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Newark gets $50K grant for Erie Canal waterfront revitalization

The Village of Newark has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the New York State government as part of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative’s thirteenth round.

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This funding is part of over $23 million allocated to support 101 communities across New York State. Governor Kathy Hochul’s office emphasized that the grants aim to foster smart, sustainable, and equitable community planning and development, focusing on projects that enhance economic, community, environmental, and recreational aspects across New York’s regions.

Newark plans to use the grant to address several key issues along its Erie Canal waterfront. The village intends to tackle shoreline erosion, flooding, and water quality concerns, along with enhancing public access to the waterfront. The grant will also support the development of stormwater-management improvements and recreational opportunities. These initiatives are expected to stimulate job creation and economic investment, not just in Newark but also in the wider Finger Lakes region.

Newark Mayor Jonathan Taylor stressed the importance of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program planning grant in the ongoing redevelopment of the community, envisioning Newark as a desirable destination for living, working, and recreation. Senator Pam Helming echoed these sentiments, highlighting the grant’s role in making Newark a vibrant destination for business, tourism, and recreation. Assemblyman Brian Manktelow also pointed out the significance of the investment in preserving the Erie Canal’s history and enhancing public access, which in turn will strengthen the local economy. The focus on projects like this underlines a commitment to celebrating history while promoting sustainable community growth.