6:45pm

Thu December 8, 2011
Regional Councils

Four regional councils win big, but no one goes home empty-handed

Last summer when Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of 10 new regional economic development councils, his emphasis was on competition.

Each region was charged with developing a five-year strategic economic development plan, which would then compete against the other plans for a billion-dollar pool of state funds.

But as he announced the awards Thursday in Albany, which totaled $785.5 million, it was apparent that everyone was a winner.

Four of the councils - Western and Central New York, plus Long Island and the North Country - took home the prize of "Best Plan" and were each awarded more than $100 million.