COUNTY EXECUTIVE MIKE HEIN ANNOUNCES FUNDING TO ASSIST MAIN STREET BUSINESSES AND FARMS

Posted March 20, 2012

Ulster County Has Been Awarded New York State Funds For Main Street Businesses and Farms Damaged by Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee

Kingston, NY -- Ulster County Executive Mike Hein announced today the award of $745,937 in additional New York State and federal funding to assist Ulster County Main Street businesses and local farms that suffered damages from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The funding was awarded from three separate grant sources and is intended to ease the burden incurred by businesses and farms negatively impacted during this past summer’s intense storms. “Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee were among the worst natural disasters, which have ever been experienced by Ulster County and the damages were devastating,” said Ulster County Executive Mike Hein. “Both our Main Street businesses and farms are incredibly important to the fabric of Ulster County. They provide a variety of essential services, create destinations for tourism, and offer employment opportunities. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership in the wake of these two storms, this funding will be used to provide much needed assistance to ensure that Ulster County businesses remain strong in our local communities.”

In early September of 2011, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $15 million Agriculture and Community Recovery Fund (ACRF) to assist in the recovery of communities affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Ulster County was awarded $270,470 in New York Main Street Program funding as part of the ACRF. The grant award is being provided to Ulster County on behalf of the municipalities of Denning, Ellenville, Gardiner, Marlborough, Olive and Shandaken, to be used to repair and restore buildings damaged by the storms. Ulster County was also awarded $293,112 in New York State Community Development Block Grant Imminent Threat funding as part of the ACRF. The total grant is being provided to Ulster County on behalf of the municipalities of Denning, Ellenville, Gardiner, Marlborough, Olive and Shandaken to be used to repair and replace permanent fixtures and equipment, as well as for inventory.

Finally, Ulster County received additional funding from the Community Development Block Grant Agricultural Community Recovery Fund. There was an original award agreement which was signed by Ulster County in December of 2011. This additional award increases the total program funding to $182,355. This grant award will be used to match farmers’ dollars for the purchase of feed for animals and produce from other New York producers to allow farm operations to continue.

Additional program details for all three grants will be released at a later date.