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Central New York Regional Economic Development Council Presents Green Innovation Grant to Village of East Syracuse

(May 04, 2012)

Central New York Regional Economic Development Council Presents Green Innovation Grant to Village of East Syracuse

The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council today announced that Environmental Facilities Corporation President Matt Driscoll presented the Village of East Syracuse with a $279,000 grant to move forward with much-needed infrastructure improvements in the village as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council Initiative.

Matthew Driscoll, president and CEO of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. (EFC), presented East Syracuse Mayor Danny Liedka with a ceremonial check from the Central New York Regional Economic Council. The $279,000 grant will disconnect downspouts from the roofs of several large buildings in the village and redirect the water into rain gardens and other planted areas.

EFC President Driscoll said, “The grant from the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council complements a previous commitment from EFC to provide East Syracuse with $2.7 million in short-term interest-free and low-interest financing for the construction of several improvements to the village’s sanitary sewer system. Using our Triple-A rated borrowing power, EFC will save the village approximately $20,000 this year from the cost of financing the project on its own.

Thanks to the state financing and the new grant, the total $2.8 million project is expected to create up to 10 construction jobs, while improving the environment of East Syracuse by mitigating against sewage overflows that occur in homes during heavy rains.

“The taxpayers of East Syracuse appreciate the support that New York State and the Central New York Regional Council have demonstrated on behalf of our efforts to improve the sanitary sewer system,” said Mayor Daniel Liedka. “The initial phases of this multi-year project are progressing on schedule and construction is expected to begin in July on the above-ground storage tank that will capture sanitary sewer overflows and release it back into the system when it has capacity.”

County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, "I am very pleased to join Mayor Liedka in thanking Governor Cuomo and EFC President Matt Driscoll for their leadership. East Syracuse is one of many beneficiaries in our region of the consolidated funding process and EFC's Green Innovation Grant Program has been instrumental in advancing a number of green infrastructure projects in Syracuse and beyond."

Last year, a total of $785 million was awarded through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans. Due to the statewide success of the initiative, Governor Cuomo has announced $750 million for a second round this year – $220 million to help each Regional Council implement its strategic plan and over $500 million will be available through the CFA process.

East Syracuse was one of only 20 communities selected for a GIGP funding as part of the Regional Economic Development initiative created by Governor Cuomo. The $279,000 grant for East Syracuse comes from EFC’s Green Innovation Grant Program, an award-winning incubator program that has funded numerous eco-friendly projects in Onondaga County. East Syracuse will soon begin the selection of buildings for downspout disconnection and installation of green areas to absorb stormwater runoff.

As part of its overall sanitary sewer project, East Syracuse will also repair sewer manholes, remove illegal connections to the sewer system and expand the sewer along Headson Street.

To learn more about each regional council and their economic development plans, visit www.nyworks.ny.gov.

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