
Morgan, a high-profile developer, has a portfolio encompassing
The Steuben County Department of Public Works will hold a public
Representatives from Steuben County, the New York State Department of Transportation and the project consultant, Fisher Associates, will be present to provide a short presentation and accept questions, comments and concerns regarding the project.
The tentative Herkimer County 2018 budget includes an almost $2.5 million increase, most of which is attributable to work on Higby Road in Frankfort. The county is receiving $2 million in federal funding for projects being done on the road, which has been the scene of serious automobile accidents and complaints of speeding.
The projects include lane reconstruction where Tractor Supply is
“We don’t know how long it will take to finish the project,”
The Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation has approved the sale of six houses that will be renovated to improve the look of
Three of those houses will be sold to the Chautauqua Home
UTICA — The site plan for the planned downtown Utica hospital
“Designing a new health care complex is a complicated process and
The design is only about 30 percent complete — with planning
Pittsford Village Board Members passed a moratorium Tuesday night blocking new development for 12-18 months. The move will stall a planned development for Schoen Place.
Pittsford Village Board Members passed a moratorium Tuesday night blocking new development for 12-18 months. The move will stall a planned development for Schoen Place.
The moratorium impacts projects proposed north of the Eric Canal
CANISTEO — In less than a month, Canisteo-Greenwood residents will vote on a $14.5 million capital project that would involve every building with no tax increase to district property owners. The Dec. 12 ballot will propose work in the district high school, elementary and middle schools plus bus garage and Rotary Field.
Board of education members have agreed to spend $2 million from
Estimated total costs would be more than $3.5 million for the high
WELLSVILLE — The plan to transform the old Burrous Building into
Shayler met with State Senator Cathy Young, New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas, and Two Plus Four President Sue Kimmel, giving them an overview of the plans and a tour of downtown Wellsville.
If grant funding comes through, the former Burrous Building will
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UTICA — With a January completion in mind, the shell of a developing KFC in North Utica sits on a dirt foundation visibly elevated several feet above street level.
It is a similar scene across the street at the site of the developing Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel. Developers, projecting to open the new 89-room hotel in 2019, have said the site will not be as high as it looks now, but they still were required to raise it to 2 feet above the floodplain.
Given the Mohawk River’s proximity, Wurz and Leland avenues near North Genesee Street have a reputation as flood-prone areas during heavy rainstorms. There are documented instances when Wurz Avenue has been closed, but a Department of Transportation spokesman said the DOT could not find any records of North Genesee Street ever being shut down due to floods.
The transformation of MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), continues with a full-scale, major renovation to the inpatient care floors of its six-story Cooke Building. The $8 million project fuses emerging technologies and conveniences with a reimagined experience for patients, visitors and caregivers alike, ensuring MidHudson Regional Hospital remains the area’s leader in world-class, advanced, patient-centered care.
The first of the four floors under renovation, the medical-surgical inpatient unit on the sixth floor, is expected to be fully operational in late 2017. Work on the orthopedics and trauma stepdown rooms on the fifth floor will follow, with updates to the fourth floor (inpatient acute care rehabilitation) and third floor (critical care) next. All facets of this facilities investment will greatly enhance patient comfort, safety, security and environmental protocols.
After a spring and summer of flooding and erosion along the Lake Ontario shoreline, water levels have subsided to near-normal levels.
But concern about this year's flooding and the possibility it could occur again soon remains high.
As evidence of that, 150 people turned out Thursday afternoon for a state Senate hearing on Lake Ontario water levels held in Wayne Central High School in Ontario, Wayne County.
GREENVILLE — The first public hearing for one of the community solar farm sites in Greenville was held for Cypress Creek Renewables, LLC, to outline plans to invest $15 million to build seven community solar farms in Greenville, Cairo, Coxsackie and Catskill.
The investment is predicted to create 200 construction jobs and generate $1 million in local tax revenue. There are two project applications under review in Greenville, with two more coming up the rails. The project in Freehold is the farthest along in the process.
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WATERLOO — A trio of local siblings has unveiled plans for a potential major new development not far from del Lago Resort & Casino.
Craig and Verne Sessler, along with their sister, Jane Shaffer, have submitted plans for the construction of three hotels, five restaurants, three retail buildings, a bank and a fueling station on 32 of the 44.8 acres they own on the northwest corner of Routes 414 and 318 in Tyre.
The three formed 3S Gateway LLC to develop the land they acquired several years ago. They are proposing access from both state roads.
“A lot of what we do depends on whether del Lago goes ahead with the 150-room hotel on their property,” said Craig Sessler, who runs Sessler Wrecking & Excavating along with his brother and sister. “That could limit what we can do in terms of hotels and restaurants.”
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Reshaping Niagara's scenic parkway
For many years it served as a battleground of sorts in an at-times bitter community conversation about the value of the roadway.
Today, the parkway formerly known as Robert Moses has been renamed the Niagara Scenic Parkway and substantial portions on both the north and south ends have either been slated for large-scale changes or are already in the process of being reconfigured.
On the south section, work will soon be wrapping up on a $23 million project that resulted in the removal of a berm and the installation of a roundabout at the John B. Daly Boulevard exit. Extending from the roundabout is a new “riverway,” a double-lane road leading to the entrance of Niagara Falls State Park. The surrounding area is being landscaped and a walking trails and a fishing pond are being added not far from Buffalo Avenue along the upper river.
NEWFANE — An emergency project to replace one corridor of pipes used to heat the Newfane Early Childhood Center building was approved on Tuesday by the Newfane School Board.
School Business administrator Bart Schuler said that the district does building check in the first week of Sept. and that during a check in late Sept. they noticed that one of the steam pipes corridors, in the crawl space underneath the building, had corroded and that it was in pretty rough condition. Schuler noted that despite the pipes not working properly that the rooms were still heated because they left the classroom doors open to let heat come in. Superintendent Michael Baumann noted that the pipes are a half century old.
