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Press Release

Monday, August 2, 2021 - 4:42pm
Offshore Wind Port Will Advance New York’s Green Industry Capacity Port Will Support Job Creation and Spur Additional Offshore Supply Chain Development Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that New York State has submitted an application for the United States Department of Transportation's Port Infrastructure Development Grant Program to support construction of Arthur Kill Terminal (AKT) in Staten Island. AKT will be an offshore wind staging and assembly port built on a 32-acre undeveloped site through a partnership between ESD and Arthur Kill Terminal, LLC. Today’s announcement advances Governor Cuomo’s vision for New York to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035, leading the nation in green energy production. New York now has five offshore wind projects and five ports in active development – the largest offshore wind pipeline in the nation totaling more than 4,300 megawatts, enough to power more than 2.4 million homes, and representing nearly 50 percent of the capacity needed to meet the State’s long-term target. These projects will deliver thousands of jobs and more than $12.1 billion of combined economic activity, sending a clear market signal that will help further economic development, deliver savings for consumers, and increase infrastructure and clean energy benefits for New Yorkers across the state. ESD Chief Operating Officer and Executive Deputy Commissioner Kevin Younis said, “Utilizing underdeveloped land at the Arthur Kill Terminal to create a green energy port and bring new, sustainable economic opportunities to the State advances Empire State Development’s mission to prepare New York’s economy for the future. With Arthur Kill Terminal as an offshore wind port, we will continue to serve as leaders in the fight against climate change, while promoting job growth and strengthening our manufacturing sector.” NYSERDA President and CEO Doreen M. Harris said, “The Arthur Kill Terminal Project will support the delivery of clean energy to power millions of homes, bring thousands of good-paying jobs, with a significant amount of the work going to workers and businesses in historically disadvantaged and environmental justice communities, and provide critical port infrastructure to accelerate the achievement of New York’s offshore wind goals. Importantly, this carefully planned project will be operational in time for the imminent East Coast offshore wind construction boom and will be able to service both shallow and deep-water projects – an essential and scarce asset for Atlantic states.” Arthur Kill Terminal President and CEO Boone Davis said, “We are thrilled to announce a partnership with Empire State Development to realize this transformational project for Staten Island, New York, and the region. Arthur Kill Terminal will be a cornerstone for the development of a US-based offshore wind supply chain and will unlock significant jobs and economic benefits for local workers and businesses.” As New York continues to build out its green economy, AKT is the latest example of the purpose-built port infrastructure that will maximize economic benefits and job creation from a once-in-a-generation opportunity. Offshore wind staging and assembly ports are critical infrastructures for enabling the timely and cost-effective construction of offshore wind projects. Establishing AKT and the addition of other ports across New York State to this program will accelerate the country’s and our state’s efforts to build a true American offshore wind industry. Contact: ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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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].gov 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

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 - 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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Public Notice

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 5:30pm
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Public Notice

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 5:30pm
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Public Notice

Monday, July 19, 2021 - 5:30pm
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Public Notice

Monday, July 19, 2021 - 5:30pm
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Public Notice

Monday, July 19, 2021 - 5:30pm
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