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Work Continues To Repair Water Leaks, Damage To JPD

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.

Post Journal


National Fuel’s forecast for 2017-18 winter heating bills expected to be up compared to past two winters

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.

Observer Today


Oneida County awarded $2.5M in NASA tasks

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.

Observer Dispatch


DiNapoli: NY local bridges need $27.4 billion in repairs

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.

Hudsonvalley 360


Pipeline planners seek FERC approval

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.

The Daily Star


New solar project to power 300 homes

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.

Ithaca Journal


Emotions run high at Hinsdale’s revised capital project hearing

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.

Olean Times Herald


Site plan OK’d for Hornellsville Nissan dealership

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.”

Evening Tribune


Farmed-animal sanctuary adding an education center

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.

Lockport Journal

 


Hotel continues to progress

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.

The Leader


Kingston plan for spending $10M state grant is due by end of February, will include public input

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.

Daily Freeman


Lawsuit filed over Spa City’s use of eminent domain for proposed trail

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.”

Saratogian


Public decries eminent domain for Herkimer jail

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.

Observer Dispatch


McCarley Gardens, Emerson School projects up for low-interest loans

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.

Buffalo News


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GlobalFoundries manufacturing center seeking state funding

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.

Times Union


$22 million in state grants boost four-county water projects

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.

Finger Lakes Times


Victor LDC loans available to local businesses

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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Chautauqua Sale Of County Buildings Approved By Legislature

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.

The Post-Journal


Brooks to announce new site soon

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.

Observer Today


KeyBank to help pay for massive move of Children's Hospital

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."

Buffalo News


A FISH TALE: New York hatcheries boost economy, bolster recreation

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.

Star Gazette


Builders were worried about SUNY Poly bidding practices

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.

Times Union


NASA agrees to boost drone research in upstate New York

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.

Finger Lakes Times


 Take advantage of historic rehabilitation tax credits

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.

The Evening Tribune


County Approves Funds For Annex Building Work To Replace Boiler, Fix Roof

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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Ridge Street roadwork behind schedule

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.

The Post Star


IDA Approves Loan For Mayville Brewery

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.

The Post-Journal


 Education board receives capital project update

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.

Observer Today


 Feds, state continue battle over 'I Love NY' signs

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.

Star Gazette


Challenge to Seneca LPG storage struck down

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.

Ithaca Journal


Field of Dreams project in Allegany still in the works

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.

Olean Times Herald


ORDA set to reveal plans for Whiteface, other facility upgrades

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.

Press Republican


$50 million statewide grant to provide water quality protection for farmers

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.

Daily Reporter


 

Cattaraugus County shared services may mean $3M savings

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.

Salamanca Press


 

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Silver Creek sidewalk project makes progress

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.

Observer


Rome outlines plans for downtown revitalization

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.

Observer Dispatch


HWS entrepreneurial programs take downtown space

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.

Finger Lakes Times


Essex library renovations completed

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.

Press Republican

Webster golf course developer's plan for homes debated at Planning Board meeting

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

D&C


Kingston officials get first look at proposed RUPCO’S ‘Metro’ project

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.

Daily Freeman


Lafarge unveils new plant after 10-year project

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.”

Hudson Valley 360


 Businesses keep coming along Route 4 corridor

These are busy times for North Greenbush.
Anyone who has driven Route 4 between the Troy and East Greenbush lines has encountered plenty of construction along what is developing into a major north-south corridor in the southern half of Rensselaer County.
Among the projects:
A new mixed-use development is nearing completion across from Hudson Valley Community College;

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.

Times Union


Oswego offering $400K for anti-poverty initiative

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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Aldi’s to build new Ilion store

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.

Times Telegram


 Rome to receive $10M for downtown revitalization

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.

Times Telegram


Mayshark Builders Works To Restore Marvin House

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.

Post Journal


Bridge, culvert renovations will impact motorists in Clinton, Pleasant Valley

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.

Poughkeepsie journal


Charter paying $13 million for slow broadband build-out

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.

The Daily News


Fresh interest in Manny Hanny: URA names Savarino preferred building developer

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.

Olean Times Herald


 HUD gives tribe $600,000 for housing

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.

Press Republican


Cattaraugus County Legislature to give $100,000 to Seneca trail project

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 plans to use NY state money to install storm windows at City Hall

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.”

Daily Freeman


 New details about Auburn welcome center to be revealed Friday

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.

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Land Bank improving properties in Jamestown, Dunkirk

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 Observer


Owner of former Roxy's seeks package sale for properties

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.

Buffalo News


Monroe Co. agrees to send $25M more on airport renovation project

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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Wayne County cider makers get funds for expansion

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.

Finger Lakes Times


City Loses Second Bid For $10m Downtown Grant

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.

The Recorder


 Legislature OKs Onondaga County purchasing deal

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. Reed Announces Two Grants For Area Fire Departments

Rep. Tom Reed announced last week that fire departments in Dunkirk and Randolph would receive $27,060 and $7,334,
respectively, and will be used to “strengthen the Nation’s level of preparedness and ability to respond to fires and
related hazards,” Reed said in a statement.

“By making sure that our fire departments have the resources necessary to carry out their important work, we make our
whole community safer,” he continued.

The funding is administered through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Lancaster village agency nixes only proposal for West Main Street development

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.

Buffalo News


Utica’s paving plan: 7 miles down, 203 to go

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
and repair its roads over the next 15 years.

“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
doesn’t give you a lot of time to put a paving program together — especially more than double what you’re used to — I
think my team did a great job,” said Mike Mahoney, the city’s deputy engineer. “It’s really come together really well and
we’re out there.”

Observer-Dispatch


 

Public hearing planned for sustainable energy

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on a local law establishing a sustainable
energy loan program in the county at its 1 p.m. Monday meeting at the County Office Building.

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
establishing the program. Another resolution would authorize a municipal agreement with the Energy Loan Improvement Corp.
to administer the program.

