Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

November 29, 2007

Governor Announces $25.3 Million in Environmental Protection Fund Grants for Projects Across New York

Governor Eliot Spitzer today announced $25.3 million in Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grants awarded to local communities and organizations across New York State to assist with waterfront revitalization projects, historic preservation efforts, expanding open space, and increasing access to public lands.

The EPF, created in 1993, is primarily funded through the real estate transfer tax and provides a dedicated source of funding for a variety of environmental projects and programs administered by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Department of Agriculture and Markets.

"This vital funding helps make cultural and recreational opportunities available to all New Yorkers and countless visitors, and contributes to the economic revitalization of our state," said Governor Spitzer. "Funding for local communities and organizations to undertake these important environmental projects will preserve and protect our valuable natural resources and promote New York’s rich historic and cultural tradition."

Senator Carl Marcellino, Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee said: "The Environmental Protection Fund is the engine which drives a myriad of programs which improve the air, water, and quality of life for all New Yorkers. Whether it is protecting open space, or revitalizing waterfronts, the EPF gets it done. These projects are examples of our commitment to protecting our ecosystems while maintaining the quality of life we have all come to expect in New York State."

Senator Mary Lou Rath, Chair of the Senate Tourism, Recreation and Sports Development Committee said: "I am pleased to see that the NYS Departments of Parks and Agriculture and Markets will be providing $25.3 Million to the Environmental Protection Fund in order to provide and expand open space and public lands. It is wonderful that so many of Western New York’s treasures, such as Graycliff and the Roycroft Campus, will be able to benefit from this funding, creating more opportunities for tourists and state residents to enjoy them."

Assemblyman Bob Sweeney, Chair of the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee said: "Perhaps the most important accomplishment of the 2007 Legislative Session was the enactment of legislation to increase the EPF to $300 million. The additional funding for the EPF will fuel substantial increases in EPF programs such as municipal parks, waterfront revitalization, municipal recycling, open space land acquisition, farmland protection, as well as wastewater treatment projects, invasive species management and Ocean and Great Lakes initiatives."

Assemblyman Steven Englebright, chair of the Assembly Tourism Committee said: "The natural and cultural landscapes of New York are endowed with powerful beauty and character. These funds will help to maintain, enhance, protect and preserve the natural, cultural and historic resources that define communities across our great state."

Carol Ash, Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said: "The EPF provides valuable resources for local communities across the state to enhance parkland, protect historic resources and expand open space available to the public. The grants enhance the character of local communities and provide long term benefits to the environment."

Pete Grannis, Commissioner of Environmental Conservation, said: "For years, the Environmental Protection Fund has provided critical aid for important tasks such as protecting open space, closing landfills and funding recycling programs. Its success is one of the state's best story lines of the last 14 years."

Patrick Hooker, Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, said: "New York is a beautiful place to live. We have a scenic and productive landscape, an abundance of natural resources and a history rich in culture and folklore. The EPF has been instrumental in preserving this rich heritage, and these grants will help continue the legacy throughout New York State."

The EPF’s parks program provides for 50 percent matching funds in several program areas including parks development, open space acquisition, historic preservation and the State’s Heritage Area system. Funds may be awarded to indoor and outdoor projects and must reflect priorities established in the New York State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.

The following is a breakdown by region of the EPF funding administered through the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation:

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Allegany Region Region Total: $1,247,500

Cuba Friends of Architecture, Inc. (Allegany) $497,500
Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater, Ltd. (Cattaraugus) $500,000
Village of Mayville (Chautauqua) $250,000

Central New York Region Region Total: $2,553,527

Village of Johnson City (Broome) $ 40,000
Goodwill Theatre, Inc. (Broome) $500,000
Town of Pitcher (Chenango) $ 22,086
Village of Boonville (Oneida) $445,603
City of Syracuse (Onondaga) $261,000
Adapt CNY, Inc. (Onondaga) $500,000
Village of Fayetteville (Onondaga) $250,000
Town of Fabius (Onondaga) $ 93,250
Onondaga County Department of Parks & Recreation $400,000
City of Fulton (Oswego) $ 41,588

Finger Lakes Region Region Total: $1,092,950

Cayuga Museum of History and Art (Cayuga) $ 49,550
The Park Church (Chemung) $388,135
Town of Southport (Chemung) $103,895
City of Geneva (Ontario) $175,000
Village of Waterloo (Seneca) $ 49,810
Village of Owego (Tioga) $326,560

