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Press Release

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 12:25pm
New Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center Is Housed in a 136-year-old Firehouse Project Supported by $1 Million in State Funds from the New York City Regional Economic Development Council Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Henry Street Settlement, a social services organization that has served New Yorkers on Manhattan's Lower East Side for over 125 years, has opened its new Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center in a former New York City firehouse at 269 Henry Street. The building — which is expected to serve thousands of individuals each year — was supported by a $1 million capital grant from New York State and will further Governor Cuomo's efforts to bolster organizations that support those in need. "For over a century, both Henry Street Settlement and this firehouse have served New Yorkers, providing comfort in crisis and resources in times of need. It only makes sense this storied organization would take over this historic site," Governor Cuomo said. "New York State is proud to support this project — and Henry Street Settlement's continued work to uplift our neighbors." "Henry Street Settlement has been doing incredible work creating opportunities for New Yorkers for more than 125 years," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Chair of the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils. "With support from the New York City Regional Economic Development Council, this new community center will provide essential services for residents, including health insurance enrollment, employment training, and legal and financial support. We are proud to help open this new door of opportunity and enhance quality of life for residents in New York." Read the full press release here. 
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 12:01pm
Community-Identified REDI Projects Selected after Expert Evaluation and Review    Total $300 Million Appropriated for Shoreline Communities Includes $15 Million for Regional Dredging, $30 Million for Private Businesses, and $20 Million for Homeowner Assistance Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the state is providing $49 million to advance 20 projects in Niagara and Orleans counties as part of the first round of funding under the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative. Governor Cuomo launched REDI in May to increase the resilience of shoreline communities and bolster economic development in the region. Today's announcement marks a major milestone in the REDI effort. Identified by the communities and evaluated by state agency experts, the projects address both immediate and long-term resiliency needs, enhance economic development, protect critical infrastructure, incorporate green, natural, or nature-based features, and will help sustainably rebuild and enhance communities along the Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River shorelines. "The recent challenge of historic high water levels along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shorelines calls for a swift and innovative response, and today I am announcing REDI projects in Niagara and Orleans counties that will create long-term sustainability for communities and businesses," Governor Cuomo said. "I directed 11 state agencies to mobilize their expertise and assess a portfolio of community-driven actions that will sustainably protect and enhance the region's infrastructure, habitats, and local economies. Working together, our Empire State experts and stakeholders came up with 20 projects in these counties that will help the region regain resiliency and economic vibrancy."  "Communities along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River have faced tremendous challenges in recent years. That's why we have taken aggressive action to help local governments, businesses, and homeowners with state support to improve resiliency and address the impact of flooding," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This targeted funding for projects in Niagara and Orleans counties will address infrastructure needs to ensure sustainability long-term. These critical efforts will help to combat devastation from extreme weather events, strengthen our economy, and enhance quality of life for residents." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 1:59pm
Albany, NY – Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE), the global leader in silicon carbide (SiC) technology, and New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering, and Science (NY CREATES), last week successfully completed the first silicon carbide test wafers at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) Albany campus, just days after Cree and New York State announced their historic partnership on September 23. Dedicated staff from both Cree and NY CREATES worked together on the tests, marking the start of collaborative efforts in Albany. The line tests come just weeks after Cree announced plans to develop the world's-first, 200mm SiC wafer fabrication facility near Utica: the Mohawk Valley Fab. This test is key to ensuring the qualification of the fab for ongoing production when it ramps in 2022. “This is a small but significant step toward a very promising future for the Mohawk Valley-- signaling not only the beginning of our formal partnership with New York State, but also a preview of the groundbreaking work that is coming to the region,” said Gregg Lowe, President and CEO of Cree. “Together, we’re really excited to grow the silicon carbide industry as we support the automotive industry’s transition from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles while also training the future innovative leaders of our field in the Mohawk Valley.” “New York State has the right pieces in place for strong business partnership—infrastructure, research expertise, and an educated workforce—so that we can help companies quickly ramp up operations,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “We at The State University of New York are proud to lend our assistance to Cree through NY CREATES and SUNY Poly, and look forward to involving more of our students and faculty in a short period of time.” Empire State Development