Schuler said that the initial estimated cost to replace the pipes is $45,000, but he asked the school board to approve a resolution asking for $75,000, just in case something happens and they need to invest more money in repairs. The resolution was passed by the school board.
PLATTSBURGH — The Town of Plattsburgh is going after grant money for a public recreation area and war memorial in Cliff Haven.
Town Supervisor Michael Cashman announced the effort to acquire the $24,500 grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program on Wednesday at Clinton Community College during a joint press conference with the Clinton County American Legion.
The legion signed an agreement with the town Oct. 24 to act as stewards for the new Battlefield Commemorative Gateway, which is planned for construction this spring on Route 9, near the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base fueling jetties on the shore of Lake Champlain.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Developers planning a mixed-use, workforce housing project at the site of the old Saratoga Diner are looking to get some funding from the state.
The three-acre project would have 110 workforce housing units, retail space, restaurants and 10,000 square feet of office space for an incubator for new and established businesses.
The roughly $30 million investment, developed by KCG Development and Saratoga Springs-based partner DEW Ventures, could revitalize a key urban in-fill asset, official say.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> Site work is well under way for a 118,945-square foot, $16 million warehouse and packaging facility a Watervliet firm plans to build off Geyser Road.
SKS Bottle & Packaging Inc. plans to move its entire operation, including 112 employees, to the Spa City when the project is completed next year.
The site, zoned for general industrial use, is about a mile west of Route 50, just before the Geyser Road bridge over the railroad.
Sixty-six-year-old Jim Donowick is about to score his second rural land lease jackpot in the past 10 years.
The Town of Sanford resident, owner of 116-acres of largely forest-land, landed his first lease deal in May 2008. As one of a collection of Broome County property owners he collected $2,411 an acre for mineral rights for the underground natural gas reserve thought to be stored a mile below the surface.
Now, he stands to be paid anywhere between $2,500 to $30,000 annually for at least 20 years to site a 600-foot wind turbine on a ridge within his property line.
Roadwork on the Prospect Mountain Construction Project will affect traffic in Binghamton starting Saturday afternoon, the New York State Department of Transportation said Thursday.
Starting Nov. 11, traffic patterns on State Route 7 (NY-7) and the State Route 7 ramp to I-81 and NY-17 West will change.
The NY-7 south ramp to I-81 north/NY-17 west, which has been closed for more than a year, will reopen.
BUFFALO — Sometimes a regular ambulance just isn’t enough.
The four-county area will benefit from more than $5 million in federal loans for the electrical grid, the state's U.S. senators said Thursday.
The funding will help access to electricity, spurring economic development in Otsego, Delaware, Chenango and Schoharie counties, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, said in a media release.
The counties are set to receive a $5,113,000 federal loan funds are through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program, they said, and specifically the money will help finance 7 new miles and improve 25 miles of line. The loan funding also includes $37,200 for smart grid projects, according to the release.
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City has welcomed four large-scale hotel developments in past two years
The city of Niagara Falls hotel market will add a pair of new lodgings to its ranks this year, while another pair of big-ticket projects remain in design phases and have prospective completion dates in the coming years.
The Courtyard by Marriott, sitting at the John B. Daly exit of the Niagara Scenic Parkway South, will open its doors this month.
A few blocks away, the Hyatt Place by Hilton, commonly referred to locally as the “Hamister hotel,” is expected to approach the final steps in its construction process by winter.
HORNELL — Dignitaries turned over some dirt, but groundbreaking for the new $50 million-plus St. James Mercy Hospital was more about turning the corner on a brighter healthcare future for the Canisteo Valley, according to officials who took part in ceremonies on sunny Seneca Street in Hornellsville Wednesday morning.
Hospital employees and administrators, state, federal and local officials, representatives from UR Medicine, and stakeholders from every segment of the greater Hornell community made up the throng that gathered on the site of the soon to be Hornell Medical Village and two-story, 15-bed, 87,000-square-foot hospital.
NEWARK — Wayne ARC’s Resource Justice Services program has been awarded $241,170 in grant money for three alternatives-to-incarceration programs by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. These programs will serve Wayne, Ontario and Steuben counties, with funding to start Jan. 1.
The first program is a Release on Recognizance/Release Under Supervision program to provide pre-trial services to people arrested. Criminal Justice Specialists will work with courts and prosecutors to agree on conditions on which some people arrested can be released in the pre-trial period and will help them meet the conditions of release.
SALAMANCA — The city’s Department of Public Works is in the process of preparing for the winter months, Superintendent Rob Carpenter said at the DPW board meeting Wednesday.
“I’m going to say we’re probably at 85 percent ready to go,” he said. “We have enough due to maintain what we need to maintain if it snows.”
Carpenter said he had a truck out Wednesday morning checking hills, intersections and bridges for frost and frozen roads in case of need for salt.
“We’re not necessarily laying down salt, but making sure that they weren’t slick. And if they were, we dropped a little bit just to get it melted off. We want to stay on top of that.”
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A new multimillion dollar wellness center could soon be a reality for Lutheran Jamestown.
Representatives for the non-profit senior and assisted living organization spoke Thursday to the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency regarding a 9,300-square-foot addition to one of its existing locations. The project would also include renovations to existing facilities.
The project has an estimated completion date for the fall of 2019. Tom Holt, Lutheran president and CEO, asked the IDA board to review Lutheran’s bond request of $6.3 million for the project.
Issac Gratto and Adam Pirtz are just waiting on a closing date to take ownership of the Cockaigne Ski Area in Cherry Creek
On Thursday morning, the pair came before the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency and were approved for a $500,000 Al Tech loan for 20 years at 4 percent.
Carol Rasmussen of the IDA gave a run down of the project to the IDA board of directors, reminding them the lodge burnt down in 2011.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Steven J. Peterson has announced that physical loss loans are available for Chautauqua County in New York.
Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by excessive/strong winds that occurred on Sept. 4, 2017, may be eligible for emergency loans.
Additionally, Cattaraugus and Erie counties in New York are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for programs based on this designation.
