Governor Hochul Outlines $172.5 Million in New State Funding for Transformative Projects in the Finger Lakes Region

March 7, 2022

Projects Would be Funded by Governor’s $216 Billion Budget Proposal Awaiting Approval by the New York State Legislature 

Investments Will Support Inner Loop North, Seneca Park Zoo and Frontier Field Improvements  

Previously Announced ROC The Riverway Phase 2 to Continue Rochester Waterfront Revitalization   

Additional High Falls State Park Renderings are Available Here

NYS Investments Complement “Finger Lakes Forward” - The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy 

Governor Kathy Hochul today outlined $172.5 million in new state investment for several transformative projects in the Finger Lakes region be funded by her $216 billion FY2023 budget proposal. The Governor will commit $100 million from the New York State Department of Transportation's five-year capital plan toward the Inner Loop North project to complete the infill of the sunken highway that has cut off downtown Rochester from its surrounding neighborhoods. Monroe County’s Seneca Park Zoo has been undergoing a major overhaul, and an additional $42.5 million would be used to finish implementing visitor experience enhancements at the area’s second biggest tourist attraction. An additional $10 million for a total of $12.5 million from the State would be used to support needed upgrades to Frontier Field in Rochester, home to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings, to ensure the stadium will meet required Major League Baseball standards. The Governor outlined her vision today at an event held at Monroe Community College’s downtown campus in Rochester.   

“My administration is laser focused on supporting economic development initiatives that will reinforce our efforts to create a new era of prosperity for all New Yorkers as we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Governor Hochul said. “It's time for a better, fairer, and more inclusive version of the American Dream — the New York dream. Our focused investments in these transformative projects in the Finger Lakes will serve to promote greater inclusivity for everyone in the community, further bolster regional tourism efforts and improve the overall quality of life for generations to come.

Read the full press release here.