Acting Commissioner, President & CEO-Designate Eric Gertler said, "Cree has hit the ground running and we look forward to the progress and partnerships that will be fostered as this innovative company continues to grow the silicon carbide industry right here in Upstate New York.” “We are proud to partner with and support Cree as the company begins its rapid ramp-up to full production. I am pleased to see how our team has helped to enable Cree’s successful power electronics tool line tests, including the completion of the first SiC test wafers at the Albany NanoTech Complex,” said Dr. Douglas Grose, Future President of NY CREATES. “This sets the stage for Cree’s fab, which will be newly built, to effectively and efficiently produce power electronics chips to meet the need arising from the anticipated growth of the electric vehicle market, and it’s exciting to see that New York State and Cree will be at the forefront of this important manufacturing effort.” Full time staff from both organizations began working on the Albany campus of SUNY Poly in the first week after the announcement, and it’s expected that combined staffing numbers will reach up to two dozen full-time staff working on the project by mid-November. Following this milestone, the first demonstration yielding 150mm silicon carbide test wafers is expected at SUNY Poly’s Albany campus next year. Progress is also being made in the Mohawk Valley where the site of the new state-of-the-art fabrication facility is being prepared for construction to begin. Cree has committed to create more than 600 new jobs within eight years and provide internships and research opportunities for SUNY students. The efforts help to develop an advanced manufacturing-oriented workforce development initiative across the SUNY system to prepare a 21st century workforce for the long-term, high-quality employment and advancement opportunities the new facility will present. SUNY has also committed to match up to $5 million in semiconductor-related research funding from Cree for the SUNY system. Until the completion of the Mohawk Valley Fab, Cree is leasing space on the SUNY Poly’s Albany campus to utilize equipment purchased as part of the New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium (NY-PEMC). This will support plans to be the first company to successfully transition from producing devices on 150mm silicon carbide wafers. As the fab ramps, Cree will transfer the NY-PEMC equipment and its 200mm process to the Marcy Nanocenter, adjacent to SUNY Poly’s Utica campus. In addition to the direct jobs, Empire State Development estimates the project will generate approximately 570 indirect jobs and over $4.3 billion in total statewide economic impact over the next 20 years. About Cree, Inc.  Cree is an innovator of Wolfspeed® power and radio frequency (RF) semiconductors and lighting class LEDs. Cree’s Wolfspeed product portfolio includes silicon carbide materials, power-switching devices and RF devices targeted for applications such as electric vehicles, fast charging, inverters, power supplies, telecom and military and aerospace. Cree’s LED product portfolio includes blue and green LED chips, high-brightness LEDs and lighting-class power LEDs targeted for indoor and outdoor lighting, video displays, transportation and specialty lighting applications. For additional product and Company information, please refer to www.cree.com. Contact: ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 12:59pm
State to Collaborate with North Country Regional Economic Development Council to Revitalize Potsdam's Downtown Part of Governor's Comprehensive Approach to Transform Communities into Vibrant Neighborhoods and Boost Local Economies Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Village of Potsdam will receive $10 million in funding as the North Country winner of the fourth round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. As in the first three rounds of the DRI, one municipality from each of the state's 10 regional economic development regions is selected as a $10 million winner, marking another overall state goal to target $100 million in funding and investments to help communities boost their economies by transforming downtowns into vibrant neighborhoods where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live, work and raise a family. "With the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, we see the positive impacts that strategic investments can have on strengthening local economies across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "The Village of Potsdam serves as a major educational and commercial center for the North Country, and this funding will further help rejuvenate a key part of that center." "Our Downtown Revitalization Initiative is about more than just a physical change - it's about creating a psychological shift in communities across New York," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "With this targeted investment, Potsdam will be able to invest in projects to strengthen local assets and advance regional priorities. The DRI is part of our ongoing commitment to create a brighter economic future and enhance quality of life in the North Country and every region statewide." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 11:50am
Luminate NY is the World's Largest Startup Accelerator for Optics, Photonics and Imaging Technologies State Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Luminate NY—the world's largest business accelerator for startups that have optics, photonics and imaging (OPI) enabled applications—received 101 applications to compete for a spot in Round III of the competition. 50 percent of this years’ applicants reside in countries outside of the United States, validating that Luminate NY is becoming a recognized global accelerator program. Last year, 33 percent of the startups that applied for the competition were from outside the U.S. The significant increase in international applicants demonstrates a growing desire to tap the rich OPI ecosystem that exists in the Finger Lakes region, which has long been recognized as the imaging capital of the world.  “Luminate NY brings emerging startups to the world’s imaging capital, with all of the Finger Lakes region’s OPI and manufacturing resources, where they can develop and more quickly commercialize their cutting-edge ideas,” said Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-Designate Eric Gertler. For Round III, applications came from 25 different countries, including:  India, Canada, Australia, Israel, Russia, Singapore, and Spain.  Fifteen companies from New York State applied, with the remaining coming from U.S. cities including Austin, Berkeley, Boston, Los Angeles and Orlando.  Funding for the $25 million accelerator is provided through the Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative and is administered by NextCorps. “Advancements in optics, photonics and imaging technologies are transforming just about every industry today,” said Dr. Sujatha Ramanjuan, Managing Director of Luminate NY. “By giving OPI startups a platform for both business and technical development, we’re helping to advance the mission of these businesses, as well as the industries they serve.” This month the accelerator’s management team and global advisory board will select up to 25 semi-finalists from the pool of applicants. These companies will then travel to Rochester to pitch their startups during Luminate NY’s Lightning Rounds on Nov. 7 at the Strong National Museum of Play. Ten startups will be admitted to the six-month program, which begins in January 2020 in Rochester. The accelerator provides significant support to startups—including an initial $100,000 investment, expert mentorship, access to investors, lab facilities, and education—to guide startups through actionable business planning that’s focused on commercializing technologies and scaling their businesses.  Upon graduation in June 2020, the companies will compete for a total of $2 million in follow-on funding. State Senator Joseph Robach said, “This is very exciting news regarding Luminate NY.  Any time we can grow jobs through technology is a win for our region.  It is important that New York State continues to do everything in its power to keep the Upstate economy vibrant by promoting economic growth and community development.” State Assembly Member Harry Bronson said, “I am pleased to see the announcement of Luminate New York Optics funding. This innovative program provides the funding for the entrepreneurial spirit that is needed for the future creative projects that will provide the future of job and economic growth for our state and nation. I know that this next round of funding will provide for great ideas that will help build a brighter future for our families.” Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said, “Luminate NY's ability to repeatedly attract high-quality applications from around the world demonstrates the wisdom of Governor Cuomo's decision to locate this high-tech business accelerator in Rochester and build on our reputation as an up-and-coming research and development hub. Luminate NY gives business leaders a platform to bring their innovative ideas to the marketplace, which accelerates the growth of Rochester's knowledge economy. Thanks to Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development we are bringing 21st century job creators to Rochester through Finger Lakes Forward and that helps us achieve our goals of creating more jobs, safer, more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our citizens.” For more information about Luminate NY. click here. Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $6.1 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia, and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in. Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here. Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | [email protected] | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 10:26am
New York State Funding Will Go Toward Signature Pedestrian Bridge and Lagoon Feature Wilson Foundation Announces an Additional $5M and City of Buffalo Pledges $3M For Pedestrian Bridge Renderings of the New Hudson Street Bridge Available Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $10 million for two signature features of what will be the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park in Buffalo. New York State will help fund a pedestrian bridge to replace the current Hudson Street Bridge, which will create access to the lake's edge in the park, as well as a new lagoon that boosts tourism and resiliency efforts. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park will be located at the current site of LaSalle Park, the City of Buffalo's largest waterfront park.  For years, the City of Buffalo and the community have envisioned something greater for LaSalle Park. With the support of New York State and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr, Foundation, which previously committed $50 million toward the park, the park's potential will come to fruition. "The progress in Buffalo and in Western New York is undeniable. That success should be shared with everyone, and that's what the reimagining of LaSalle Park is all about," Governor Cuomo said. "Our vision from day one has been about democratizing Buffalo's waterfront, and by investing in this new bridge and in this new lagoon, we can help ensure communities that for too long have been blocked from the waterfront get to experience it and all the benefits of the region's renaissance."  "Today we mark another milestone in the ongoing transformation of Buffalo's waterfront," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "As an active user of LaSalle Park, I know how important this community asset is, and I look forward to the future Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park. With this significant funding commitment and our partners at the Wilson Foundation and the City of Buffalo, we are further enhancing an amazing project that will help to connect people to the water." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 3:09pm
