After decades of decline, Fulton’s downtown gets boost with $10 million state award

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FULTON, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Fulton Wednesday to announce that the city is the latest winner in the State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

Fulton had to submit an application, competing with other small cities, and sell its vision and plans for the future.

Governor Cuomo said, “Fulton put together a brilliant plan. You have the 481 corridor on one side, the river on the other. How do you capture that traffic in the city, and how do you grow the city using those two traffic corridors? That has always been the challenge, and you’ve done it.”

As a Fulton native and the owner of Chirello Advertising, Steve Chirello is part of the committee that put together the applications.

Chirello says, “Since Fulton had so many industries leave, had such a downturn and rough times, this could be a real turning point revitalizing not only the city, but the people and pride, it’ll be great to say I’m from Fulton.”

Chirello says some of the plans include a drone company establishing its headquarters in Downtown Fulton, a craft brewery and enhancements to some restaurants.

Having been through the process himself, Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow warns the people of Fulton the work takes longer than anticipated. He says it will take a year to finalize the plan in the application and then the city has to upfront some of the money before being reimbursed.

Beside Oswego, other local winners of the award are Cortland, Rome, Auburn, Geneva and Penn Yan.


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