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An analysis of the New York State regional economic development grants announced last week by the Cuomo administration shows Western New York fared well in some areas.

More unemployed worker training money will head to Erie County than to any other county. Overall, Erie County ranked just behind Suffolk County for job-training grants from the Department of Labor.

The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will award nearly $1.3 million in grants to Chautauqua County applicants. Only Ulster County will receive more from the agency.

The Canalway Matching Grant Program will send $279,157 to two Niagara County applicants, the Carousel Society of the Niagara Frontier and to North Tonawanda for an Erie Canal bike path extension. No other county will receive as much.

Nearly one-third of the AmeriCorp Program’s $1.5 million in grants will be awarded in Erie County.

But in other areas, the region will not receive as much as other parts of the state.

The Buffalo News identified more than $26 million in grants for waterfront projects. Schenectady and Oneida counties will each receive $5 million for their respective Schenectady riverfront and Utica Harbor projects. Lackawanna is the only Erie County applicant receiving a waterfront-related grant, worth $30,000.

The News also identified more than $11 million in grants for parks and trails. Such grants total nearly $3 million in Ulster County and slightly more than $1 million in Albany County. Erie County will receive about $200,000 in these grants.

None of the Digital Film Projector Conversion Program’s money is headed to Erie County, although the Riviera Theatre and Organ Preservation Society in Niagara County ($42,343) and the Reg Lenna Civic Center in Chautauqua County ($75,000) won grants.

Onondaga County will receive more than $2 million in Market New York spending. Erie County will receive $80,000.

Sewer and water updates and projects won $23.5 million in grants. Broome and Suffolk counties will each receive about $2.3 million. Chautauqua is in line for $1 million in such grants, with Erie County due nearly $900,000.

-Patrick Lakamp

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