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Friday, May 14, 2021 - 5:10pm
Downtown Revitalization Initiative Funds Key Catalytic Projects That Continue the Governor's Goal to Enrich Both Communities  Projects Will Enhance Waterfront Amenities, Create New Residential and Retail Spaces, and Support Small Businesses and Industry Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a list of transformational projects for Fulton and Seneca Falls as part of their $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative awards. The 16 projects in Fulton and 13 projects in Seneca Falls will enhance waterfront amenities, repurpose existing buildings to develop new residential and retail spaces, and support small businesses and industry. The investments are part of the Governor's ongoing efforts to revitalize the upstate economy and create more opportunities for Central New York and the Finger Lakes.  "We must reimagine New York and build back a better, stronger economy than before the devastating pandemic," Governor Cuomo said. "Programs like the Downtown Revitalization Initiative are providing local communities with the resources to make their bold visions for the future a reality. These strategic investments in Fulton and Seneca Falls will infuse new life into their downtown areas and will create a better place for both present and future generations alike." "A healthy downtown is vital to a community's overall economic health, especially as we enter a post-pandemic future," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The Downtown Revitalization Initiative is strengthening communities through smart growth in Central New York, in the Finger Lakes and across the state. The projects announced in Fulton and Seneca Falls today will change the trajectories of these communities further making them great destinations to work, play and raise a family." Read the full press release. 
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Press Release

Friday, May 14, 2021 - 4:30pm
Ten Projects Will Redevelop Commercial Spaces with Mixed-Use Development & Streetscape Improvements $10 Million DRI Investment in Niagara Falls is Part of a Strategic Goal to Enrich the Community with Key Catalytic Projects Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced 10 transformational projects for Niagara Falls as part of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award. The strategic investments will strengthen small business, support private investment in underutilized buildings, and bring new residential units, commercial space, and a hotel to the historic Bridge District. The investments are part of the Governor's ongoing efforts to revitalize the upstate economy and create more opportunities for the Western Region. "The investments we are making in Niagara Falls as part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative are a key part of our focus on building New York State back better than ever before," Governor Cuomo said. "Through the DRI, we are empowering local communities to fulfill their vision for downtown areas that provide plentiful business, residential and recreational opportunities for all. These projects will build on the assets that exist in the world-famous Niagara Falls to help revitalize Western New York." Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said, "As a Western New Yorker and frequent visitor to Niagara Falls, I know the city is a critical economic asset that has so much to offer. Through our Downtown Revitalization Initiative, we are building on Niagara Falls as a world-class tourist destination to create more economic opportunity and further transform the community into a great place to work, play, and raise a family." Niagara Falls was named a DRI Round 4 winner in August 2019.The Bridge District, formerly known as North Main Street or The North End historically served as the downtown shopping district for Niagara Falls. Today the District is being reborn with revitalization including the recently completed intermodal train station, new connections to the waterfront and cultural attractions. The DRI will capitalize on and complement these improvements, as well as the Robert Moses Parkway Removal project, by supporting the creation of green space, the construction of streetscape improvements with lighting and traffic calming measures, which will help to support planned private investment in the downtown. Additional projects will strengthen small business, support private investment in underutilized buildings, bring new residential units, commercial space, and a hotel.  Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Friday, May 14, 2021 - 2:01pm
Center Will Improve Access to a Full Continuum of Care for Clients in Surrounding High-Need Communities Empire State Development (ESD today announced the completion of Family Service League’s (FSL) Fay J. Lindner Health and Wellness Center on the Judith & Thomas Iovino Campus located in Bay Shore, Suffolk County. This 14,000 square foot state of the art building located on Fifth Avenue will offer services to support the full integration of mental health care, addiction treatment, pharmacy needs, and primary care medicine in the surrounding communities.  ESD Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “This past year has shown us how vital good health and overall wellness are to New Yorkers and to our collective path forward. The Family League’s state-of-the-art Fay J. Lindner Health and Wellness Center will ensure that clients in high-need communities along Long Island’s South Shore will have access to the health care services necessary for recovery and growth.” "Family Service League’s Fay J. Lindner Health & Wellness Center is an innovative model of care offering a high level of integrated health services for those most vulnerable," said Karen Boorshtein, President and CEO of Family Service League. "Our thanks to Empire State Development, the Fay J. Linder Foundation, the Iovino Family, and all of the generous donors who joined our efforts and worked with us to help make this vision of care into a reality for Long Island’s South Shore residents.  The new facility will include teams of psychiatrists, and social workers, as well as South Shore University Hospital Northwell Health medical personnel as part of the Community Health Care Collaborative.  This unique center is another facet of FSL’s broad base of over 60 programs.  