New Carousel Building Adds To Overall Vision For A Redeveloped Waterfront  See Location and Renderings of Carousel Building Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation has begun construction on the Buffalo Heritage Carousel project at Canalside. The project will consist of a new building near the corner of Prime and Perry streets to house the nearly century-old De Angelis Carousel. "The Carousel project celebrates both Buffalo's industrial history and our ongoing work to revive Buffalo's Waterfront," Governor Cuomo said. "With the community's support, New York will continue to invest in projects like this that are transforming the city's burgeoning waterfront into a central hub for residents and visitors alike to enjoy for generations to come." "Today we celebrate the incredible journey of the De Angelis Carousel, and its new home at Canalside," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "The carousel that was built right here in Western New York will soon be returning home nearly a century later and will be enjoyed by children for generations to come. It's part of the continuing transformation of Buffalo's waterfront that is drawing praise from visitors and publications from around the world. The Buffalo Heritage Carousel will be a star attraction on our waterfront - a key part of future growth and the emerging Canalside neighborhood." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 11:52am
High-Tech Optical and Security Technology Company Will Grow its Operations in the Town of Henrietta Creating and Retaining almost 70 Jobs Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced high-tech communications network services provider and high performance thin-film optical coatings manufacturer VIAVI Solutions, which acquired locally based RPC Photonics in 2018, is growing its operations in the Town of Henrietta, Monroe County. The company will construct a new, 30,000 square-foot plant at its John Street location and will create up to 23 new jobs;44 jobs will be retained. The expansion is expected to be completed in February of 2020. Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-Designate Eric Gertler said, "The Finger Lakes region is home to talent-rich tech companies like VIAVI Solutions that continue to expand and create good-paying jobs here, reflecting New York State’s strategic investment in business expansion and regional growth.” The new facility will replace the current 17,000 square-foot plant, providing the needed infrastructure necessary for enhanced product development and manufacturing. The additional space will include the construction of a state-of-the-art, ISO, class 5 cleanroom at the Henrietta location. VIAVI Senior Vice President & General Manager for the Optical Security and Performance Products Business Luke Scrivanich said, “RPC Photonics was acquired by VIAVI in order to expand our offerings in the 3D sensing space and to leverage its resources in adjacent sectors. We look forward to expanding and modernizing our capabilities in Monroe County. This area is renowned for its talent in optics technology and we expect to continue to recruit and hire from the local colleges and universities.” VIAVI focuses its operations on the optical security and performance products business in high performance custom optics, by providing light management solutions for the consumer electronics, automotive, industrial, government and anti-counterfeiting markets.  ESD is assisting the successful company with its consolidation in Monroe County by providing up to $400,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job creation commitments. Greater Rochester Enterprise was also instrumental in ensuring Viavi Solutions would expand and grow in New York State instead of moving its local manufacturing operations to the company’s facilities in Asia. State Senator Patrick Gallivan said, “The expansion of VIAVI Solutions is testament to the continued success of this high-tech industry and the quality of the local workforce. In addition to retaining dozens of existing jobs, the creation of nearly two dozen additional positions will provide new opportunities for students studying at local colleges and universities. The investment also sends a positive message about the continued economic growth of Henrietta, Monroe County and the entire Finger Lakes Region.” State Assembly Member Harry Bronson said, “I applaud Luke Scrivanich and the team from VIAVI Solutions for their ongoing commitment to our region. Today’s announcement by the company and Empire State Development Acting Commissioner Eric Gertler shows that the Rochester area has a strong, diverse, and skilled workforce and is in an economic position to create jobs for the future. I look forward to VIAVI Solution’s growth and the addition of new jobs at their expanded Henrietta campus.” Henrietta Town Supervisor Steve Schultz said, “Being located near two nationally ranked research universities each with an emphasis on different portions of the Photonics industry, Monroe County, and especially Henrietta, is a prime location for a photonics company to expand operations. We are very glad that VIAVi recognizes the strength of our area and is willing to invest in the acquisition of RPC Photonics and the expansion of their facilities which will include the creation of an additional 23 jobs in the industry. Thank you to RPC Photonics, VIAVI, and Empire State Development for working together to make this exciting opportunity a reality.” Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, "From our historic strength in manufacturing and optics, to the talent harnessed by our world-class colleges and universities, Monroe County is the perfect place for VIAVI Solutions to grow. Monroe County is proud to be home to VIAVI as they create more jobs in our community and we offer our unique one-of-a-kind workforce development programs to support their continued success in the future." Greater Rochester Enterprise President & CEO Matt Hurlbutt said,” By acquiring locally based RPC Photonics, VIAVI has tapped into the robust optics, photonics, and imaging ecosystem and technical expertise available in the Greater Rochester, NY region. VIAVI leaders plan to expand their manufacturing capacity here in Henrietta, NY, to meet expected sales growth in the 3D imaging and sensing market. For additional information about VIAVI, click here. Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward  Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $6.1 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in. Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here. ​ Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | [email protected] | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Public Notice

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 4:00pm
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