Wanted: Missing Assemblyman
On September 18 a ribbon cutting occurred on a newest downtown development in more than 30 years. Owner Andy Bodewes, was flanked by local and state officials including Lt. Governor Hochul. Park Grove Realty along with investment from NYS took a chance on Downtown Elmira and our current Assemblyman was not there. Downtown Elmira has struggled for years and to date our Assemblyman has done nothing to help.
According to a press release from Governor Coumo, The project was supported by $4 million through Governor Cuomo's Downtown Revitalization Initiative, which was awarded to the city during round one of the Governor's transformative initiative in 2016. Another $2.3 million came from Empire State Development through the Restore NY Communities Initiative. Additionally, Chemung County and Southern Tier Economic Growth provided incentives for the development. The project is also consistent with "Southern Tier Soaring," the regionally designed economic development plan which is growing the economy and creating new opportunities by investing in city centers.