Corning group targets another dilapidated property
The Corning Housing Partnership is a collaborative effort among the City of Corning, Arbor Housing and Development, and Three Rivers Development Corp. to reduce housing blight in the city.
Earlier this month, a fire-damaged home on East Third Street was purchased through the partnership and torn down.
Wayne County Community Endowment recently awarded $80,223 in grants to 20 nonprofit organizations as well as $25,000 to food pantries throughout Wayne County.
The grants were announced at the endowment’s donor and grantee reception at Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club in Sodus Point.
GENEVA — The city is wasting no time getting going on street projects that are receiving state Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding.
The city has issued requests for proposals for engineering and planning services for a $4.4 million project that would modify Routes 5&20 between Lake and Elizabeth Blackwell streets to create more connectivity between downtown and Lakefront Park. The cost of the project will be split equally between the city and the state through the DRI funding.
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State representatives are calling on the Niagara Falls Water Board to apply for a chunk of the billions in infrastructure grants secured in this year's state budget.
Assemblyman Angelo Morinello and state Senator Robert Ortt delivered the message Thursday with local business owner Patrick Proctor on the landing pad of Rainbow Air Inc., a Falls-based helicopter tour company.
Proctor was the first to capture footage of a turbid discharge spilling into the lower Niagara River during a tour in July, which triggered a barrage of national and international attention and a state Department of Environmental Conservation investigation ordered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District is currently working on four major projects that aim to clean up our environment.
A tire recycling event will be held this Saturday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the MOSA transfer station in Sprakers. All of the tires collected were pre-registered.
According to District Technician Scott B. Davis, the event will most likely occur annually in an effort to rid landowners of tires that are serving no real purpose.
“We’re collecting them from landowners and shipping them off to Seneca Meadows. It’s at no cost to the landowners just to kind of clean up some of the tires that people might have laying around their house that they just don’t want to pay to get rid of,” Davis said. “They hold water for mosquitoes and they become problems. We’re doing somewhere in the ballpark of 1,300 tires this round.”
Three agencies in the region received conditional awards for supportive housing for the homeless and those with special needs, state Sen. Pam Helming announced.
Three agencies in the Wayne-Finger Lakes region have received a total of five conditional awards that will provide funding for supportive housing for the homeless and those with special needs. State Sen. Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua announced the awards that allow local agencies the chance to apply for state funding for their projects as part of the state’s plan to develop 6,000 units of supportive housing.
HERKIMER — The Herkimer County Legislature plans to try again to purchase the former P&C site with the intent to build a new jail there.
The Legislature voted 12 to 5 Wednesday to make a revised offer for the property. Legislators Greg Malta, Robert Schrader, Robert Wellington, John Brezinski and Peter Manno voted against the plan.
The resolution noted that in August the Legislature had authorized an offer of $584,000 to the owners, RAG Herkimer, LLC, for the 26.9-acre parcel, with the offer based on an appraisal by Paul K. Hatzinger Associates, less the cost of environmental remediation and pavement and concrete removal.
The Legislature also reserved the right at that time to use eminent domain procedures to acquire the property if negotiations failed.
WAWARSING, N.Y. >> The owner of the former Nevele resort has secured $313 million in financing to create a regional sports complex and operate two hotels at the site, the town supervisor said Tuesday.
Leonard Distel said the development will have “something for everybody.”
A formal proposal has not been submitted to the Wawarsing Planning Board, but property owner Michael Treanor, when he first announced the plan almost three years ago, said it would include 460 hotel rooms, four professional baseball fields, four regulation Little League fields, and fields for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey.
The plan calls for removing a 2-mile section of the Niagara Scenic Parkway in Niagara Falls.
And it's getting some good reviews.
"We certainly see it as a positive opportunity for us," said Gary K. Siddall, executive director of the Aquarium of Niagara. "There's a lot of obstruction (now) with the bridge over the parkway and the parkway itself. It cuts us off from the tourist areas."
The public will be offered one more chance Thursday to weigh in on the $42 million project before state officials seek final approval for the work.
State Parks and USA Development Corp. will hold an open house on the plan to tear out the parkway along the Niagara River Gorge and reconstruct Whirlpool Street as the major north-south artery in that part of the city.
ALBANY — New York is pushing hard to be in the forefront of hosting companies involved in autonomous-vehicle technology, a type of futuristic transportation that experts say will greatly lower insurance and transportation costs.
The technology of self-driving cars, trucks and buses has advanced rapidly in recent months as major companies pour billions of research dollars into improving the artificial intelligence needed to make them run safely.
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New York Power Authority will do a full environmental impact study on the proposed microgrid poised to be built at a former trash burning plant on Sheridan Avenue, helping shed light on many of the concerns Sheridan Hollow residents have voiced since the project was announced in May.
In the months after Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed plans to build the cogeneration plant expected to provide over 90 percent of the Empire Stata Plaza’s energy needs, area residents have sought details and called for an open dialogue between agencies and the community.
RED HOUSE — A contractor continues demolition of the 87-year-old Red House Lake dam and bridge in the $6 million replacement project.
Dirt fill from the bridge abutment closest to the Red House Administration Building was being excavated Wednesday by a crew from Union Concrete and Construction Corp., of West Seneca.
The concrete replacement bridge is expected to be delivered in three sections by mid-November, Allegany State Park officials said. Off-site construction of the bridge began on Oct. 16. It will be hauled to the bridge site on three special trucks.
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CANISTEO — Canisteo-Greenwood residents will vote Dec. 12 on a $14.5 million capital project involving the district high school, elementary and middle schools plus bus garage and Rotary Field.
Board of education members this week approved a proposition “authorizing construction, reconstruction and equipping existing school buildings and facilities, site and incidental improvements...with the expenditure of $2 million from the existing capital reserve fund.”
Interim Superintendent Chris Roser said that, in addition to the use of capital reserve funds, “more state aid probably will return to the district than would be spent on the project,” resulting in virtually no tax increase to district property owners for the wide-ranging project.
