Niagara Falls is the latest municipality in Western New York to receive a downtown revitalization grant from the state.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced the $10 million funding Wednesday morning.
The funding will be dedicated to revitalizing the city and reconnecting it with the downtown core.
Already Niagara Falls has received state funding for other projects, including the Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls State Park and a current project to remove portions of the Robert Moses Parkway along the Niagara River Gorge.
The state liked the way the city’s submission proposed to connect the waterfront and its emphasis on the so-called Bridge District.
“I don’t know Niagara Falls the way people in this room know Niagara Falls,” Cuomo said. “Your knowledge on how to come up with a specific strategy for your own backyard is most important.”
A local planning board will finalize how the money is spent, but Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said more than half of the funding will be allocated to streetscaping and public art, things that will connect with businesses and leverage the investment.
Other local winners include Olean, Jamestown and Lockport, each of which also was awarded $10 million.