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New website shows how LI projects ranked in state competition

Wyandanch Rising, a proposed development to replace blight

Wyandanch Rising, a proposed development to replace blight around the LIRR station, includes homes, businesses and worker training programs. It is among the 13 proposals that are the centerpiece of a strategy to boost the sagging local economy. Credit: Beatty Harvey Coco Llp

A ferry terminal in Glen Cove, improvements to Riverhead's downtown sewage treatment plant, expansion of the Hampton Jitney and job training for homemakers are among about 175 local projects that failed to win state aid last year.

Seventy projects shared more than $100 million in state tax credits and grants announced in December by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo under a new competition. He established regional economic development councils that scored each project, along with state officials. Twenty percent of the grade came from the regional council and 80 percent from Albany.

Empire State Development Corp. recently established a website where residents can find out which projects received support and their grade in the contest.

The highest score, 99.20 points, went to the Wyandanch Rising urban renewal project, which received $6 million. The lowest score among those getting money was Vision Quest Lighting, which won $600,000 in tax credits with a score of 36.4.

More information can be found at nyscfaprojectdata.ny.gov.
 

Pictured: Artist's rendering of Wyandanch Rising, a proposed development to replace blight around the LIRR station, to include homes and businesses.

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