- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York has selected 50 young adults for crews to carry out conservation projects on state land.

The Excelsior Conservation Corps echoes the New Deal program of the 1930s. It will use $1 million of state money and $850,000 of federal AmeriCorps funding.

According to the governor’s office, the 50 have been chosen from 209 applicants and include members from a Youth Works program in Albany and two military veterans.

Crews will get food, housing, monthly stipends, health insurance and college tuition help from the 10-month program administered by the Student Conservation Association.

More than 80 planned projects include trail improvements at Arden Height Woods in Staten Island and helping install a 500-kilowatt solar system at Robert Moses State Park on Long Island.

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Online:

https://www.ny.gov/ECC

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