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Help Shape Sidney's Proposal for $4.5 Million for Our Downtown! 


A New York Forward public event was held on the evening of Wednesday, September 14th, 2022 for the Sidney community to learn about the NY Forward program and share input on projects to include in the NYF proposal. Thank you to those who helped shape Sidney's proposal! Scroll down to learn more about the NY Forward program. 


Wednesday, September 14, 2022
at the 

Community Cultural Center

1 Bridge Street, Sidney, NY 13838 

about New York Forward.

The New York Forward program will "invigorate and enliven downtowns in New York’s smaller and rural communities—the type of downtowns found in villages, hamlets and other small, neighborhood-scale municipal centers." It builds on the success of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) by adopting the same “Plan-then-Act” strategy as the DRI. The State has allocated $100 million for the first round of NY Forward. Each of the State’s ten Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) will have the option of recommending two communities for $4.5 million awards or three communities, one of which will receive $4.5 million and two that will receive $2.25 million.


NY Forward's goal is to boost local economies by transforming neighborhoods into vibrant places where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live, work and raise a family. The Capital Region Economic Development Council (CREDC) will choose the downtowns in our county that are ripe for revitalization. We want to hear from you about your passion for our town and ready-to-go projects including public infrastructure that will help us reach our full potential. Opportunities that attract residents, workers and visitors; enhance Main Streeat and address needed public improvements such as new recreational amenities like pickleball courts and a community park may be identified in our proposal, which is due on September 23, 2022. The proposal will focus on a core downtown focus area; the preliminary proposed boundary is shown below. You can read more about the program at and please contact us at with any questions or comments.

The preliminary downtown focus area for the NYF proposal is shown below. These boundaries may change based on community input and the location of projects included in the proposal.

Sidney New York Forward Preliminary Boundary 8-1-22.jpg


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help shape Sidney's proposal.

Help the Village tell Sidney's story! To be competitive we MUST document community interest and support. We are building on the 2022 Envisioning Sidney's Resilient Riverfront strategy but we need your input focusing on downtown Sidney. Please take the brief NY Forward Survey and write a letter of support explaining your vision for Sidney's unique downtown and waterfront. Click here for details on submitting a letter of support.  If you have a project you would like to propose for Sidney's downtown, please respond to our Open Call for Project Proposals or contact us at

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