- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ONEONTA, N.Y. (AP) - Oneonta has won $10 million to invigorate its downtown as part of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s downtown revitalization contest.

The Otsego County community was announced as the winner form the Mohawk Valley economic region on Tuesday and is the seventh winner overall.

The $100 million competition will award $10 million to one town or city from each of the state’s 10 regions. The money is intended to support efforts to attract new businesses, housing or community services to downtown areas.

Westbury, Elmira, Plattsburgh, Middletown, Geneva and Oswego have already been announced as winners.

Cuomo has said he wants the competition to help local communities turn their downtowns into “vibrant” places to live, work and raise families.

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