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Board Meeting

Friday, July 30, 2021 - 12:00pm
With Video Conferencing To: New York City Councilmember Diana Ayala’s Office 105 East 116th Street New York, NY 10029 This meeting is open to the public. Web casting of the meeting is available at the link below.  Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 5:30 pm on Thursday, July 29, 2021.
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Press Release

Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 7:26pm
Project Supports New York City Regional Economic Development Council's Childcare and Workforce Development Strategies Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the groundbreaking of Queens Community House’s multi-million Forest Hills Community Center project. The modernization of the 19,000-square-foot community center will allow Queens Community House to reclaim more than 2,000 square feet of currently unusable space for its programming, including its Queens Childcare Network, while featuring a range of workforce development, social service and neighborhood-strengthening services. ESD has agreed to support this project with a $1.4 million capital grant, recommended by the New York City Regional Economic Development Council to align with the Council’s childcare and workforce development strategies. Empire State Development Chief Operating Officer and Executive Deputy Commissioner Kevin Younis said, "The modernization of the Forest Hills Community Center will enable Queens Community House to significantly expand the quality programs and services it provides to local families. This project is an important investment in building regional childcare and workforce development capacity, delivering on the State's priority to support New York's working families and strengthen its economy.”  The modernized facility will allow Queens Community House to support additional sites throughout the borough. The project also includes the fit-out of a new 7,500-square-foot space in a mixed-use building constructed on the NYCHA Forest Hills Coop housing development campus that will house Queens Community House’s ESL classes and immigration legal services program. First opened in 1976 and in need of significant repairs, the Forest Hills Community Center facility serves more than 500 people throughout the surrounding neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Rego Park and Corona daily. The Center’s programming provides training and technical assistance to a growing network of registered and licensed in-home family childcare providers throughout Queens that will eventually serve nearly 650 children. Executive Director of Queens Community House Ben Thomases said, “In the 45 years that the Forest Hills Community Center has been a home for QCH’s programs and a hub for our participants, our use of the space has changed to meet the needs of the community. The improvement of and addition to these program spaces on the FHCC campus is critical to meet the growing needs of the communities QCH serves throughout the borough of Queens, and QCH eagerly looks forward to welcoming our neighbors back to the transformed campus.” New York City Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs Winston Fisher, Partner at Fisher Brothers, and Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, CUNY Chancellor, said, “Supporting childcare and workforce development is a pillar of the Council’s regional strategy. We are proud to invest in projects that will expand crucial programs and services that will significantly impact the community. The modernization of Queens Community House’s Forest Hills Community Center will have a positive long-term impact on working families' economic and social well-being.” Senator Toby Ann Stavisky said, “The Queens Community House provides much needed services to many of our neighbors. This renovation will allow QCH to upgrade and modernize both facilities and programmatic services allowing significant improvements for older adults. teens and young children. QCH has been vital throughout the pandemic, from feeding the homebound, to mentoring young people and assisting the most vulnerable around us. This funding will be an exciting new chapter for the Forest Hills community and a welcome upgrade for the hundreds of people who utilize this center each day." Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Jr. said, “Ever since it opened, Queens Community House has excelled at providing individuals and families with tools they can use to enrich their lives and build healthy, inclusive communities. The modernization of the Forest Hills Community Center will better enable Queens Community House to provide those tools and will allow QCH to continue to offer high-quality programming and services to the people of Queens for decades to come. We salute Queens Community House for all the great work it has done so far, and we look forward to all it will accomplish thanks to this vitally important modernization.” About Empire State Development  Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of "I LOVE NY," the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov. About Queens Community House Queens Community House (QCH) is a multi-service settlement house serving more than 25,000 children, youth, adults and older adults every year. The mission of QCH is to provide individuals and families with the tools to enrich their lives and build healthy, inclusive communities. Through a broad network of programs operating out of 32 sites in 14 neighborhoods, QCH offers Queens residents a needed support system at every stage of life, helping them to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to change their lives for the better and become active participants in their larger community. For more information on Queens Community House, please visit www.qchnyc.org. Contact: Emily Mijatovic (ESD) | [email protected] | (646) 285-5671 | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 2:08pm