Roser estimated total costs would be more than $3.5 million for the high school, $7.5 million for the elementary school, $1.6 million for the bus garage and potentially about $272,250 for Rotary Field improvements.
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ORISKANY — Hundreds of high school students from across the region attended the Mohawk Valley Construction Career Day Thursday at the Oneida County Department of Public Works Building.
The hands-on activities included operating heavy machinery with industry professionals as well as opportunities to try welding, masonry, electrical installation and plumbing.
After operating heavy machinery, Waterville High School student Peyton Ford said, “Running the machinery is my favorite part. I plan on working on the farm, it gives you a good amount of experience and practice.”
Kim Lindsay, a teacher’s assistant in electricity at Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, said “this is a great opportunity for them to be hands-on and see their interests outside of school.”
Jamestown - A new local law to incentivize renovating abandoned properties or creating new structures on vacant lots is officially in place.
On Wednesday, city officials gathered for a ceremonial signing of the new local law titled Local Property Tax Abatement Incentive Redevelopment of Vacant and Condemned Properties program. Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, said he doesn’t usually host ceremonial law signings with city officials, but he wanted to highlight the quality work done by city and state officials belonging to both sides of the political aisle who worked together to get the tax incentive program passed.
NEW HARTFORD — Councilman James Messa has announced that the annual curbside trash pickup was added into the preliminary budget for 2018.
The program was cut from the budget in 2010 and an alternate solution was instituted for residents to dispose of their small and large items by bringing them to the town garage every Monday or every other Saturday during the summer. The residents also had the option to purchase a $5 tag and the town would pick up the item from the residents home and dispose of it.
A $300 million project will transform the former IBM East Fishkill Campus into a "workspace of the future" known as i.Park City, according to the real estate development group that bought it.
National Resources purchased 300 acres of land from GlobalFoundries for an undisclosed sum and plans to redevelop the area with retail, hotel and residential options. The campus will become one of the organization’s signature i.Parks, "a branded, mixed-use, tech/flex redevelopment with retail, hotel and residential components."
Sixty low-income Binghamton High School students, some of whom would be the first in their families to attend college, will receive intensive STEM training both during the school year and in the summer thanks to a $1.3 million federal grant.
Binghamton University's Upward Bound Math Science program will provide year-round STEM college preparatory activities and academic support to students through the grant.
ASHFORD — Construction has begun on U.S. Route 219 of a right turning lane and raised median for northbound traffic exiting onto Peters Road.
The State Department of Transportation project is expected to take three weeks to complete and cost up to $200,000, DOT Region 5 spokesman Susan Surdej said Tuesday.
“This should help drivers stopped on Peters Road to see down (south) Route 219,” Surdej said.
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HORNELL — With more power than a steaming locomotive, plans to upgrade facilities at Alstom in Hornell are ready to take off, following approval from the City of Hornell’s Planning Board on Tuesday.
The board heard proposals from a team from Hornell Alstom and their engineering team regarding planned renovations at the company’s 1 Transit Drive location.
All of the upcoming work is meant to accommodate a $2.4 billion contract to build 28 high-speed train sets for its customer, Amtrak.
The Niagara County Legislature approved two low-cost power benefits Tuesday for NFNY Hotel Management's proposed indoor water park in Niagara Falls and the Aquarium of Niagara.
NFNY Hotel Management will receive a 30 percent discount on 320 kilowatts over 2018 through 2020, valued at $17,421.86, for their proposed water park at Sheraton at the Falls hotel.
Meanwhile, the aquarium will receive a similar discount of 30 percent on 75 kilowatts hours over the next three years, valued at $4,085.25.
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FULTONVILLE — A waste treatment technology company is looking to move into the Glen Canal View Business Park.
Officials from the Glen Town Planning Board heard a preliminary proposal from Lystek officials during its meeting Thursday. Rick Mosher, the chief technology officer for Lystek, and George Bevington, of Gerhardt LLC, which is a Lystek consultant, presented to not only the planning board, but town board members and several residents who were in the audience.
A sustainable chemistry company, Novomer Inc., announced Wednesday that it expects to bring 60 jobs to Gates.
Employing chemists, engineers, lab technicians and other personnel, the Novomer Innovation Center was designed to meet the expanding demands of the bio-based chemical business, according to a statement. The facility will hold technology research and product development activities.
“It has a big potential of growth in our community," Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini said.
KINGSTON, N.Y. - RUPCO has been granted an extension of permits issued by the city for the affordable housing agency’s planned Cedar Street apartment building while the agency awaits word on its request for state-issued tax credits to help finance the project.
The Kingston Planning Board on Monday granted RUPCO a two-year extension of the special permits to demolish the former Mid-City Lanes bowling alley at 20 Cedar St. in Midtown and construct the Energy Square, or E Square, residential and commercial building. The agency initially requested a one-year extension, but city planning staff recommended a two-year renewal.
Work on Phase 2 of the redesign for Tracy Plaza next to City Hall in Jamestown continued Thursday. A truck parked in front of the Jamestown Police Department piped concrete up to the plaza, where it was poured next to City Hall. Part of the $2.4 million Phase 2 project will be the redesign of the plaza.
Which includes replacing the former deck with new concrete, as well as adding more landscaping and relocating the Veterans Memorial. Heavy rain last month caused water to seep into the plaza and damage files and equipment below the deck, including the police department. The entrance to the department remains closed to the public.
SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. - Ripples from a shocking military victory that shook the world are still felt today, 240 years later.
Officials on Tuesday held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a project designed to educate and inspire future generations about the Surrender at Saratoga on Oct. 17, 1777.
Plans call for a memorial park at the exact spot, about a mile south of Schuylerville, where British General John Burgoyne turned over his sword to American General Horatio Gates, following the history-changing Battles of Saratoga.
Nearly $1 million worth of street lighting is to be installed next year along a stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard where five pedestrians have been struck and killed since 2013.