All of which support and empower people, and their families, on their path to better, healthier lives." FSL invested more $5.6 million to purchase the lot adjacent to its Bay Shore Family Center and construct the new facility. This project was supported by a $500,000 capital grant from Empire State Development, recommended by the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council. FSL committed to create 22 new full-time jobs and retain 40 existing jobs at this location. LIREDC Co-Chairs Kevin Law, Partner/Executive Vice President, Tritec Real Estate Co., Inc. and Stuart Rabinowitz, President of Hofstra University said, “The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted that the vulnerable populations in our communities need our help more than ever before.  The LIREDC is proud to support the Family Service League as they celebrate this milestone that will ensure that there are quality providers providing mental health and substance abuse services to those who need it most.” State Senator Phil Boyle said, “I applaud Empire State Development for the completion of the much-needed Health & Wellness Center at the Family Service League in Bay Shore. The services that the Center will provide are especially critical during our pandemic recovery, and I am so glad that our community will now have more opportunities for mental health care, addiction treatment, pharmacy needs, and primary care medicine!” Assemblymember Phil Ramos said, “I am so proud of this much needed Health and Wellness center, which will serve our community by offering vital treatment and mental health services. This $500,000 investment of state funds will also address substance abuse and housing issues faced by our homeless population.” “Now more than ever, as our residents are still reeling from the impacts of COVID-19, we need to provide easy, convenient access to care,” said Suffolk County Executive Bellone. “This new facility will provide a number of critical services, all under one roof, creating a safer, healthier Suffolk County.” Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an enormous toll on mental health, particularly in those individuals who were already struggling. The opening of the Fay J. Lindner Health and Wellness Center couldn’t come at a more fitting time, as the CDC eases its guidance, and we approach the return to a sense of normalcy. On behalf of the Islip Town Board, we welcome this new facility and the essential care it offers to the community.” Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Friday, May 14, 2021 - 1:53pm
CUNY Chancellor Matos Rodríguez Will Replace Cheryl A. Moore The New York City Regional Economic Development Council (NYCREDC) today announced that Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, Chancellor, City University of New York has been appointed as Co-Chair of the Council, effective immediately. Chancellor Matos Rodríguez succeeds Cheryl A. Moore, who served as Co-Chair from 2017 and recently moved to London to oversee the research programs of the Wellcome Trust, an international charity and leader in basic research. Chancellor Matos Rodríguez joins Co-Chair Winston Fisher as the NYCREDC continues working to grow the economy in the five boroughs of New York City. “Félix V. Matos Rodríguez has shown exceptional leadership through his career in public education and recently as Chancellor of the City University of New York,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Chair of the Regional Economic Development Councils. “I’m confident Félix will bring the same energy and commitment to inclusive economic development to this new role, overseeing the allocation of millions of dollars to boost the Downstate economy. New York City will be well-served as Félix joins Winston Fisher to co-chair the economic future of the region.” Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, Chancellor, City University of New York said, “I am honored to be appointed co-chair and look forward to joining my colleagues on the Council in the critical work of moving New York City forward from this horrific pandemic and the devastating human and economic toll it has exacted. Inclusive, equitable economic development will be essential to building back better and stronger.” NYCREDC Co-Chair Winston Fisher, Partner, Fisher Brothers said, “As we focus our efforts on moving forward from the economic hardships of the pandemic, I am especially glad to welcome Chancellor Matos Rodríguez to the NYCREDC.  His knowledge and expertise will be crucial to the development of our recovery strategy as we build back better and move New York City forward.” ESD Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “I am excited to welcome Chancellor Matos Rodríguez to the NYCREDC. As we focus on reimagining the economy of the New York City region, Chancellor Matos Rodríguez has the expertise, and diverse and extensive skills to power us into the next decade of the Regional Economic Development Councils. Congratulations on your appointment and thank you to Winston Fisher for his continued service. I look forward working with this leadership and the Council to build a better and brighter future for New York City and the New York State.” Félix V. Matos Rodríguez became the eighth Chancellor of the City University of New York (CUNY) in May 2019, making him the first educator of color, and the first Latino to lead the nation’s largest urban university. CUNY’s sprawling system comprises 25 campuses with an enrollment of over 275,000 degree-seeking students, over 225,000 adult and continuing education students, and an operating budget of over $3.6 billion. Matos Rodríguez, is a scholar, teacher, administrator and former Cabinet secretary for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Prior to his appointment as Chancellor, Dr. Matos Rodríguez was president of CUNY’s Queens College from 2014 to 2019 and of CUNY’s Eugenio María de Hostos Community College in the Bronx from 2009 to 2014, making him one of a select few U.S. educators who has led both a baccalaureate and a community college. For more about Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, click here. The REDC process continues to improve the State's approach to economic development, creating regional strategies for bottom-up, economic growth and streamlining the State funding application process. To date, through the REDC competition, more than $6.9 billion has been awarded to more than 8,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region's strategic plans, which project to create and retain more than 240,000 jobs statewide. To date, through the REDC competition, the NYC Region has been awarded $615.9 million for 819 projects. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov. To learn more about the NYCREDC, visit https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/new-york-city. Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Board Meeting

Friday, May 14, 2021 - 9:30am
This meeting has been canceled.