Orgill's 780,000 Square Foot Facility in Rome to Create 225 Jobs in the Region Project Eligible for $3.9 million in Performance-Based Tax Credits through the State's Excelsior Jobs Program Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the Orgill distribution center in Oneida County, a massive development undertaken by the world's largest independent hardlines distributor that will bring 225 new jobs to the Mohawk Valley. The $70 million facility was constructed at the Griffiss Business and Technology Parkin the city of Rome and represents the company's first distribution hub in the Northeast.  "Central to our efforts to build back New York better than it was before is bringing new opportunity to communities throughout our state," Governor Cuomo said. "The Orgill distribution center is creating hundreds of good-paying jobs for New Yorkers in the Mohawk Valley and highlighting this region as a key location where industry can flourish."  "We are writing New York State's comeback story with the opening of Orgill's new Northeast distribution center in Rome that will create hundreds of good jobs," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "New York State is proud to attract and support companies like Orgill's that are creating good paying jobs, boosting private investment and will help further unleash the full potential of the Mohawk Valley as an economic powerhouse for the post-pandemic future."  Empire State Development has offered Orgill up to $3.9 million in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits, which are tied directly to the creation of 225 jobs. The distribution center will serve Orgill's customers throughout the Northeast and has the potential to expand to one million square feet. "Orgill is yet another company that has chosen to locate operations in the Mohawk Valley because they realize that the region is an attractive location for their employees to live, work and play," said Empire State Development Chief Operating Officer and Executive Deputy Commissioner Kevin Younis. "Orgill brings significant investment and hundreds of jobs to Rome, which strengthens the economy in the Mohawk Valley and all of New York State." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 1:45pm
Initiative Will Provide Financial Relief to Restaurants That Rapidly Hire Workers; Restaurants May Qualify for Up To $50,000 in Tax Credits    "Fast Track" Option Allows Restaurants to Claim Credits Ahead of 2021 Tax Filing   More Information and Application Portal Available Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of New York State's $35 million Restaurant Return-to-Work Tax Credit program, designed to help expand employment opportunities for workers and provide relief to COVID-impacted restaurants. Created as part of the New York State FY 2022 Budget, the program offers a tax credit for the rapid hiring of restaurant workers to reduce the restaurant industry's pandemic-induced economic difficulties. Qualifying restaurants could receive a $5,000 tax credit per net new hire, totaling up to $50,000 in tax credits per business.    "New York's restaurants are not only the best in the world, they are vital to the state's economy, employing thousands of people and showcasing cuisines that reflect our great diversity. Restaurants also serve as an entrepreneurial outlet and are often families' gateways to the American Dream," Governor Cuomo said. "The restaurant industry was among the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, as public health and safety concerns restricted many of its service operations. With the state's COVID-19 restrictions lifted, restaurants opening to full capacity, and tables filling up, this will support the much-needed hiring of workers by these establishments to meet their increased demand."  The Restaurant Return-to-Work Tax Credit is available to small, independently-owned restaurants in New York City, or in areas that were designated as an Orange Zone or Red Zone for at least 30 consecutive days by the New York State Department of Health during the state of emergency related to COVID-19. Eligible restaurants will need to demonstrate COVID-related losses and show proof of hiring at least one full-time worker at the restaurant. Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 12:44pm
Second Round of Funding Makes $48 Million Available to Help New Yorkers Find Quality, Well-Paid Jobs and to Meet the Short and Long-Term Workforce Needs of Businesses Consolidated Funding Application Through the Regional Economic Development Councils Opens Monday, August 2 Initiative Aims to Create Economic Opportunity for Every New Yorker and Furthers New York's Goal to Reimagine, Rebuild and Renew after the COVID-19 Pandemic Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of the second round of the $175 million Workforce Development Initiative. This second round of funding makes $48 million available to support strategic regional efforts that help New Yorkers find quality, well-paid jobs and meet businesses' short-term workforce needs, improve regional talent pipelines, enhance the flexibility and adaptability of local workforce entities, expand apprenticeships and address the long-term needs of growing industries. In this second call for applications, the Workforce Development Initiative will bring together the resources, plans, and perspectives of multiple state agencies and authorities, the Regional Economic Development Councils, nonprofit training providers and private sector employers to