July 31, 2009

Gillibrand Announces Key Senate Panel Approves $350,000 For Rochester Revitilization Project

Federal Dollars Will Help Revitalize Old Midtown Plaza, Spur Future Economic Growth

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that late yesterday the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $350,000 to help revitalize the old Midtown Plaza in downtown Rochester. Senator Gillibrand aggressively lobbied members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill.

"This is great news for Rochester," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will help create jobs and help turn the economy around for the long term by bringing new life, new energy and new businesses to the old Midtown Plaza area. I will continue working hard to ensure New York gets its fair share from the federal government."

The City of Rochester will use the $350,000 federal investment toward a public-private partnership to redevelop the old Midtown Plaza into a mixed-use urban space. The project is expected to create or retain over 1,500 jobs and leverage over $200 million in new investment.

Late yesterday, the Appropriations Bill for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development passed the full committee. The legislation will head to the floor for a full vote before the Senate. The bill will then proceed to the House-Senate Conference Committee, before final passage in both chambers, and sent to the President to become law.