Greenport scores big with state job creation grants

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | Greenport Village will receive a half-million dollars in state grants, Senator Ken LaValle said.

The Village of Greenport will receive close to a half-million dollars in state grants for various projects under a program aimed at spurring job creation, State Senator Kenneth LaValle said this week.

Satur Farm in Cutchogue will receive $120,000 to purchase machinery and equipment to expand its vegetable processing and packing line, and the Town of Southold is to get $67,910 to complete its stormwater infrastructure mapping project.

The East End Tourism Alliance is in line for a $335,000 grant to add information on locally grown food in its marketing program.

The largest of Greenport’s grants, for $287,801, will go toward rebuilding the ends of Fifth Street and Manor Place to add porous pavement and a natural retention area to trap storm runoff, which can be laden with contaminants, before it reaches the water.

The village also received funding for sewer district expansion feasibility studies and studies on whether an improvement of tourism facilities has increased tourism and if ships events have a positive economic impact.

A separate grant will go toward a study to determine the best options for replacing deteriorated bulkheading at Mitchell Park.

“This is great,” said Mayor David Nyce. “We would not be able to complete this work on our own. We’re a small community with a small tax base and I don’t like the idea of major borrowing.”

The grants are part of the $738 million awarded state-wide through state Regional Economic Development Councils for 725 projects. The money comes through the state’s New York Main Street program.

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