Spitzer Moves On Upstate Economy


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One of the major criticisms of Governor Eliot Spitzer so far has been his failure to move on fixing the very troubled upstate economy.


Today, Spitzer announced that the Office for SmallCities and Empire State Development (ESD) will provide more than $1.1 million in economic development aid to help businesses in Schenectady, St. Lawrence and WayneCounties create and retain 159 jobs across three businesses. Spitzer noted that the funding will help local businesses provide health care and other benefits, upgrade facilities and equipment, and invest in workforce training.


The Office for Small Cities, a subsidiary of the New York Housing Trust Fund Corporation, will also leverage $26 million in additional funding from a variety of public and private sources to help fund these projects.


“When working to revitalize the upstate economy, reviving struggling small cities across New York must be one of our top priorities,” said Governor Spitzer. “Today’s announcement shows that we are making progress toward this goal. These grants hold the promise of new, good-paying jobs, which means more New Yorkers will have a secure economic future.”


For more New York political coverage visit [City Hall News].


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