The new law will amend County Code to establish an Energize NY Benefit Financing Program in the county. The program would
provide funds to qualified property owners in the county to finance the “acquisition, construction and installation” of
renewable energy systems for those who promise to make energy efficiency improvements.

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Kingston and Herzog Co. unveil plan for apartments, hotel, restaurant, more parking in city’s Uptown business district

KINGSTON, N.Y. - The city and the owner of Kingston Plaza announced a plan Thursday to develop apartments, a hotel and a
restaurant at Fair and North Front streets in Uptown Kingston and create additional parking as part of the process.

The plan, dubbed The Kingstonian, would incorporate the site of the city’s former Uptown Parking Garage and a warehouse
across Fair Street that belongs to plaza owner Herzog Supply Co.

An elevated walkway connecting the former garage site to the plaza property also is part of the plan.

Daily Freeman


Troublesome railroad bridge to be raised in Greenwich

GREENWICH — In the last decade, George Bell has spent more time than he cares to count dealing with trucks jammed under
the Battenkill Railroad bridge on Bridge Street or backing out trucks whose drivers realized they were not going to get
under the 11-foot, 6-inch bridge.

“I’ve spent 45 minutes backing a truck up and backing up traffic at the same time,” said Bell, chief of the Cambridge and
Greenwich police departments. “We have had times it took 4, 5, 6, 7 hours to clear an accident. We had one where the
trailer had huge rolls of paper, and we had to get the DPW to move them one at a time and get them on another truck.”

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City Council Approves Local Law, $420,000 Bond For Equipment

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.

The Post Journal


City seals the deal on Bertges property

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.”

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Medina receives more than $530,000 to hire firefighters

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.

The Daily News


DEC says Greenidge must install screening to protect fish

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.

Finger Lakes Times


Seneca Falls school facilities may get upgrade

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.

Finger Lakes Times


Renovations set to begin for Olean Public Library

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.

Olean Times Herald


Bench as bridge: County inmates learn a trade and give back to society

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.

Lockport Journal


 Wellsville culvert replacement: MRB joins Madison Street project

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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Hospital demo on schedule

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.

The Leader


 Park Commission seeks stormwater improvements

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.

The Post Star


Vacant corner lot by new UB medical school drawing developers' interest

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.

Buffalo News


Lack of hotel greatly affects other businesses


LEEDS — Some Greene County businesses have lost out on large parties and events because of the absence of a hotel by the New York State Thruway approach in Leeds.

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.”

Hudson Valley 360


Former Medley Centre to house community center, offices

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.

D&C


Radioactive ‘hotspot’ work halted in Falls and Lewiston

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.

Niagara Gazette


18 North Main closer to new life as apartments

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.

Evening Tribune


 Capital project work continues at Randolph Central

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.

Salamanca Press


 

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Rust Belt cleanup gives inside view of Buffalo's revival

Anthony Demiglio knows the ins and outs of the region's major construction projects like few other people. After all, he makes sure they're cleaned up first.

Demiglio is founder and president of AMD Environmental Consultants, a local firm that investigates, directs and monitors environmental cleanup and contamination projects in Western New York. The seven-year-old company does not do the actual cleanup work for its clients, but advises them on handling asbestos, lead, mold and related hazards.

A Niagara County native, Demiglio originally wanted to be an art teacher or chef, and even went to culinary school. But instead he found himself working as a laborer in construction and cleanup work. At the suggestion of a friend, he took a class to further his skills, passed a certification test and got a job as an environmental technician, taking air samples and recording results. Over time, he gained more experience, began teaching classes, and eventually went off on his own.

Buffalo News


Old City Hall renovations moving along in Rome

ROME — The Rome Common Council had yet another tour this week of Old City Hall at 207 N. James St. to see the progress that has been made on the iconic building.

Matt Varughese, who has been working on the project for about four years now, toured a handful of the council members around the building, showing off a handful of nearly finished parts of the planned apartment units — such as the bathrooms.

“I’m fairly confident I will get the third apartment done (by the deadline),” Varughese said. “I’ll have the hallways done and we’ll be working upstairs. ... I think once the finishes are coming together, people are appreciative of the fact that it isn’t just a matter of just tossing sheetrock on the walls and such. To get this done, man, this is going to be such a good thing for all of us as citizens.”

The roughly 18,000-square-foot building was built in 1894 and home to city government for more than 80 years. It was designed in the Flemish style by Walter Dickson and features three floors, an attic and a steep, hipped roof leading up to the copper cupola. YES Development purchased Old City Hall from the city for $25,000.

Observer-Dispatch


Poughkeepsie: Resolution to prevent city owing $1.6M for buses on council agenda

City administrators hope a resolution can prevent the city from owing the federal government $1.6 million, a bill Mayor Rob Rolison says will result in either government layoffs or increasing taxes.

The fee would come as a result of the Common Council’s decision last month to keep assets pertaining to the city bus system, rather than turn them over to Dutchess County as required under the conditions of the bus service consolidation, set by the Federal Transportation Administration.

The resolution, which is on the agenda for Monday’s Common Council meeting, would essentially reverse that decision and allow the city to transfer its assets to the county, according to Rolison.

Poughkeepsie Journal


Kopernik STEM park will generate tourism, county says

Five years after the idea for a STEM park at Kopernik Observatory & Science Center was first discussed, the half-million-dollar project has hit a major funding goal.

At the observatory in Vestal on Thursday, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced Kopernik Science Park was unanimously approved for $30,000, courtesy of the county's Hotel Motel Funds for Marketing and Economic Development. The award raises total funding to around $500,000.

Press Connects


Cattaraugus County’s baseball field renovations are put on hold

LITTLE VALLEY — Plans by Cattaraugus County Legislature committees to approve $200,000 for renovations to three Forness Park baseball fields were put on hold Wednesday pending further information.

The questions centered on whether there would be enough of the original $550,000 in county funding left to take care of baseball fields in Allegany, Salamanca and Ellicottville and if other bids had been received.

