Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced that five projects in NY-21 have been awarded in North Border Regional Commission funds this year totaling over $2 million.

“These funds from the Northern Border Regional Commission have made a significant impact in our communities along the Canadian border,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I am proud to announce that taxpayer dollars will be returned back to the district in the form of these important grants. I have seen firsthand the success of these projects that will help improve valuable infrastructure, access to broadband, and economic development. I will continue to advocate for Northern Border Regional Commission funding that has greatly benefited our North Country communities.”

“Lewis County is excited to hear we were successful with our NBRC grant of $263,000. This grant will allow us to proceed with phase one of our Broadband Expansion Project, which in summary, will greatly enhance coverage in the Copenhagen and Denmark area,” said Larry Dolhof, Chairman of the Lewis County Board of Legislators. “This is a critical piece of our overall plan, and we are extremely grateful for Congresswoman Stefanik’s help in procuring this award for Lewis County.”

“We are thrilled to receive this grant award from the Northern Borders Regional Commission to create a Workforce Housing Assessment and Strategy for the North Country,” said Beth Gilles, Director of Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board. “We have been actively working throughout the region to identify major opportunities for workforce improvements, and workforce housing availability is one area that we have consistently seen as a challenge for those seeking to live and work in the North Country. We are excited to work with our partners and put together a team to identify and implement strategies for improved workforce housing and help drive those initiatives forward.”

“The grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission is moving the economic development of Tupper Lake ahead tremendously by assisting the OWD Housing project in it start up stage; for additional rental opportunities in our community and the surrounding area,” said Paul Maroun, Mayor of the Village of Tupper Lake. “I appreciate all of Congresswoman Stefanik’s efforts making this grant a reality.”

“This is wonderful news for the city of Ogdensburg since without this sizeable grant we would have been hard pressed to find a way to pay for this important part of the pump station project,” said Mike Skelly, Mayor of Ogdensburg. “I really want to thank Congresswoman Stefanik for her hard work and help in allowing us to continue this much needed infrastructure upgrade in Ogdensburg.”

“The Village of Potsdam is delighted to have been selected as a Northern Border Regional Commission grantee for the construction of the “Brooks Street” a new connector street proposed for downtown Potsdam,” said Reinhold J. Tischler, Mayor of the Village of Potsdam. “Investment of federal funds will help construct a new 2-way street including sidewalks, street lighting and transit improvements. The project will directly support the commercial revitalization of a blighted area of downtown that is poised for redevelopment through the NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The Village offers its thanks to Congresswoman Stefanik for her support of our downtown redevelopment efforts and the Brooks Street project in particular.”
The list of NY-21 grantees can be found below:
Lewis County received an award of $263,053 to support access to affordable, reliable and high-speed broadband to over 1,000 homes and businesses in the Village of Copenhagen and the surrounding rural communities.
The Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board received an award of $160,000 to support greater access to workforce housing in the region.
The Village of Tupper Lake in Franklin County received an award of $500,000 for critical infrastructure upgrades to support jobs, housing, local businesses, and economic development.
The City of Ogdensburg received an award of $1,000,000 for updates to critical equipment, including pumps, controls, system communications, electrical, and heating and ventilating and plumbing systems.
The Village of Potsdam received an award of $279,968 to invest in new infrastructure developments essential to encouraging economic growth in the village.