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Cuomo’s grant awards announced; Sullivan gets $1.7 million

By Fritz Mayer
December 14, 2011

ALBANY, NY — Governor Andrew Cuomo wanted to change the way economic development was pursued in the state, so he created 10 Regional Economic Development Councils, which all competed for $785 million through an application process. The 720 projects that won grants from all 10 regions were announced on December 8.

According to a press release from Cuomo, “Regional councils represent a fundamental shift in the state’s approach to economic development from a top-down development model to a community-based, performance-driven approach which empowers individual areas to develop comprehensive strategic plans that invest in regional solutions to create jobs and economic growth.”

Cuomo said, “The plans submitted by all 10 regions were truly extraordinary. For the first time, we are putting the power of the state government behind the innovation of our people, giving them the tools to rebuild our economy.”

The top four councils received about $100 million each, while the remaining six received about $60 million each. Sullivan County is part of the Mid-Hudson council, along with Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester. Mid-Hudson was not one of the big winners, but was awarded $67 million in grants. Of that amount, projects in Sullivan County received $1.7 million, while Ulster projects received $4.9 million and Orange projects received $7.4 million. There were also two projects that impact both Orange and Sullivan County. As part of the Southern Tier Economic Development Council, Delaware County received $1.8 million.
Go to www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/CFA
AWARDSBooklet.pdf for a full list of the projects across the state.

Sullivan County projects

• Sullivan County BOCES: $50,000 to train 30 unemployed residents to work at Shelburne Plastics in Monticello

• Plastics Technologies of NY, LLC in Monticello: $50,000 to pay for machine operation training

• Town of Thompson: $278,400 to pay for housing improvements throughout the town, including some housing for veterans and some for persons with disabilities

• Town of Thompson: $185,600 to pay for the improvement of 10 single family homes

• Town of Fallsburg: $599,790 to pay for a sewer project
• Town of Liberty: $539,858 to pay for improvements in the Loomis Sewer District

• Sullivan County: $125,000 to pay for signage on the Delaware River Trail and create an inventory of new potential river access locations on the Upper Delaware River from Hancock to Port Jervis

• Independent Living, Inc.: $300,000 to assist persons with disabilities or who are elderly, and to make accessibility improvements to their homes