State Senator James Seward visited Cortland Friday morning to see how the city uses special state funding that he obtained to offset extra public safety costs because of the state college being here.
The Senator obtained another $200,000 for fire and police costs, for a three year total of more than $594,500.
Seward met with Community Policing Officer Jesse Abbott and toured some of the buildings under renovation on Main Street.
Senator Seward announced the funding during a ribbon cutting for Gorger, a new downtown Cortland restaurant. In a statement provided to X101 News, Seward said the new business is one of several new developments attributed to a safer, more hospitable downtown district in Cortland, thanks in large part to the addition of a dedicated community police officer funded in part by the SUNY Impact Aid.