ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state awarded $715.9 million in grants Wednesday to spark job growth statewide by funding proposals such as high-tech mega-projects, major commercial developments and tourism. There were also smaller grants that resemble the pork-barrel spending directed by lawmakers to curry favor among voters that was stopped four years ago in Albany after scandals and because of scarce state funds.
—$83 million to Long Island as it recovers from Superstorm Sandy including $2 million to SUNY at Stony Brook to support Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Start-Up New York program to attract employers in select sites and $2 million each for the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and for Brookhaven National Laboratory.
—$82.8 million to the Capital Region including $5 million to continue growth at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and $5 million to turn a former train factory in downtown Schenectady into waterfront development.
—$82.4 million to the Mohawk Valley including $5 million for the Utica Harbor Point development project on the Mohawk River and $3.25 million to the Marcy Nanocenter high-technology project.
—$81.9 million to the Southern Tier, including funds for downtowns and main streets and $2.25 million to Elmira College to create a health care training center.
—$81.3 million to the North Country including $6 million to improve and expand broadband computer service and $5 million to help turn the Hotel Saranac into a full-service hotel to encourage year-round tourism in the Adirondacks.
—$60.8 million to Western New York including $1 million to SUNY Buffalo to expand computer resources.
—$59.8 million to the Finger Lakes Region including $1.5 million to transform a polluted industrial site into a mixed-use neighborhood in the Canandaigua Lakefront Redevelopment Project.