New York’s Secretary of State Robert Rodriguez toured Cortland’s DRI Projects on Friday, both completed, in-progress and one yet to be started.
Cortland officials, including Mayor Scott Steve, Katy Silliman, Councilperson, Ward 2, Tom Michales, Councilperson, Ward 8, Patricia Lane, Councilperson, Ward 4, Eric Mulvihill with the Cortland County BDC, Alan Ricottilli, DPW Deputy Superintendent and Clerk of the Legislature Savannah Hempstead all joined Rodriguez for the tour.
They made stops at 83 Main Street, new location of Chamber of Commerce, 28 Main Street, the former Mullen Office Outfitters, a project not yet started, the Orchard, a live music venue, and to see the completed project 20 North Main Street, Vine Fitness.
We caught up with him and asked what he thought of Cortland’s progress so far and what’s to come next.
“The Partnership in Cortland, the work that’s happening at here 40 Main Street is one of our key transformations, but along the way of what we’ve also seen is the Chamber of Commerce Building (83 Main St.), which has housing above it. So one of the things I mentioned earlier is that they way that Cortland has leaned into making sure downtown has housing is really important to us (State) and it is one of those initiatives that we know is going to support 500 plus businesses that the Chamber of Commerce Represents.” Said NY Secretary of State Robert Rodriguez.
Robert Rodriguez was nominated by Governor Kathy Hochul to serve as New York’s 68th Secretary of State.
The DRI provides one $10 million award to each region; however, new to the program this year, two or three communities can submit a joint application for the $10 million award if they have a shared, inter-connected vision for their downtowns.
We have our full interview with Robert Rodriguez below: