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Empire State expands healthy school menus, low-cost power, home repairs

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that six Farm to School programs across New York State have been awarded funding to help increase the use of healthy, locally grown foods on school menus.

The programs will serve students Pre-K-12 and operate in both school districts and through several educational partners, including: The Buffalo City School District;Cooperative Extension Association State of New York Schoharie and Otsego Counties; Rensselaer County School District; Saranac Lake Central School District;Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension; and Broome-Delaware-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

An additional goal of the program is an educational component to increase student knowledge of, and preference for, locally produced specialty crops.

Governor Cuomo also announced that the New York Power Authority Board of Trustees has approved 12,364 kilowatts of low-cost power allocations under the ReCharge NY program for 11 business operations and one non-profit.

These allocations are expected to leverage more than $450 million in capital investments and will support 4,637 jobs statewide, including 1,066 new positions.

Governor also announced $22.6 million in grants awarded to not-for-profit organizations and municipalities throughout the state to rehabilitate, repair and improve 1,166 homes and provide new opportunities for homeownership. The announcement was made during New York State’s Rochester Housing, Community and Faith-Based Development Conference.

The conference is one of a series of meetings and workshops designed to bring state agency expertise and resources directly to regions, assist local grassroots and development partners in creating affordable housing, delivering social services, and reviving downtown communities.

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