NY State awards $1.1 million for Amsterdam projects

A total of $709.2 million in economic development funding was announced yesterday by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The funds were awarded through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. The Mohawk Valley region, of which the City of Amsterdam is a part of, received a total of $59.6 million for 59 different projects.

The three city projects that received funding according to the NY State Regional Economic Development Councils report:

City Hall Restoration

The grant will fund urgently needed repairs to Amsterdam City Hall (Sanford Mansion) in Amsterdam, New York, to preserve the building facade and fabric of this over 145-year-old structure listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places, and to prevent further, more severe, and more expensive repairs at a later date.

Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook

The City of Amsterdam will fabricate and install public art on the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook, a pedestrian bridge across the Mohawk River connecting Bridge Street on the south shore with the north shore waterfront.

Phase 5 Sewer Improvements

The City of Amsterdam will use $600,000 in NYS CDBG funds to implement the Storm Sewer Separation Phase 5 project and eliminate storm and sanitary cross connections. The total project cost is $620,000 and includes $20,000 in local funds.

In addition, $558,000 in funds were awarded for a multi-city program including Gloversville, Amsterdam, Schenectady and Troy, to share code enforcement enforcement information. Previously this year, Community and Economic Development Director Robert von Hasseln expressed the need for such a program in order to gather evidence to involve the State Attorney General’s office in prosecuting absentee property owners who frequently violate codes in multiple municipalities.

Other awards for Montgomery County projects included $600,000 to the Village of Fultonville for upgrades to their water system and $30,000 to the Village of Nelliston for an engineering report on improving their sewer system.

Tim Becker

Tim Becker is the owner of Anthem Websites Inc. which publishes The Compass. He serves as both editor and a writer.