The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC), Governor Andrew Cuomo’s approach to developing long-term economic plans in New York, awarded the Mid-Hudson Region a total of $83.3 million in the latest round of funding announced last Thursday. This award, which includes $12.5 million in funding for various Westchester projects, is the highest of any ten regions in the state.
Among the county’s winners was the City of Yonkers, receiving $2.4 million for the Saw Mill River Daylighting project and $2 million for the Yonkers Sports Event Center to be built by the Armory Foundation, a proposed 137,000-square-foot complex. The projects chosen for funding are evidence of clear economic development here in Westchester and the Hudson Valley region, “particularly in urban centers,” says Business Council of Westchester CEO Marsha Gordon.
“The diversity of projects funded builds on the ‘live, work, play’ theme,” continues Gordon. “It shows that the region is an economic and positive place for people to work because businesses are investing here.”
Other notable Westchester projects to receive funding include:
• $750,000 to the Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College, the first new dental college in the state in nearly 50 years
• $602,879 to the Village of Briarcliff Manor for consolidation of its water supply and transmission system
• $520,000 for restoration of historic Memorial Field in Mount Vernon into a premier sports and entertainment venue with multi-sport field, tennis courts, fitness center and bleachers
• $500,000 to Historic Hudson River Towns to embark on a first-rate educational and historical museum at Sing Sing prison in Ossining
• $500,000 to City of New Rochelle and AKRF to convert two existing one-way streets (Main and Huguenot) into two-way streets
• $490,000 for the City of White Plains for a strategic marketing program to draw tourists to the downtown
• $400,000 to Historic Hudson Valley to complete the restoration of Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow.
• $159,937 to Historic Hudson Valley to promote the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor
• $96,000 to Westhab Inc. for the expansion of Phase 2 of its Ready to Work program that provides job training for adults with barriers to employment.
• $75,000 to ArtsWestchester for its Suffrage Now exhibition celebrating New York’s historic role in the path of the 19th Amendment