Programs Recognized at New York League Meeting

By Walkup, Alice | Nation's Cities Weekly, August 21, 2006 | Go to article overview

Programs Recognized at New York League Meeting


Walkup, Alice, Nation's Cities Weekly


Three cities and three villages were honored for their innovative, resourceful and creative projects during the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM) Annual Meeting in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., held June 10-13.

Co-sponsoring the 19th Annual Local Government Achievement Awards program, NYCOM and the Empire State Report--a magazine of politics, policy and government in New York--chose winners based on program innovation, economic benefit to the community, applicability to other municipalities, improved government efficiency, citizen participation or public/private partnership, and quality of life improvement.

The following municipalities are this year's winners:

First Place, City Category

City of Rochester

Brownfield Assistance Program

The Brownfield Assistance Program (BAP) serves as a one-stop shop for potential investors, providing initial assessment of brownfield sites, setting the community and business priorities for use of locations, and providing cleanup and assistance through the permitting process. The program collects assessment costs only if the developers' projects proceed.

BAP has directly retained 548 jobs and created 226 new ones.

Contact: Mark Gregor, manager of environmental quality, City of Rochester, (585) 428-5978

Certificate of Merit, City Category

City of Lockport

Rehabilitation and Streetscape Project

The City of Lockport, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and the New York State Department of Transportation, rehabilitated two main streets by improving infrastructure and adding decorative and historic elements that complement the Erie Canal's lock system, which is prominent throughout the city.

The improvements have resulted in a new downtown "City Center" that will house 15-20 shops and restaurants. Public input played a significant role in making the streetscape well-landscaped and more walkable.

Contact: Norman Allen, assistant city engineer, (716) 439-6750

Certificate of Merit, City Category

City of Albany

Truancy Abatement Program

Albany's Truancy Abatement Program consists of police officers patrolling streets for students who are skipping school and escorting them to the Truancy Abatement Center. …

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