The joint project between the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda calls for new lighting along the 3.3 miles from the I-290 north to the border with Niagara County to improve pedestrian safety and driver visibility.
The project's total cost of $935,000, includes $295,000 from Amherst and $640,000 in federal aid. Construction is scheduled to begin in July.
Opportunities for Otsego has been awarded $350,000 through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women to administer a transitional housing program, the organization announced in a media release.
Funds will provide support to victims of intimate partner violence who are homeless and in need of housing assistance and related supportive services, the release said.
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CLIFTON SPRINGS — An Ontario County cider maker is taking advantage of a state economic program that provides companies the ability to operate tax-free for 10 years.
Star Cider has been accepted into the Start-Up NY program, Empire State Development announced. The family-owned company plans to build a new production facility and create at least five new jobs as part of its expansion. The site also will serve as a research and education center.
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CLINTONVILLE — AuSable Valley Central School District voters approved purchase of four new vehicles Wednesday.
The final election results were 51 votes for and 3 votes against, School Superintendent Paul Savage II told the Press-Republican.
“We’re very appreciate of our communities and their support of our school district,” he said.
“Transportation is a big part of our school community and we appreciate their support of our bus purchases.”
The district will purchase two 65-passenger buses at a maximum cost of $118,000 each, one 30-passenger bus costing no more than $60,000 and a seven-passenger caravan for $30,000 or less.
GRANBY — Residents of Granby’s First Fire District will vote again Tuesday on a roughly $1 million capital project allowing the volunteer fire department to build a new garage for the district’s vehicles and make several improvements to the current station.
Fire Commissioner Peter Holmes, who hosted two information sessions at the department this week to inform residents about the potential project, said the improvements are aimed mostly at ensuring firefighter safety.
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With the customer service entrance for the Jamestown Police Department still experiencing leakage as a result of recent rainfall, the Jamestown Department of Public Works is still in talks with its contractors on getting the area operational again.
The area was initially damaged to do an influx of rain following an overnight storm last month, in which damage to equipment, files, computers and radios was reported at the police department.
According to Mayor Sam Teresi, the general contractors working on the Tracy Plaza reconstruction project — Patterson-Stevens Inc. — were responsible for not properly securing the area.
WILLIAMSVILLE — While many may not be thinking about winter yet, National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation (referred to as National Fuel or the Utility) has its eyes set on the upcoming winter heating season. The outlook for residential bills during the upcoming months of November through March — the winter heating season — is up from the past two winters that featured unseasonably warm temperatures and historically low natural gas commodity prices.
National Fuel, in its annual winter forecast, predicts that customers should expect to pay on average nearly 27 percent more than last winter when a typical customer paid $464 for the five-month heating season. Assuming this year’s winter sees normal average temperatures, a typical residential customer should expect to pay about $588. An increase was in the making after customers saw the lowest natural gas bills in nearly 20 years in the past two winters thanks to a fortunate combination of mild winter weather and rock-bottom natural gas prices.
ROME — As a part of Griffiss International Airport’s contract with NASA, Oneida County has been awarded $2.5 million in task orders.
The task orders, which must be completed over the course of the next year, have different objectives all related to the integration of unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace, a news release from the county said Thursday.
The first task order calls for NASA to assess individual vehicle technology as state-of-the-art through a test site concept of operations, the release said.
The Griffiss test site will be required to perform state-of-the-art vehicle demonstrations across one or more unique UAS operating environments identified by NASA, the release said.
Columbia County 22.5 percent of bridges in need of repair
The Office of the State Comptroller has released a report that found local bridges statewide need an estimated $27.4 billion in repairs.
According to the Comptroller’s office, local governments, mostly counties, own about 51 percent of the 17,462 bridges in the state, carrying average daily traffic of nearly 33.4 million vehicles.
The report the office released Tuesday found that 12.8 percent of locally owned bridges are likely to be structurally deficient compared to 9 percent of state-owned bridges.
ALBANY — The stalled Constitution Pipeline project is hoping to get a new lease on life by asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue the approvals it needs to move forward after state regulators rejected its request for needed permits to cross waterways.
In documents filed with FERC this week, the pipeline company said the state Department of Environmental Conservation "unreasonably delayed and protracted the federal filing process."
The $1 billion natural gas transmission project — designed to have shale gas harvested in northeast Pennsylvania sent to a compressor station in Schoharie County, and crossing hundreds of parcels in Chenango, Delaware and Schoharie counties — has been delayed since April 2016. That is when the planners of the pipeline were told by the DEC that its water permits were denied by the state agency.
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BlueRock Solar, an affiliate of BlueRock Energy, has begun construction on a community solar project in the Town of Enfield that is expected to power 300 homes by the end of the year.
Located at 1732 Mecklenburg Road, this 13-acre solar project will consist of approximately 6,800 solar panels.
This will be BlueRock Solar’s second community solar project in the area, as the company completed construction in Millport last spring.
HINSDALE — The Hinsdale Central School District hosted an occasionally emotional public hearing on its revised capital project Wednesday night, as the approximately 40 parents, teachers, students and community members in attendance debated the merit, benefits and consequences of the $4.9 million proposal.
Both those in support of and against the project — which would more than double the district’s footprint for the construction of a soccer field and nature pavilion, and will be put to vote Oct. 24 — shouted over one another at times about whether a single-building district of about 450 students and surrounded by a shrinking tax base should take on such an endeavor, and whether the district should merge with another nearby district.
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ARKPORT — A site plan for the new Simmons-Rockwell Nissan dealership has earned the approval of the Hornellsville Planning Board, town councilmen were told this week.
Joseph Dick, the planning board chairman, briefed the Hornellsville Town Board Tuesday night about progress with the planned Nissan development, and adjustments to how the site will be situated. The project engineer met with the town’s planning panel last week, Dick informed councilmen.
“They’ve changed a little bit of the layout of it. The entrance now will be off county Route 66 facing the other building,” Dick said. “Prior to that, it was facing (Route) 36, the front entrance of it, so they’ve changed that.”
