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For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2015
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New York Secretary of State Announces Designation of Three New Brownfield Opportunity Areas as Part of Governor Cuomo’s “Capital for a Day” in Central New York

Department of State Also Announces $2.7 million to Fund Critical Resiliency Projects Identified
 in Madison County’s NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan

New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales today announced the designation of three new Brownfield Opportunity Areas as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s “Capital for a Day” initiative, which brought local leaders together in the Central New York region to address issues of importance to the area, local cities and their residents and present solutions to reinvigorate the local economy. Additionally, the Secretary announced $2.7 million in funding to implement critical resiliency projects identified in Madison County’s NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan.

“The New York Department of State looks forward to working with local officials throughout the Central New York region to address issues of importance and bring forward solutions that will not only benefit the area, but the State as a whole,” said New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales. “These new designations continue our efforts to encourage revitalization of areas that have long been ignored and suffer from decline or blight. We are also proud to provide $2.7 million in funding for projects to help with resiliency efforts in Madison County.”

The Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Program

The BOA Program helps participants establish revitalization strategies focused on returning dormant and blighted areas into productive communities of economic growth and development. Projects in the areas to be designated will be given priority status for grants and the project developers may access additional Brownfield Cleanup Program tax credit incentives.

These three new BOA designations are:

"The County of Oswego has worked on Brownfield issues for more than a decade now,” said Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner. “It is our hope that our efforts in the Cities of Fulton and Oswego to assist them in receiving the official designation as Brownfield Opportunity Areas will reap great benefits to those communities.  We look forward with great anticipation to the revitalization and reuse of properties that have been vacant and underutilized for many years." 

“The Oswego Canal Corridor BOA has brought focused attention to our waterfront areas, particularly to those areas impacted by brownfield, vacant and underutilized properties,” said City of Oswego Mayor Thomas Gillen.  “Designation of this BOA will bring additional attention and resources to these areas that offer such tremendous opportunities for revitalization and investment.  I thank Governor Cuomo and Secretary Perales for this designation and look forward to a continued partnership with the New York Department of State and Oswego County.”

"I am confident that this BOA designation will attract the right investors to breathe new life into the former Nestles Complex,” said City of Fulton Mayor Ronald L. Woodward, Sr.  “It certainly provides incentive to spark a lot of interest."

The Department of State works in partnership with local communities and organizations to develop and realize a community vision for redevelopment and community revitalization. The type of neighborhoods and areas where program resources are being applied include industrial/manufacturing, commercial corridors, residential, downtowns and waterfronts. Through the Department of State’s BOA Program, sites and areas are transformed from liabilities to community assets that generate businesses, jobs and revenues for local economies and provide new housing and public amenities.

Further information, including designation details and nomination planning documents associated with the Brownfield Opportunity Area Program, is available here.

Madison County NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan

New York State will provide $2.7 million for projects in the Madison County NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan to address persistent damage from the severe flash flooding that impacted communities throughout the county in June of 2013, including $1.9 million for the design and construction of an Oneida Department of Public Works garage and related facilities, and $800,000 to Madison County for countywide stream bank stabilization, restoration and culverts improvements.

Flooding of the Oneida Creek in the summer of 2013 resulted in three to four feet of water in the City of Oneida Department of Public Works (DPW) garage and substantial damages to the existing Oneida DPW garage building, as well as loss of equipment. Although the facility is operational again, its location within the 100-year floodplain and in an area where some of the worst flooding took place makes it at continued risk for flooding. The Madison County NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan identified relocation of the Oneida DPW garage and related facilities out of the 100-year floodplain boundary as a critical project in the county.

The countywide program of stream bank stabilization, restoration and culvert improvements will restore and expand stream capacity and improve and protect existing infrastructure assets and critical facilities from future flood damage.  Madison County will work with state agencies and local municipalities to prioritize the list of projects from the Madison County NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan for implementation with this funding.

These projects will make Madison County communities more resilient and better equipped to mitigate the risks of loss and damage associated with future flooding. As New York continues to build back stronger and more resilient, well-planned, innovative solutions will protect our residents, our communities and our critically important natural resources.

“Capital for a Day” Community Roundtables and Progress

During Capital for a Day, the New York Department of State also took part in three roundtable discussions regarding topics important to the region and its communities:

The Department of State also joined New York State Canals Commissioner Brian Stratton to view improvements being made to the Brewerton Pier at the west end of Oneida Lake along the Erie Canal and to see the ongoing work to implement projects in the hamlet of Brewerton funded by the Department of State through the Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.