Local projects receive state funding

ALBANY – The city of Johnstown was awarded $200,000 to renovate downtown, and the town of Broadalbin will receive $500,000 for park development, among state funding awards announced today by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo today announced a third round of regional economic development award funding totaling $716 million statewide, including earmarks for projects in Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties.

The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council, which includes Fulton and Montgomery counties, received $82.4 million for 76 projects in securing one of the highest amounts and was named a “top performer” council by the state.

Fulton County had two projects funded in the city of Johnstown and the town of Broadalbin, while Montgomery County scored funding for 11 projects.

According to Cuomo’s office, Johnstown will receive $200,000 in New York Main Street funds to assist the owners of mixed-use buildings to complete commercial and residential renovation projects along Main Street.

The governor said the town of Broadalbin will receive $500,000 for a park development project. A detailed site plan has been prepared for the development of a park in the town, which currently does not have any parks or recreation facilities. The 29-acre site will be developed to provide a wide range of recreational facilities, including baseball, softball and soccer fields, and a basketball court. Other facilities will include a pavilion and playground area, access roads and parking.

Montgomery County projects include the Deer Run Senior Housing Project, which will receive $1 million. The project involves construction of an assisted-living center along with a rehabilitation center. The total project is estimated at $20.8 million, and 70 jobs would be created. This would be a senior housing project next to an existing nursing home in Amsterdam.

Among several projects for Hamilton County, which is part of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, is an $80,000 award to D.R.A.G. of Speculator Inc. Dedicated Residents to Area Grooming, or DRAG, will purchase a reconditioned Class A snow-grooming machine and drag, and replace a set of tracks on one of the club’s existing grooming machines, to assist with maintaining an increased number of snowmobile trails over the winter.

Cuomo announced awards for counties in all 10 of the state’s regional councils established by the governor in 2011. The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council consists of Fulton, Montgomery, Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie counties.

This year, all 10 New York state regions competed against each other. The councils are public-private partnerships composed of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government and non-governmental organizations.

More on this story will appear in Thursday’s print edition.