The other two initiatives, aimed at improving upstate’s economy, had previously been held in Rochester and Utica.
During the governor’s visits, cabinet members paired with state and local officials to address issues in each region such as the local economy, jobs, and housing, to name a few.
In Syracuse, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Morrisville State College would be awarded $13 million to build an additional 35,000-square-foot building through the state’s new SUNY 2020 initiative. Hochul said the state has also approved a second methadone program in Onondaga County, as well as a $250,000 grant, to combat the local heroin epidemic, and prescription drug addiction in the area.
In addition, Gov. Cuomo toured Anheuser-Busch’s InBev brewery near Baldwinsville, to which he said the state has given $16 million in tax credits for operations across New York, and, specifically, $2 million for the local brewery.
According to Cuomo, this will aid in the retention of over 400 jobs at the plant.
“This investment will keep hundreds of jobs, and help Anheuser-Busch stay, and grow, right here in New York,” the governor stated.
Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney; State Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse); and State Assemblyman Will Barclay (R-Pulaski), accompanied Cuomo on the tour.
Cuomo also announced the following additional grants for the region:
- $18 million to establish the innovative 5-campus SUNY Labs to Jobs Consortium;
- $11 million to make improvements along State Route 104 in the Town of Oswego;
- $7.9 million to increase housing and services for the homeless through the Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse;
- $5 million in capital improvements to enhance Central New York Raceway Park;
- $3.4 million to replace the North Burdick Street Bridge;
- and $2.5 million to assist Central New York farmers to implement best management practices on agricultural lands.
In addition, Matt Driscoll, head of New York’s Department of Transportation, also took questions from the audience during a meeting at the Sky Armory in Syracuse, regarding the future of Interstate-81.
Driscoll said he planned to discuss the I-81 project with local officials, and that, ultimately, the state would continue considering the options for the interstate, the details of which would be available in late 2016.
Cuomo and his cabinet members attended events in the area from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., throughout the day.
Visit https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/video-audio-transcript-governor-cuomo-hosts-capital-day-central-new-york, for audio, and a transcript of the event.