Press Release

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

Jul 31, 2009

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.

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.”

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.

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.