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Columbia County Awarded $5.3M in REDC Grants


Columbia County received 20 individual awards totaling approximately $5.3 million from the state’s Regional Economic Development Council (REDC).

The awards ranged from $30,000 to nearly $2 million, going to a variety of initiatives such as arts programs, aging infrastructure development and Main Street revitalization.

One major award is for a new Shaker Museum for Columbia County. Shaker Museum Library will receive $1,569,000 from Empire State Development to renovate a large 19th century masonry building in downtown Chatham, into a state-of-the-art museum facility to house its library and object collection. It will provide flexible space for exhibitions, community programming, and educational activities.

Other Columbia County awards include $145,000 for studio restorations at Art Omi Inc., $950,139 for performance space restorations at Basilica Hudson, $750,000 for the city of Hudson’s stormwater system upgrades, $197,000 to the Friends of Clermont for renovations at Livingston Mansion.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the awards allocated across the state, a continuation of a program that has been instated since 2011.

The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo’s approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources.

After nine rounds of the REDC process, more than $6.9 billion has been awarded to more than 8,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 240,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.


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Route 66 Bridge to Re-Opens Today!

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State and Local Officials to Reopen Route 66 Bridge in Time for Columbia County Fair.

State and local officials are scheduled to cut the ribbon to commemorate the official reopening of the Route 66 Bridge over Kline Kill Creek in Ghent, today.  Completion of the project was accomplished ahead of schedule to ensure the bridge was ready for the start of the Columbia County Fair, which attracts thousands of visitors each year and runs from August 28 through Labor Day.

Scheduled to attend the ceremony are Assemblymember Didi Barrett, Ghent Town Supervisor Michael Benvenuto, Chatham Deputy Mayor Peter Minahan, Columbia County Fair Manager Angelo Nero, Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez, and Department of Agriculture and Markets Deputy Commissioner David Valesky.

DATE/TIME: Friday, August 23, 2019 / 10:30am

Route 66 Bridge over Kline Kill Creek
Ghent, NY

Parking for Ribbon Cutting: 2361 Route 66, Ghent, NY


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Cuomo Awards $10 Million to Hudson for Downtown Revitalization

The city of Hudson is one of 10 winners in a statewide competition for $10 million downtown revitalization grants. This is the second year for the contest, which Governor Cuomo created to reinvigorate aging downtowns.

In a press event on Tuesday at Hudson’s Hudson Hall, Cuomo said the grants are awarded to communities that already are growing, show promise, evidence of community investment, and enlightened government.

Hudson Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton said that the money will support efforts to make the town more attractive to businesses and visitors while enhancing resident access to education, recreation and employment.


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Boxing David Paterson

I really like our Governor, David Paterson. I feel that he is one of the few politicians who will make unpopular yet necessary decisions and says what he really means. His latest example of a no BS speech was yesterday in response to rumors that a upcomming NY Times article has some damaging dirt on him. Paterson said,

“The only way I’m not going to be governor next year is at the ballot box and the only way that I’ll be leaving office before is in a box,”

The Chatham Press

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The Chatham Press is a monthly, tabloid newspaper (11” x 17”) printed on bright, white paper with reporting about the Villages of Chatham, Philmont, Kinderhook, Valatie and New Lebanon.

The Press focuses on features about people, places and things that make our towns economically and socially vibrant – who passed through and who’s active here now.

If you haven’t already picked up the February 2009 edition of The Chatham Press, make sure to grab a copy if you see it around. There is a great two-page spread of “Now & Then” photos featuring pictures of familiar Chatham scenes as they look today as compared to the 20’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s.


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