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.
—$59.6 million to the Mid-Hudson Valley including $1 million to build a biomass plant in Orange County that converts organic waste to energy.
—$57.4 million to New York City including $3.5 million for development of St. George's Ferry Terminal that will include a hotel, restaurant and retail outlets.
—$334,803 to help renovate a village community center and theater on Fire Island off Long Island.
—$250,000 to buy fermenting and aging tanks for the Matt Brewing Co. in Utica.
—$250,000 to build an indoor skydiving attraction on Long Island.
—$200,000 to restore a bell tower and roof of the Historic Salem Courthouse in Washington County.
—$166,667 to help restore the 1926 Hollywood Theater in Gowanda, Cattaraugus County.
—$150,000 to help fund a "New York Golf Trail" marketing campaign in the Catskills.
—$139,600 for a new groomer for snowmobile trails maintained by the Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club.
—$100,000 to pay for a three-week summer residency of the Cirque Eloize circus troop in Schenectady.
—$42,000 to pay for a building and training building for use by the Saratoga Rowing Association to attract more regattas.
—$40,085 for a high-definition video project at the performing arts center at Bard College in Dutchess County, where tuition, room, board and fees cost about $60,000 a year.