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Press Release

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 8:25pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the $50 million East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund, an initiative to spark revitalization of Buffalo's East Side through investments in the four main commercial corridors: Michigan, Jefferson, Fillmore, and Bailey avenues. Funding will help to revive traditional main streets and commercial corridors through the preservation of historic buildings, funding of capital improvements in neighborhood assets, expansion of commercial opportunities, improvements to infrastructure, as well as the promotion of mixed-use private investment in these neighborhoods. The fund compliments previous investments on the East Side of $10 million for the Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative and $5 million for the Buffalo Central Terminal, for a total of $65 million in investments since 2017. "Commercial corridors like Buffalo's East Side play a significant role in the vitality, livability and character of our cities," Governor Cuomo said. "In recent years we've made significant investments to build a new Buffalo including workforce training, and today we're announcing another $50 million in the East Side to build on those assets and ensure all the arrows continue to point in the right direction." "With this significant investment in Buffalo's East Side, we are continuing our commitment to ensure that every neighborhood takes part in the economic recovery happening across Western New York," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "For decades, we witnessed jobs and businesses disappear and East Side residents lose hope. I have seen firsthand how we are rebuilding that hope with projects like the Northland Workforce Training Center, which is providing new opportunities for good paying jobs. We are taking the next steps by allocating even more resources to strengthen neighborhoods, improve infrastructure, and build a better future." Read the full press release here. 
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Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 1:00pm
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Public Notice

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 10:00am
NeuroCuresNY Pilot Demonstration Trial Capital Project
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Press Release

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 1:33pm
The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Board of Directors met today and approved a slate of measures to maintain and grow services and activities along Buffalo’s Waterfront and advance development projects at Canalside.  “ECHDC is working to carry out its mission of advancing Buffalo’s Waterfront and 2019 is looking like our most active year ever,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia.  “The actions of the board today are just the beginning as we work with Governor Cuomo to attract people to the water’s edge, while spurring additional investment in the Waterfront and the City of Buffalo.” TY Lin International, a multi-discipline engineering firm with more than 60 years of experience in successful infrastructure development, including the design of multi-functional public landscapes and urban buildings, will design, bid and provide construction management services for the development of infrastructure on the North Aud Block.    The project aims to reintroduce elements of the historic street pattern that once traversed the Erie Canal in that location.    Currently, the contract is for project scoping, concept design and schematic design.  Once a preferred concept plan and construction budget have been accepted by the ECHDC Board, ECHDC and TY Lin will negotiate a final scope of work and fees for additional tasks, such as design development, construction documents, bidding and awarding and construction administration. TY Lin’s contract is for an amount not to exceed $595,316. In August 2018, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $10 million in funding would be committed to support the design and construction of the site’s transformation.  See a map of property here. The Board also approved the budget for the remaining three years of ECHDC’s five-year contract with Be Our Guest Ltd. (‘BRG’) for the management of Canalside. BRG, a subsidiary of Rich Products Corporation, will continue to be responsible for all Canalside’s operations, including programming and events, operations and maintenance, marketing and sponsorships, food and beverage, and financial management. The three-year budget, which includes BRG’s management fee and a capital purchases allowance, is for an amount not to exceed $4.5 million. As per the contract, BRG is required to share a portion of Canalside’s net operating income and revenue with ECHDC which ECHDC will then put back into the site. At the end of Year 2, it’s estimated that share will be approximately $77,400. That amount is expected to grow in future years as BRG continues to gain experience and efficiency in managing Canalside.  