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Massena Town Council gives control of downtown revitalization funds to Business Development Corporation

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MASSENA — Several months ago, the Town Council set aside $20,000 in gaming compact revenue to be used for downtown redevelopment. This week, it decided to put the Business Development Corporation for a Greater Massena in charge of how that money is spent.

Councilman Thomas C. Miller said he can recall already allocating a portion of that money to downtown redevelopment, but he couldn’t recall to whom.

After looking into it, Nancy A. Fregoe, the town’s bookkeeper, said $1,750 had been granted to the Downtown Historic Preservation Committee, leaving $18,250 available for other downtown projects.

“We never really finalized how we were going to do that,” Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray said, referring to determining how the money would be awarded. “We need to decide tonight if we’re going to award it or let the BDC award it.”

Councilman Albert N. Nicola suggested letting the development corporation distribute the funds. Mr. Nicola and Mr. Gray both said they would like to see the money help more than one business or project.

“I would hate to see it dumped all in one place,” Mr. Gray said.

Councilman Samuel D. Carbone said if the development corporation elects to award it all to one project, he doesn’t have a problem with that.

“I don’t want to micromanage $20,000,” he said.

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