Group working on plan for Medina’s $4.5 million grant meets for first time Wednesday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 May 2023 at 1:34 pm

MEDINA – The local committee tasked with identifying projects for a $4.5 million state grant will meet for the first time on Wednesday.

Medina was awarded $4.5 million from the state on Feb. 13 in a “NY Forward” grant. The village has formed a local planning committee to guide Medina through the planning process and to identify transformative projects to submit to the state.

Mayor Mike Sidari said the group is pushing to have the process complete in November. The plan will be submitted to the state and Sidari said he expects the state will green light the projects next spring, with the funding becoming available to the village and business owners.

The meeting on Wednesday is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Medina Central School district office boardroom. This will be a work meeting without public comments. Sidari said there will be public hearings at future sessions.

Members of the local planning committee include Mayor Mike Sidari, Lauren Backlas, Gabrielle Barone, Kathy Blackburn, Gloria Brent, Chris Busch, Jesse Cudzillo, Tim Elliott, David Flynn, Rollin Hellner, Mark Kruzynski, Andrew Meier, Patrick Weissend and Mark Zambito.