SCHROON LAKE - Commissioner Deborah VanAmerongen has announced $2.8 million in New York State Community Development Block Grant and Small Business Program awards to help businesses grow and create 235 jobs in Chenango, Delaware, Greene, Orange, Oneida, Essex, Steuben and Wyoming counties.
The town of Schroon will receive $585,000 in CDBG Economic Development funds to re-construct a Main Street public infrastructure system.
A section of Rogers Brook sanitary sewer line is in poor condition and a threat to both the physical and economic health of the local residents and community, according to state officials.
CDBG funds will allow the town to replace the existing municipal wastewater collection system.
The new system will support 15 existing businesses and 20 households, and result in the retention of 39 jobs, 22 of which are currently held by low- and moderate-income people.
The project will also leverage $3,520,000 in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Gov. David A. Paterson said, "To make New York's economy strong, we must provide small businesses with the resources they need to grow and bring jobs to local communities, and security and opportunity to working families. These awards have a dramatic impact on our ability to attract companies to New York, leverage additional funding for start-ups and expansion projects, and create vibrant and stable communities."
VanAmerongen said, "These awards will assist dairy farms, an IT service provider, a manufacturer, and help improve infrastructure and create a new tourist attraction. Across the state, a wide array of businesses like these are working to recover from the economic downturn, meet new challenges to remain competitive, and contribute to the quality of life in New York State. The New York State Community Development Block Grant and Small Business Assistance programs provide the support and tools companies need to succeed and create jobs in their communities."