Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies Congressionally Directed Spending Requests for Fiscal Year 2023
Senator Gillibrand has submitted funding requests to the Senate Appropriations Committee for various state and local community projects that will benefit New Yorkers all across the state. Projects are listed in alphabetical order by location.
Under guidelines issued by the Senate Appropriations Committee, each Senator had the opportunity to submit CDS requests for their state for Fiscal Year 2023. It should be noted that only a handful of projects may actually be funded, and we cannot guarantee which those will be. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding.
In compliance with Senate Rules and Committee requirements, Senator Gillibrand has certified that she and her immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects she has requested.
All NY Counties
Efficiency, Flexibility, and Better Connections to Support Agricultural Research, Demonstration, and Education
This project would use federal funds for three improvement areas for the current platform: Application Flexibility, Farmer Review Panels, and Knowledge Sharing.
All NY Counties will benefit
Rural Housing Leadership and Technology Initiative
The Rural Housing Coalition seeks $50,000 to increase the leadership capacity of both the paid staff and volunteer boards as well as their technology capacity, specifically website updates and enhancements, to allow for online applications for services.
YMCA Outdoor Center
The YMCA Outdoor Center will be located on the Olean YMCA property, creating new green space and facilities that encourage people to be active, engaged, and social. Through community focus groups, needs arising from the pandemic, and the Ys capacity to deliver, the YMCA has carefully and strategically planned an Outdoor Center that will bring exciting opportunities to enhance people’s lives through healthy living, sport, and play.
Village of Westfield Water Treatment Plant Garage
The new garage will be approximately 1,600 square feet and will house vehicles, an assembly area, ADA restroom and general storage. The building will consist of metal wall and roof panels, fiberglass doors/windows, and partial height reinforced masonry exterior walls. The new construction will allow the water department to store all materials in case of water main breaks or when a hydrant needs repair.
City of Hornell
City of Hornell HAT-DPW Shared Use Facility
The City of Hornell intends to consolidate the deteriorating Public Works Garage and leased Hornell Area Transit facilities into a modern, safe, and efficient single facility. All of the HAT buses are serviced and repaired at the DPW garage, as well as most of the police and fire department vehicles including ambulances. No jobs will be eliminated or reduced as a result of this proposed consolidation.
Center for the Arts of Homer: Little White Church Renovation
The Village, the Center, and Homer’s Landmark Society are partners in this venture. Each will contribute to the costs of restoring, repurposing, and administering the new Little White Church Community Center.
Cortland Rural Mental Health Facility Capital Project for Building Renovation
This project will renovate a vacant downtown City of Cortland building purchased by Cortland County to relocate their Mental Health department and treatment services. This renovation project enables CCMHD to provide expanded treatment/services in an inclusive, accessible, and therapeutic environment available to and at significant benefit for all county taxpayers.
Dansville YMCA – New Facility
The Dansville YMCA, a branch of the Hornell Area Family YMCA, requests federal funds toward construction of a new facility in Dansville, NY. The approximately 40,000 square foot facility will include a multi-purpose gymnasium, pool, fitness center, aerobics studios, arts studios, childcare center, community gathering space, locker rooms, and other necessary offices and spaces. When complete, the Y will provide childcare; social opportunities for youth, teens, adults, families, and seniors; enrichment for community members of all ages; and our wide range of fitness and wellness programs that improve health outcomes across all demographics.
The Delaware County IDA is expanding its Andes-based food hub to include a 2,700 sq ft carbon neutral geothermal and solar-powered greenhouse. This demonstration project will increase local food access, help fight climate change and showcase a cost-efficient and sustainable advanced agriculture model for future farmers and developers.
Early Intervention for Rural Families
We will use the allocated funds to develop a therapy room at the Center as well as hire a consultant to develop an Early Intervention program that focuses on infants and toddlers with special needs. We will also work with other community partners to further programming around equity and inclusion.
The Stissing Center Capital Completion Project
This project requests federal funds to build a rear addition to house the main HVAC and electrical systems, provide rear access to the parking lot/loading area, create required egress from the third floor of the main building, house an elevator serving stage, lower and upper levels and provide additional accessible access for patrons, and provide dressing rooms with restrooms/showers. Additionally, it will allow the Center to renovate the lower level to create The Cellar at the Center (second performance, meeting, community space), build a catering kitchen for organizational, public, private events, install remaining HVAC, serving lower/upper levels, rear addition, replace century-old windows, renovate top floor and mezzanine to create incubator, educational, workshop space, a gallery, and offices, and install parking lot lighting.
BIPOC Farmland Access Initiative
Blegacy Farms is an exciting new initiative to increase diversity in farming through BIPOC farmland ownership, education, training and cooperative access to equipment and facilities. They are fortunate to have received grant support for their training programs, but they need resources to purchase farming equipment and build facilities that will help new farmers operate and succeed.
They believe that their model of helping new, BIPOC Farmers produce and sell fresh food at reasonable prices will not only help our farmers but will also expand access to nutritious foods in neighborhoods that have been undeserved for years.
