Recognizing that agriculture is one of the top industries in Fulton and Montgomery Counties, and that the Fonda Fair is an important economic generator in its own right, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) was able to secure a $100,000 grant in early August for the clean-up of the Fonda Fairgrounds.
Senator Farley officially presented the check to Fonda Fair organizers on August 31st at the main entrance Fairgrounds.
Senator Farley started working on the Senate grant shortly after hearing from FEMA officials that it was unclear whether this nonprofit organization would be eligible for reimbursement for its flood damages, which are estimated to exceed $300,000.
"My office has had several discussions with FEMA workers who say priorities are given to fire and emergency personnel, medical organizations and hospitals, custodial care institutions and utilities. After that, it is not so black and white when it comes to receiving FEMA aid," Senator Farley said. "While other nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply, they may not receive reimbursement."
Agriculture is one of New York's top industries and is vital to our economy. Farms create jobs, generate significant economic activity and contribute to the tax revenue. According to the New York Farm Bureau, there are some 36,000 farms in our State, ninety-nine percent of which are family owned. According to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Fulton and Montgomery Counties, some 400 farms in these two counties produce agricultural commodities worth over $57 million.