Cuomo Says He Won’t Decide Regional Development Grants

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Representatives of 10 regional economic councils from around New York started their pitches this afternoon for a piece of $200 million in state grants available for economic development.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo briefly addressed the two councils that presented their plans today — the Long Island and Finger Lakes councils.

He said the decisions on who gets the money will be left to the panel he appointed to review the proposals.

“I unfortunately will not have a role in the selection process, I want you to know,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo applauded the ongoing process, saying it has brought business and community leaders together and, “In this process, I really believe there are no losers.”

Cuomo announced the regional councils early in his administration as a way to galvanize the mission of each regional economy. It’s a take, he has said, on the regional grant process he helped create in the 1990s when he headed the U.S. Housing and Urban Development agency.

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