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Reporter's Notebook

December 22, 2012

Development funding is a complex process

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In addition, some of the awards were allocated to multi-county initiatives.

The data from the Mohawk Valley region suggests that the money was doled out in a more or less equitable manner in relation to population, while the Southern Tier region, which was dominated by Broome County representatives, saw $13 million of the region’s $91.1 million going to that county. When one considers that about $60 million of the Southern Tier funding was unallocated, the disparity appears to grow. In other words, among the funding for specific counties or projects, Broome received about 42 percent.

Otsego and Schoharie counties are in the Mohawk Valley region, which includes Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida counties. Delaware and Chenango counties are in the Southern Tier Region, which includes Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

It’s hard to fix dollar amounts for how much each county will take home for the aforementioned reasons, But it’s fairly safe to say that Oneida, among the counties in Mohawk Valley Regional Development Council, took home the lion’s share — nearly $5.3 million awards dedicated to projects within the county. The total for the region was just shy of $60 million, but nearly $40 million of that wasn’t allocated to specific projects.

Otsego took home about $1.4 million, with more than $600,000 earmarked for a single project: downtown sidewalks in Cooperstown.

Oneida County is by far the most-populous of the six counties in the Mohawk Valley region, so it’s no surprise it received the most awards. It also dominated the council’s board, with 10 members based there, included both co-chairs. Otsego County was the second-most-represented county, with four members wholly or partially based in the county.

Schoharie, the least-populous county in the region had just one council member. It received about $1.1 million in awards.

In the Southern Tier Region, the disparity was stark. Delaware was awarded a bit less than $850,000. Chenango was awarded $280,000. Broome County received about $13 million, while Steuben County received about $5.2 million.

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