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Oct. 27, 2006

Mexico's Vision Brightens With Announcement of Restore NY Grant

Mexico, NY - The saying goes that “luck is nothing more than being prepared for the next opportunity.” Community leaders recognized that some time ago and their efforts have now paid off. Assemblyman Will Barclay announced today during an afternoon gathering in this small village off the southwest corner of Lake Ontario that Mexico will receive $610,100 for the revitalization of their historic main street business district.

While congratulating Mexico's Mayor Terry Grimshaw, Barclay said, “The Village of Mexico has been the hub for social and commercial activity in this part of the county for over 150 years. We hope that the restoration efforts that will come about as a result of this program will help to preserve and enhance that activity for another century.”

Mayor Grimshaw quickly agreed. “This came together as the result of good old-fashioned grassroots community-based planning,” he said. “It is part of our long-term vision for the future of the village, and we hope to continue our efforts in this area.”

Senator James Wright, who was unavailable for the afternoon event, added that, “This is excellent news for the village. These dollars will help to leverage more than $130,000 in other funds, and when combined with other recent redevelopment efforts, equates to nearly $2 million in new investment in the village. New jobs and new growth are sure to follow and I thank Governor Pataki for his foresight in developing this program.”

The Village of Mexico has been working for several years to prepare for a major opportunity such as the Restore NY program that became available earlier this year. Part of their efforts included new streetscape enhancements in this part of the community and the acquisition and renovation of the historic structure that was most recently used as a Masonic Temple. That building, with other assistance for Barclay and Wright, will become the newly combined Town and Village offices and also serve as a community center.

Jim Hotchkiss, Village Board member and a member of the Vision for the Future of Mexico Committee, and County Legislator Jack Proud (District 7) were also present.

“These funds will jump-start our efforts to bring new life and activity into our downtown area.,” said Legislator Proud. Hotchkiss added, “The preservation and re-utilization of these historic structures will serve the community for years to come.”

The Restore NY Communities Initiative or Restore NY as it has come to be known, is an initiative through New York's Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC).

Tom Gillson, Regional Director for ESDC added that “This program is designed to assist with the revitalization and stabilization of commercial areas and residential neighborhoods as a means to attract residents and businesses. It is hoped that through this effort the municipalities affected will have an enhanced ability to grow their tax and resource base. These several vacant buildings in the heart of the Village are a perfect target for this program and on behalf of Governor Pataki we wish you great success.”

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