Paterson includes Batavia's Bank Street in infrastructure funding
Bank Street is one of several projects the city sought funding for through state-controlled federal stimulus dollars.
The project includes a new waterline, sidewalks and roadway between Washington and North Streets.
Paterson announced yesterday that the state will hand out $34.7 million in grants that will "help expand affordable housing, revitalize New York's Main Streets, and modernize local infrastructure."
Batavia's funding comes from a federal program called Community Development Block Grants.
Paterson's office claims the spending will result in leveraging an additional $48 million in resources, but the press release does not fully explain that statement. It seems to mean some of the projects will require local matching funds or other contributions.
"These grants will make a difference in urban and rural communities across New York. Neighborhood by neighborhood, block by block, the Community Development Block Grant and New York Main Street programs will further local development so that our communities thrive," Governor Paterson said. "Improving and upgrading infrastructure, revitalizing traditional downtown business districts, and rehabilitating and renovating housing for working families will provide much-needed investment and make New York a better place to live, work and raise a family."
No word on the City's other grant requests.
(Thanks to a reader tip for bringing this to our attention.)