The County Legislature’s Development and Agriculture Committee narrowly approved a motion to approve the funding despite the questions.

Oleans Times Herald


Pershing Road Sewer Infrastructure Repairs Underway To Fix Ongoing Backups

The hum of a bypass pump’s engine and an excavators digging into the ground are welcomed sounds for Pershing Road residents who have dealt with somewhat regular sewage backups into their homes.

Construction crews were on Pershing Road, where workers had removed a portion of the clay sewer line underneath the roadway and set a new manhole structure in place as of Thursday afternoon. A bypass had been installed, so residents would not have an interruption in sewer service.

The Recorder


McDonald’s to close after Sunday; Restaurant to be demolished and rebuilt in about three months

WELLSVILLE — The word among employees of McDonald’s on Bolivar Road is that the fast-food restaurant may close Sunday. McDonald’s ownership has been promising a demolition and rebuilding to modernize the decades-old structure.

Enrico Francani, owner of the Wellsville McDonald’s, could not be reached for comment Wednesday, but has said earlier this year that the tentative date to begin the project is around Labor Day, with a reopening in roughly mid-November.

Town of Wellsville Code Enforcement Officer Rob Marsh said he has has had continuous conversations with T.Y. Lin International, the engineering firm on the project, as well as communicating by e-mail. The topic has been project information to include site plan, building plan, estimated start date and change orders.

“I was told the project is planned to take three months. The anticipated start date I was told was Aug. 27 (Sunday),” Marsh said.

Wellsville Daily Reporter


Railroad Depot receives grant funding for restoration

The Orchard Park Railroad Depot’s revitalization took a significant step forward on Thursday when the Western New York Railway Historical Society received $150,000 in grant funding from state Sen. Chris Jacobs to aid the ongoing planned restoration of the landmark.

Jacobs secured the money as part of the 2017 state budget. Trustee Francis Hogenkamp initiated conversations with Jacobs to see if funding could be acquired for the depot.

The depot, which was built in 1911 and has been watched over by the society since 1982, has been in need of renovations for years. The society currently is in the midst of a two-phase restoration totaling $2 million. One phase involves fixing the platform behind the depot, while the other deals with a roof replacement for the building.

Orchard Park Bee


Huntington Station sewer study moves forward

Efforts to revitalize the southern portion of Huntington Station received a much-needed push forward last week.

Huntington Town Board members voted to approve spending $1.25 million in bond funds received from the Suffolk County Legislature to conduct an extensive sewer study as part of the Huntington Station
revitalization efforts.

The lack of sewers in Huntington Station is one of the areas that is desperately in need of improvement to make revitalization possible, as the land north of the Long Island Rail Road tracks in Huntington Station is served by the sewer district, but the south side is not, which has limited development and economic opportunities.

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Dunkirk airport lands major grant

Congressman Tom Reed has announced that the Chautauqua County/Dunkirk Airport is the recipient of a United States Department of Transportation grant for $1,254,174 for projects to improve and upgrade the facility.

“Airports are an important driver in our regional economy and a vital part of our national transportation infrastructure,” Reed said. “I care about making sure they have the funds necessary to operate in a safe and efficient manner, and this grant will help the Chautauqua County/Dunkirk Airport to continue to do that.”

The grant funds will be used to reconstruct the airport’s taxiway, as well as the taxiway lighting.

Observer Today


Over $6.4M in federal funds heading to NY community health centers

U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $6,400,528 in federal funds for 62 New York community health centers.

The funding will be allocated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. These Health Center Quality Improvement funds are rewards for health care centers who have exceeded or met quality standards and patient care goals. The funds will support high-quality health centers across the state in continuing to increase access to comprehensive primary health care services and further invest in care for the communities and patients they serve.

Observer Today


 Major paving projects set for Horseheads and Big Flats

The Chemung County Department of Public Works will conduct two major paving projects on county roads in the towns of Horseheads and Big Flats, starting Thursday.

The projects will consist of milling and paving portions of Colonial Drive (county Route 74) and Chambers Road (county Route 35).

The work will include removing the top two to three inches of asphalt and replacing it with a new asphalt wearing course. The procedure typically adds 10 years to the life of roads with routine maintenance.

Star Gazette


Hudson residents express concerns over $10 million grant to officials

HUDSON — Concerned city residents said they felt left out of the process of applying for the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant from the state and demanded there be a more open process as the city enters the year-long planning process.

Claire Cousin struggled to talk through her frustration and sadness before a room full of city and county officials, advocates and other Hudson residents about how she feels out of place in her home neighborhood in the first ward.

Kamal Johnson, who is running for first ward alderman, hosted the meeting to have a community discussion about what the state’s $10 million grant should be used for at the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood on Wednesday night.

Hudson Valley 360


 Criminal probe of Greene County town's use of storm aid

State and federal law enforcement authorities have launched a criminal investigation that's examining the town of Prattsville's use of more than $5 million in government aid that flowed into the small community following a series of devastating storms in 2011 and 2012.
Last week, investigators served subpoenas on the Greene County town and also the town's bookkeeper and the deputy supervisor. The subpoenas sought reams of documents, including records related to the post-storm aid that came from a state-run program, the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Plan.

The grant program was created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to help more than 100 communities, including Prattsville, rebuild following three devastating storms — Tropical storms Irene and Lee and Superstorm Sandy — that wreaked havoc across New York with their record flooding.

Times Union


 Mostly vacant building to stay in county hands

LYONS — Wayne County won’t be auctioning off a building once envisioned as a cultural center.

Well, at least not anytime soon.

County Administrator Rick House said the county has been unsuccessful — despite working with state officials representing the county — to get a state easement on the property removed.

The county began efforts to put the property on Water Street up for sale earlier this year, when it learned some local business owners were interested in purchasing the site with the idea of redeveloping it

Finger Lakes Times


County lawmakers endorse Shared Services Plan

LITTLE VALLEY — Cattaraugus County lawmakers were unanimous in their support Wednesday for the Shared Services Plan county officials crafted along with town supervisors in recent months to comply with a state directive to find efficiencies and save taxpayer dollars.

