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Press Release

Monday, March 22, 2021 - 5:58pm
See renderings of the Montante project here The USA Niagara Development Corporation (USAN) Board of Directors met today and approved two General Project Plans (GPP) and the transfer of land in support of private development in downtown Niagara Falls, N.Y.  The land transfers, to Montante Group LLC and SJI Main LLC, involve land previously purchased by USAN through the Buffalo Billion Niagara Falls Strategic Land Acquisition Program.  The projects are part of the continued transformation of the Third Street Business District as a pedestrian and tourist friendly neighborhood with commercial, retail and residential development. “With these two projects, USAN is supporting facilitating the growth in the residential market and revitalization of the tourism industry in downtown Niagara Falls,” said USAN Chairwoman Francine Delmonte. “These long-dormant properties will see new life that will add to the character and vibrancy of the Third Street Business District.” “The continued commitment of USAN to the development of the Third Street Business Corridor is critical to improvement of our tourist district,” said City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino.  “With these transfers, USAN has placed properties important to the district’s growth into the hand of developers committed to investing in our community.” The Montante Group project will restore/rehabilitate commercial buildings located at 500 and 512 Third Street, as well as an adjacent vacant lot at 518 Third Street (Property I) and an adjacent parking lot at 503 Main Street (Property II).  The project will result in two vibrant, mixed-use commercial developments and are critical for the continued development of the Third Street Business District.  The 500 Third Street site would contain ground floor space suitable for retail/restaurant use as well as commercial space above.  The 512 Third Street site would contain retail/restaurant space and use of adjacent outdoor areas.  The two properties would be connected through a finished outdoor seating area, which could be utilized by onsite tenants or for special events.  Montante Group intends to complete the estimated $4.25 million project in two separate phases: construction of either the 500 Third Street or 512 Third Street property, followed by construction of the remaining property not chosen during Phase 1. The USAN Board of Directors previously named TM Montante Development the preferred developer in January 2020. The GPP approval and land transfer of vacant lots at 554 and 558 Third Street to SJI Main will support the rehabilitation and renovation of three structures (two mixed-use and one commercial), for new retail and residential development.  SJI’s acquisition is vital to the current development of the Third Street Business District, adding value in the creation of new jobs and new residential opportunities.  Phase I of the project will consist of the creation of 36 residential apartments and six commercial spaces.  SJI’s total investment for Phase I is expected be approximately $3.7 million.  The inclusion of the adjacent USAN-owned property will enhance the viability of SJI’s development by allowing for additional parking, while also serving as a buildable site for a potential second phase of SJI’s investment.  The properties being transferred are part of the strategic land acquisition program funded through the second phase of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion Economic Development Initiative.  The program’s goals include purchasing long-dormant properties located near Niagara Falls State Park, removing blight from the downtown area and expanding the density of uses to help establish a year-round, sustainable neighborhood. The USAN Board of Directors also approved two other items: Approval of the USAN Fiscal Year 2021-22 Annual Operating and Capital Budgets.  The FY 2021-22 Operating Budget of $703,655 proposes a total of $580,105 in personal services and a total of $123,550 in non-personal services.  The Corporation’s FY 2021-22 Capital Budget is $24,114,760.  It is anticipated that the proposed funding will cover costs related to the Hotel Niagara restoration; the close-out of the Wyndham Garden Inn Hotel Project; the completion of the Cataract Commons Project; maintenance and site preparation expenses associated with properties secured through USAN’s Downtown Land Acquisition Program; as well as the costs of design support services for the Rainbow Mall Civic Improvement Project.  Individual project expenses will be approved by the Directors under separate actions. Approval of the $991,535 Niagara Falls Convention and Conference Facility and Old Falls Street 2021 operating budget.  About USA Niagara Development Corporation USAN, a subsidiary of Empire State Development Corporation, is solely dedicated to the support and promotion of economic development initiatives in Niagara Falls by leveraging private investment and encouraging growth and renewal of the tourism industry in the City of Niagara Falls.  For more information, visit https://esd.ny.gov/usa-niagara-development-corporation-6. 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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Board Meeting

Monday, March 22, 2021 - 11:30am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via teleconference. The public may listen to the meeting via webcast by clicking the link below. Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 4:30 pm on Friday, March 19, 2021.
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Board Meeting

Monday, March 22, 2021 - 11:00am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via teleconference. The public may listen to the meeting via webcast by clicking the link below. Members of the public may submit comments on Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 19.
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Board Meeting

Monday, March 22, 2021 - 10:30am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via teleconference. The public may listen to the meeting via webcast by clicking the link below. Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 4:30 pm on Friday, March 19, 2021.
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Press Release

