From: Brian Maher
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2011 13:25:15 -0500

Hello All:

I am proud to forward this announcement. Just under an hour ago the Governor released his list of priority projects awarded by the Regional Economic Development Council’s. The Mid Hudson Region was awarded 67 million and the WALDEN COMMUNITY COUNCIL in collaboration with the Village was awarded $337,000 to rehabilitate and revitalize 23 commercial and 8 residential mixed-use buildings, and streetscapes in the eastern half of the Village of Walden’s commercial business district!!!

Congrats to the Village and the Community Council for working together and the lobbying efforts made on this projects behalf.

Our amphitheater project also got one of the highest grades from our regional council and the NY State Parks Department will be announcing their awards in the near future. GREAT THINGS HAPPENING IN WALDEN!!!!!

God Bless and thank you all for your hard work and dedication to community!!!


– Mayor Maher

From: Press Office []
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2011 11:37 AM
To: Murphy, Meghan

[]State of New York | Executive Chamber
Andrew M. Cuomo | Governor
For Immediate Release: December 8, 2011


Announces Strategic Plan Rankings and Funding Packages for All Regions

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $785 million has been awarded through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, continuing the Governor’s efforts to redesign the way state government works in order to drive economic growth and create jobs.

Announced in July, Regional Councils represent a fundamental shift in the state’s approach to economic development from a top-down development model to a community-based, performance driven approach which empowers individual areas to develop comprehensive strategic plans that invest in regional solutions to create jobs and economic growth. As part of the Regional Council process, a Strategic Plan Review Committee was chosen to analyze and rank the strategic plans for each region competing for $200 million in specially targeted economic development funding.

“Regional collaborations and planning is a roadmap to get New Yorkers back to work,” Governor Cuomo said. “The plans submitted by all ten regions were truly extraordinary. For the first time, we are putting the power of the State Government behind the innovation of our people, giving them the tools to rebuild our economy.”

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy said, “Under Governor Cuomo’s transformative Regional Council initiative, New York finally has the strategic economic development planning to change the way it does business. By engaging the expertise of those who know their regions best we can capitalize on each region’s greatest assets to maximize job creation and economic growth.”

The plans are the result of months of consideration by the Regional Councils and input from the public in each region. The process included holding over 100 public meetings, forums and community workshops across the State. Thousands of New Yorkers contributed to the development of the plans through these events.

In addition to the strategic planning grants made available through the Regional Council initiative, a Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) was created to give businesses and other entities streamlined and expedited access to economic development funding from nine state agencies and 29 existing programs. Awards for CFA projects were based on the endorsement of the local Regional Council and the technical scoring of various state funding agencies. Additionally, approximately 800 eligible applicants will receive funding from NYSERDA’s energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

Consistent with the Governor’s Executive Order issued earlier this year to increase Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) participation in state contracting, all projects awarded grants through this initiative must use best efforts to reach the goal of 20% MWBE participation.

For a full appendix of these projects, go to:



Strategy for Investment in Region Resources and Emerging Bio-Tech Sector

The Mid-Hudson strategic plan was designed to take advantage of the region’s location and resources. The Mid-Hudson Region contains a diverse mix of urban, suburban, and rural areas, a full spectrum of businesses, local colleges and universities; a highly diversified and educated workforce; and proximity to New York City.

Biotech Incubator Center for Advanced Research at New York Medical College

$4 million will develop the New York Medical College’s Biotech Incubator Center for Advanced Research in Westchester County. This project is part of a public-private effort to enhance job growth in the biotech sector and to enhance preparedness against chemical and biologic threats. This project will stimulate partnerships among scores of biotech companies not only in the Mid-Hudson Region, but also in Rochester, the Capital District and the SUNY academic centers.

Affordable Housing

More than $30 million will go toward the development of affordable housing and to community revitalization throughout the region.

Industrial Development

More than $8 million will be invested in local manufacturing firms, including $5 million for San-Mar Manufacturing to upgrade its facility to develop the regulatory infrastructure requirements set by the FDA. An additional $950,000 will go to Silarx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to expand a manufacturing facility for quality generic liquid pharmaceutical products.

Infrastructure Investments

Over $3 million will go toward critical infrastructure investments for local municipalities.

Workforce Enhancement

$1 million will renovate a currently vacant 130,000 square foot facility in the Village of Brewster to provide advanced training to first responders and critical infrastructure personnel.

The approved Mid-Hudson regional plan includes 61 funded projects totaling $67 million.

For a full appendix of these projects, go to:


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