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Hochul announces $50 million investment in East Buffalo

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BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – Governor Kathy Hochul announced a targeted investment of $50 million on Saturday to meet the needs of the East Buffalo community.

The announcement comes five weeks after the fatal mass shooting at the Tops on Jefferson Avenue.

This investment, according to Hochul, will help rebuild and strengthen the community as state and local authorities work together to determine long-term economic development.

Hochul said the investment will help address food insecurity in East Buffalo by expanding free transportation services to other grocery stores or markets.

Funding will also be delegated to capital and operating grants for local small businesses, job training efforts, foreclosure prevention and a pilot program that offers door-to-door educational programs.

The Governor also announced that $3 million would be invested in the Western New York Resource Council, which has provided daily services and food access to the East Buffalo community since the attack.

Saturday’s announcement builds on investments the governor has made in East Buffalo, including:

  • Up to $1 billion to reconnect neighborhoods across the Kensington Freeway in Buffalo.
  • $55 million for Phase 3 of the Northland Corridor Redevelopment Area
  • $55 million for Central Terminal improvements
  • $37 million for the Broadway market
  • $30 million for the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor
  • $21 million for the Northland Workforce Training Center
  • $6 million in support of MLK Park
  • $3 million for Bus Rapid Transit on Bailey Avenue