further New York's goal to Reimagine, Rebuild, and Renew from the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for the initiative will open on Monday, August 2nd. "Economic development isn't about making the rich richer—it's about ensuring everyone has the opportunity to get a piece of the pie," Governor Cuomo said. "During a time when our economy has struggled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's even more critical that we build a skilled and capable workforce, and that's exactly what this $175 million initiative does. The second round of the state's Workforce Development Initiative will leverage our resources to educate and train New Yorkers to both support their families and succeed in their professional lives." "The economic impact of COVID-19 has completely upended the traditional workplace, and we are committed to helping New Yorkers get the skills and experience needed for the jobs of tomorrow," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, chair of the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils. "Our Workforce Development Initiative will continue to keep New Yorkers ahead of the job curve and create a more inclusive post-pandemic future where success is accessible to all." Read the full press release here.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 5:26pm
New Year-Round Education, Community Gathering and Event Space, Concession Areas and Restrooms Welcomes SPAC and Live Nation 2021 Audiences Photos Available Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the official opening of The [email protected], a $9.5 million renovation project at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, a world-class arts and culture destination located in Saratoga Spa State Park, that improves visitor services and creates new four-season event space. "For decades, the Saratoga Spa State Park has attracted visitors from across the state and around the world," Governor Cuomo said. "This project is another major step forward in the renewal of this great park and provides needed renovations to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center that will further cement it as a critical economic and cultural driver in the Capital Region." "Saratoga Spa State Park draws tourists and visitors from across the globe to experience everything the Park has to offer -- from world-class arts and culture venues and performances to outdoor recreation and family fun," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "With support from New York State and Live Nation, The [email protected] will continue to bring economic activity and top-tier artists to the Capital Region."  New York State provided $1.5 million in grants from Empire State Development and State Parks, awarded through the Governor's Regional Economic Development Council initiative. The funding was secured in 2019 and demolition began in October of the same year, with the new facility planned to welcome audiences in June 2020. Additional support was provided by Live Nation. Read the full press release here.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 1:57pm
Each REDC Region Will Award $20 Million—Two Communities Will Each Receive a $10 Million Award or One Community Will Receive a $20 Million Award Unprecedented Level of Support for Communities to Mark Fifth Anniversary of DRI as New York State Rebuilds from COVID-19 Pandemic Guidance Available on DRI Website Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $200 million is available for the fifth round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. DRI Round 5 will provide these funds to communities across the 10 Regional Economic Development Council regions to bring new life to their downtowns through a comprehensive strategic planning process, followed by the implementation of key projects. The fifth round is being launched as New York State rebuilds its economy from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. "We're marking the Downtown Revitalization Initiative's fifth year by doubling down on our commitment to help reimagine communities across the state, especially as we prepare for a post-pandemic future," Governor Cuomo said. "The DRI is a cornerstone of New York's comprehensive economic development strategy to drive investment and job creation in downtowns across the state. Our investments will support new and existing businesses, drive new mixed-use developments and bolster the arts and cultural venues to help attract residents and visitors for years to come." "Vibrant downtowns and Main Streets are vital for every community across New York to thrive," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, chair of the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils. "As we launch the fifth round of our Downtown Revitalization Initiative, we will continue to promote smart growth strategies that advance transit-oriented development, spur economic and cultural investment, and give small businesses a much-needed boost."  As part of DRI Round 5, each REDC region may receive up to two awards for a total of $20 million awarded per region. REDCs will decide whether to nominate two $10 million awardees or one $20 million awardee for transformative and catalytic downtown redevelopment projects upon review of the submitted applications. As is the case with past DRI rounds, each selected community will develop a strategic plan that articulates a vision for the revitalization of its downtown and identifies a list of signature projects that have the potential to transform the downtown. DRI funds will then be awarded for selected projects that have the greatest potential to jumpstart revitalization and realize the community's vision for the downtown. Read the full press release here.
