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Local projects get state funding

December 19, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

ALBANY - Projects in Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties will receive millions of dollars in state funding, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.

Among the projects is an aquaculture facility in the Glen Canal View Business Park. The state will provide $1.4 million to TecMar NY to construct the $50 million indoor facility, which is expected to create 175 jobs.

Among the major projects in Fulton County is $1 million to expand capacity at the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility on Union Avenue in Johnstown. Funding was sought to accommodate Greek-style yogurt maker Fage USA's $150 million expansion.

In Montgomery County, $1.37 million was awarded to Mohawk Fabrics, a manufacturer and distributor of industrial and commercial textiles and fabrics in Amsterdam. The company plans to expand its manufacturing facility, invest in two knitting machines and install a solar energy system to accommodate demand for new orders and eliminate out-of-state outsourcing.

Hamilton County will receive $1.7 million to improve broadband connectivity in the county.

The governor announced $738 million in funding for projects statewide.

Among other local project awards:

-$75,000 to Northville so it can develop two parks on the south basin of Northville Lake, providing waterfront access to the public.

-$255,000 to the Amsterdam Industrial Development Agency. The money will help with the expansion of ProZone Lockers.

-$600,000 to the city of Amsterdam, which will implement a storm sewer separation program.

-$425,000 to the city of Amsterdam to revitalize the city's central business district.

-$100,000 to Richardson Brands in Canajoharie. Richardson will buy new equipment.

-$307,000 to St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam, which plans to build a new 34,000-square-foot outpatient pavilion.

-$600,000 to the village of Canajoharie to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant.

-$40,000 to Fort Plain for the construction of the Old Military Road Trail.

Last year, Cuomo created 10 regional councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. These councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government and non-governmental organizations.

As part of the second round of the regional council process, Cuomo, Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and a Strategic Implementation Assessment Team composed of state agency commissioners with Brookings Institution and senior staff traveled to every region of the state to view progress on projects that have received state funding, as well as assess projects included in the region's 2012 application.

"For the second year in a row, the regional councils have been on the forefront of rebuilding New York state's economy," Cuomo said today. "For too many years, top-down economic development policies have failed communities across the state and not truly invested in the unique resources and strengths of each of New York's regions. The strategic plans created during this process have given each region a comprehensive, locally created plan for future economic growth."

More on this story will appear in later online editions and Thursday's print edition of The Leader-Herald.



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