In addition, with Explore & More Children’s museum expected to open this Spring, ECHDC intends to amend the management agreement to add the museum to BRG’s managed premises. The board also approved a contract extension to Queen City Bike Ferry, Inc. for operations and maintenance services related to the Queen City Bike Ferry.  The $269,450 contract extension is for 2019 through 2021.  The bike ferry has proven to be a valuable method of transportation and direct link between Canalside and Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, both significant assets to the region’s recreation and tourism industries.  The funding source for these three contracts is the New York Power Authority. The board also authorized ECHDC to enter into an agreement with Dale’s Marina Service, LLC for marina operations and management at the First Buffalo River Marina at 32 Fuhrman Boulevard.  The contract is through March 1, 2021 with renewable options for2022 and 2023.  In exchange for granting them the right to offer services and generate profits, ECHDC will receive a base rent and share of revenues.  Dale’s Marina Service, LLC has more than 20 years of experience in marine service management, most of which has taken place on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, and assured ECHDC that it will continue to maintain current slip holder services, as well as enhance the organization and cleanliness of the site.  In other board actions: Steve Ranalli was appointed ECHDC President.  Ranalli, an employee of the corporation since 2008, is a professional engineer with experience in engineering, urban planning, design and economic development.  He has served as the vice president of development since August 2018 with day-to-day oversight and management of all projects and initiatives within the corporation’s 450 acres of waterfront property.  Design approval was granted on the Explore & More Children’s Museum exterior signage with the exception of painted wording (e.g., “Play” and “Curiosity”).  The children’s museum will include signage in several locations to capture the movement of people through Canalside, enhance entrances to the facility and ancillary offerings (e.g., retail and restaurant) and make the building more playful and representative of a children’s museum.  A large tricycle sculpture will be located on the roof.   $300,000 from the New York Power Authority Environmental Justice Fund was accepted by the ECHDC Board for energy-related infrastructure associated with the Explore & More Children’s Museum.  These funds will be distributed to the museum to be applied to its contribution toward construction of the core and shell of the museum building.  ECHDC previously approved $9 million toward costs associated with construction of the museum’s core and shell and certain site work.  Approval of ECHDC’s operating and capital budgets for the fiscal year 2019-2020.  The operating budget of $1,267,688 includes all budgeted personnel and non-personnel expenses.  The corporation’s capital budget is $41,084,197.  This includes, but is not limited to, the remaining costs on the construction of Explore & More Children’s Museum; the development of the remainder of the South Aud Block; construction of the carousel project; construction of the Longshed; design of the North Aud Block; Donovan Block utilities relocation; and Canalside events, programming, site operations, maintenance and utility costs.  Additionally, ECHDC is funding various projects at the Outer Harbor.  Capital projects are individually approved by the corporation’s board of directors under separate actions.  About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) is governed by a nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors. The seven voting directors are recommended by the New York State Governor and are appointed by the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development as sole shareholder of ECHDC. The two non-voting, ex-officio director positions are held by the Erie County Executive and the City of Buffalo Mayor. As a subsidiary of Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation supports and promotes the creation of infrastructure and public activities at Canalside, the Ohio Street corridor and the Outer Harbor that is attracting critical mass, private investment and enhance the enjoyment of the waterfront for residents and tourists in Western New York. Its vision is to revitalize Western New York’s waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo based on the region’s legacy of pride, urban significance and natural beauty.   Contact: Pamm Lent | pamm.lent@esd.ny.gov | 716-846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee | laura.magee@esd.ny.gov | 716-846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Public Notice