NEWFANE — Eggs, milk, beef and chicken. What do these items have in common?
They all end up on most dinner tables; and, according to Tracy Murphy, president of Asha Sanctuary, they're all harvested using cruel practices.
To raise awareness of farmed animal handling practices, and veganism, the sanctuary is constructing an education center. Its annual Fall Festival for Farmed Animals on Saturday is a fundraiser for that project.
An unnamed donor contributed money to get construction underway and pledged to match donations at the festival at the rate of 3-to-1, Murphy said; after the festival, the donor will match donations at a 2-to-1 rate.
CORNING - Work on the long-awaited Hilton Garden Inn is progressing quickly and local officials expect the hotel to open in early July 2018.
“When it opens it will probably be the biggest boom that ever happened on the Northside,” said Joe Lando, owner of Lando’s Hotel & Lounge on Bridge Street. “We’ve been waiting such a long time and the anticipation has really been increasing.”
City Manager Mark Ryckman said the $20 million project will have a significant impact on the city’s Northside and the city and area as a whole.
“The Northside businesses and really everyone is waiting for this project to be completed, and the hotel to open,” Ryckman said.
Corning Enterprises President G. Thomas Tranter Jr., co-chair of the state Business Council, said work on the 125-room hotel has been moving along nicely.
“I was told it will open July 1, 2018,” Tranter said.
KINGSTON, N.Y. - A plan for how the city will use its $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant from the state must be completed by the end of February but will include public input, city officials said.
Planning and oversight of the grant funding was brought up during a meeting of the Common Council’s Finance and Audit Committee on Wednesday. Alderwoman Maryann Mills, D-Ward 7, had asked for the agenda to include a discussion regarding the creation of a board or commission to oversee grant processes.
While Mills was not in attendance, council Minority Leader Deborah Brown, R-Ward 9, said her fellow alderwoman was referring to a group that would oversee the recently awarded Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Ballston Spa, John and Marie Pompay and the Saratoga Spring Water Company have filed a lawsuit over the City Council’s decision to use eminent domain to secure property for the proposed Geyser Road trail.
On Tuesday, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, in Albany challenging the actions of Mayor Joanne Yepsen and the City Council’s decision to use eminent domain to seize property from the village, the company and the Pompays for the proposed trail, a news release said.
“The city of Saratoga Springs has pulled off a remarkable trifecta by alienating its municipal neighbors, a wonderful senior couple in the Pompays’ and the most recognized business in Saratoga Springs,” Karl Sleight, the attorney representing the village, the Pompays and Saratoga Spring Water Company, said in the release. “It is a very sad day, when city officials force our neighbors, seniors, veterans, and businesses to seek protection at the courthouse from an arrogant use of eminent domain for a project that will endanger children.”
HERKIMER — A public hearing on Herkimer County’s proposed use of eminent domain to obtain the former P&C site for a new county jail drew a standing-room-only crowd to the county Legislature’s chambers Wednesday evening.
Residents called for the Legislature to consider alternate sites and criticized the county government, the site selection process and the use of eminent domain to take possession of the proposed site.
County Attorney Rob Malone explained plans call for acquiring the former P&C site to build a 130-bed jail and administrative offices. The county Legislature passed a resolution in 2011 stating the proposed project would not have an adverse environmental impact on air quality, water or the character of the existing neighborhood.
City officials are evaluating whether to grant low-interest loans of $750,000 each to a pair of proposals to redevelop the McCarley Gardens housing project near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and convert the historic C.W. Miller Livery building in downtown Buffalo into a second Emerson School of Hospitality campus.
The projects by Sinatra & Company Real Estate and McGuire Development Group are under review as part of the Buffalo Building Re-Use Project, a loan program administered by the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. to encourage redevelopment of existing but underused buildings in the city's core. They are the latest in a string of initiatives that have received similar funding from the loan fund backed by several banks.
The projects total more than $70 million in investment in the city.
A new workforce training and technology testing center that GlobalFoundries wants to locate near its computer chip factory in Saratoga County is in line for state financial assistance.
GlobalFoundries wants to build what it calls the Manufacturing Technology Education Center to help train workers, educate students and allow suppliers to test new technologies.
The computer chip maker announced plans for the project last year as part of what's known as the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, a $140 million, federally funded research program designed to use sensors to reduce energy costs and improve efficiencies in U.S. manufacturing.
WATERLOO — Village officials expressed optimism Monday that a $3 million state grant would be announced soon for water infrastructure upgrades related to algal toxins found in the village water supply.
That optimism was well founded.
Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that $22 million in grants have been awarded for 21 drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects in the Finger Lakes, including $3 million for the village of Waterloo.
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Victor Local Development Corp. is offering low-interest loans to town and village businesses for machinery or equipment, building acquisition, new construction, remodeling, inventory, training working capital and other business expenses that support expansion or start-up.
Loan activity in 2017 resulted in four new loan agreements totaling $90,480. Business loans were issued to Grease Lightning, Prima Pop, Healing Hands Wellness Studio and North East Archery.
The VLDC revolving loan program was introduced in 2005 to provide low-interest loans to
village businesses, and was revamped in 2016 by a VLDC committee. Additional funds were secured in 2015 from Ontario County Economic Development, enabling the program to extend to Victor town businesses.
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MAYVILLE — Despite public comment against the move and a few “no” votes from legislators, the sale of the South County Office Building is moving forward.
Two other buildings, including the Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center in Ellicott and the Sherman Shop Maintenance Facility were also approved for sale during the Wednesday night Legislature meeting.
During public comment, both Frank Besse, legislature candidate for Jamestown, and Mike Ferguson, county executive candidate, voiced opposition to the sale of the South County Office Building. Besse said as a business person, he could find no “financial sense” in the move, while Ferguson urged caution.
A location for the new Brooks Memorial Hospital has apparently been chosen, but officials at the facility and Kaleida Health in Buffalo have yet to make it official.
