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Governor Cuomo announces $49 million for projects in Niagara and Orleans County

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Posted at 12:27 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 12:30:28-04

YOUNGSTOWN, N.Y. (WKBW) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York State will provide $49 million to Niagara and Orleans County for 20 projects.

The governor made the announcement in Youngstown on Wednesday. He says the funds will go towards boosting economic development and help protect critical infrastructure in the region.

"The recent challenge of historic high water levels along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shorelines calls for a swift and innovative response, and today I am announcing REDI projects in Niagara and Orleans counties that will create long-term sustainability for communities and businesses," Governor Cuomo said.

According to the governor, New York has committed more than $100 million to rebuild communities along the shores of Lake Ontario.

"Communities along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River have faced tremendous challenges in recent years. That's why we have taken aggressive action to help local governments, businesses, and homeowners with state support to improve resiliency and address the impact of flooding," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

The money comes from the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative. Cuomo says the state launched the initiative in May.