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North Country communities net hefty share of state's $738 million in grants

Lake George and its watershed — and surrounding communities — are to benefit from economic development grant awards announced Dec. 19 by Gov. Cuomo. Projects and programs throughout the Adirondacks received a hefty share of the $738 million awarded statewide. The projects and programs funded assress not only economic vitality and jobs growth, but environmental protection and enhancement, tourism, and sustainability and cultural enhancement.

Lake George and its watershed — and surrounding communities — are to benefit from economic development grant awards announced Dec. 19 by Gov. Cuomo. Projects and programs throughout the Adirondacks received a hefty share of the $738 million awarded statewide. The projects and programs funded assress not only economic vitality and jobs growth, but environmental protection and enhancement, tourism, and sustainability and cultural enhancement.

— The northern rural areas of New York State received an early Christmas present Wednesday Dec. 9 as Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled the second round of the state’s grant funding through the Regional Economic Development Councils grant program — and the southern Adirondacks region played a big part in the success story.

Projects proposed by the North Country council, which encompasses much of the Adirondacks as well as Plattsburgh, are to receive $103.2 million in this second round of grant funding awarded through this program. This panel was awarded tens of millions of extra dollars due to their plan being judged as one of the best among the state’s 10 councils.

The Capital Region council’s area, which includes Glens Falls and Warren County, is to receive $50.3 million. Politicians and business leaders in some metropolitan areas including Albany expressed disappointment in receiving less of the grant money than expected, while their counterparts in the Adirondacks said they were pleased.

Lake George region a big winner

Among the projects and organizations funded in the area were:

• $308,00 to Warren County’s projects relating to the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor along the Saratoga-North Creek railroad in Saratoga and Warren counties. Projects include restoration of Warrensburg’s historic Floyd Bennett bandstand and design of a new 31.5-acre waterfront park on the Schroon River off Rte. 418 in Warrensburg — at the site of the former Warrensburg Board & Paper Mill, which for decades was a condemned brownfield.

• $544,500 to the town of Lake George for their Gateway Improvement project along state Rte. 9 including the construction of a landscaped median, porous pavement, erosion control and stormwater management, pedestrian safety, beautification and roadway landscaping — on the major gateway to the Lake George region.

• $600,0000 to Hacker Boat Co., Silver Bay on Lake George, for plant expansion. The firm is to invest $5.4 million and create 31 new jobs.

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