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Picente touts Main Street Program in county address

Jolene Cleaver
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Posted 4/8/22

In additional out-takes from the Wednesday State of the County address delivered by county executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., local officials reacted to additional highlights of the speech. One being …

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Picente touts Main Street Program in county address

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In additional out-takes from the Wednesday State of the County address delivered by Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr.,  the  roll out of large-scale community investments that benefit hyper-local initiatives, was key.

Most notably discussed in Picente’s remarks was a commitment to the Main Street Program which was initially floated by Picente in early 2021. 

“We launched our Main Street Program and I am pleased to say that we are moving forward. By redesigning main streets we make them attractive to businesses, visitors and residents. This program will provide 12 municipalities with reinvented, reinvigorated main streets. They will end the planning phase with a punch list that will strengthen their signature projects for their community. More importantly, we have incentivised these plans with capital dollars turning conception into reality with breakneck speed,” Picente said on Wednesday.

The program provides support to local municipal downtown development projects, assist in the safe and efficient redesign of main streets and promote investment and business growth. Funds for the projects are made possible through the federally-backed American Rescue Fund.

Under the program, a $500,000 fund for planning assistance, with a 50-50 match between the municipalities and the county will be available to develop unique main street programs in participating communities. Once the main street planning is completed, the projects included within will be funded through a $5 million fund that will be capitalized over two years.

One participant is Sylvan Beach. 

“The village is investing in its main street in order to fully capitalize on the Oneida Indian Nation’s massive investment on the waterfront including (tourism venues) the Lakehouse and the Cove. I applaud Sylvan Beach and the 11 other municipalities who have chosen to participate, and I once again invite those who haven’t, to do so,” Picente said in his Wednesday address.

Previously, the city of Sherrill announced plans to utilize the program to help fund new pedestrian-accessibility enhancements along the State Route 5 corridor between Sherrill Road and Betsinger Road with potential projects including sidewalk and street light improvements along the Sherrill Road corridor.

In Verona, a project was also previously announced which would create a connector road between an 80-acre parcel on Willow Place and State Route 365.

“I thought his address was positive. I am glad he addressed and has a plan regarding our employment struggles, looking at taxation, and consolidation. Verona is one of 12 municipalities participating in the Main Street Program which will help expedite our Willow Place project, said Verona Town Supervisor Scott Musacchio on Wednesday, “...We are working hard on many projects to bolster the quality of life for our residents and prospective investors to assist in our economic development growth and Increase revenue for our community.” 

In addition to projects in Verona and Sylvan Beach and a county-launched project at Union Station in Utica; Rome, the Villages of Boonville,  Camden, New York Mills and New Hartford  are participating.  Also, the Town of New Hartford, Bridgewater, Oriskany Falls have joined on.

For more Daily Sentinel coverage on the Main Street program, see: https://bit.ly/3xbZWEx

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