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New York giving $70 million for State Fairgrounds

Staff Writer | January 23, 2017
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Phase Two of the redesign of the New York State Fairgrounds and endorsed the State Fair Task Force recommendation to expand the fair to 13 days in 2017.
Empire State   To expand the fair to 13 days in 2017
Phase Two of the capital program to develop the fair into a year-round destination includes $50 million to develop an 80,000-square-foot, multi-use Exposition Center and an Aerial Gondola to connect visitors to the fairgrounds and Onondaga County’s Lakeview Amphitheater.

In addition, a $20 million investment from the Upstate Revitalization Initiative will allow for the construction of a new on-ramp to I-690 West and other improvements to the Orange parking lot, while other fair enhancements will include constructing a new Aerial Sky Ride and offering new, diverse events to attract visitors year-round.

In November 2016, Governor Cuomo appointed a State Fair “Phase Two” Task Force of 21 local officials and industry leaders, co-chaired by State Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney.

The Task Force was charged with developing new innovative ideas that would build upon the Phase One improvements debuted at the 2016 State Fair and they provided their recommendations to the Governor at the end of 2016.

Taking into full consideration input from the State Fair Task Force, the Governor proposed in his Executive Budget $50 million for two transformational capital projects that will compliment and expand upon the work advanced in 2016.