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Public Notice

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 1:00pm
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Press Release

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 12:18pm
Fund Supports Projects That Will Encourage Growth Along Transportation Corridors and Revitalize Neighborhood Commercial Districts See Map Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced 10 projects received awards totaling $5.89 million through the fourth round of the Better Buffalo Fund. The program, launched in 2014, supports projects that encourage density and growth along transportation corridors and revitalize neighborhood commercial districts. The latest round of funding will help complete the renovation of 129 residential units and more than 183,078 square feet of storefront and commercial space, while leveraging more than $52 million in private investment.   "We are making strategic investments through the Better Buffalo Fund that are reducing sprawl by encouraging transit oriented development and revitalizing neighborhoods in targeted areas of Buffalo," Governor Cuomo said. "The comprehensive approach we've taken for Buffalo and Western New York is fueling the transformation of the city and generating economic growth across the region."  A key initiative of Governor Cuomo's revitalization efforts in Western New York, the Better Buffalo Fund aims to create vibrant, mixed-use, high-density neighborhoods, while improving access to the major employment hubs by creating stronger transit and transportation linkages between neighborhoods employment centers, job training and services. Applicants applied for grants and revolving loan funds through the Better Buffalo Fund for one of two initiatives—Transit-Oriented Development and Buffalo Main Streets.  For this latest round, the eligible area for the Fund was extended to include Broadway, between Cedar and Mortimer streets, and Main Street, between Mohawk and Seneca streets. Today's announcement was made at Black Rock Freight House, a mixed-use redevelopment project that transformed mostly vacant industrial space into 35 loft style, one, two and three-bedroom apartments and roughly 3,000-sqaure-feet of commercial space.  The commercial space will house a second location for Hatchets and House, which will open later this month.  This project by Common Bond Real Estate received a $750,000 loan in round three of the Better Buffalo Fund. "The Better Buffalo Fund is bringing back forgotten neighborhoods so that the people who lived there all their lives can continue to be proud and raise their families there," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "I ride my bike around the city traveling through the neighborhoods, and can feel an energy and electricity that wasn't there during my years as a child or young adult raising my family. These projects are improving quality of life and transforming communities for the future." Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 10:38am
Henry Cialone, President and CEO of EWI, Relocating to WNY See Cialone’s headshot here; See video of Buffalo Manufacturing Works here Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Henry Cialone, President and CEO of EWI, will relocate to Western New York and directly lead Buffalo Manufacturing Works as it enters an important growth phase.  Buffalo Manufacturing Works was established with ESD funding in 2015 under Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion Initiative and recently moved to its permanent home as an anchor institution in the Northland Corridor Redevelopment Area.  It is operated by EWI, based in Columbus, Ohio, an unparalleled leader in providing engineering services to manufacturers and suppliers across various industries to take on technology innovations, guiding them from proof-of-concept to production.  Mr. Cialone was instrumental in working with ESD on the genesis of the business model for Buffalo Manufacturing Works; it is now successfully deploying assistance to manufacturing companies across Western New York and beyond.  He will relocate and become a Buffalo-area resident and EWI is appointing a new Chief Operating Officer in its Columbus headquarters.  “Manufacturing is a vital and growing part of our economy in WNY providing over 50,000 jobs,” said Empire State Development Chair Howard Zemsky. “Buffalo Manufacturing Works will continue to provide local manufacturers with access to the most modern technologies to help them remain competitive globally. With Henry locating to WNY it will assure their continued success and best in class service.” “EWI is embarking on a reinvigorated commitment to our mission of delivering innovative technical solutions in manufacturing processes that elevate our customers’ competitiveness,” said EWI President and CEO Henry Cialone. “This is an exciting time in Western New York as we continue to invest in leading edge technology development and talent. EWI understands the important role manufacturing plays in the region’s economic vitality and we are more committed than ever to helping manufacturers innovate and grow.”  Since 2015, Buffalo Manufacturing Works has been working together with local companies to foster excellence in their internal manufacturing, engineering and research and development teams. Buffalo Manufacturing Works' collaborative network is designed to give manufacturers of all sizes and market sectors the tools they need to grow their companies and expand economic development across the Buffalo-Niagara region and beyond. In five years, membership has grown to 47 companies across various industries with more than 350 initiated or completed projects for 134 companies representing nearly $150 million in economic impact. In October 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the expansion and relocation of Buffalo Manufacturing Works to the Northland Central Building at 683 Northland Ave, next to the Northland Workforce Training Center (NWTC), along with additional private industrial tenants expected there soon. Under Cialone’s leadership, EWI is implementing a new strategic plan that focuses on leveraging and extending applied research and development, as well as creating scalable commercial solutions. The new leadership structure supports EWI’s mission of delivering innovative technical solutions in manufacturing processes that elevate our customers’ competitiveness, while achieving sustained profitability. Cialone, who holds a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Sciences from Brown University, has a record of creating new business opportunities through technological innovation and building broad coalitions to develop those businesses. He joined EWI in 2005 and has shaped the future of manufacturing by helping establish Buffalo Manufacturing Works and new laboratories in Loveland, Colo.; expanded EWI’s portfolio of manufacturing technologies; created public-private partnerships such as the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (dba LIFT); and increased technology commercialization to deliver broader market benefits. During his tenure, EWI has spun out several companies based on the technologies it developed. Prior to EWI, Cialone was an executive at Battelle where he developed and managed its commercial energy technology portfolio. He led Battelle’s commercial energy business and served on the governing board of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Cialone has also served on numerous boards and advisory bodies. Buffalo Manufacturing Works is now located in a new 50,000-square- foot, state-of-the-art facility at Northland Central that is double the size of its original location on Main Street.  Now co-located now with other critical manufacturing resources such as Northland Workforce Training Center, Insyte Consulting, World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara, and the Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance, this is a realization of the vision for fostering collaboration at Northland Central. Buffalo Manufacturing Works was created through an initial $45 million state investment through the Buffalo Billion. Governor Cuomo announced an additional $35 million Phase II for Buffalo Manufacturing Works in his 2017 State of the State. That funding supported Buffalo Manufacturing Works’ move and expansion to Northland Central.  More information about Buffalo Manufacturing Works operated by EWI can be found here.   Contact: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Public Notice