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Press Release

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 4:00pm
New TV Advertisements Voiced by Globally-Recognizable New Yorkers Whoopi Goldberg, Robert DeNiro and Billy Joel to Promote and Drive State's Rebuilding Efforts Digital Billboards Sharing Message in Locations Throughout the State with Professional Sports Teams and Iconic New York Institutions Participating TV Ads Can Be Viewed Here, Here, Here and Here; Animations Available Here and Here  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of the new "Reimagine, Rebuild, Renew" multimedia campaign designed to support the state's reopening and economic recovery by showing that New York is back better than before. The new campaign utilizes TV ads and billboards to coincide with the reopening of industries across the state. The goal of this collaborative effort-created and supported by and for New Yorkers-is to spur new investments while re-energizing residents, businesses and communities in the wake of COVID-19.   "With more New Yorkers getting vaccinated every day, it's time to turn the page, rebuild our state's economy and look forward to a new economic future for New York," Governor Cuomo said. "This new multimedia campaign will promote our state's commitments to growing the economy, improving our infrastructure and helping small businesses with an assist from some of New York's most famous residents. We're highlighting new possibilities for the future as we reimagine a state that is stronger, fairer, greener, and more resilient than ever before."   Four new TV ads will begin appearing throughout New York State, each featuring a voice-over track from a globally-recognized New Yorker: Academy Award-winning actors Robert DeNiro and Whoopi Goldberg, and Grammy Award-winning musician Billy Joel. Each spot highlights the ways in which New York State is building back better, including the state's targeted investments to support economic growth,downtown revitalization, small businesses, infrastructure and transportation. The ads are set against Bronx-native Ace Frehley's "New York Groove" and remind viewers that New Yorkers are "New York Tough." The videos can be viewed here, here, here and here.  Additionally, the campaign will feature animations of the "Reimagine, Rebuild, Renew" message on digital billboards statewide. These animations capture the campaign's message of resiliency in big, bold type and bright, joyful colors to symbolize a new beginning. The words "rebuild," "renew," and "reimagine" are used to build back the structure of New York State itself--from the towering skyscrapers of the city to the rolling hills of the country--embracing the strength, diversity and indomitable spirit that makes New York unique. Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 3:00pm
Design-Build Project is On-Budget Despite COVID-Related Challenges  New State-of-the-Art Spaces Will Provide a Boost to Hospitality and Tourism Industries  Key Part of Governor Cuomo's Midtown West Redevelopment Plan  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the construction completion of the historic $1.5 billion Jacob K. Javits Convention Center expansion, proving the effectiveness and efficiency of the design-building process in New York State. The massive project, which will add 1.2 million square feet of total event-related space on Manhattan's West Side, was completed on budget despite the challenges related to COVID-19. Expanding the Javits Center, which has operated as the busiest convention center in the United States, furthers Governor Cuomo's efforts to continue New York City's role as a leading tourism, hospitality and business destination, and the project serves as a key part of the Midtown West redevelopment plan, including the transformation of Pier 76 directly behind the six-block convention center.  "Re-investing in on our infrastructure is critical to restarting our economy after COVID-19, and the expansion of the Javits Center will play a pivotal role in attracting people back to New York and supporting local businesses," Governor Cuomo said. "From operating as a COVID-19 field hospital to the largest vaccination center in the United States, the Javits Center has demonstrated its importance to the recovery and resurgence of the Empire State, and this project reinforces their part in New York's economic future."  Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Friday, May 7, 2021 - 3:10pm
Multi-Modal Roadway in Nassau County Provides Connectivity, Supports Community Restoration and Improves Waterfront Access  Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the completion of the $18.7 million Garvies Point Road Waterfront Connector in Glen Cove, Nassau County. The new waterfront connector, also known as Herb Hill/Garvies Point Road, has transformed a degraded and inadequate one-mile roadway into a “complete street” with new pedestrian sidewalks, sewer, water and electrical utilities, and storm management infrastructure. This is part of the city's long-term efforts toward transforming the Glen Cove Waterfront by removing blight and contamination and to create a vibrant new mixed-use redevelopment.  ESD Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “Ensuring that our cities are walkable and bikeable, with access to the amenities that make them unique and inviting, are vital to our placemaking efforts. The strategic investment in Herb Hill/Garvies Point Road will help to revitalize and enhance an area of Glen Cove, allowing the community to better showcase part of the North Shore and generate new interest from residents, visitors and businesses.”  As part of the project, the roadway’s grade was elevated, with all utilities being relocated underground to provide better resiliency against future storm events. The transformed roadway provides the residents of Garvies Point and Glen Cove the ability to utilize public amenities such as parks, marinas, playgrounds, and the public walk that have been built for the new Glen Cove Garvies Point mixed-use waterfront project. The City will also have a commuter ferry service operating from the waterfront, which will bring additional users to the area. This project was supported by a $2.5 million ESD capital grant, recommended by the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.    