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10 Rockland Businesses Awarded Block Grants Totaling More Than $1M

Rockland County Executive Ed Day meets with tenants and staff at Hyenga Lake.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day meets with tenants and staff at Hyenga Lake. Photo Credit: Contributed

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced Thursday the annual Community Development Block Grant awards, which have funded 10 projects worth $1.165 million.

They include:

  • Comprehensive Sidewalk Program, Village of Haverstraw $96,000
  • Village Signage Program, Village of Haverstraw $14,400
  • Rita Avenue Culvert Improvements, Village of Kaser $192,000
  • Bowline Playground Improvements, Town of Haverstraw $120,000
  • Village Street Improvements, Village of Spring Valley $192,000
  • Emeline Park Improvements, Village of Haverstraw $72,000
  • Safer Streets Phase III, Village of West Haverstraw $192,000
  • First Avenue Sidewalks, Village of Nyack $57,600
  • Wayne Avenue Sidewalk Improvements, Village of Suffern $174,720
  • Senior Transportation Bus, Town of Stony Point $54,556

The grants are part of Day's efforts to untangle the issues at the Office of Community Development which has resulted in some programs sitting dormant.

He made the announcement at the Hyenga Lake Senior Housing complex in Clarkstown, where he met with tenants who receive help paying for their rent.

"These are just a couple of examples of how we are making changes in the Office of Community Development to make sure that the federal funds we get are used to the benefit of all people in Rockland County," Day said.

Other recent funded initiatives include:

  • The allocation of $1.5 million in HUD funds that were in jeopardy of being taken by the federal government due to failure to use from 2009-2015.
  • Entering into an $800,000 contract to help pay for the acquisition of a 55-unit complex for low-income families in Spring Valley.
  • Collection of $50,000 in payments for defaulted Section 108 loans. And all but three Section 108 loans up to date. The rest are under scrutiny.
  • Re-establishing the First-Time Home Buyers program with four Rockland families approved to date.

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