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Gov. Hochul announces millions for NoCo communities

"Dozens of people packed into the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid on Tuesday. One woman in the crowd still had her ski boots on.

Ashley Walden, the new head of the Olympic Regional Development Authority, stepped on stage to announce the event’s main speaker. 'We’re thrilled to host you on this exciting day and it is my incredible honor to introduce your governor of the great state of New York, Kathy Hochul,"said Walden.

People got up out of their seats and gave the governor a standing ovation. 'Good morning,' said Hochul, 'it’s great to be back in winter wonderland. I love coming here all year round, but this is a spectacular time.'

Hochul was in Lake Placid to promote her proposed $233 billion state budget. The details of that budget will get debated and reworked by state lawmakers over the coming months. 

[In addition to funding the Olympic Regional Development Authority, a]nother budget item that will likely be a shoo-in is for the state’s downtown revitalization initiative. For years, New York has awarded $10 million in grants to communities across the state. On Tuesday, Hochul revealed this region’s latest winner of the $10 million grant would be the village of Lowville in Lewis County.

Governor Kathy Hochul was in Lake Placid on Tuesday to lay out her budget priorities and announce the

North Country winners of three downtown revitalization programs. Photo: Emily Russell

Hochul also announced that the communities of Alexandria Bay and Canton will each get $4.5 million to invest in their downtowns from the New York Forward program.

Another big item in Hochul’s proposed budget is for housing. She wants to make $650 million available to communities committed to building new housing. Hochul highlighted a few of those places in the North Country that would qualify for funding, including North Elba, Lowville, Canton, and Willsboro.

'Those are the leaders,' said Hochul. 'Those are the ones that say, 'We get it.’”

For the full story, visit North Country Public Radio here.

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