The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council is a big winner yet again in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's annual competition for state funding.
The council, which represents Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties, received one of five top performer awards and $86.4 million to support 112 economic development projects. It is the highest total given to any of the state's 10 regional councils.
More than $755 million was awarded to the regional councils. The other top performer award winners were the Mohawk Valley, Capital Region, Mid-Hudson region and Long Island.
The Finger Lakes region, which includes Seneca County, received $63.9 million.
This was the seventh regional council awards ceremony since Cuomo became governor in 2011. He touted his economic development policies and argued that despite criticism of these programs, they are working.