Genesee Valley/Rochester Region Region Total: $1,580,970

Town of Batavia (Genesee) $134,000
The Archaeological Conservancy (Livingston) $ 20,000
Town of Avon (Livingston) $500,000
Village of Pittsford (Monroe) $229,795
Town of Gates (Monroe) $159,250
Town of Chili (Monroe) $ 50,000
Town of Sweden (Monroe) $298,075
Genesee Waterways Center (Monroe) $189,850

Long Island Region Region Total: $2,149,800

Nassau County Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Museums (Nassau) $400,000
Village of Prot Washington North (Nassau) $500,000
Suffolk County Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Conservation (Suffolk) $175,000
Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society (Suffolk) $ 97,300
Town of Southampton (Suffolk) $477,500
Town of Riverhead (Suffolk) $500,000

New York City Region Region Total: $3,909,575

City of New York Dept. of Parks and Recreation (Bronx) $500,000
City of New York Dept. of Parks and Recreation (Bronx)/
Bronx River Alliance $500,000
East Midwood Jewish Center (Kings) $409,575
Prospect Park Alliance (Kings) $500,000
Sons of the Revolution of the State of NY (New York) $400,000
SS Columbia Project (New York) $400,000
St. Bartholomew’s Church (New York) $200,000
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (Queens) $500,000
City of New York Dept. of Parks and Recreation (Queens) $500,000

Niagara/Western New York Region Region Total: $2,744,329

Corpus Christi Church (Erie) $450,000
Town of Cheektowaga (Erie) $ 26,462
Graycliff Conservancy, Inc. (Erie) $477,522
City of Buffalo (Erie) $350,000
Roycroft Campus Corporation (Erie) $100,000
Town of Orchard Park (Erie) $250,000
Zoological Society of Buffalo, Inc. (Erie) $400,000
Town of Evans (Erie) $ 49,957
Town of Elma (Erie) $ 50,000
Carousel Society of Niagara Frontier (Niagara) $215,489
City of Niagara Falls (Niagara) $274,899
The Riviera Theatre and Organ Preservation Society (Niagara) $100,000

Palisades/Lower Hudson Valley Region Total: $2,856,140

Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands (Orange) $135,120
Town of Greenville (Orange) $ 25,000
Town of Ramapo (Rockland) $496,210
Town of Ramapo (Rockland) $300,000
County of Rockland (Rockland) $400,000
Village of Spring Valley (Rockland) $286,500
Town of Bethel (Sullivan) $ 37,500
Hudson River Maritime Museum (Ulster) $235,810
Scenic Hudson Land Trust, Inc. (Ulster) $200,000
Bardavon 1869 Opera House (Ulster) $500,000
TRANSART & Cultural Services, Inc. (Ulster) $240,000

Saratoga/Capital District Region Total $4,281,206

Town of Colonie (Albany) $500,000
Destroyer Escort Historical Museum (Albany) $300,000
Historic Cherry Hill (Albany) $100,000
Cathedral Restoration Corporation (Albany) $200,000
Centro Civico of Amsterdam, Inc. (Montgomery) $141,565
Village of Canajoharie (Montgomery) $ 80,000
Hoosic River Watershed Association (Rensselaer) $100,000
Village of Waterford (Saratoga) $ 74,270
Saratoga P.L.A.N. (Saratoga) $320,000
Vale Cemetery Association (Schenectady) $134,900
City of Schenectady (Schenectady) $440,691
Crandall Public Library (Warren) $350,000
Town of Putnam (Washington) $299,750
Essex County (Essex) $217,120
Village of Keesville (Essex) $165,000
Lake George Land Conservancy (Warren) $500,000
Lake George Association (Warren) $300,000
Town of Johnsonburg (Warren) $ 57,910

Taconic/Upper Hudson Valley Regional Total $1,814,070

Hudson Opera House (Columbia) $200,000
Hudson Area Association Library (Columbia) $250,000
Scenic Hudson (Columbia) $100,000
Town of Red Hook (Dutchess) $450,000
Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge Co., Inc (Dutchess) $500,000
Teatown Lake Reservation (Westchester) $ 29,070
Town of Cortlandt (Westchester) $175,000
Croton Arboretum and Sanctuary, Inc. (Westchester) $ 10,000
Village of Tarrytown (Westchester) $100,000

Thousand Islands/North Country Region Total $1,061,776

Town of Peru (Clinton) $140,000
Christ Episcopal Church, Sackets Harbor (Jefferson) $119,000
Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District (Jefferson) $ 15,000
Village of Ellisburg (Jefferson) $ 26,536
Thompson Park Conservancy, Inc. (Jefferson) $ 25,120
Town of Martinsburg (Lewis) $ 43,120
Heuvelton Historical Association (St. Lawrence) $403,000
City of Ogdensburg (St. Lawrence) $ 50,000
The Adirondack Council (Franklin) $240,000

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