Round Lake eligible for waterfront improvement funds


The Village of Round Lake will is now eligible to apply for state and federal grant money for waterfront revitalization efforts, thanks to a new state law.

Senator Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, recently announced that the Governor has signed into law his legislation designating Round Lake in the Town of Malta as an inland waterway.

The law will help the village and town receive federal and state grant funding for waterfront revitalization and environmental protection efforts.

Tedisco’s bill will allow Round Lake to take advantage of the state’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and New York state Environmental Protection Fund, which allows eligible communities to bring in development that utilizes the natural characteristics of the waterfront.

Similar laws championed by Tedisco focus on Ballston Lake and several waterways in Fulton County.

“As we celebrate the 150th birthday of the beautiful Village of Round Lake, I can’t think of a better birthday present for its taxpayers and our environment than passage of this legislation that I was proud to sponsor in the Senate to add Round Lake to the state’s Inland Waterways designation,” Tedisco said in a statement. “Passage of this bill is a win-win for Round Lake and Malta taxpayers and our environment. It’s a first step toward easing the burden on local taxpayers by enabling Round Lake to apply for more federal and state environmental protection and economic development grant funding that will go towards boosting tourism and safeguarding this environmentally sensitive waterway.”

The bill was sponsored in the New York state Assembly by Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, D-Round Lake.