Senator Nozzolio Announces $400,000 For Local Downtown Revitalization Programs

Michael F. Nozzolio

August 10, 2007

Albany— Citing the importance of downtown revitalization efforts, State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio has announced the Geneva and Williamson Business Improvement Districts will both receive a $200,000.00 grant through the New York Main Street Program. The funding will be used for façade renovation, interior building renovations, and streetscape improvements in their downtown areas.

"This beneficial project will aid in the redevelopment of properties in Geneva and Williamson and will help encourage the creation of new businesses and job creation in their communities," said Senator Nozzolio.

The New York Main Street Program was created to provide funding for Main Street and downtown revitalization efforts, help coordinate and guide efforts among State agencies, and to serve as a resource to communities looking for financial and technical assistance to revitalize their Main Street.

Senator Nozzolio praisedCara-Leigh Battaglia, Executive Director for theGeneva Business Improvement District, and WayneCounty Planning Director Sharon Lilla for successfully submitting the New York Main Street applications.

Rich Rising, Geneva City Manager, said, “This grant will be very helpful in continuing Geneva’s revitalization efforts and will create momentum and accelerate the development of the downtown area.”

Jim Hoffman, Williamson Town Supervisor, said, “I am very pleased that the Town of Williamson will be receiving this important grant to make improvements in the downtown area. Senator Nozzolio was extremely supportive of our grant application and we are very appreciative of his efforts on our behalf.”

"The Main Street initiative is critically important in addressing and supporting the needs of our communities and ensuring that these downtown revitalization efforts come to fruition," Nozzolio concluded.