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Thomas Moran Restoration Among 2 Dozen in Area to Get State Funding

East End Tourism Alliance will also receive $335,000 through the New York State Regional Economic Development Council.

Two dozen projects across the First State Senate District received funding through the New York State Regional Economic Development Council, including nearly $500,000 for the Thomas Moran Trust in East Hampton and $150,000 in funding to improve storm water infrastructure at Havens Beach in Sag Harbor.

There's also another $335,000 that will go toward marketing the East End tourism industry.

The announcement comes as a second round of grant funding, after the East End was awarded about $1 million in grants about a year ago. In October of last year, prior to the funding being awarded, East Enders flocked to Riverhead to make their cases in front of the NYSREDC.

Regional economic development councils were put in place by the Cuomo administration in 2011, providing an incentive-based approach toward state funding of projects.

“I have been proud to work with people from every part of our area including leaders in business, education, local governments, economic development and planning and others, to develop a list of job creation projects that achieve our goals of creating jobs and building a strong foundation for future growth,” state Sen. Ken LaValle, R-Port Jefferson, said.

Across the state, $738 million was awarded for 725 different economic development projects. And on Long Island, 86 projects received $59.7 million.

The Thomas Moran Trust will receive $477,500 to help with restoration of the historic building. Built in 1884, the house is one of the earliest National Historical Landmarks and a project is underway to turn it into a museum. The grant will go toward the stabilization of the foundaiton, as well as strenghtening the floors, walls, and roof framing. 

At Havens Beach, Sag Harbor Village will retrofit storm water drainage piping that runs offshore. Havens Beach frequently closes following heavy rain, something the project will attempt to fix.

The Town of East East Hampton is also among the recipients with a $150,000 grant for storm water remediation in Accabonac Harbor. The funding will go toward materials to implement storm water abatement projects in the harbor, which is on the impaired waterbodies list, and allow the town to comply with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation MS4 program, according to LaValle's office.

There are also two grants to support the commercial fishing in Montauk. Inlet Seafood Inc. in Montauk will receive $227,583 for improving commercial waterfront infrastructure, including wholesale and fish processing at the packing facility. Montauk East LP will undertake infrastructure improvements to its wholesale fish processing and packing facilty with its $120,000 grant, which also help support the commercial fishing industry.

In addition, the East End Tourism Alliance will receive $335,000 to promote the area's wineries, marketability as a film destination, tourist location and more. 

The big ticket items in the First State Senate District to receive funding include $1 million for a mixed-use project in Coram including housing and retail, as well as $500,000 which will go toward an $18 million project testing to power rails.

"These economic development grants represent a major commitment by the State of New York to take the lead in creating jobs and improving the economy," said Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. "I am pleased that Long Island was chosen for substantial funding and that the East End's sustainable industries will benefit from these initiatives."

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