FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2016
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Town Receives Four State Regional Economic Development Awards Totaling Over $1.14 Million
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth is proud to announce that the Town has been named the recipient of four New York State grant awards, totaling $1,145,458 that will fund projects to promote North Hempstead Beach Park, restore Hempstead Harbor wetlands, extend the Baywalk in Port Washington and conduct an emergency phone and data redundancy feasibility project. The awards were part of a total of more than $700 million in economic grants announced recently by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“We are excited to receive this funding from the Regional Economic grants to assist us with programs and initiatives that are important to the Town’s residents,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “This will help us make improvements to our infrastructure and give our residents outdoor destinations to explore. With over $1.14 million in funding, we know that this will positively impact the Town’s long term economic growth.”
The state-wide competitive awards were established in 2011, along with the 10 Regional Councils, as part of the Governor’s plan to jumpstart the economy and create jobs. The Regional Councils are intended to empower communities, businesses, and academic leaders, as well as members of the public in each region, to develop strategic plans specifically tailored to their region’s unique strengths and resources in order to create jobs, improve quality of life and grow the economy.
The awards for North Hempstead include:
•$82,500: North Hempstead Beach Park Promotion Campaign – The Town will seek to promote three regional summer festivals. Together these festivals will attract more than 15,000 visitors from within Nassau County and the broader Long Island/NYC region to celebrate culture, music, and outdoor recreation.
•$7,500: Emergency Data and phone Installation – North Hempstead will complete a comprehensive study to support its technical resiliency during extreme weather events and power outages. This will include an examination of wireless usage data redundancy and partnerships with local water and fire districts to support the Town during emergency situations and extreme weather events.
•$400,000: Hempstead Harbor Wetlands Restoration – The Town will restore a tidal wetland in Hempstead Harbor. The project will result in a highly productive ecosystem and diverse habitat that will filter out pollutants and nutrients from stormwater runoff.
•$655,458: Implementing North Hempstead’s Manhasset Baywalk - North Hempstead, in cooperation with the Villages of Baxter Estates, Port Washington North and Manorhaven will make shoreline improvements to construct the Baywalk along the eastern shore of Manhasset Bay. This project will add 3,583 feet to the existing trail, which begins at the Town Dock in Port Washington and ends in Baxter Estates, to connect to Manorhaven Park in the Village of Manorhaven. When completed, the entire Baywalk will be 7,347 feet long.
For a full list of awards log on to https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-more-700-million-economic-development-resources-awarded-sixth-round.