Four weeks ago, members of both institutions and TLC Health Network met with area media to discuss the future of the institutions. At that time, Mary E. LaRowe, president and chief executive officer at Brooks, said the community would be made aware of the new site by the end of this month.
An unexpected $300,000 donation from KeyBank will help pay for some of the costs of moving Women & Children's Hospital into its new facility on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
The money will help pay for transportation expenses, food, patient comfort kits and rental equipment during a massive move expected to cost Kaleida Health as much as $8 million.
In all, 15 ambulances will be used from sunrise to sunset on Nov. 10 to move the most critically ill pediatric patients and babies and less acute patients the 1.2 mile-journey between the old hospital on Bryant Street to the new 12-story John R. Oishei Children's Hospital on Ellicott Street.
"It's historic. It's a forever moment," said Kaleida Health President and CEO Jody L. Lomeo. "In our minds, this is the community's hospital."
They both start as tiny eggs.
One spends its early life at the bottom of a stream or lake, searching for food and dodging predators. The other lives in a man-made concrete tank shielded from most danger, its food delivered on a regular schedule.
Either might end up at the end of a fishing line, but which is the more sporting quarry — wild trout or hatchery-raised stocked trout?
Jim Laskaris, of Horseheads, prefers the latter.
Laskaris fishes all over New York at just about any time of year, but he especially enjoys fishing for stocked brown trout in several Southern Tier streams.
ALBANY — The arrest of SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros a year ago on accusations he steered millions of dollars in construction contracts to firms connected to the Cuomo administration did little to convince general contractors across the state that business practices at the high-tech school had improved.
Several months after Kaloyeros resigned and Cuomo's economic development chief took over SUNY Poly's real estate and construction projects, a top official at the Associated General Contractors of New York State in Latham notified school officials that he still had concerns over how they were awarding contracts — and whether they were following the letter of the law.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — NASA has agreed to work with drone researchers in central New York, a partnership that state leaders say could help make the area a global leader in the emerging industry.
Specifically, NASA will work with an alliance of drone researchers on a drone testing facility and plans for a 50-mile (80-kilometer) air test corridor between Syracuse and Rome.
The state has invested $30 million in the test corridor and another $10 million on a technology competition involving drone technology.
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ALBANY —Southern Tier homeowners, commercial property owners, realtors, contractors, and community leaders are invited to attend a meeting to find out how to save money while making repairs to older buildings.
The Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will present a series of free workshops in late September to help people take advantage of New York’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits.
Six workshops will be held in three communities on Sept. 26, 27 and 28, and each will be tailored to a particular audience. People may attend more than one workshop, but seating is limited and reservations are required. During the workshops, staff from the State Historic Preservation Office will review the basic guidelines of the program and answer questions on the application process.
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FONDA — Progress is being made with projects going on at the Montgomery County Annex Building.
A budget transfer for Department of Public Works equipment replacements was approved by the Montgomery County Legislature on Wednesday. The transfer took $105,839 from the appropriated fund balance for the repairs at the annex building.
The building’s heating system cracked and was “deemed unrepairable” at the end of the 2016-17 heating season, according to the transfer resolution. The roof was also in need of repairs.
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GLENS FALLS — The bad news is that the Ridge Street sewer construction project is taking longer than expected, but the good news is that the entire street is going to be repaved.
Crews are working on a $3.9 million project to install new sewer infrastructure under the road from downtown Glens Falls to the Queensbury town line.
The goal of the project is to redirect stormwater that flows into the city’s wastewater treatment plant during heavy rain storms. City officials have said the work will reduce the overflows into the Hudson River.
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MAYVILLE — A former working barn will soon find new life as a brewery in Mayville.
At a meeting Thursday morning, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency approved two loans — a Chautauqua Revolving Loan Fund and an ALTech loan — to Big Inlet Brewing. The brewery will be located at 6169 Elm Flats Road, and will include a 3,400-square-foot barn that sits on 25 acres. The brewery is a $600,000 project with $300,000 coming from Cattaraugus County Bank; $165,000 from the AL Tech loan; $75,000 from the revolving loan fund; and $60,000 in equity from the brewery owners.
If all goes as planned, enhancements to Fredonia Central School’s main campus and Wheelock School could begin in two years.
School officials received an update on improvements proposed within a capital project plan during a Tuesday board of education meeting. Brian Trott, Clark Patterson Lee architect, spoke to the board about the various projects within the plan.Initial plans show the district’s main campus undergoing $6.4 million in improvements. Some projects include replacing a majority of the parking lots around the building and replacing Ring Road. Other projects at the main campus include installing adequate drainage at the athletic fields, placing asphalt paths around the athletic fields and adding a girl’s team locker room to address a Title IX issue.
A new electronic front sign is also being proposed along with modifications to create secure main entrances at the elementary, middle and high school/district office.
Doug Hecox, a spokesman for the Federal Highway Administration, or FHWA, said this week his agency believes the state is working toward removing the 514 signs.
"The FHWA believes the state is attempting to make good on its promises to remove these signs, but is considering additional actions if necessary," Hecox said in a statement.
Asked about Hecox's statement, state DOT spokesman Joseph Morrissey said they haven't heard from the federal regulators recently.
He went a step further, claiming the state has not been told to take the signs down, though a 2014 letter from the FHWA appears to contradict that claim.
"We have not heard anything new from FHWA on this issue, nor have we been directed to take any signs down," Morrissey said in a statement.
Crestwood LLC won a policy battle that could bring the Houston-based company a step closer to storing liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in salt caverns near the southwest shores of Seneca Lake.
But pending a final decision from the state’s higher-ups and perhaps the governor himself, the issue is far from settled.
In 2015, activists had sought to open the controversial plan to administrative law hearings to challenge the integrity of the salt caverns and present evidence the project poses significant safety and environmental threats. Opponents also have argued that the project would degrade the character of the Finger Lakes centerpiece near Watkins Glen, renowned for scenic views, recreation and wine tasting.
