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Governor Cuomo On A Spending Spree

There are several places in the Mohawk valley that are getting a portion of that four million dollars. The village of cooperstown is getting the most though.

There are several places in the Mohawk valley that are getting a portion of that four million dollars. The village of cooperstown is getting the most though.

They're getting one point seven million dollars to spruce up the village.

"If you walk the main street of Cooperstown, obviously it’s been kind of gradually going downhill the last few years,” said shop owner Tim Haney

A tourist I talked to today thinks the project is important for the future of Cooperstown.

"I dont think its enough money, honestly. I think it should be recurring as the years go by, because there’s going to be younger kids. My kid’s kids are going to be growing up and need to see what I just saw,” said Kenny Davis.

Mayor Jeff Katz thinks that the project is important because Cooperstown feeds the economies of the towns around it.

“We're the table, but we don’t generate the funds governmentally that allow us to keep up what everyone expects," said Katz.

The project allows for Cooperstown to provide.

“One point seven million dollars sounds like a lot for sidewalk enhancement and street furniture and crosswalks do allow us to keep providing the setting that benefits the region economically,” said Katz.

While Cooperstown is using the one point seven million dollars to improve the intersection behind me, to restore the rustic lamp posts, and to improve signage, amongst other things, they're not the only community in the area that is benefiting from governor Cuomo’s spending spree.

Herkimer, Rome and Canastota are all receiving funds for street scaping projects.  And Oneida is getting over five hundred thousand for a rail trail.

The sixty seven million dollars that Cuomo is awarding state wide is split up between sixty three different projects.

The money is coming from the federal highway administration and it’s not covering the total cost of the projects.  The local sponsors are responsible for twenty percent of the cost.

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