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FEBRUARY 1998

North Country aid

Gov. George Pataki has proposed two programs to make state grants available to small business owners and dairy farmers affected by the North Country ice storm.

"We must take action to ensure the economy in the North Country is given every opportunity to recover and return to normal," Governor Pataki said.

The North Country Business and Agricultural Relief Act would authorize the New York State Urban Development Corporation to use $3 million to establish the North Country Small Business and Agricultural Economic Relief Program in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Lewis, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence counties.

The Empire State Development Corporation would be authorized to provide up to $5,000 in grants to businesses, farms, and agricultural enterprises for damage to farm property and equipment, livestock, and business property for companies with 500 employees or fewer.

February 5, 1998