County Administrator Jack Searles, who co-chaired the Shared Services Panel along with Legislature Chairman Paula Stockman, R-South Dayton, outlined the group‘s proposals to legislators.

Members of the panel are scheduled to meet to vote on the final Shared Services Plan on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Ellicottville Town Center on Parkside Drive.

Salamanca Press


 Oswego moving forward with purchasing merger

OSWEGO — The city of Oswego is set to join a long list of central New York municipalities consolidating their purchasing departments with Onondaga County.

Mayor Billy Barlow and other officials announced recently that like Oswego County, the Port City had been in talks with Onondaga County for the better part of a year on the consolidation deal, which will be part of the 2018 budget package up for a public hearing and final vote Monday.

Councilors did not propose any amendments to the agreement during recent budget workshops at city hall, so beginning officially Jan. 1, 2018 it’s likely Onondaga County will be responsible for developing and administering a central purchasing system to process all purchases, leases, rentals and servicing of materials, supplies, equipment and services in every city department.

The Palladium-Times


Lancaster development still in need of street lights 5 years later

Residents of Prairie Lane in Lancaster addressed the board Monday night about a five-year dilemma: a street without lighting.

With 27 children scattered amongst roughly 20 homes, that becomes a problem when kids want to play once the sun goes down.

Amanda Schaal, a resident of Prairie Lane for five years, has been appealing to Clover Management, Ryan Homes and the Town of Lancaster since her time on the cul-de-sac, with no success.

The Lancaster Bee


Village now owns River Valley Drive

The village of Granville now owns 2.1 acres of the former Mettowee Fields subdivision off North Street, so now, after 20 years of neglect and complaints from residents, the roadways can be improved and maintained by the village.

The Washington County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at its meeting last Friday to transfer ownership of the parcel to the village.

Town Supervisor Matt Hicks, the village’s liaison on the property with the county, said there was no objection by the board regarding the transfer.

Manchester Newspapers

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Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority gets state approval to map systems

Water and sewer lines throughout Cayuga County are finally on their way to being mapped after more than four decades.

The Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority received a $100,000 grant through the state Department of State's Local Government Efficiency Grant Program in December 2016. The Cayuga County Legislature agreed to match those funds so the authority could make a new map to replace the last one created in 1970, as well as explore alternative sources of drinking water.

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Ilion library to seek study grant
ILION — The Ilion Free Public Library is planning to seek a grant for a study to improve the restroom on the main floor.

According to library board Treasurer Frank Kucerak, the library hopes to obtain a $3,000 grant with the library or village to provide a $500 match, but the village, rather than the library, would have to file the application.

He said the restroom is not up to accessibility standards and if the library is awarded the grant, once the study is done, additional funding could be sought to move ahead with the project.

Mayor Terry Leonard expressed concern during the board’s Aug. 9 meeting that the funds the library has been using to provide a portion of the money needed to provide matching funds for various projects could eventually run out.

Times Telegram


$1 million donation boosts plans for new Seneca Babcock Community Center

BUFFALO - The effort to build a new Seneca Babock Community Center at the site of former Buffalo Public School 26 received a major boost Thursday.

Businessman Roger Hungerford announced he would match the $1 million donation made in March 2016 by Dr. Daniel and Gail Alexander for a new community center at 82 Harrison St., off Seneca Street.

The City of Buffalo has allocated $600,000 for demolition and site preparation costs.

“Growing a city of opportunity for all people in Buffalo requires the public and private sectors to work together to ensure that prosperity reaches all of our residents in every single neighborhood citywide," Mayor Byron W. Brown said in a statement.

Buffalo News


Griffiss to receive $82,200 grant

U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $82,200 for Griffiss International Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration.

The grant will be used to fund the removal of runway obstructions to improve safety.

Utica Observer-Dispatch


Officials want new life for huge vacant EJ building

Planners have renewed hope that developers can breathe new life into Broome County's largest white elephant.

County officials will solicit redevelopment proposals for Endicott Johnson's Victory plant, 59 Lester Ave., Johnson City, which has sat largely dormant for 40 years.

This is no pipe dream, county officials said, even though last year officials were certain the site must be razed. Serious inquiries have been fielded on this five-story, 250,000-square-foot building that once housed hundreds of employees manufacturing military boots.

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Albany eyesore getting make-over

Albany - A longtime eyesore on the Albany skyline is being seen as a kind of massive art project by its new owner, a New York City man who holds one of the nation's largest collections of recovered architectural treasures.

Evan Blum recently purchased the hulking, vacant Central Warehouse, off Montgomery Street, with plans for its revival as part of his growing eclectic business, which involves plucking pieces of history from buildings in New York City before demolition.

Times Union


Funding for women-founded startups is stalling. Here are some reasons why

Jeannine Shao Collins took her 16-year-old daughter’s idea for a way to champion young women entrepreneurs and ran with it in 2014.

Girl Starter is a reality television show that centers on 18- to 24-year-old entrepreneurs who compete for $100,000 and guidance from a network of mentors. Fresh off its first season on Discovery TLC, the show toured several cities casting for its second season in May and June.

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Scoby Dam project attempting to balance lamprey crackdown, steelhead access

SPRINGVILLE — The $7 million Scoby Dam project is designed not only to improve the safety of the Cattaraugus Creek dam by lowering it 25 feet, but to restore a habitat severed nearly 100 years ago when it was built to generate electricity.

The dam has served as an effective barrier in the upper part of the 70-mile-long creek to the sea lamprey, an invasive species that comes up from Lake Erie to lay eggs.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has an annual program of applying a larvicide that targets sea lamprey larvae along the lower Cattaraugus Creek to help control them.

The 38-foot height of the spillway prevented sea lamprey from getting upstream to spawn further up the creek and its tributaries — some 572 miles.

The dam has also prevented steelhead trout from moving further up Cattaraugus Creek and its tributaries including McKinstry Creek, Lime Lake Outlet, Elton Creek and Clear Creek, all east of the dam.