ALLEGANY — Despite a delayed opening date, Nicholas Ferreri is adamant about the future of the proposed Field of Dreams assisted living and memory care facility in Allegany.
“This is going to happen and everyone is working to make it successful,” said Ferreri, owner of the Tanglewood Group, during a Wednesday meeting on the facility with local leaders.
The project, first announced in the winter of 2016 for a 30-acre site on Seventh Street near Maple Avenue, initially had an estimated cost of $17 million and a completion date in 2018 for a 200-bed facility.
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LAKE PLACID — Plans are evolving for upgrades to Whiteface Mountain, the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg, the Olympic Jumping Complex and Gore Mountain.
The public can learn more about them at an informational meeting set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Conference Center at Lake Placid.
The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority is hosting the session, where ORDA President/CEO Mike Pratt will presenting the plans.
BELMONT — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Tuesday announced that $50 million in grant funding is available, over three consecutive application rounds, to help New York livestock farms implement water quality protection projects.
The funding is part of the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, which invests resources for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and other water quality protection across the state, including funds to ensure proper management and storage of nutrients such as manure on farms.
The application period for the first $20 million is currently open and closes Nov. 20.
LITTLE VALLEY — The Cattaraugus County Shared Services Plan is projected to have more than $3 million in savings and efficiencies through 2020.
After turning the shared services report over to state officials, it bounced back and asked for more details on savings past 2020, County Administrator Jack Searles told county lawmakers on Wednesday.
The state was looking for the county to put a number on the “and thereafter” part of the study more than three years out.
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SILVER CREEK — Donna Metzger, co-chairwoman of the Silver Creek Planning Board, updated the mayor and village board of trustees during a recent meeting, on the progress being made with the sidewalk improvement project.
“Last month we met with Linnea Carlson from Chautauqua County Health Network and she had gone over all of the surveys we had done on the sidewalks in the spring,” Metzger reported. “Each one of the planning board members had a route to walk and marked down which sidewalks were good, bad, indifferent. She went over them and she’s going to be setting up a community conversation with the school superintendent and somebody else from the health network to see on improving sidewalks, (especially) where kids are walking (to and) from school.”
Carlson has been working with the planning board as part of implementing a complete streets program for Silver Creek with the hopes of making the village, especially around the school, more pedestrian friendly.
ROME — Now that the dust has settled and Rome has had the chance to fully process winning $10 million for its Downtown Revitalization Initiative plan, the real work can start.
Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo said she has heard from the state, and things are starting to move into place already.
″(Last) Friday, I spent time on the phone with the Department of State representative that will be working with us to go through the process,” she said. “The task is to implement and execute your projects that you won the competition on and that’s what we are going to do next. ... This (money) is specifically targeted to downtown revitalization.”
The award was given to Rome because the city’s application featured projects Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes will bring young professionals to the city, which is the goal of the initiative.
GENEVA — Downtown Geneva has become a magnet for entrepreneurs of every sort — from restaurants, to nightclubs to business ventures focusing on sustainability.
And now it will play an integral role in a Hobart and William Smith Colleges program whose charge is to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs.
The fledgling Entrepreneurial Studies program is bringing classrooms and workspace to about 7,000 square feet of space at 22 Castle St., in the former home of Stomping Grounds, a book/gift store that moved over the summer to Seneca Street.
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ESSEX — More than 100 years after its first opening in 1899 as the Essex Free Library at Greystone Cottage, Belden Noble Memorial Library has a new look.
After several years of planning and funding initiatives, the library has completed a number of renovations.
The children’s area was expanded and moved upstairs, the Donald Beggs Memorial Room was renovated, and the electrical and lighting systems were upgraded.
The project also restored the slate roof and improved energy efficiency with new insulation, storm doors and storm windows.
There were five items on the Webster Planning Board agenda on Tuesday night, but —as anticipated — one item stole the show.
For the first time since talk of potential development on Webster West golf course became a center of community conversation, residents and the developer came before the Planning Board to duke it out in person.
Bob Bringley of Marathon Engineering, which is are working in partnership with Combat Construction on the proposal, presented an initial sketch of the 114-lot proposed subdivision
KINGSTON, N.Y. >> City officials got their first glimpse last week of what the inside of RUPCO’s project known as “The Metro” will look like once it is constructed.
Kingston Engineer Scott Dutton, who is designing the project at 2 South Prospect St., has come up with a dozen or so computer-generated images showing what the space inside will turn into once the project is completed.
RAVENA — Ten years and $400 million in the making, the new Lafarge cement plant in Ravena was unveiled during a special ceremony Thursday.
Modernization of the plant, which was 50 years old when work began in 2008, had the goal of reducing demand for fuel resources, cutting emissions and making the facility more energy efficient and state-of-the-art.
“This was a 10-year project from concept to completion,” Ravena Plant Manager David Fletcher said. “It launched in 2008 with the initial concept. Then came the conceptual layouts, design plan and construction. During construction we employed about 800 people, and we finished in April. Then we began the start-up process — testing and making sure everything works right.”
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These are busy times for North Greenbush.
The Capital Region's first authorized Tesla collision repair shop opens this week on Route 4 with the completion of the newest Cole's Collision Center;
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is expanding the parking lot at the former MapInfo Corp. building in the Rensselaer Technology Park to accommodate another 442 spaces. Town Supervisor Lou Desso said he understands the biopharmaceutical company is bringing 700 high-paying jobs to the town;
The long-stalled Van Rensselaer Square shopping center is moving ahead with the construction of the county's first ShopRite supermarket, due to open before the end of the year.
OSWEGO — Oswego officials looking to help lift thousands of locals out of poverty opened the doors Tuesday to proposals for up to $400,000 in projects targeting a range of issues impacting poverty citywide.
Announced by Mayor Billy Barlow, the request for proposals (RFP) comes after months of preparation by the city’s Poverty Reduction Steering Committee and seeks to address issues found in a consulting firm’s April assessment that showed half the Port City’s population lives paycheck to paycheck if not below the poverty line.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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