Friday, March 19, 2021 - 5:30pm
21 Commercial Landlords in New York City and Upstate New York Have Committed to Facilitate Testing   Expanding Access to COVID-19 Testing Key to Safely Reopening Economy Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the New York Forward COVID-Safe Offices partnership with major commercial real estate partners to expand access to COVID-19 testing for employers. As part of the initiative, 21 participating landlords have committed to provide space and facilitate access to testing services for tenants interested in conducting regular diagnostic testing of their employees.  "From the beginning of the pandemic, New York has always said that our recovery is not a choice between public health and the economy - it has to be both - and with this partnership we are demonstrating just how effectively we can accomplish our goals," Governor Cuomo said. "This new partnership with major commercial real estate companies is the next step in reinvigorating our urban cores and commercial offices, supporting state and regional economies. Improved access to testing will further drive New York State's economic recovery by encouraging employers and employees to safely return to work using science and data to guide their decisions."   First announced as part of the Governor's 2021 State of the State Address, this unique partnership will expand testing, which is critical to controlling the spread of the virus, and provide workers with additional confidence in the safety of their workplaces as New York safely resumes and increases economic activity. In New York City, eight landlords representing more than 100 million square feet of commercial office space have already committed to participate. In Upstate New York, 13 landlords spanning the Capital Region, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse areas have affirmed their commitment to expanding access to testing for their tenants. Empire State Development continues to work with additional commercial property owners to expand the program.  Empire State Development Acting Commissioner, and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "New York State remains focused on rebuilding the state's economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This new partnership with commercial real estate stakeholders will help more companies transition employees back into offices, while supporting the ecosystem of small businesses that rely on customers that work in local workplaces."   Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Friday, March 19, 2021 - 4:30pm
Incubator at the Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences Will Accelerate Startups from Formation to Market Launch Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the University at Buffalo today announced the grand opening of UB's new business incubator in downtown Buffalo. The Incubator at the Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences is designed as a collaborative and diverse network that provides entrepreneurs with the support and tools needed to move from concept to formation to profit.  "New York State is working tirelessly to increase commercialization of new technologies that will ultimately grow private investment and jobs where the ideas originated," Governor Cuomo said. "The Incubator @ CBLS brings together the best and brightest in the tech industry and will grow Western New York's innovation economy, helping us build back stronger from the COVID crisis and move the regional economy forward."  "Buffalo has a storied legacy as a robust center of innovation," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The University at Buffalo's Incubator @ CBLS will further add to this legacy by providing the ecosystem needed to support entrepreneurship, and cultivate and nurture startups. New York remains committed to growing the tech economy, creating good paying jobs in Western New York, and leading the way for a better post-pandemic future."  The Incubator @ CBLS is one component of the larger Innovation Hub, a $32 million initiative funded by New York State through Governor Cuomo's Buffalo Billion initiative that supports startup formation and growth in partnership with UB, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Jacobs Institute, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI) and Kaleida Health. Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 9:00pm
Governor's Cup Presented to Pindar Vineyards  Paumanok Vineyards Named Winery of the Year Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the top winners of the 35th annual New York Wine Classic, a nationally recognized competition highlighting the best of New York's wine. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul made the announcement this evening during a special live virtual event hosted by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation.  This year, the Governor's Cup, the most esteemed award given at the Classic, was presented to Pindar Vineyards for its 2019 Dr. Dan's Signature Collection, Gewurztraminer from the Long Island region. In addition, Paumanok Vineyards from Long Island was presented with the 'Winery of the Year' award. "Congratulations to Pindar Vineyards and Paumanok Vineyards for not only the recognition they won in the competition, but also for showcasing why New York State is a premier wine destination" Governor Cuomo said. "Thanks to our strategic investments, New York's wine industry has seen unprecedented growth over these past few years, and as we reopen our state, wine enthusiasts can enjoy this unique part of the New York experience all across the state."     "The pandemic created extraordinary challenges for the wine industry, but New York's wineries and vineyards adapted, innovated and continued to create some of the country's best wines," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "From Long Island to Lake Erie, New York is now home to more than 1,200 wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries that are finally being recognized for their preeminent products. Congratulations to Pindar Vineyards and PaumanokVineyards for their well-deserved awards."    The Governor's Cup, a large silver chalice, recognizes the "Best of Show" or top prize of all entries in the New York Wine Classic. The "Winery of the Year" award is presented to the winery with the best overall showing based on the level and number of awards in relation to entries. Read the full press release here.
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Board Meeting

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 11:00am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via teleconference. The public may listen to the meeting via webcast by clicking the link below. Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
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Press Release

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 4:38pm
New Headquarters Brings Organization Back to its Founding Neighborhood Urban League Empowerment Center Project Includes New York's First Museum Dedicated to Civil Rights, Plus Below-Market Office Space for Community Groups and Civic Organizations Site will include 170 Affordable Housing Units to Be Constructed with Support from New York State Homes and Community Renewal  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the groundbreaking for the National Urban League's new headquarters in Harlem, where the organization was first established over a century ago. The Urban League Empowerment Center, on 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard and Lenox Avenue, will also include the Urban Civil Rights Museum Experience and the National Urban League Institute for Race, Equity and Justice, plus affordable housing, office space and retail space.  "For more than a century, the National Urban League has been vital in supporting the advancement of Black Americans and other historically underrepresented groups in New York State and across America, and has been particularly critical in helping get shots in arms as the state expands its vaccination effort," Governor Cuomo said. "This project exemplifies the League's mission that began more than a century ago in the same Harlem neighborhood, offering community support and education through affordable housing, lower-cost office space, and the state's first museum dedicated to civil rights history. As the challenges and struggles surrounding the fight for equal rights continue to today, this new headquarters is even more vital and I'm very proud that it's being built in New York." National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said, "New York City is where we were born, and I am proud that New York City is where we will stay. I am even more excited about the neighborhood economic development our new home represents. With affordable office space for non-profit organizations like One Hundred Black Men of New York, the United Negro College Fund New York, and the Harlem-based Jazzmobile, the Empowerment Center will be a hub and a catalyst for enterprise, creativity, activism and advocacy." As part of the $242 million project, the National Urban League will build a nearly 42,000-square-foot national headquarters in the same neighborhood where it was founded by Ruth Standish Baldwin and Dr. George Edmund Haynes in 1910. The site will also house the 19,500-square-foot National Urban League Institute for Race, Equity and Justice conferencecenter, and the nearly 21,500-square-foot Urban Civil Rights Museum Experience-New York's first civil rights museum to share and illustrate the story of civil rights advocacy in the north.  Read the full press release here.
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Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 2:00pm
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via teleconference. The public may listen to the meeting via webcast by clicking the link below. Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 4:30 pm on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.  
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