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Area farms benefiting from state grants

BATH | “Last year’s drought put us behind the 8-ball,” Bath farmer Phil Weaver said.

He’d had plans, along with his brother, John, who operates Bluegill Farms with him, for a new grain transport and storage system. “We never had a way to store grain before it got to the dryer,” Phil Weaver said.

With a bad year behind them, “it could have been five years out” before the improvements were made, he said.
He was at a Cornell Cooperative Extension meeting when he heard about the Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement Program.

“They had encouraged us to submit an application,” Weaver said.

The state Department of Agriculture and Markets has worked in coordination with the county Soil and Water Conservation Districts to administer the grant program, which promised $25 million in farm funding across six counties: Broome, Cattaraugus, Chenango, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins.

The Leader


Auburn Police Department renovation project running over cost, behind schedule

AUBURN — Some extra construction work has put the Auburn Police Department's command center repair project over its original budget and drawn out its timeline.

During Thursday's Auburn City Council meeting, council members approved a change order for the project in the amount of $53,274. The extra money will go toward costs associated with additional tiling in the command center and new exterior doors, Police Chief Shawn Butler said.

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Committee Sends Water District Changes To Public Hearing

MAYVILLE — Changes to the North Chautauqua County Water District, as proposed by engineers to bring more projects into phase one, will go to a public hearing next month.

County legislators on the Audit and Control Committee authorized a hearing at the County Legislature’s September meeting regarding plans to extend water transmission line to Silver Creek. A new water tank would also be installed in the town of Dunkirk in a move to decommission an old one that serves the North County Industrial Water District.

The Post-Journal


Chautauqua Lake dairy farms evaluate feed management for watershed protection

JAMESTOWN — In order to protect water quality, Chautauqua Lake watershed stakeholders are engaged in efforts on many fronts to minimize nutrient runoff from entering the lake.

Watershed farmers have been implementing nutrient and sediment control best management practices for several years in order to address agriculture’s potential contributions.

Observer Today


Columbia County working to share services with town and villages

HUDSON — Columbia County is working to share certain services with most towns, a few villages and the city of Hudson to comply with a state requirement and save costs.

The Columbia County Board of Supervisors held three public hearings Wednesday to gather comment on its proposed plan to consolidate several county, town and village services.

“Three public hearings is the minimum number of public hearings the state requires us to hold,” said Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell of Ghent. “We decided to have them in one day because our time is limited.”

Columbia-Greene Media


Legislature to discuss proposed Old Library sale

The DeWitt House Project took another step forward on Wednesday night when the Tompkins County Legislature's Old Library Committee advanced consideration of disposition of the old library site to the full Legislature.

The site, which is located at Cayuga and Court streets in the city of Ithaca near DeWitt Park, has been eyed by Travis Hyde Properties. The Ithaca-based developer wants to break ground this fall on the 58-unit Dewitt House, which are designed for independent-living middle-income seniors.

The Tompkins County Legislature will discuss the matter on Sept. 5

Ithaca Journal


Incentive deal sought for Falls water park plan

A Niagara Falls hotel owner who has expressed interest in building a water park downtown has applied to the county's lead economic development agency for a tax break to move the project forward.

Michael DiCienzo, owner of the Sheraton at the Falls hotel on Third Street, submitted to the Niagara County Development Agency an application for a 12-year property tax and sales tax abatement for the so-called Niagara Daredevil Waterpark.

Niagara-Gazette


Campus upgrades, present and future, discussed at A-L meeting

ALLEGANY — Reports on the capital project for campus upgrades as well as a current garden project were provided Tuesday during the Allegany-Limestone Central School District Board of Education meeting.

Dr. Karen Geelan, the district superintendent, said meetings have been ongoing this summer for staff input on the $16.1 million capital project that would bring improvements and upgrades at the district’s two campuses.

Olean Times Herald


Workforce Development Board awards contracts to provide jobs and training for local youth

OSWEGO — The Workforce Development Board of Oswego County Inc. earlier this summer awarded local training providers several contracts to provide employment, training and supportive services to local youths ages 16-24.

The board, located in SUNY Oswego’s Business Resource Center at 121 E. First St., Oswego, oversees the federal Workforce, Innovation and Opportunities Act funding that supports local employment and training.

The Oswego County Division of Employment and Training (DET) was awarded $126,300 as the designated agency to provide outreach, eligibility determination and case management services.

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USDA looks to provide broadband in rural areas

Find communications & computer requests in the Bidders GuideFind communications & computer requests in the Bidders GuideSYRACUSE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for loans to provide and expand broadband service in rural areas, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced recently.

“Modernizing the nation’s infrastructure to deliver high-speed internet service is essential in today’s global marketplace,” Hazlett said. “Broadband helps create jobs. It also helps rural areas offer the programs and services that strengthen economies and encourage growth. These loans will help maintain America’s economic competitiveness and connect rural communities to more opportunities.”

USDA plans to make at least $60 million in loans available through today’s announcement. Loans can range from $100,000 to $20 million.

Observer


$2.9M renovation project set for Peerless Pool complex

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The Peerless Pool Bathhouse complex will undergo a $2.9 million renovation project, state officials announced Tuesday morning.

The construction work is expected to be begin next week. The pool, located at Saratoga Spa State Park, will close early this season to accommodate the work schedule.

Saratogian News


It's a million-dollar leak at Sturgeon Point water main

Emergency Projects found in the Bidders Guide!Emergency Projects found in the Bidders Guide!Southtowns residents are being asked to restrict their water use for another week, at least until next Thursday.

But this is short-term inconvenience is likely to be followed by more extended pain — in the pocketbook.

The water main break at the Sturgeon Point Water Treatment Plant is now pegged at over $1 million.

"This is, by far, the worst incident that's ever occurred with the Erie County Water Authority," said Earl Jann, the agency's executive director, Thursday.

