Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $81 million to be allocated to local communities across the state for 97 priority projects through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, according to a release.
More than $1 million of those monies were distributed to Schenectady and county towns and villages for local projects.
“The pandemic toll touched every corner of the state and every sector of New York’s economy, and as a result we must ensure that our recover does the same,” the governor said in the statement. “As we move forward from the pandemic we are using the rolling grant process to build New York State back better by supporting shovel-ready projects with the potential to accelerate new investments and catalyze economic growth in every community.”
In Schenectady County, those finances are expected to help expand or enhance green space, rejuvenate main stretches of a locale, along with several other projects for a total of six.
GET OUT, GET ACTIVE
Glenville received funding for two different projects. One will use $150,000 to create a kayak launch at Maalwyck Park and the other $610,380 to construct the Van Buren Road trail.
The car-top watercraft launch will include parking near the river, improvements to the shoreline itself and some of the funds will be used to repave interior park roads.
“The town of Glenville has significant riverfront and we’ve never really been able to take advantage of that,” Supervisor Chris Koetzle said, “and this is an opportunity for us to try and connect with more recreation in Maalwyck Park.”
He said there is also talk of building some fishing piers in the park as well.
The Van Buren Road trail is a pedestrian access route connecting the road to Route 50. It travels down Van Buren, through the St. Stephens neighborhood and into Anderson Dog Park — from there people can hop onto other trails.
“Now, we have miles and miles of pedestrian trails and paths that connect, on the north end of town, the parks, the neighborhoods and the commercial corridor,” Koetzle said.
Construction on both projects is contingent on when the state approves the contract, according to the town leader. He said the town applied for other grants but did not get funding for them. They include money to continue restoring Yates Mansion, construct a pedestrian trail around Maalwyck Park, and build Legacy Park for local veterans.
LOOK IN THE MIRROR
The town of Niskayuna was given $25,000 to study greenhouse gas emissions and create a climate action plan.
The study will be an inventory of emissions created by government operations and the community as a whole, according to a project description provided in the list of awardees. The action plan will focus on reducing emission from government operations.
Supervisor Yasmine Syed said there is a 50% match, meaning the town will provide an additional $25,000 for the project. The Climate Smart Communities Task Force will work on the plan following the study, Syed said.
COME TO THE JUNCTION
Rotterdam was awarded $225,000 to make waterfront access upgrades at Kiwanis International Park in Rotterdam Junction.
“The funding will be directed to enhance outdoor recreational opportunities with an improved waterfront that both residents and visitors can enjoy in warmer months,” Supervisor Steven Tommasone said in a release. “We cannot wait to unveil a new and improved waterfront and will look for more ways to make Rotterdam a nice place to live.”
The new waterfront access area will include a kayak launch, floating docks, a bulkhead along the shoreline and landscaping, according to the release.
The town has committed a 25% match, officials said.
HOLDING BACK THE RIVER
The city of Schenectady received $50,000 for its Mohawk River inflow reduction project. Areas in the city, including SUNY Schenectady, experience inflow from the river during high river stages, said city director of operations Alex Sutherland.
The study will identify the connection(s) to the river and recommend actions to reduce infiltration and river inflow to the collection system.
The grant, which has a $10,000 match from the city, will fund a preliminary engineering report needed to do any further work, Sutherland said.
That report can be used for future grant applications.
“Preliminary coordination and discussions have already been initiated with SUNY Schenectady,” Sutherland said. “The study is anticipated to be completed in 2022. The city’s Water Department will be responsible for the oversight of the study.”
RETURN THAT DOWNTOWN FEELING
Scotia was awarded $200,000 for a downtown revitalization study
“It’s exciting for us,” Mayor Tom Gifford said about receiving the funding.
He said work has already begun on the project, which will study how the town can better develop its downtown and fill vacant areas. The study will not only look at the Mohawk Corridor but also the area around Sacandaga Road and Schonowee Avenue.
Gifford said the town will match around 10% of the funding, which will be covered by in-kind services from the town.
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