POTSDAM — All signs point to the Village of Potsdam winning the latest $10 million Downtown Revitalization Grant from New York State.
Monday morning, the village received notice that Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will be in the village at 12:15 p.m., Oct. 22 at Clarkson University’s Old Main building to make a major economic announcement.
Either Governor Andrew Cuomo or Lt. Gov. Hochul have been in the municipalities to make the announcements of each regional winner.
This is the fourth round of the grant. Previous winners in the North Country Region have been Plattsburgh, Watertown and Saranac Lake.
“They wouldn’t confirm it,” Village Administrator Gregory Thompson said. “We are hopeful and we have our fingers crossed.
The Village of Potsdam has submitted applications for the funding all four years of the program.
This year, Community Development Director Fred Hanss said Potsdam has placed more emphasis on developing its arts and cultural anchors in the downtown area, including the North Country Children’s Museum and the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.
Other St. Lawrence County municipalities with applications this year include Ogdensburg, Canton and Massena.
Recipients this year have been Fulton in Central New York, Baldwin on Long Island, Peekskille in Mid-Hudson, Hornell in the Southern Tier and Niagra Falls Bridge District in Western New York.
In addition to the north country region, winners have yet to be named in Mohawk Valley, New York City and the Finger Lakes.