Buffalo News


Hyde Park launches initiative to transform economy, downtown

HYDE PARK - The sound of hammering metal on concrete is often loud enough to make it into Linda Haag's art consignment shop along Route 9, Harvest Moon Gifts.

But, the 59-year-old said she welcomes the occasional rattles.

Each one signals progress on the Town of Hyde Park’s plans to renovate its downtown pedestrian foot paths, as crews excavate the area where new, wider sidewalks and a “buffer space” lined with trees are going. The alterations are part of the Hyde Park Downtown Initiative, a multi-million-dollar undertaking to transform a historic district on a busy roadway that has long struggled to attract businesses.

Poughkeepsie Journal


Prattsville gets grant for water

PRATTSVILLE — Several towns across the state, including Prattsville, will share $60.7 million in grants and interest-free and low-cost loans to help support drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

The loans were improved by the state Environmental Facilities Corporation Board of Directors.

Prattsville is receiving $1.45 million which includes a $872,672 Drinking Water Grant and a $581,782 zero-interest loan to develop a new groundwater well to provide required source redundancy for the water system, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

Hudson Valley


On the Bright Side: Bright Hill gets $15K grant for youth workshops

Bright Hill Press & Literary Center of the Catskills has received a state grant of $15,000 from State Sen. James Seward, according to a media release.

The grant will be directed toward the center's educational programming, Bright Hill Executive Director Beatrice Georgalidis said. She noted that the organization conducts at least seven workshops serving area youths each year.

The Daily Star


New apartments for seniors coming soon to Lansing

Construction is underway for the creation of a 87,000 square-foot, 50-unit senior apartment community in Lansing, providing more housing stock in a market where there is a great demand, especially for seniors.

Cayuga View Senior Living is on schedule to be completed in late May or early June, said contractor TAYLOR's President Karl Schuler. The apartments are being constructed at 16 Cinema Drive, which is near Triphammer Marketplace, several banks and credit unions, and Cayuga Mall.

Ithaca Journal


City begins construction near Wayne and Buffalo streets

OLEAN — City officials are re-warning motorists to watch for congestion as a result of several street projects underway near Wayne Street and Buffalo Street.

The contractor working on the portion of Wayne Street from North First to North Ninth streets will begin milling Thursday. This will cause very heavy congestion and while the street will remain open, public works officials urged motorists to take a different route.

Olean Times Herald


Niagara County issues written warning about wind turbines

A document from the Niagara County Legislature dated Aug. 1 states that Apex Clean Energy’s plans to erect up to 70 new wind turbines, “could interfere with flight and radar operations and constitute an encroachment to base operations.”

The document expresses concern that the turbines — some that might reach 600 feet in height — would directly impact the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station

Lockport Journal


Pooling resources against algae

Keuka Lake became one of the latest Finger Lakes this summer to fall victim to harmful blue green algae. While some beaches on that lake were reopened within a few days, on Aug. 9, after health officials deemed them safe, the threat remains on Keuka and other waterways statewide.

So far this summer, Canandaigua hasn’t joined the list of now 60 waterways — including Honeoye Lake — affected statewide by blue green algae.

One of the projects is a $600,000 initiative to study algal blooms and do projects to reduce pollution in the Owasco Lake watershed. Late last year, harmful algal blooms infected Owasco Lake and infiltrated the water supply going to residents in Cayuga County, though the DEC ruled that the water was still safe to drink.

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Oswego IDs damage from high lake levels

OSWEGO — Port City officials have identified specific damage areas impacted by high water levels in Lake Ontario and flooding along the shoreline, and announced Tuesday they will seek assistance to help fund repairs and prevent further damages.

City officials recently hired Vernon-based Delta Engineers under an emergency work order to conduct preliminary surveys of the damages caused by the high water levels. In late July, as part of an effort to determine if public infrastructure damage warrants federal assistance, federal and state representatives toured several Port City sites impacted by record-setting Lake Ontario water levels.

The Valley News

Engineers present options for Ilion reservoir

Engineer Requests are one of our largest categories!Engineer Requests are one of our largest categories!ILION — Keeping and maintaining Ilion’s Reservoir 3 would be far less expensive than removing it, engineers from Barton & Loguidice told the Ilion village board during a meeting Wednesday.

The board had asked the firm to look into the matter after the state Department of Environmental Conservation advised the village to make the reservoir operational or shut it down.

Reservoir 3 is currently not in use.

Eric Schuler and Wendell R. Buckman, of Barton & Loguidice, said the engineers had reviewed an earlier report by McDonald Engineering but also did their own inspection and brought in one of the firm’s senior environmental scientists to take a look at the reservoir.

Time Telegram


Main Street Business Owners Keeping Eye On Construction

Find construction projects with the Bidders Guide!Find construction projects with the Bidders Guide!For the second year in a row, Jamestown storefronts along the Main Street corridor might see a disruption to summer business due to planned construction.

The City of Jamestown Department of Public Works issued a release regarding a scheduled cold milling and overlay of Main Street’s northbound lane between Second and Third streets from Friday through Wednesday. While understood to be a necessity for downtown motorists, the businesses occupying the stretch of road under repair are generally taking the biggest hit.

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Amherst seeks to jump-start review of long-delayed Westwood Country Club project

The Amherst town supervisor wants to jump-start its long-delayed review of the proposed redevelopment of the former Westwood Country Club, a move that is raising the ire of the developer and the Planning Board chairman.

The developer's complicated plan to transform the 171-acre site into a $250 million mixed use development has stalled since the Planning Board last held a hearing on the controversial proposal in January.

But Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein and Town Attorney Stanley J. Sliwa now say the town is ready to restart its review, with a goal of concluding that process by the end of the year. Weinstein wants the Town Board to hold a public hearing as soon as next month on the project's impact on the environment.

Buffalo News


Feed Our Vets founder finalist in $10G charity competition

Support our troops - they protect your freedom!Support our troops - they protect your freedom!A 94-year-old World War II veteran from Onondaga County who was still repairing watches part time to make ends meet came to Feed Our Vets for help.

