Brewster, N.Y. – 12/17/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has announced that he has successfully worked with the Governor, the Regional Economic Development Council and critical local partners, to secure a total of $1,950,000 for economic development in and around Putnam County.

“While we can always do better, I am so proud that our region has done so well over the past three rounds of the Regional Economic Development Councils. I would like to see Putnam get an even larger share next time, yet we need the towns and local stakeholders to get more involved to do so. That said, we did okay this round, and I am happy to have personally worked with many of the local projects that have been awarded grants,” said Senator Greg Ball. “There are enormous opportunities within the Hudson Valley to create jobs, but government fundamentally must get the out of the way and let these entrepreneurs and business owners to do what they do best. At the end of the day, while these dollars are important, it is continued teamwork that will create the jobs. Job creators and employers must be allowed to do what they do best, without governmental constraints. I look forward to continuing to work with local partners to move these projects forward and continue to deliver for my district.”

The funds secured for the projects came from a total $59.6 million that the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) was awarded this year. Over the past three years, the Mid-Hudson REDC has delivered $219.4 million for over a hundred job creation and community development projects in the Hudson Valley. The first year, the Mid-Hudson Region received $67 million, the second year, they received $92.8 million and this year they received $59.6 million for job-creating projects.

Projects awarded economic development funding that will benefit Putnam County include:

$100,000 for Westchester Community College Foundation Inc: Grow New York. Development of curriculum for unemployed workers and implement it both MHREDC Opportunity Area communities – Peekskill and Brewster.

$75,000 City of Peekskill, Village of Brewster: MHREDC Opportunity Area Peekskill Brewster Area Strategic Plans and or Building Reuse Feasibility Studies. Study to re-purpose obsolete buildings in Peekskill’s Opportunity Area and redevelopment path for Brewster’s Main Street Corridor.

$100,000 CAREERS for People for Disabilities, Inc.: CAREERS SNAP Opportunities Program. The CAREERS for People with Disabilities Workforce Development Program will offer job readiness skills to veterans and long-term SNAP applicants/recipients who are under or unemployed and residing in the Hudson Valley. Participants will be guided through all phases of securing a job, writing/updating resumes, interviewing skills and workforce readiness skills. Once placed, they will be provided job training and ongoing supportive services such as transportation and using job-related technology.

$1,000,000 Clear Solution Labs LLC: Establish Contract Manufacturing Business. Clear Solution Labs will be a contract manufacturer that produces health & beauty products as well as OTC products, pressed powders & high alcohol processed products in Putnam County.

$75,000 Village of Cold Spring: The Village of Cold Spring Smart Growth Planning. The Village of Cold Spring began planning in 2006 with preparation of a Local Waterfront Revitalization Strategy (accepted), Comprehensive Plan (adopted) and draft Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan. The Village’s new zoning will focus on smart growth principles. It will encourage and enable future development and redevelopment to save energy, increase use of renewable energy, save greenhouse gas emissions, avoid future emissions, and reduce future energy use. The outcome will be adoption of an updated Zoning Law, Subdivision Regulations, and Historic District standards.

$100,000 Town of Philipstown: Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail. A coalition of municipalities, state agencies and organizations are working to develop the Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail, a separated multi-use 9-mile trail linking Constitution Island in Cold Spring to the City of Beacon Train Station. The implementation phases of the project will focus on facilitating safe access between the Breakneck Train Stop and Breakneck Ridge, the top-rated day hike in North America.

$500,000 Castagna Realty: Castagna Commerce Park. Castagna Commerce Park is a planned mixed use multi-phased development consisting of medical office, retail, senior housing and assisted living facilities estimated to break ground in the summer or fall of 2014 (on Putnam border, in Dutchess County).

For more information about the Regional Economic Development Councils please visit:

For more information, please contact or (845) 531-9796


About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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