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 1:00pm
Xin Shi Ji Corporation Capital Project
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Public Notice

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 11:00am
Village of Owego-Owego Main Street Rehab Restore V Capital Project
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Board Meeting

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 10:30am
With videoconferencing to:   Empire State Development 633 Third Avenue – 37th Floor Conference Room New York, NY 10017  
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Public Notice

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 10:00am
Cozzini Brothers Capital Project
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Press Release

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 10:16pm
Empire State Development, the Department of Agriculture and Markets, and the State Liquor Authority today announced the results of the third annual New York State Craft Beer Competition, which featured a record number of New York State-brewed beers. Auburn-based Prison City Pub and Brewery’s experimental beer, Wham Whams, took home top honors, winning the Governor's Cup and emerging as the number one pick among a total of 813 entries. Gold medals were awarded to 21 beers from breweries across the state. Seventy-four medals were awarded to 53 breweries. The Culinary Institute of America’s classroom lab, The Brewery at the CIA, won Brewery of the Year. Medal winners were awarded in 25 categories, such as IPAs and lagers, as well as niche or emerging styles like sours or fruit and spice beers.  Gold medal winners are:  Amber and Dark Lagers: Resurgence Brewing Company, Ice Book Bock – Buffalo Amber/Red Ale: Dublin Corners Farm Brewery, Better Than Dead – Linwood American DIPA: Big Ditch Brewing Company, Cannon Call – Buffalo American IPA Variations: Arrowood Farms, True Love in an Arranged Marriage – Accord Barrel Aged (Non-Sour): Kings County Brewers Collective, Demons on the Dance Floor – Brooklyn Barrel Aged Sour: The Brewers Collective Beer Company, Corvid – Bay Shore Belgian Farmhouse: Catskill Brewery, Freak Tractor 100% Brett Beer – Livingston Manor Belgian Other: Crafty Ales and Lagers, Elixir – Phelps Brown Ale: Brewery at the CIA, Class Project Br-Br-Br-Brown – Hyde Park Experimental: Prison City Pub and Brewery, Wham Whams – Auburn Fruit and Spice Beer (Sour): Threes Brewing, Eternal Return Apricot – Brooklyn Fruit and Spice Beer (Non-sour): Big Alice Brewing Company, Jalapeno Rye – Long Island City Hazy IPA: Threes Brewing, Logical Conclusion – Brooklyn Imperial Stout and Porter: Three Heads Brewing, The Majestic Imperial Stout 2018 – Rochester Light Lager: The Peekskill Brewery, Skills Pils – Peekskill Pale Ale: Naked Dove Brewing Company, Naked Dove What is #4 – Canandaigua Porter (Non-Imperial): Valcour Brewing Company, David’s Porter – Plattsburgh Stout (Non-Imperial): Sager Beer Works, Smugtown Stout – Rochester Strong Ale (Non-Belgian): Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Company, Barleywine 2018 – Weedsport Wheat Beer (American, Wit, Hefe): Brewery at the CIA – Mis en Place Wit – Hyde Park New York State Beer: Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Company – Weedsport Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "New York State’s craft beer industry continues to grow and thrive, supporting communities by encouraging tourism, creating jobs and distributing world-class products that help to promote the state. I offer my congratulations to this year’s winners, who exemplify New York’s creative spirit and showcase the best of all we have to offer." New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "Governor Cuomo’s support of the craft beverage industry has helped propel our state to the forefront nationally as producers of top-quality craft beverages. Since our Craft Beverage Summit in 2012, we’ve seen a 166 percent increase in the number of craft beverage manufacturers in New York State and this competition highlights the best craft beers produced right here at home." New York State Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley said, "Craft brewing in New York has experienced a renaissance thanks Governor Cuomo’s effort to revitalize and transform the industry.  As this competition demonstrates, new laws, policies and relaxed regulations have paved the way for our manufacturers to produce world renowned beer and drive job creation and economic development in their local communities and throughout the state.” New York State Brewers Association Executive Director Paul Leone said, "In our third year of this competition, we had a record number of New York State breweries enter with Auburn’s Prison City Pub and Brewery wrestling away the Governor’s Craft Beer Cup from Brooklyn’s Threes Brewing to take home the top prize with their experimental beer Wham Whams. The diversity of this year’s winners is a clear example of the high-quality craft beer being brewed all over the state." The New York State Craft Beer Competition, sponsored by the New York State Brewers Association, was open to any New York State craft brewer. The competition featured 56 uniquely qualified judges sampling 813 entries from more than 160 breweries in the largest professionally-judged craft beer competition held in New York State.  Complete competition results and additional information can be found here. Under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's leadership, the state continues to drive the growth of craft brewing industry throughout New York. In February 2018, Governor Cuomo announced that New York had reached a new milestone of 400 breweries statewide, surpassing the previous record of 393 breweries set in 1876. Today, New York is home to 438 breweries, with beer being brewed in 58 of the state's 62 counties. This includes 12 large breweries, 45 restaurant breweries, 152 farm breweries, 149 microbreweries, and 80 breweries that hold both farm and micro-brewery licenses. In addition, 38 breweries have opened off-site taprooms by obtaining no-fee branch office permits under a provision of the Governor’s 2013 Farm Brewery law.    Contacts: Adam Ostrowski (ESD) | adam.ostrowski@esd.ny.gov | (518) 292-5148 | (800) 260-7313 Kirstan Conley (Agriculture) kirstan.conley@agriculture.ny.gov | (518) 457-0752 William Crowley (SLA) | william.crowley@sla.ny.gov | (518) 474-4875
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Press Release

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:30pm
Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced companies in 43North's portfolio have created more than 400 jobs in Western New York. 43North is the startup competition that invests $5 million annually to attract start-up companies to Western New York and cultivate their growth in the region. Since launching the competition in 2014, 43North has invested in 44 companies. "43North is helping Western New York become a burgeoning hub for startups and building a thriving workforce in the region," Governor Cuomo said. "We will continue to support this high-profile competition that brings innovative businesses to Buffalo, creating the jobs of the future and helping the local economy continue on its upward trajectory." "The innovative 43North competition is delivering real job growth and boosting Buffalo's reputation as a leader in fostering the development of high-tech startup companies," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "I have witnessed firsthand the success that 43North companies have achieved, and this incredible milestone shows the continued importance of this initiative. I look forward to seeing many more companies begin their journey and succeed in Western New York."  The 43North competition is supported by a total of $55 million from New York State, including funding from Empire State Development and the New York Power Authority. In addition to the $5 million in cash investments, the competition winners relocate to Buffalo where they receive free incubator space for a year, guidance from mentors related to their field and access to other exciting incentive programs such as START-UP NY, a program that enables companies to operate tax-free in New York State for 10 years. 43North companies are currently hiring for several dozen open positions. Read the full press release here. 
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