The Utica-based, national nonprofit runs a food pantry in Utica. When volunteers heard the man’s story, they looked for more ways to help him. They discovered that 17 years ago he had qualified for a military pension, but never received a letter telling him, said Richard Synek, founder of Feed Our vets and a Navy veteran.

“This opened up a lot for him. We got him into senior housing now instead of paying rent in some apartment he was in. That’s just one World War II veteran,” he said.

His organization helps a lot of veterans, including many from World War II and the Korean War, struggling with food insecurity. And as the veterans confide in veteran volunteers, the organization helps them find services to help with other needs, too, Synek said.

Observer-Dispatch


State backs two Batavia projects with nearly $600,000 in grants

BATAVIA — Two Batavia projects have received nearly $600,000 in Community Development Block Grants.

The grant funding will support the establishment of a truck service and education facility in the town, along with a downtown brewery in the city.

Recipients include:
• Freightliner & Western: Star of Batavia will receive a $465,000 grant for its Fleet Maintenance project on State Street Road. The project recently received planning approval for a 45,000-square foot facility.

• Resurgence Brewing Company: which plans to develop the Resurgence Powerhouse and Beer Garden, is receiving a $225,000 grant in addition to $145,000 in Empire State Development funding. The company aims to open a brewery to produce sour ales alongside a biergarten in the Ellicott Station development

The Daily News


Protesters aim to block gas pipeline to new CPV power plant in Orange County

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned hydrofracking in 2014, but that hasn’t brought an end to controversies over the natural-gas drilling technique.
On Thursday, anti-fracking and other protestors called on Cuomo to block a pipeline connection that would supply gas to an under-construction power plant in Orange County.

Time Union


Helming details food and agriculture project funding

BGP will be finding these requests!!BGP will be finding these requests!!GENEVA — State Sen. Pam Helming has provided additional details on local food and agricultural projects receiving funding through the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority.

Funding was awarded to Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, the New York Wine & Grape Foundation in Canandaigua, the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park Corporation in Geneva and the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua.

Finger Lakes Times


 Clinton County approves PLA for airport work

Agreement will require union contractors on expansion construction.

PLATTSBURGH — Before a packed house, Clinton County legislators approved a Project Labor Agreement for work on a $40 million project at Plattsburgh International Airport.

After an hour of testimony from people both for and against a PLA, legislators voted 7 to 3 to approve the deal, which calls for two union workers for every one non-union worker.

"I really do think this is the right thing to do and in the best interests of the entire county," Legislature Chairman Harry McManus (D-Area 1, Champlain) said following the two-hour meeting.

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County grant used for beautifying Main Street sidewalks

BGP Projects & RFP Request found all week longBGP Projects & RFP Request found all week longSALAMANCA — The city’s on-going campaign to beautify Main Street continued last week with portions of sidewalk being repurposed as flowerbeds in the business district.

Salamanca Department of Public Works crews jackhammered and removed several sections of sidewalk along Main Street between River and Atlantic streets to be transformed into gardens for flowers and other plants.

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Bethesda Foundation Grant benefits Turning Point Hornell Food Pantry

The Bethesda Foundation recently awarded Turning Point Hornell $3,835 to purchase a new large capacity, commercial freezer for its food pantry.

The freezer will increase available space from 21.95 cubic feet to an additional 49 cubic feet and will allow Turning Point Hornell to offer healthier food choices to more low-income families.

Studies show that low-income people lacking resources to access healthy food choices experience higher rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

The Leader


Buyer plans to turn Kingston school district’s administration building into hotel and spa

KINGSTON, N.Y. >> The Board of Education has approved selling the Kingston school district’s Cioni Building to a New York City-based developer who wants to create a hotel and spa there and also establish hotel amenities, including a pool, in a building across the street.

It would be the third hotel under development in a span of just a few blocks of Uptown Kingston.

The board voted unanimously Wednesday night to sell the building at 61 Crown St. for $4.25 million to a group called 61 Crown Street LLC, whose principal is Neil Bender of BRE Properties in Manhattan. Bender’s $4.25 million offer, submitted under the BRE name, was the highest of four bids opened by district officials last Friday.

Daily Freeman


Developer's gift grants new life to St. Vincent de Paul store

"It was payback time," Richard Hastings explained Thursday afternoon.

The "payback" was the gift of a city building that will allow the local chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul charity to resume retail operations in the city of Niagara Falls.

Hastings, the Village of Youngstown real estate businessman said he has had a connection to the charity for nearly 70 years.

"They were good to me and a lot of the kids in the neighborhood," Hastings said about his childhood in the city of North Tonawanda.


Niagara Gazette


County broadband wireless program to get boost with microcell towers

ANGELICA – The county's wireless broadband project has four subscribers less than two months before work has to be done, but officials expect the situation to change shortly.

The Allegany County Board of Legislators voted 13-1 to enter into lease agreements with seven area fire departments: Andover, Rushford, Oramel, Short Tract, Wiscoy-Rossburg, Belfast and Cuba fire departments; AT&T, Auxiliary Campus Enterprises & Services at Alfred State College and WXXI Public Broadcasting Council.

Those agreements would allow the county to install smaller “microcell” equipment on existing towers owned by the entities, allowing better service for areas not served directly by one of the county's 13 main towers.

Olean Times


St. James Mercy receives $7.9M for facility

HORNELL – St. James Mercy Hospital will receive $7.9 million in funding to support the development of its planned new facility on Seneca Road in Hornellsville.

The top hospital official called the award evidence that the state is committed to quality rural healthcare.

“Transforming health care in Hornell has been the focus of much time and effort for us and our colleagues at the University of Rochester Medical Center,” said Jennifer L. Sullivan, President and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital. “Today’s announcement further illustrates the state’s commitment to rural health care, and its support of our vision for a Medical Village that provides convenient, accessible care to the residents of the Hornell area.”

