Governor Cuomo Announces Baldwin as $10 Million Long Island Winner of Fourth-Round Downtown Revitalization Initiative

August 13, 2019

State to Collaborate with Long Island Regional Economic Development Council to Revitalize Baldwin's Downtown

Part of Governor's Comprehensive Approach to Transform Communities into Vibrant Neighborhoods and Boost Local Economies

Downtown Revitalization Investments Are Crucial Part of Long Island's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Baldwin in the Town of Hempstead will receive $10 million in funding as the Long Island 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 this competition we are challenging local governments to come up with a comprehensive plan to revitalize their downtowns, and Baldwin did exactly that," Governor Cuomo said. "This plan builds on Baldwin's existing assets including the LIRR and focuses on transit orientated development to drive economic growth in the region. It is not only ambitious and innovative - it is actually going to happen. And when you put boldness together with feasibility, that is magic."

"Strategically located near the Long Island Rail Road, Baldwin offers commercial, retail, and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors and is primed for continued growth," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This funding as part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative will advance efforts to grow downtown Baldwin and increase economic activity in Nassau County. With this targeted investment, we continue our commitment to strengthen communities statewide and ensure further success now and in the future."

Read the full press release here.