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The Times
  • NY’s job grants also fund pork-barrel projects

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  • ALBANY — The $715 million in NY job creation money awarded under new economic development system praised for green lighting high-tech mega projects also has a lot of old-school Albany pork-barrel spending. It includes:
    — $166,667 to help restore the 1926 Hollywood Theater in Gowanda, Cattaraugus County.
    — $40,085 for a high-definition video projector at the performing arts center at Bard College in Dutchess County.
    — $200,000 to restore a bell tower and roof of the Historic Salem Courthouse in Washington County.
    — $100,000 to pay for a three-week summer residency of the Cirque Eloize circus troop in Schenectady.
    — $250,000 to buy fermenting and aging tanks for the Matt Brewing Co. in Utica.
    — $42,000 to pay for a building and training building for use by the Saratoga Rowing Association to attract more regattas.
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