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Monday, July 26, 2021 - 2:59pm
Former brownfield site is now state-of-the-art facility for apprenticeship in the sheet metal industry  Empire State Development and SMART Local 71 today announced the ribbon cutting for SMART Local 71’s expanded training center in Buffalo.  SMART Local 71 is the local union of International Association of Sheet Metal, Air Rail and Transportation Workers (“SMART”).  The nearly $1.3 million project on Liberty Avenue cleaned up and reused a former brownfield site to merge three separate properties into one state-of-art facility that will offer apprenticeship training in construction, sheet metal production, and other fabricating industries while relying on clean energy throughout its lifetime.  See pictures of SMART Local 71 members at work here.  “As we reimagine our economy for a post-pandemic comeback, it's more important than ever to make sure that success is accessible to all,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “SMART Local 71’s expanded training center is training the next generation of skilled workers to help build the new Buffalo, and will further unleash the full potential of Western New York’s economy connecting people with good paying jobs and ensuring no one falls behind during our recovery.” “Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 71 committed to making the City of Buffalo our home in 2000.  Since then, we have worked, saved, and planned for this expansion, so we can continue our mission of training the next generation of Sheet Metal Workers,” said SMART Local 71 Business Manager Paul Crist.  “Our members strive to be the safest, best trained, and most productive workers on any jobsite and with this help we can simulate realistic jobsite conditions for hands on training.  I cannot express enough how thankful we are to Empire State Development for partnering with us to make this expansion happen.”   “The transformation of a previously vacant brownfield site into a modern training facility for the members of SMART Local 71 is not just a strategic investment that will strengthen Buffalo's manufacturing sector, it also advances key goals for the broader New York State economy," said Kevin Younis, ESD Chief Operating Officer and Executive Deputy Commissioner. “The state of the art facility gives meaningful place-making purpose to an abandoned building and underutilized property in the city, and ensures current and future generations of SMART Local 71's talented, hard-working workforce have the critical training and necessary skills in construction, sheet metal production, and metal fabrication to meet the demands of the industry.” SMART members include sheet metal workers, service technicians, bus operators, engineers, conductors, sign workers, welders, production employees and more.  The training facility now offers working modules for hands-on experience in working with sheet metal and allows for a real construction site experience. This renovation was critical to the union’s continuing education and apprenticeship programs in teaching the newest methods and tools in their trade.  The former manufacturing facility had become a neighborhood eyesore, stemming from years of vacancy, neglect and deterioration.   SWM 71, Inc. purchased the property on behalf of the Union at 20 Liberty Avenue and Local 71 renovated and reconstructed the two-story 7,200-square-foot building and combined it with 24 Liberty to create an expanded, updated training facility. With the expected growth of training classes, a third adjacent property at 724 Kensington Avenue was also acquired from the City of Buffalo to be used as additional parking for the renovated structure.  To assist in the funding of this significant rehabilitation and upgrade, SMART Local 71 applied for, and was awarded, $377,000 through Round 7 of the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process. Without this additional level of assurance offered by ESD, the project would have stalled due to a lack of guaranteed capital. This infusion of grant monies allowed the union to secure a loan with a lending institution for a significant portion of the project.  Those interested in SMART Local 71 and apprenticeships can learn more here.   City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said, “This is a great example of the opportunities we are creating in Buffalo for our residents which include the traditional trade industries, as well as advanced manufacturing and the digital economy. Not only has SMART Local 71 created state-of-the-art training for the next generation of sheet metal workers, the union and its membership have made a meaningful investment on Buffalo’s East Side.  What were once idle, brownfield sites are now a key component in attracting and training skilled workers, many who live in the surrounding neighborhoods.” NYS Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes said, “The completion of a once former brownfield site turned into a new state-of-the-art training center for construction and sheet metal production in the City of Buffalo will help produce the next generation of SMART workers.  This project serves as a shining example of Empire State Development’s commitment to help revitalize our community and strengthen our workforce. I applaud SMART Local 71 and ESD’s collective leadership and investment in Western New York.” Senator Tim Kennedy said, “This long-awaited expanded training center will fuel new opportunities for both our region's workforce and the surrounding neighborhoods in the City of Buffalo," said Senator Tim Kennedy. "I applaud New York for investing in these critical hands-on programs and apprenticeships, and look forward to seeing SMART Local 71 continue to build hardworking, skilled leaders for the sheet metal industry.” Assemblywoman Monica P. Wallace said, “This facility transformed a blighted industrial site into a state-of-the-art and environmentally-sustainable training facility, and demonstrates the importance of using public resources as seed money to create the trained, highly-skilled workers needed to rebuild our economy. I thank Lt. Kathy Hochul, Empire State Development and SMART Local 71 for investing in this community and ensuring workers have access to the equipment and tools that they need to thrive.” Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said, “This expansion is being made possible thanks to collaborative efforts that will provide a state-of-the-art training facility in the City of Buffalo. Providing a venue where dedicated union members can improve and enhance their skill set and prepare to become the next generation of employees with careers that help them showcase their unique abilities is an ideal repurpose of a former brownfield site.” Contact: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee (ESD) | [email protected] (716) 846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 3:06pm
Post-Pandemic Program Will Encourage Reopening of Broadway Productions as Part of State's Comprehensive Economic Recovery Initiative   More Information Available Here   Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of the new $100 million New York City Musical and Theatrical Production Tax Credit, designed to help revitalize an industry vital to the state’s continued economic recovery. This program will further jump-start the entertainment industry and help to generate additional tourism activity in New York City. Prior to the pandemic, Broadway theatres welcomed a collective audience of nearly 250,000 people each week, while the industry supported more than 90,000 local jobs and contributed over $14 billion to the New York City economy annually. Since the program was first announced as part of the FY 2022 Budget, at least 35 productions have announced opening performance plans for this year.  “New York is not 'New York' without theatre, but for more than a year and a half visitors and residents were unable to enjoy the unparalleled experience of a live stage performance," Governor Cuomo said. “Theatrical productions support thousands of jobs and showcase performances and artists that reflect our state’s great talent and diversity. With the state's coronavirus restrictions lifted, these tax credits will help to restart this quintessentially New York industry more quickly.”   The $100 million New York City Musical and Theatrical Production Tax Credit is a two-year program designed to support the entertainment and tourism industries in New York City. The program will offset some of the costs associated with producing a show, including production costs for sets, costumes, wardrobes, makeup, technical support, salaries, sound, lighting and staging. Eligible companies can receive tax credits of 25% of qualified production expenditures. First-year program applicants can receive up to $3 million per production, with second year applications being eligible for up to $1.5 million. ​ Read the full press release here.
