$1M in budget for Seneca depot development

New York State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio today announced that the 2008-2009 State Budget contains $1 million for the continued development of the former Seneca Army Depot. The funding will be used bythe Seneca County Industrial Development Agency for infrastructure improvements at the Army Depot. The funding was approved in this year’s State budget.“This funding will help continue the revitalization of the Seneca Army Depot and the transformation of the Army Depot into an economic engine for Seneca County and the Finger Lakes region,” said Senator Nozzolio. “Sincethe Army base closed, we have made great strides to revitalize the Depot and today there are more jobs there than at the height of the Army’s employment. This funding will allow us to create more good paying jobs for local residents and continue the development and economic growth of the Seneca Army Depot.”Senator Nozzolio has been instrumental in securing millions of dollars for the former Army Depot, which has helped bring more than 1,670 jobs with an annual payroll of nearly $60 million to the former Seneca Army Depot. Projects have included construction of the Five Points Correctional Facility; the creation of the Hillside Children’s Center and the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Center; and the attraction and expansion of The Advantage Group, Finger Lakes Technologies, Top Quality Hay Processors and Seneca Bioenergy.Last month, Senator Nozzolio announced the creation of 170 new jobs at the Army Depot with the expansion of two companies located there, Top Quality Hay Processors and Seneca Bioenergy. Senator Nozzolio secured $856,000 in state funding to implement their expansion at the Army Depot. In January, the Senator was also instrumental in securing $2.5 million in Restore-NY grant funding to make critical infrastructure improvements at the Army Depot.“It was a pleasure to fight for this funding and I look forward to continuing my efforts in utilizing additional acres at the Depot to stimulate new business growth, create new jobs, and attract more visitors to our region,” Senator Nozzolio concluded.

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