Communities across New York's Mohawk Valley are working today to dry out and clean up after heavy rains late yesterday caused serious flooding and temporarily closed a portion of the Thruway. Hardest hit was Montgomery County, where County Executive Matt Ossenfort declared a state of emergency.
New York’s gambling regulators will meet tonight to discuss the potential disqualification of a Mohawk Valley casino bid, but local officials are hoping the regulators can give the proposal a pass.
On the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the New York State Gaming Commission is a discussion surrounding the Florida Acquisition Corporation. The bidder is backed by Canadian companies Clairvest Group, Inc. and Great Canadian Gaming Corporation to build a resort-style casino off Thruway Exit 27 in the Town of Florida overlooking the City of Amsterdam.
Heavy rains Friday caused flooding in parts of the region. A state of emergency was declared for Montgomery County, New York as flooding lead to the closure of several roads and the evacuation of homes.
According the Leader-Herald, Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort declared the state of emergency around 9 pm Friday. Residents were urged to avoid unnecessary travel.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted a NY Rural Roundtable Summit at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. The first of three to be held in Eastern New York, the summit brought together small business owners, farmers, and other community advocates to give participants a chance to learn about government programs and grants, and other opportunities available to help strengthen rural communities.
Lee Telega, NY State Director for USDA, Rural Development, said the roundtables aim to spread information on a variety of programs to those in less accessible areas.
The Mayor of Johnstown, New York is exploring the possibility of expanding public transportation in the Fulton County region.
Johnstown Mayor Michael Julius said he has expressed his interest in expanding public transportation through the city with Gloversville Mayor Dalton King.
“I’m just having preliminary discussions, just casual talking with the mayor, just to find out what it would cost us to reinitiate the bus service, and that’s the extent of it at this point,” said Julius.
Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort gave an energetic presentation at a breakfast hosted by the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, discussing his first two months in the new position and what he’s looking forward to accomplishing throughout his term. Ossenfort is the first county executive in Montgomery County, and with seven of nine county legislators new to the board, he pushed his campaign message of launching a “fresh start” in county government under its new structure.