Evening Tribune


Gasd Oks Bids, State Approvals Delayed Project

Bids, RFQ, RFP are what we do, we find hundreds of requests every weekBids, RFQ, RFP are what we do, we find hundreds of requests every weekBids have been awarded for the next phase of Greater Amsterdam School District’s capital improvements, but construction activities are kicking off later than initially planned.

Greater Amsterdam Board of Education members Wednesday evening approved seven construction bids totaling $11.05 million for the second phase of its capital plan improvements. This phase addresses improvements and repairs at William B. Tecler Arts in Education Magnet School, William H. Barkley MicroSociety Magnet School and the Lynch Literacy Academy Annex housing district buses.

Michael Greco, project manager for GASD, said the bids overall were around $3 million less than what the district had estimated for scope of work to be completed. Greco said the district could not seek additional work because the bids came under budget.

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Crowdfunding campaign underway for Lewis day care center

LEWIS — A crowdfunding effort is now underway to fund improvements to the Lewis Wee Care Center.

WoodmenLife Chapter 1016 in Plattsburgh is asking for community support in helping Adirondack Community Action Programs (ACAP) improve the Lewis facility. The organization has launched a campaign on redbasket.org, a crowdfunding website.

ACAP worked with the Town of Lewis and local foundations to open a child care center in the old school building in Lewis last September.

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UR Medicine partners receive $21.8M in state grants

Four partners of UR Medicine—including Strong Memorial Hospital—will receive a total of $21.8 million in state grants, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.

The grants are part of the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program that aims to create financially stable health care systems.

“Now, more than ever, we need to protect health care in New York and ensure the system in place is meeting the needs of current and future generations of New Yorkers,” Cuomo said in a statement. “While others seek to decimate our hospitals and reduce access to quality health care, we are investing to help ensure a stronger, healthier New York for all.”

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RGRTA to receive $10 million in funding

Bidders Guide regularly reports on Bid and RFQ requests from RGTABidders Guide regularly reports on Bid and RFQ requests from RGTARochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority Inc. will receive nearly $10 million to upgrade and enhance public transportation services in the Finger Lakes region.

RGRTA provides more than 16 million passenger trips annually. Public transportation systems statewide provide more than 292 million passenger trips annually.

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South Glens Falls board mulls moratorium on new construction

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — The village infrastructure may not be able to support more high-density apartments and townhouses, officials said as they began to consider a moratorium on building this summer.

“We’ve got a new (water) filtration plant but we’re out trying to buy water,” said Mayor Harry Gutheil. “People are looking for land all the time, especially if there’s water and sewer. I think we need some breathing room.”

The Village Board will discuss — and possibly vote on — a village-wide moratorium on new buildings on Aug. 2. The moratorium appears to have majority support.

Post Star


Ilion prepares to seek grants

ILION — The village of Ilion is moving ahead with funding applications for a project at the Ilion Marina and for a study of its water infrastructure.

The village board decided last week to request an extension on an application for a grant to upgrade the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the village municipal hall, however.

The capital improvement project at the Ilion Marina would include paving the driveway and parking area in a way that would prevent runoff from flowing into the canal and river, according to Mayor Terry Leonard.

Underground storage tanks at the site are also a concern.

Times Telegram


Company gets National Science Foundation grant

GENEVA — A company with a lab and greenhouses in Geneva and led by a former Cornell scientist has received a National Science Foundation Grant.

Advanced Biological Marketing, or ABM, based in Van Wert, Ohio, said it has been awarded a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research grant to conduct research and development work aimed at developing new products that are expected to provide season-long improvements in plant productivity, including greater crop yields, enhanced root growth and resistance to a variety of stresses, including drought.

Finger Lakes Times


Jones Memorial Hospital to receive $5.7 million grant

WELLSVILLE – Jones Memorial Hospital has received a $5.7 million grant from the state Health Care Transformation Program.

One of three hospitals currently affiliated with UR Medicine to be included in the award, JMH will use the funds for a multi-year project to implement a new electronic medical record system (EMR) that will integrate Jones into the UR Medicine EMR system.

The EPIC System will allow patient information to flow seamlessly between Jones Memorial Hospital and its Rochester partners, including Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals.

Daily Reporter


Wind farm developer to seek $1.9M PILOT agreement

SANDUSKY — Developers of the proposed 107-turbine Alle-Catt Wind Farm will seek a payment in lieu of taxes — or P.I.L.O.T. — agreement valued at $1.9 million a year.

That amount would be split between the towns of Freedom and Farmersville in Cattaraugus County; Centerville and Rushford in Allegany County; the town of Arcade in Wyoming County; school districts within the area and the three counties.

Salamanca Press


 Oswego Health nabs $13M for Behavioral Health Services

OSWEGO — Oswego Health will receive $13 million in state funds to help improve its behavioral health services in Oswego County.

Part of almost $74 million in grants awarded throughout central New York by the state Department of Health, Oswego Health officials said the funding would be used to restructure its inpatient and outpatient services to improve access to behavioral health services.

President and CEO of Oswego Health Michael Harlovic thanked Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who announced the awards this week, “for recognizing the importance of providing exceptional behavioral health services locally and (that this) health system is the health care leader to deliver these important needed services.”

The Valley News


State funds released for Wayne County road projects

Find Construction Projects in the Bidders GuideFind Construction Projects in the Bidders GuideFive road paving and repair projects in the 54th Senate District, totaling $6.24 million and 30.3 miles, will be completed this summer and fall with support from capital construction funds in the state budget as well as new funding for infrastructure improvements.

These projects, meant to enhance safety and improve traffic flow, complement Finger Lakes Forward, the region’s comprehensive plan to drive economic growth and community development.

The following local paving and repair work project in the 54th District received approval and will take place this year:

• 6.9 miles on Route 14 from Route 104 to the village of Sodus Point in the town of Sodus in Wayne County in the amount of $600,000

• 3 miles on Route 370 between Route 104 and Westbury Road in the towns of Wolcott and Butler in Wayne County in the amount of $1 million

Times of Wayne County


 

 
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