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Grants for Discovery Center, three river projects; Narrowsburg waterfront among funding recipients

By Fritz Mayer
December 26, 2012

ALBANY, NY — Awards for the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council were announced on December 19, and a significant amount of funding was targeted to Sullivan and Orange counties. Most significantly, the Center for Discovery will receive $2.5 million toward a $42 million project.

Another project that will benefit from the awards is the waterfront development in Narrowsburg, which in the announcement by the council is still called the Big Eddy Esplanade project. It will receive $106,400.

The planned White Water Park in the Delaware River at Port Jervis will also receive a grant, which will total $49,045.
Another big award-winner is the Pond Eddy Parking Access Study and Sparrowbush River Access Acquisition, being undertaken by

Sullivan and Orange counties; the award is for $243,142. According to the council, the funding will be used to “complete planning and design for six river access points along the Upper Delaware River from Port Jervis to Hancock.” The funding will also be used to acquire a 17-acre parcel of riverfront property in Pond Eddy to be used for youth training for boating and river rescue.

According to the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development, “The Center for Discovery project is a high-risk assessment clinic, which will add a total of 200 jobs. In Phase II, it will add another 150 jobs, bringing total employment of The Center for Discovery to 1,900 in three years.”

News of the awards brought comment from several officials. Senator John Bonacic said, “The expansion by the Center for Discovery is a huge win for Sullivan County. Unemployment is far too high there and I know this can help a lot of families with jobs, and also serve those in need.”

Sullivan County Legislature chairman Scott Samuelson said, “This is fabulous positive news for Sullivan County’s economy.”
Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther said she couldn’t be more pleased with the new approach Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking with economic development in the state, through the creation of the regional councils.

Of the awards overall, Bonacic said last year some people in the Mid-Hudson region expressed disappointment in the total amount of funding for the region. Bonacic, who was not on the Governor’s Council last year, but is this year, said, “We have an increase of over 35% in total dollars for our region, and I am very pleased with that.”

Click here to see all of the grant recipients.