ESD has provided previous support to the City of Glen Cove to help with their revitalization efforts to create vibrant, walkable and livable communities. Glen Cove received a RESTORE NY Communities Initiative grant for $695,000 towards the construction of a $4.26 million project to redevelop 214 acres as part of their waterfront revitalization efforts and to construct a new ferry terminal building on a vacant remediated Brownfield site.    LIREDC Co-Chairs Kevin Law and Stuart Rabinowitz, President of Hofstra University said, "The completion of this project is a notable milestone that showcases the importance of infrastructure projects to our regional economy and quality of life. This revitalized roadway now acts as a connector that makes it easier for Garvies Point Road area residents and visitors to access and experience the transformation of the Glen Cove Waterfront."   Assemblymember Charles D. Lavine said, "The completion of this project, which contributes to the ongoing evolution of the waterfront, provides vastly improved access to the area and is also vital to the future economic prosperity of the city of Glen Cove."  “The Garvies Point Road Connector will transform the waterfront in Glen Cove by hardening critical infrastructure and connecting many of the City’s hidden gems to residents for the first time,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “I have long advocated for redevelopment of our downtowns to make Nassau the best place to live, work and play. I want to thank Empire State Development and New York State for funding this important public works project.”  Glen Cove Mayor Tim Tenke said, “The ten-year reconstruction of Herb Hill/Garvies Point Road was made possible by the partnership between RXR, the City, the LIREDC, the CDA, designers, engineers, contractors, our elected delegation and most importantly, our funders. Without the generous support of the federal, State and County government, none of this would have been possible.”  Contact:  Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313   
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Press Release

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 2:28pm
Housed on the State’s Award-Winning Open NY platform, the Database Complements ESD's Library of Public Data  Provides the Public with a Dynamic, User Friendly, and Searchable Database of ESD’s Economic Development Projects  Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that the Database of Economic Incentives is now live on Open NY, New York State’s award-winning public data platform. The Database is an accessible, searchable catalogue of Empire State Development’s economic development projects. This dynamic platform further increases transparency into projects that receive ESD support.  Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President and CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “The Database of Economic Incentives provides the public with the most comprehensive index of economic development projects undertaken by ESD to move New York’s economy forward. The full-service platform, in a centralized portal, contains thousands of datapoints enabling New Yorkers to know more about the work of our agency and our commitment to public transparency.” The Database of Economic Incentives provides the public with comprehensive information on ESD loan, grant, and tax credit incentive projects that support infrastructure, innovation, place-making and revitalization, tradable sectors, and workforce development. The Database, containing over 1,000 projects, will be updated quarterly and includes instructional materials to help users navigate the platform and analyze the data.   Each project in the Database includes information such as the project’s location, the recipient of the assistance, the type and amount of assistance awarded, and, where applicable, progress and compliance status of any job or investment commitments associated with ESD’s assistance. The projects in the Database highlight a total public/private investment of $18.4 billion, of which 82 percent of invested funds are leveraged private sector and non-ESD investment, and 18 percent are ESD awarded dollars.  The Database of Economic Incentives is hosted on Open NY as part of Governor Cuomo's Open NY initiative. The award-winning website is a hub for one-stop access to information that helps the public better understand what is happening in government. There are more than 645 million records available published by 58 state agencies and authorities on the Open NY platform.  The Database of Economic Incentives is another example of ESD’s commitment to sharing information about its work on behalf of New Yorkers. The ESD Reports Page contains updates on program activities and includes more than 50 quarterly and annual reports that ESD issues each year, detailing key New York State economic development projects and initiatives. In addition, ESD maintains a comprehensive archive of public meeting videos and materials in the ESD Media Center.  Based on the number of records and data fields available, New York’s Database of Economic Incentives is among the largest and most comprehensive State-level datasets of economic incentives in the nation.  The Database is accompanied by additional resources to help a user navigate ESD project-level information:  Database Overview: Provides a summary of the Database, and its contents  Data Dictionary: Provides a list and definition of all data fields in the Database.   Data Snapshot:  Includes summary statistics for all projects featured in the Database.  FAQ: Answers frequently asked questions on the Database  Webinar:  Provides additional context on the projects in the Database in the form of an Introduction and User Orientation Webinar.    Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 Matt Gorton | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313 Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313  
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