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July 23, 2012

Canadarago deemed 'major inland lake'

Staff Report

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Canadarago Lake has been declared a "major inland lake" by the state of New York, according to a media release by Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, who sponsored the legislation.

According to the release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law last week approving the declaration, which allows local officials to apply for grants under the New York State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

"Canadarago Lake presents families and sportsmen with endless recreational opportunities while boosting the local economy," Seward said in the release. "Providing an additional funding stream for improvements at Canadarago Lake will mean benefits for residents, tourists and area businesses. Utilizing grant funds will also save local property taxpayers from footing the bill for any upgrades."

The legislation follows a local request from the towns of Exeter, Otsego and Plainfield and adds Canadarago Lake to a list of other inland New York lakes eligible for grant funding.

The bill was sponsored by Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, in the Assembly.

The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program is administered by the state Department of State and provides funding for planning, design and construction projects.

According to the release, the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program is both a plan and a program. The term refers to both a planning document prepared by a community, as well as the program established to implement the plan. The program may be comprehensive and address all issues affecting a waterfront, or it may address specific issues facing a significant portion of its waterfront.

Canadarago Lake joins Big Tupper, Black, Canandaigua, Cayuga, Champlain, Chautauqua, Conesus, Cranberry, George, Great Sacandaga, Honoeye, Indian, Keuka, Long, Mirror, Oneida, Onondaga, Otisco, Otsego, Owasco, Placid, Raquette, Ronkonkoma, Sacandaga, Saratoga, Schroon, Seneca, Skaneateles, Silver (in the county of Wyoming) and Saranac, and the Fulton chain of lakes.