Broadband for Essex County
We are requesting $900,000 to provide our broadband vendors the opportunity to provide internet access to those who cannot currently reach it. We support households accessing broadband to occupy their homes year round, spending earned income in our communities, providing necessary tax base, sales tax revenue, and business development.
Adirondack Health medical/surgical unit renovation
The project will provide the rural communities and visitors of the Adirondack Park with access to a substantially improved medical facility. The updated facility will reduce the number of individuals and families traveling outside the region for healthcare services.
Historic Saranac Lake Trudeau Building Museum Expansion
Historic Saranac Lake (HSL) seeks Congressionally Directed Spending to support our capital project to restore the historic Trudeau Building for expansion of our museum. This is a high-impact project in rural upstate New York that will reach completion with assistance from the federal government.
Town of Franklin – Equitable Broadband Access
The proposed project will accelerate broadband buildout in the Town of Franklin by three years over NY State ConnectAll, expanding the fiber-optic network to homes and businesses that urgently need access now. Broadband provider Spectrum has developed plans for the buildout and is engaged and supportive of this project, committing $500,000 in matching funds.
Bartlett Carry Dam Improvement Project
The Dam is classified as a Class “B” intermediate hazard dam by NYSDEC. The Upper Saranac Foundation, is seeking funding to make a series of deferred necessary repairs to the dam. The current estimated cost of these repairs is $1.8 million.
Fulton County Sewer District Number 5
This project requests federal funds in order to consolidate existing municipal and one private wastewater treatment plant that are in need of significant investment to a Regional Sewer System, connect an existing NYS DEC Northampton Beach State Campground to a Regional Sewer System, provide the Northville Central School District facility with municipal sewer through a Regional Sewer System, utilize the existing Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant’s significant excess capacity as the recipient of the Regional Sewer System, and provide increased water quality to the Great Sacandaga Lake by the elimination of deteriorating onsite septic systems.
Fulton County CRG Industrial Park Development
This project would
Those industrial parks are now full, and the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is seeking to create additional shovel ready industrial park space that will attract new businesses or assist existing businesses in their expansion efforts. The Center for Regional Growth has identified a prime location for a future industrial park, located along a major arterial in the Towns of Johnstown and Mohawk. This site offers excellent vehicle access and a full complement of high capacity utilities nearby. The Center for Regional Growth has obtained an option to purchase the site. The next step is to purchase the site and develop it as a shovel ready industrial development site.
Upstate Ice Plex
The Ice Plex will provide recreational sport and community involvement for children, families, and athletes to exercise. The Ice Plex would promote local business drawing in residents from out of the area and be utilized year-round.
Manheim Business Park Water Storage Tank
The Herkimer County IDA is assisting with the construction of a 500,000-gallon elevated water tank at the Manheim Business Park to address water sustainability issues and expand capacity for future development in the Mohawk Valley Region, particularly in the Village of Dolgeville. As a sustainable, fiscally prudent endeavor, the proposed project will result in a reliable and clean drinking water solution.
Kennel Upgrade Project
This project requests federal funding in order to refurbish the kennel to continue to serve and meet the demands of the far-reaching Northern New York region while maintaining the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Capacity for Care guidelines.
Delphi Falls County Park
This request would be used to fund the construction and development of a visitors center/conference center at the Park. Though Madison County has other parks, the unique beauty of this site has galvanized the desires of those involved to create a remarkable place for current and future generations, by allowing public use of the site without detracting from the natural beauty.
A Natural Playground for All Children in Lewiston, NY
This project would install a playground that offers accessibility to all children, including those with autism, this will be a welcoming place for kids and family to enjoy. Total costs include survey and design as well as landscape architecture and earthwork including a vegetation barrier, sand, stone, playground wood chips and edging strips and lumber all to ensure the safety of children and families who visit the park.
Orange County, Wayne County, Suffolk County, Sullivan County
Rural Youth Empowerment
This project would use federal funds to purchase a building for a rural education center in the Catskills. The building houses the Youth Economic Group and their cooperative: Bags For Justice, a screen printing business and educational program. Funds will also enable us to purchase five vans to provide transportation for rural youth to access our services at our four educational centers in rural New York. These centers are located in the North Fork of Long Island, the Catskills, Hudson Valley and the Finger Lakes.
Growing Food and Justice in NY’s Capital Region
Capital Roots will build a net-zero energy greenhouse array using a hydroponic growing system for the production of specialty leafy greens, used as the basis for a job readiness program for chronically un-or-underemployed adults.
Regional Sports Hub and Athletic Complex
A storm water plan (SWPPP) would help mitigate flooding, be better for the surrounding environment, and allow for better use of existing fields. Access to the town sewer line would also allow us to expand the facilities for better year round use. Enhancing public utilities to the complex would allow us to provide more robust services and ancillary benefits to the families who attend practices, games, and tournaments.
The installation of modern artificial turf with give the club a safe, tournament quality field which will attract visitors from around the region and neighboring states. Installing outdoor lights would allow the club to host night games, night practices, and attract new tournaments. A fieldhouse would allow for year round access to student athletes.
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
Great Futures Start Here Clubhouse
This project requests federal funds to build a new home for Mohawk youth. The proposed new building is intended to provide the following program spaces and designed to provide convenient access by community members.
Wellness Complex at The Center for Discovery’s Children’s Specialty Hospital
The Center for Discovery seeks funding toward site development and equipment for its new Wellness Complex. This request is part of a larger project that includes the complete transformation of the former Frontier Insurance Building in Rock Hill, NY into a new statewide Children’s Specialty Hospital, an outpatient Article 28 health clinic, and an expansion of The Center’s current special education and daycare programs.
The Neighborhood Depot
The Neighborhood Depot is a new construction project that will host 4 Tioga County based nonprofits to share services to reduce administrative costs, expand programs, create jobs and provide a central location in a community that lacks public transportation. Located in the Village of Owego and above the 500-year flood plain, this 16,000 sq. ft. facility will serve the community as a disaster recovery center in the instances of flooding, like the catastrophic flooding in 2006 and 2011.
Town of Bergen
Robbins Brook Park Improvements
The Town of Bergen’s Robbins Brook Park has playing fields for youth programs but has no amenities for senior citizens. Opportunities for senior-geared outdoor recreational activities are non-existent in the Town. Bergen proposes to install bocce courts and handicapped accessible restrooms to encourage seniors to use the town park and accommodate their needs while doing so. The restrooms will be used by other park-goers, however their proximity to the bocce courts will make the use of the park conducive to seniors. The pandemic revealed the need for seniors to have sporting/recreational facilities close to home for free, safe exercise and socialization.
Town of Brunswick
Town of Brunswick Van Derheyden Reservoir Dam Rehabilitation Project
The Town is seeking funds for the rehabilitation of the Van Derheyden Dam. The project will address the deficiencies of the existing structure and eliminate the potential hazards caused should there be a dam failure or breach. A Dam failure or breach would result in flooding and damage to County Route 44 Bridge and to North Lake Road and 2 culvert crossings.
Town of Pomfret
Town of Pomfret – New Town Hall Building
The proposal would fund the purchase and renovation of an existing vacant building, into a new Town Hall facility. The project would allow the Town of Pomfret to gain a facility with adequate space for all of its programs and functions – the current Town Hall does not have space for the Town’s Zoning Enforcement Office, or for the Cemetery Sexton who coordinates the work in the Town’s seven (7) cemeteries. It also lacks adequate storage spaces for the Town’s archival and inactive records. The Town’s court operates in rental space on the third floor of a nearby building, and the Town’s two senior citizens’ groups also occupy rented space in other facilities.
Town of Richford
Town of Richford ADA Compliant, Energy Efficient New Town Hall
This project would use federal funds to allow Richford to build a new town hall. Prior to its current use, the existing 1,928 sf town hall was the town highway barn. It was repurposed as the town hall in 1973, but is not appropriate for the purpose. The building houses an assembly room; the Town Clerk’s very small office; an inadequately-sized locked file room; and the town courtroom. There are no offices for key municipal staff, including the Town Supervisor.
Village of Herkimer
The Village of Herkimer Fire Department Apparatus Upgrade
The Fire Department is in need of replacing its 30-year-old Engine apparatus in order to service the Village of Herkimer and Herkimer County. The Village will replace the existing engine with a Rescue-Engine, that will not only serve for fire suppression but support the Village Fire Departments Swift Water Team and serve first due on all medical calls.
Village of Homer
Tioughnioga River Trail
This project is a keystone in implementing the Village’s Comprehensive Plan and has broad public support. This multi-use project is a segment of the wide-ranging Tioughnioga Local Waterfront Revitalization Program uniting 12 Cortland County Municipalities.
Village of Homer
Community Park for the Village of Homer
This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds and is a highly popular request, located near both the Village and the City of Cortland. This project is a keystone in implementing the Village’s Comprehensive Plan and has broad public support. This multi-use project is a segment of the wide-ranging Tioughnioga Local Waterfront Revitalization Program uniting 12 Cortland County Municipalities. The Community Park will strengthen the connection between downtown Homer and the River.
Village of Marathon
Waste Water Treatment Plant and Pump Station Rehabilitation
Requested funds will be used to make urgently needed repairs, updates and replacements to our aging waste water treatment system.
Village of Port Dickinson
Rochelle Road Water Line
The Village of Port Dickinson seeks funding to replace one of its main water mains along Rochelle Road. This water main serves residential areas of the Village and its main commercial district where many of the Village’s largest businesses are located.
Village of Pulaski
Village of Pulaski Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements
The Village of Pulaski will use funding in order to improve and increase the capacity of the Village’s sewer and wastewater treatment plant.
Silver Bay YMCA Wellness Center Facility Improvements
This project would fund improvements and future maintenance needs for the Silver Bay YMCA Wellness Center Facility.