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 2:30pm
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Public Notice

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 1:30pm
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Press Release

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 2:22pm
Upgrades to the Rundel Library’s North Terrace in the City of Rochester are Part of New York State’s Investment in Initiative that is Changing the Face of the Genesee River Waterfront Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that officials have broken ground on the new Rundel Library North Terrace in the City of Rochester. The terrace project is part of the transformative ROC the Riverway initiative, a series of riverside projects which, when complete, will create a seamless connection along the banks of the Genesee River. The initiative also supports the city's updated Local Waterfront Revitalization Program plan, which aims to attract millennials, enhance recreational opportunities, and drive growth along the underutilized waterfront. ESD is supporting the terrace upgrades with $1.5 million, which will assist with needed repair work and will also allow the library’s terrace area to be open for outdoor library rooms, café spaces and programming opportunities. There are proposed future plans to develop the space under the North Terrace, in conjunction with the Aqueduct Re-Imagined project outlined in the initiative. The upgrades are expected to be completed in late 2021. Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "The ROC the Riverway initiative is already tapping the potential of downtown Rochester's Genesee River waterfront and is poised to drive tourism, economic momentum and encourage private investment that will keep the Finger Lakes moving forward." The Rundel Library North Terrace project is one of 13 transformative projects announced by Governor Cuomo in August of 2018 that are receiving a part of $50 million in  funding through the regionally designed Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative. "The Rundel Library North Terrace is an important cornerstone of the ROC the Riverway Initiative, which is fulfilling the community-building and job-creating potential of the river that runs through the heart of our city," Mayor Lovely A. Warren said. "It will be an exciting addition to the Rundel Memorial Building, a beautiful and unique community resource which stands at the juncture of the Genesee River, the old Erie Canal bed and the Johnson & Seymour Millrace." Over the next few months the City of Rochester is also planning to break ground on much needed upgrades to the Blue Cross Arena and Charles Carroll Plaza and will begin the design phase of additional ROC the Riverway projects that will eventually result in the transformation of Genesee Gateway and High Falls Terrace Park along the river. Last October, work got underway on the long-waited ROC City Skate Park in Downtown Rochester. When completed later this year, the park will offer skaters over 14,000 square-feet of space and it will be free and open to the public. Other projects supporting the momentum of the ROC the Riverway initiative include completed upgrades to the North Terrace at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center and to the Promenade at Erie Harbor which connected a path along the Genesee River. The $8.1million dollar project is also receiving $2 million through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) which was secured by State Assemblyman David Gantt. Another $900,000 in support was secured by State Senator Joe Robach through the New York State Education Department.  Senator Joe Robach, "The Rundel Library and the Genesee River have long been central to the quality of life of downtown Rochester. The North Terrace project will enhance the library patron experience and provide them with a place to enjoy the Genesee River and the outdoors in the heart of our city. I was pleased to work with many of my government partners and the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council to secure funding for this transformative project. Truly a win-win for the residents of Rochester." Assemblyman David Gantt said, "I was incredibly pleased to be able to secure a portion of the funding needed for this project. The updating of the historic library’s North Terrace is such an important piece of the transformative ROC the Riverway initiative which will serve to revitalize the underutilized area along the Genesee River in Downtown Rochester." Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said, "It is wonderful to see the ROC the Riverway project continue to unfold, transforming our riverfront and adding even more reasons to visit community treasures like the Rundel Library. This exciting development bolsters our efforts to bring new investment and people into Monroe County." 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 $8.07 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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Blog Post

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 3:24pm
The business of defending data is projected to be a very big business in the coming years, potentially a $300 billion industry by 2024. And it’s no wonder: The amount of private data we now store online is staggering, as are the mounting dangers to its safety. By most estimates, ransomware or “phishing” attacks on private, corporate or government networks happen every 14 seconds and mobile malware attacks, which target cell phones through third-party apps, are on the rise. New York State understands the significant threat cybercrime poses to its residents and businesses. Through recent legislation and educational and business development, New York State aims to change the way businesses approach cybersecurity while helping to train the future employees of a state-based industry boom that will address and solve data protection’s biggest challenges.
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Press Release

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 1:30pm
Islanders Will Play All 2020-21 Season Home Games At Nassau Coliseum, Along With Any Playoff Games This Season and Next $6 Million In State-Funded Upgrades To The Coliseum Allow Islanders To Play Final Season At 'The Barn' Before Moving To Belmont Construction On The New Belmont Park Arena Is Advancing Quickly, With The Concrete Foundation Finished And Structural Steel Erection Nearly 20 Percent Complete To Reserve 2019-20 Playoff Tickets or Purchase 2020-21 Regular Season TicketsFor Upcoming Coliseum Games Click Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the New York Islanders will return to Long Island full-time one year ahead of schedule, with all home games during the upcoming 2020-21 season played at NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veteran's Memorial Coliseum. Additionally, the Islanders will play any home playoff games this season and next season at the Coliseum. The team is able to play at the Coliseum as a result of $6 million in state-funded upgrades to the building's infrastructure. Tickets for potential 2019-20 home playoff games and 2020-21 regular season games at the Coliseum will go on sale starting today. This announcement comes as construction on the Islanders' new permanent home at Belmont Park continues to move forward, with the team's arena on track for completion for the 2021-22 NHL season. "The Islanders have always been Long Island's team, and I'm proud to announce this iconic sports franchise will be coming home for good - one year ahead of schedule," Governor Cuomo said. "This long-awaited homecoming will bring the Islanders back to their passionate fan base while generating energy and excitement from Long Islanders for the new Belmont Park Arena opening next year." Read the full press release here.
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