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Regional Economic Development Council Projects Seek $67 Million From State

The major addition at Vassar Brothers Medical Center is among the many projects.
The major addition at Vassar Brothers Medical Center is among the many projects.


The sixth round of consolidated funding applications were formally presented to a state assessment team by all 10 regional economic development councils on Tuesday.

The Mid-Hudson’s included 22 projects with $67.4 million in total sought from the state. If all of the projects move forward, the total expenditure would be over $354.4 million. (Click here for a complete list of all of the projects.)

Dutchess and Westchester County each have five funding proposals on the list. Orange County has four as well as one shared with Rockland County. Ulster County has three, Sullivan County has one and Putnam County has none. Two projects are listed for all of the counties in the region.

Mid-Hudson Council Co-Chairman Leonard Schleifer, Ph.D., president of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, told the state assessment team the regional group breaks the projects into three categories – Live, Work, and Play.

“Our council has the vision of this region being the home to vibrant urban centers drawing in lots of millennial talent, thriving businesses and high paying industries with unique tourist destinations,” Schleifer said.

Among the projects are a Middletown Medical Complex, a medical village in Kingston, a primary and urgent care facility in the Town of Thompson, a large new main building at Poughkeepsie’s Vassar Brothers Medical Center and the Legoland theme park in Goshen.

Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Director Megan Taylor said the approval process is moving along.

“They are working very closely with the town officials,” Taylor said.  “They are before the town right now for all of their planning and approval process and they are working very closely with New York State DOT, with ourselves… and our entire executive leadership team and we are very, very excited to continue to have them move forward. If everything goes as planned, we should be breaking ground very quickly and the plan is to be open in a few years.”

Other proposed projects include a Sing Sing Prison Museum and a regional Hudson Valley Opportunity Fund.

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