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AG James to deliver $1M grant check to Albany to tackle blight

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ALBANY – State Attorney General Letitia James is scheduled to deliver a $1 million check to the capital city Tuesday afternoon to assist in Albany’s housing and code enforcement.

Albany was among 10 municipalities that received grant funding for “innovative programs” through the Cities for Responsible Investment and Strategic Enforcement (Cities RISE) program, which aims to creatively address blighted, vacant or poorly maintained properties through the use of housing and community data from state agencies.

James is scheduled to present the check to Mayor Kathy Sheehan at 2 p.m. at Albany City Hall. It is expected that Albany officials will reveal details on how they plan to use the funding.

The grant awards totaling more than $8 million were announced earlier this month, and included funding for Rochester, Binghamton and Syracuse, among others.

Albany and Elmira each are slated for $1 million to implement code enforcement programs with an emphasis on making code enforcement more “effective, efficient and equitable.” Grant awards for the 10 cities range from $546,000 to $1 million.

When the funding was first announced, Sheehan said it would help provide resources and education to improve landlord/tenant relationships, assist elderly homeowners with estate planning and create opportunities for residents to become homeowners if they are willing to maintain vacant properties.

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