East End Earns Economic Development Funding


State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. and State Senator Ken LaValle announced Friday that the East End will benefit from the economic development grants recently announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo through the Regional Economic Development Councils.

Governor Cuomo announced $716 million in grants through the state’s 10 Regional Economic Councils. Long Island alone was awarded $83 million, more than any other region in the state.

According to LaValle’s office, some of the funding specific to the East End includes $100,000 in funding for the Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation to support its residency and education programs; the Town of East Hampton was granted $253,641 to design and construct improvements at Star Island Road Dock and West Lake Drive Dock. The Town of Southampton was granted $85,875 to design and construct the Peconic River Pedestrian Bridge connecting Riverside and Riverhead’s downtown. Southampton Town was also given $128,519 in funding for the development of Good Ground Park, a 36.2 acre town-owned parcel in Hampton Bays.

Grants were also awarded to Stony Brook University for a variety of projects; to Browders Birds on the North Fork for a state licensed mobile processing facility for poultry; to Cor-J Seafood Ice Production Facility for upgrades that support commercial fishing vessels; to the East End Arts Humanities Council for the expansion and marketing of LI Winterfest: Live on the Vine; to the Long Island Wine Council for a transportation and marketing plan to bring more visitors from across the East Coast to the East End; to Skydive Long Island for a year-round indoor skydiving attraction; and Peconic Landing for a special needs and acute rehabilitation center at its Southold location.

“These funds are critically important to fuel the economic engines that drive job creation in our area,” said LaValle. “The 26 projects that were awarded these significant investments represent nearly every sector of our economy — from health care to the fishing industry to job incubators; employee skills training to company expansion; research and monies to promote the east end and various infrastructure investments that will benefit us long term.”

“These economic development grants represent a major commitment by the State of New York to take the lead in creating jobs and improving the economy,” said Thiele. “I am pleased that Long Island was chosen for such substantial funding and that the businesses and communities in my district will benefit.”

“The funding awards will allow the Town of Southampton to advance two exciting and potentially transformative projects in the hamlets of Hampton Bays and Riverside that aim to revitalize the area downtowns — strengthening the local economy,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst.