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For Immediate Release:
March 13, 2012
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Department of State Approves Local Waterfront Revitalization Program for Town and Village of Malone

New York State Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales announced today his approval of the Town and Village of Malone Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP). The LWRP serves as a long-term management program for the Town and Village’s Salmon River waterfront resources that seeks to strengthen the local economy, expand waterfront access opportunities, and protect natural and cultural resources.

Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales said, “The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program establishes a consensus between the Town, Village, and the State, assuring that we work in partnership to implement this revitalization strategy. Together, we have planned for an array of public access enhancements along Salmon River, which will provide recreational opportunities and have the potential to improve local economy. The approval of this LWRP will further guide our productive partnership to revitalize and protect Malone’s cultural and natural resources.”

Village of Malone Mayor Todd LePine, noted, “The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program has given us a realistic road map for revitalizing the Village’s historic downtown and reclaiming its Salmon River waterfront. We look forward to continuing to work with the Department of State on the development of our new Mill Park on the Salmon River, which will be a valuable new attraction for residents and visitors.”

Town of Malone Supervisor Howard Maneely, noted, “The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program will serve as a blueprint for increasing public access for recreation and tourism while protecting water quality in the Salmon River. The Town looks forward to working with the Department of State, the Village of Malone, and the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District to implement the LWRP, as well as for development of a comprehensive watershed management plan to protect this valuable resource.”

The Town and Village of Malone LWRP was prepared in collaboration with the Department of State and adopted under provisions of Article 42 of the Executive Law and its implementing regulations, and financed through a grant from the Environmental Protection Fund - Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. Over the years, the Department of State has provided four such grants to Malone totaling over $143,000 to prepare the LWRP, a Watershed Management Plan for the Salmon River, and a feasibility study for development of a series of parks on the east side of the Salmon River.

The Department of State works in partnership with more than 300 communities across the State through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, from Sag Harbor on Long Island’s east end to Buffalo along Lake Erie to address numerous waterfront issues, such as economic development, protecting natural resources, and enhancing public access opportunities.