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Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 12:06pm
Exciting new family-friendly, low-cost addition to Buffalo’s Waterfront Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) and Buffalo Waterfront Management Group (BWMG) today announced that the canals at Canalside will be converted into a giant roller rink that will open on August 20 and roll through the fall season to October 31. At more than 30,000 square feet, the Roller Rink at Canalside, in partnership with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, will be the largest outdoor roller-skating rink in New York State. The seasonal attraction, which will host community and school groups, themed skate nights and be free before 5 p.m. on Fridays, will add to the diverse offering of low-cost, family-friendly programming available at Canalside.  Admission is $6 per adult and $2 for children age 13 and younger.  Roller skate rentals will be $4.  The water in the canals will be drained on August 9th to set up for this exciting new addition on Buffalo’s waterfront. The new logo for the Roller Rink at Canalside can be seen here. “Get ready to lace up and roll at Canalside,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia. “For those around in the 70s at the height of the roller disco era, you know how much fun a pair of polyurethane wheels and good tunes can be, and roller skating is seeing a resurgence as a fun activity for all ages.  We’re thrilled to bring this new attraction to the community on Buffalo’s waterfront.” “The Roller Rink at Canalside will be the place to be this fall, and another example of the diverse range of offerings available on Buffalo’s waterfront to the Western New York community and those visiting from afar. With a full line up of programming, the Roller Rink at Canalside is sure to provide plenty of fun for all ages,” said Kevin Parkinson, VP Operations and Finance, BWMG.  “We are thrilled to partner with Highmark BCBS of WNY and with their support provide accessible, healthy activities to our community." Hours of Operation August 20, 2021 - September 6, 2021 Mondays-Thursday: Noon to 7 p.m. Fridays: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. September 7, 2021 – October 31, 2021 Mondays-Tuesdays: Closed (except the holiday on Monday, October 11: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) Wednesdays-Thursdays: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Roller Rink at Canalside will be a place for Buffalo-area children and families to come and experience a new sport for free, or for a low cost, in a fun atmosphere through targeted programming initiatives.  The programs’ focus will be to create a free, outdoor, healthy and active lifestyle environment that will benefit the Western New York community and allow children that might not otherwise be able to experience the roller rink a free and accessible means to do so.  Community Skate Program – Buffalo Waterfront Management Group will partner with community programs to bring groups to the roller rink for free skate lessons and free skate.  Tickets to the Roller Rink will also be distributed to the community. Canalside Neighbor Program – Roller skating will be free of charge to Explore & More, Buffalo and Erie Naval & Military Park and Buffalo Heritage Carousel guests on Wednesdays. Free Play Fridays – Roller skating admission will be free of charge before 5 p.m. on Fridays. Themed Skate Nights – Dedicated nights at the roller rink with music, DJs and associated decorations. Vendor Markets – Pop up vendor markets will take place next to the roller rink making the Roller Rink at Canalside a one-stop-shop for fun, food, and shopping. “As the official health plan of Canalside, we are pleased to bring the fun, healthy and exciting experience of outdoor roller skating to the next generation of Western New Yorkers,” said  Julie R. Snyder, Vice President, Community Affairs, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York. “The new Roller Rink will only enhance the Canalside experience for all who visit.” To learn more about activities and events on the Buffalo waterfront, visit www.buffalowaterfront.com. About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation A nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors governs the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. 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 Erie County executive and the City of Buffalo mayor hold the two non-voting, ex-officio director positions. For more information on ECHDC, visit https://esd.ny.gov/erie-canal-harbor-development-corporation-0. Contact: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee (ECHDC) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239 Lauren Moloney Ford (BWMG) | [email protected] | (716) 440-0120
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